10 Most Unusual Bars
1. The World’s First Underwater Bar
The world’s first underwater bar lies six meters below the Red Sea, 70 meters off the shore of Eilat – known as the “City of the Red Sea” in Israel. The Red Sea Star Restaurant and Observatory of which it is a part, are amazing. The restaurant, which seats 105 and offers a continental cuisine, also serves as the world’s only underwater night observatory – providing a panoramic view of the ocean kingdom through its 62 windows. The “Metro Bar” has a large dance floor and plays a mix of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
2. Skeleton Bar
Housed within the H.R. Giger Museum in Gruyere, Switzerland, the Skeleton Bar is reminiscent of a giant ribcage, calling to mind the biblical tale of Jonah being swallowed up by and trapped within a whale. In addition to its arches of vertebrae, the bar is reputed to be dark and slightly disturbing, which seems fitting, considering its source. Giger is perhaps best known as the designer of the monsters in the “Alien” movie series, and the museum houses his other surreal, otherworldly works.
3. Hobbit House
Founded by a college professor who was inspired by J.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, the Hobbit House Bar is located in the Philippines, in the city of Manila. In keeping with the theme, the bar is not only decorated with scenes from Tolkien’s books, it is staffed entirely with little people. Renowned to be friendly and charming, the employees of the bar not only provide excellent service, they willingly and patiently pose for pictures with curious patrons. Offered within this dark, cave-like establishment is a selection of 150 types of beer, in addition to a large assortment of liquors and spirits.
4. Ice Lounge
Located in Dubai, the Middle East boasts the world’s first ice bar. Upon arrival at “Chillout” each guest is given a complimentary hot beverage – tea, coffee or hot chocolate – as well as the thermal clothing required to keep them warm in the sub-zero temperatures. In addition to the seating and tables which are constructed entirely from ice, Chillout is decorated with beautiful ice sculptures – and the play of light on and through them is said to create a magical environment.
5. Insult Bar
The Casa Pocho bar, found in the resort town of Cullera, Spain has a new approach to tension reduction. It encourages patrons to blow off steam by insulting the bartender, and rewards those who do with free drinks and tapas. The owner explains that the idea started as a gimmick but has paid off through the publicity it has received. Profanities are forbidden, and only the really original insults are rewarded with freebies. Still, even those who are too shy to participate are entertained by others who are willing to give it a try.
6. Hospital Bar
ocated in the trendy Clark Quay district of Singapore, The Clinic is a bar like no other. Architect Damien Hirst designed this 15,000 square foot nightclub to look like the inside of a hospital. You’ll be served your drink – from an IV drip, if you request it – seated in a wheelchair at a surgical table. With ER curtains and lighting to complete the picture, The Clinic may not be the coziest place to unwind, but it will provide you with a weird experience to tell friends about.
7. Tractor Bar
The Zetor, located in Helsinki, Finland and named after the Czech tractor maker of the same name, is an unusual find. Designed by the members of a Rock ‘n Roll band called the Leningrad Cowboys, this bar is outfitted with tractors which you can laze about on or around while enjoying a beer. You can also sample traditional Finnish country food at this pub, including reindeer, sausage, cranberry wine, and of course – lots of potatoes!
8. Coffin-shaped Bar
Made entirely of pine, and shaped like a casket, the 20 foot long Eternity Bar in Truskavets, Ukraine is an unsettling sight. Inside, the theme continues, with funeral décor consisting of coffins, urns, and wreaths. Nevertheless, it draws in many tourists who can’t resist a good look, in addition to a cold drink.
9. Ultimate Fan Bar
Named after the English electronic band, The Depeche Mode Bar (DM) in Tallinn, Estonia was created by the ultimate fan of this group. Dan Buinenko has taken his love for them and made it his life’s work. The inside of his establishment is packed with memorabilia, and DM songs are played in an endless loop. Though many have never heard of the band, the bar boasts a healthy mix of tourists and locals, as well as the occasional celebrity who is invited to sign the wall of autographs. Much to Buinenko’s delight, the signees include Depeche Mode band members themselves.
10. House Garage Bar
June Barugh’s illegal bar was located in the house garage of her residence in Brotton, England. When questioned by police she insisted it was a mock bar, with no functioning pumps for serving up beer, and said was built by her late husband and son for her own enjoyment. With all the trappings of a real pub, this seems hard to believe. In addition to a décor which includes dart boards and a jukebox, they found a fruit machine, and a price list for drinks and snacks.