Ever been out having a casual beer with friends and thought, “man, there is nothing falling from the ceiling right now,” or “you know what would make this barstool better? A pseudo-beach-bar-floor with several inches of salt.”
Well, apparently, many people have.
Your average bar is a dime-a-dozen globally — even the most remote areas on the planet have a few watering holes competing for the local patronage. Pubs seem to pop up weekly in some cities, closing by month’s end, and even time-tested establishments shut their doors to be replaced by the latest fad in dining or drinking. It seems only logical that to withstand this brutal pattern, it’s best to stand out, above the rest, with the help of some rather outrageous antics.
For better or for worse, these 13 bars have taken our enthusiasm for a night out drinking and offer up some options that are truly next-level.
Whethers it's needing secret passwords to enter certain bars or drinking your night away and geting "lost" amongst memorabilia from one of the most popular TV shows, these 10 bars have got the weird, the over-the-top, and the outrageous covered. The next time your co-workers suggest going out for happy hour, be sure to ask if there will be bikini-clad girls remotely battling giant robots.
Leslie Finlay is a contributing writer to The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @dontstayput.
Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, New York City
Home to the bizarre, trippy, interactive theatre Sleep No More, The McKittrick Hotel is a suitably eccentric venue for the experimental Macbeth incarnation. The hotel’s signature bar seems to come from an alternative universe itself, outfitted as a revivalist jazz-era lounge with absinthe punch to go around, eerie simulated cigarette smoke lingering to set the mood, sultry actors in era-appropriate costumes, and excellent live period music.
Das Klo Bar in Berlin, Germany
Das Klo is not the place for those who want a calm and cozy evening… or for the claustrophobic. Toilet seats, door handles, and toilet brushes hanging from the ceiling earned Das Klo the nickname “toilet bar” among locals. Water sprinkles at you from the ceiling, lightning flashes at you from start to finish — this pub is a theme-park experience. Beer is served in urine specimen cups and wine in blood transfusion packs, and animals like iguanas and boa constrictors will appear out of nowhere. Not for the faint of heart.