What Will the Bar of the Future Look Like?

Staff Writer
Robot bartenders and levitating cocktails are just the tip of the futuristic bar’s freshly shaved ice cube.
What Will the Bar of the Future Look Like?

The Verge

The future of social drinking is almost here, and you barely have to lift a finger. 

How do you improve an age-old tradition of drinking a pint (or a Cosmo) in the company of friends? Why, with robotic technology and new forms of alcohol, of course.

Drones that whizz overhead and deliver your cocktail after you order it remotely and alcohol with an “off switch” are the highlights of the bar of the future as predicted by The Daily Mail. The bar of the future will also be fully-staffed by robot bartenders that can learn your tastes and shake and stir with the best of them.

Our favorite part of this hypothetical space-age of alcohol is the not-so-far-off ability to switch your intoxication on and off. Sound too crazy to be true? Professor David Nutt at Imperial College in England is working on a substance that once consumed, can create the same amount of “fuzzy feelings” as a couple of drinks. Once you get tired of it, just swallow the antidote, and the feeling will go away almost instantly. But you may want to hold off on Professor Nutt’s invention; he was fired from his position as the U.K.’s chief drugs adviser in 2009.

The menu at your local bar might look a little different decades from now. If social drinkers of the future are looking to experience something a little different, they may want to order their cocktails levitated: a recent invention by a British scientist that suspends tiny drops of alcohol mid-air: no glass required. Or they can simply get their regular drink vaporized, a trend that’s already taken hold in some bars across the nation with a device known as the Vaportini, “a blown-glass globe over a heat source and warming up alcohol until it releases its intoxicating vapors, which are then inhaled through a glass straw.”

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