The Most Unique Bars From Around The World
Bars are a wonderful pastime, a place to meet with friends, watch some games, and drink some beers. However, not all bars are built the same, some bars have taken their aesthetics to the next level and created a unique environment for their customers. Some of these bars may be hard to find, so lucky for you we have created a list of the most unique bars from all around the world. If you are someone who enjoys spending time in bars, write some of these down because they have created an experience that goes past just your average hole-in-the-wall bar.
The House of Machines
The House of Machines is a different kind of bar in the midst of the remarkable and quirky bars in Cape Town. Made from noble intentions, this was constructed to grow a community of bikers and riders, and it, therefore, functions by bringing machines and people together.
The bar has a contagious vibe and it serves delicious coffees while also providing the latest biking gear, apparel, and T-shirts to its patrons and community members. There are House of Machines outlets in Japan and China, in addition to the Cape Town location, and the best part is everyone is welcome at their outlets.
Hoots is an Indian bar that is ranked among the world’s best bars, and also ranked among the best Asian bars in 2021. This is an intimate, inviting, and dimly lit lush bar located in the Vasant Vihar region of the Indian capital.
Lately, it has become quite famous among cocktail enthusiasts thanks to its world-class cocktail program and strategic lighting that ensures that every cocktail-making move of its bartenders are seen by patrons. There are lots of creative drinks to be had at Hoots, including the regular Whisky Sour and chamomile foam to more interesting options like a gimlet with gin.
Like the name of this Canadian bar implies, this Montreal establishment aims to take its patrons to the outer planets and back. Its entrance is accessed by a black spiral staircase, after which there are doors to an elegant, dimly lit bar with forest-themed aesthetics and skylights.
There’s a gigantic wine bar with lots of intriguing cocktail options, as well as a plush lounge. There isn’t a prior guest list at this bar, and they don’t take prior reservations either because only groups of six or fewer are admitted at once.
The Bellwood is a Japanese bar located in the capital of Tokyo. It was built like a vintage Japanese coffee shop, known locally as Kissaten. Bellwood is characterized by a unique blend of modern and retro decors alike, with the name imprinted on stained glass, and lots of wooden furniture.
Patrons have access to an elaborate drink menu created by Atsushi Suzuki, the Chivas Masters World Champion in 2017, and a cocktail wizard master. There’s a heavy influence of Kissaten coffee and tea across their servings; a good example is their Udabra drink, made with barrel-aged rum and sesame, which is what you get rather than a regular espresso martini.
Alux Restaurant and Lounge
The Alux Restaurant and Lounge is located in a natural cave network in Mexico’s Playa Del Carmen region. The cave literally dates back over 1,000 years, and the bar is located in it, so there are unique experiences to be had at this Mexican restaurant.
Its aesthetics are characterized by natural plants, rugged natural walls, and elegant seating arrangements and floors. There are common guest tables, bar-side seats, and exclusive private VIP vaults for personal moments. Lots of interesting options to be had on the cocktail menu, and some great bottlings as well at the wine bar.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
The Maldives is home to some breathtaking natural sceneries so it's only right that this restaurant is home to some exquisite dining. It literally allows patrons to enjoy some champagne or wine while enjoying some stunning views of the marine life around them.
Located on Rangali Island, this Conrad Maldives undersea restaurant sits five meters below the surface, proving a remarkable dining experience. There’s an impressive wine menu and some fine dining options to go along with the endless views of the marine wilderness.
Ice Bar Stockholm
This Swedish bar was made completely of ice, and it just might be the coolest bar of the bunch. The bar is located in Stockholm, the Swedish capital, and it is the first permanent ice bar in the world.
A perennial temperature of -5 degrees Celsius is maintained there, and a maximum of 60 individuals can be accommodated there at a time. Ice from the Torne River was used to make everything in the bar, including the neon décor, the sculptures, and the tables. Every year, about 40 tons of ice is required for the annual rebuild of the bar.
The Rock Bar is an Indonesian bar located in Bali, within the Ayanna Resort and Spa. This was constructed on rocky formations about 14 meters above the Indian Ocean, and it lies on the beautiful coast of Jimbaran.
Thanks to its unique location and aesthetics, this is regarded as one of the most striking bars on the planet, and there’s even an optional cable car ride to take patrons to the cliff-top bar, where more entertainment awaits them. Home of fine dining and views, there’s an outstanding wine menu and food menu as well.
Argo is a 70-seat bar in Hong Kong that was designed to imitate a conservatory with tiny mirrors flooded with natural light. The name was inspired by the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts, a story of journey and discovery, and the bar itself is an innovative take on bars that aims to alter people’s perceptions about drinks.
Some of the things on the delectable menu include a lab-manufactured whiskey and an AI-created gin. There’s even a Here Today, Gone Tomorrow cocktail menu that highlights staple ingredients that could become extinct thanks to climate change.
Thunderbolt is located in Los Angeles, and it promises some warm hospitality and delivers on its promise. This is the kind of spot where you can just relax and have a good time with loved ones.
The Southern-inspired bar serves up lots of fine bourbon and rum with biscuits, seasonal cobbler, and chicken lollipops. This is the kind of establishment that encourages you to rest your feet on a leather sofa while a nice playlist plays in the background or have chats with companions on the patio.
Hope St Radio
This unique bar in Melbourne is a digital radio station and wine bar all at once. It is run from a creative arts precinct located in a no-longer-existing school. Located in the Collingwood Yards community, this bar is run by Jack Shaw and Pete Baxter, and its headquarters attempt to unite people over a mutual admiration of local produce, local musicians, and natural wine.
There are typically local DJs mixing records as patrons wine and dine. Likewise, the bar’s wine list features 60 different wines.
This Parisian restaurant is located in one of the coolest areas in Paris, which allows it to capture the attention and imagination of passersby, luring them in with its unique pastel-pink storefront. The restaurant is just as beautiful inside as it is outside, with lots of smiling servers and a playlist that features R&B more than anything else.
You won’t find a menu inside the Bisou because there are bartenders behind the countertops that take care of every request from patrons. They whip up terrific cocktails on request, and the entire establishment is dedicated to an eco-friendly approach.
Luca Corradini is a famous mixologist for whom bartending is a form of art, and it just so happens that the Mariposa Negra in Barcelona is his gallery. Corradini has a workshop right above the bar, from where he makes custom ceramic glassware for an optimal experience.
He also distills some of the spirits himself, and the end result is drinks that are simply astonishingly good. No gimmicks are to be found here, not even drinking devices, but signature cocktails that are as imaginative as they are balanced.
La Noxe is a bar in New York City, for which 600 square feet of the 28th Street subway station was converted to a cocktail lounge that can accommodate a maximum of 36 diners at once.
In order to be admitted, patrons must find and ring a buzzer on 7th Avenue before descending the stairs into a lush drinking den that’s as unique as they come. On the menu are classics like tequila-infused continentals, gin-based Kiss & Tell cocktails, and more.
Looking at this bar from the outside, you wouldn’t be wrong to assume it was an old chapel. Once you step into the establishment though, you’ll quickly realize that this isn’t a chapel or church, but a vino bar with beautifully-restored interior décor in red paint.
The décor is also accentuated with a rich wood altar on which you’ll often find candles and flowers, you’ll also get some rich gold chandeliers dangling from the planked ceiling. There are lots of beautiful sights to catch your eye here while you enjoy all the nice drinks on the menu.
The Elephant Room
The Elephant Room is a local bar in Singapore that attempts to draw attention to Little India, one of the most vibrant and colorful districts in Singapore. Yugnes Susela, a famous mix master, is the brain behind one of the most unique bars in the world.
There are some hints of Susela’s Indian roots in his bar, where he distills sounds, sights, and memories from his childhood into unique drinks. There are at least 14 cocktails on the menu, each rich in history as well as spices.
Howling Hops is the first dedicated tank bar in the UK, one that was clearly inspired by the way beers are traditionally served in the Czech Republic. The process is beers are pumped fresh unfiltered, then unpasteurized hoppy from the source into glasses directly.
The bar is essentially a converted Victorian warehouse beer hall, so one of the first things that patrons see is colossal shiny silver tanks filled with bold, inspiring and uncompromised beers. There’s also a covered outdoor dining area that recently got expanded.
Double Deuce Lounge
You need to go all the way to Sydney, Australia to enjoy all the nice things on offer at the Double Deuce Lounge. The first thing you’ll notice is a hulking bodyguard that examines IDs out front before patrons can be admitted to this 70s cocktail bar.
The bar was created by the same folks that created the Ramblin’ Rascal, which is literally around the corner. With Double Deuce, they managed to create a cozy lounge outfitted with red leather booths, a couple of perfectly positioned mirrors, and some wood paneling.
Zuma is a bar in Dubai that has become known for its standout Japanese fare. This is a big-hitting bar that has become famous around the globe. Lots of factors combined to make this the home of extraordinary dining experiences; for one, there’s the fact that it is located in DIFC, a gastronomic hub.
And the bar also serves patrons any kind of drink they can think of, from any-time-you-like drinks to post-lunches or pre-dinners. The bar area is always buzzing, and there’s also a lovely outdoor terrace. Patrons can order from a range of impressive drinks, and there are also some standout cocktails on offer too.
El Copitas Bar
El Copitas is a St. Petersburg, Russia bar hidden beneath the bustling streets of the city. At this agave-fueled bar, guests are invited to enjoy a cast of cocktails that get rotated every week at the gigantic communal table.
Your eyes need to adjust to the dim lighting of the basement bar, but once they do, you’ll find that you’ve completely downed your drinks because they’re that good. There’s a blackboard menu with a list of specialty drinks to be had.
Penicillin was founded by Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale, the same men that founded the famous Hong Kong bar, The Old Man. Their Penicillin bar became famous on the strength of their eco-conscious efforts, and just like the name suggests, this drinking den aims to shake up the entire industry like the antibiotic did in the 1940s.
You can access an extensive cocktail menu filled with upscale, locally-sourced ingredients that highlight Hong Kong’s best ingredients. Drinks are created with a closed-loop promise as the bartenders attend to the everyday yearnings of patrons.
Over Under is a bar located in downtown Miami, where you can enjoy great things that are worth your while. The place’s construction took roughly three years, and when it opened during the pandemic, people didn’t know about it for a while.
It operated as a takeout-only establishment for a while, and it even introduced streetside seating and dining. The bar has continued to pivot as the times require but the owners have managed to hold on to the sense of humor of the place thanks to their kitschy thrift décor and rotating classic cocktails menu.
Tesouro by Firefly
Tesouro is a Portuguese word that means treasure, and this word was found apt for this remarkable drinking den in South Goa. The place was founded by Pankaj Balachandran and Arijit Bose so the energy level is always high in the establishment, with exciting and innovative creativity keeping the entire establishment well-oiled.
In order to enjoy all the ingenuity on hand, simply order a Midnight Brekkies round to enjoy a drink based on gin that has been mixed with peanut butter, strawberry compote, and bianco vermouth.
Geyik Coffee Roastery & Cocktail Bar
Some of the flashiest tenants in the historic Cihangir neighborhood in Istanbul no longer call it home thanks to Kadikoy, which boasts much greener grass in recent years. However, Cihangir remains home to some cool hangouts in Istanbul, including Geyik, a third-wave café that offers standout coffee from El Salvador to Honduras.
Once nighttime hits, this bar becomes one of the finest cocktail centers in the town, but you need to arrive early enough to snag a comfy seat. You can have any of the signature cocktails or classics such as the Whiskey Sour or the Old Fashioned.
Piano is essentially two bars in one, there are verdant patio pulses filled with insatiable energy during the summer months but once winter hits, guests get to get cozy in the old castle cellar.
There’s an assortment of sushi rolls for patrons to line their bellies with, all of them made from the best local ingredients, including fried eggplant, mozzarella, basil, tomato pesto, and parmigiana. Both the drink menu and the décor of the bar work hand in hand, and they all revolve around a theme.
Casa Prunes is the home of zero-waste cocktails in Mexico City. Located in a remodeled 1920s property adorned with art deco, no two rooms look the same in this unique drinking den, and the result is you enjoy a unique experience every single time you visit this bar.
Every drink is also incredibly unique thanks to the artisan fermentation program in Casa Prunes. There’s the seasonal Fantasma, which is a blend of oolong tea-infused rum with beet shrub, barley water foam, raspberry vinegar, and kumquat liqueur.
The godfather of pizza in Paris opened this unique bar, where turntable beats and natural wines get all the emphasis.
The ultimate holy trinity was created at this bar thanks to Fabien Lombardi, who managed to account for every single detail, including a remarkable stash of records, a brushed concrete bar, and beautiful speakers that blast tunes from Moodymann and Deniece Williams all day. There are lots of bubbly cocktails to be had, as well as specials like a roasted chicken sandwich.
Zest could be anything from a citrus fruit’s outer peel to energetic enthusiasm to an abbreviation for zero-waste. Somehow, all these meanings can be used to describe this bar in Seoul, where a fine drinking culture and sustainability are prioritized.
The creators, Sean Woo, Jisu Park, and Demie Kim are all known for being particular about every single detail so it’s not surprising to find extremely unique furniture and a minimalist bar with upscale ingredients such as carrots and fennel.
Berria is a Spanish bar located in Madrid, and some think this bar is the eighth Natural Wonder of the World for wine lovers. Regardless of where you stand about this being a Natural Wonder, one thing you can’t deny is that it is a posh playground for savoring, sniffing, sipping, and swirling the savvy drinks your heart desires.
There is a one-of-a-kind tasting room lined with hundreds of bottles and a menu of over 70 wines. For patrons that get overwhelmed by it all, there are servers that are eager to tell you which drinks you’d enjoy the most.
Drink lovers in Boston know that the best bar lies in Somerville, and it is called Backbar. This bar has earned a reputation for its creative and meticulously whipped cocktails within its quirky quaint aesthetics.
In order to find your way to this bar, you need to know your way around town somewhat; the entrance lies tucked in a parking lot, behind a bunch of restaurants. Once you’re there though, you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere with a rotating menu of thrilling drinks.
Lulu, um Pub Bonito
Lulu, um Pub Bonito, which translates to a beautiful pub is one of the two neighboring bars that opened together in Lisbon. This establishment is all about fun, and it is an ode to ladies, women, girls, and everyone else that likes them.
There are signature tipples served at the bar that honor the likes of Cindy Lauper and Jane Fonda. Apparently, the bar owner has some plans to make room for a dance floor with DJ facilities so everyone can have some old-fashioned fun with their favorite cocktails.
Osito’s Tap is a bar named after its owner Mike Moreno Jr.’s dog, Osito. Located in Little Village, this bar has a glowing neon Chihuahua sign at the back, and it is home to a remarkable cocktail menu filled with mescal concoctions and tequila that mix quite well with typical ingredients such as marzipan candy and chili ancho syrup.
You can unwind in the massive wooden bar with exposed brick walls and cozy booths and enjoy their menu of Mexican dishes.
Forza Wine is a bar in London that is all wine by nature and all wine by name. There’s an extensive list of solid natural-filled vino and light Italian food on the menu with an emphasis on sharing.
There’s a Peckham rooftop wine bar that sits gorgeously on the Market building’s top, offering views that can’t be beat in the city. Grilled flatbread and fried chicken are just some of the things you can order, and there are also dessert options, like frozen Negronis. There’s also a lush indoor setup for when the weather turns.
Camp is a hidden delight in Brooklyn that takes patrons back to their favorite summer camp moments. This is a bar that prioritizes comfort, and as a result, every single detail is perfectly designed from the décor down to the remarkable options on the menu like their marshmallow drinks.
You can dine in there on your own or head down there with some friends for a merry get-together, and rumor has it you can even make some s’mores with a large group of friends.
The Lockhart Bar
The Lockhart Bar is a unique bar in Toronto that stands out with its unique décor and extensive cocktail and drinks menu.
What makes this Toronto bar so cool is the fact that it is a Harry Potter-inspired bar, one of the few there is in the world, and therefore a place where Harry Potter fans can enjoy a unique blend of fine dining and drinks with Hogwarts-inspired décor and structures. The bar’s name was inspired by Lockhart, the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor in the movies.
Cybermachina is located in Krakow, Poland, and it offers a unique experience characterized by a fine mix of gaming and drinking. The entire bar is decked out in game memorabilia from popular games like Zelda and Mario.
Every single room in the bar features one game system or the other, and there’s even a dedicated area for Guitar Hero. The best part is the fact that patrons can order drinks that are game-themed, and there are lots of great options.
El Bosc de les Fades
This Spanish bar is a fantasy café hidden away in the middle of the city. At this bar, having a drink is an experience that is both unique and magical thanks to the striking décor that makes you feel like you’re in a magical forest.
You can try everything from the best burger in Barcelona to nice coffees or an aperitif if you prefer. And once nighttime hits, you get an extensive list of wines, mixed drinks, and cocktails with the best gins. Sipping any of their magical drinks in this unique atmosphere is truly a relaxing experience.
Eternity is a Coffin Bar in Truskavets, Ukraine, and one of the most unusual bars ever built. It’s highly unlikely that anyone else would ever want to model their bar after a coffin but here is one that is six meters wide, six meters high, and twenty meters long.
The funeral/coffin extends to the interiors of the bar as well, with funeral flower décor and caskets that evoke feelings of being at a funeral while enjoying some lush drinks. The entire design was created so patrons can picture what drinking themselves to death entails.
The location and surrounding area is what inspired the name of the bar, as The 25 Hours Hotel overlooks a stunning zoo filled with monkeys. Patrons can sit on the terrace and comfortably enjoy views of animals at the zoo, and there’s an expansive selection of tasty drinks to be enjoyed there.
The Bathroom-Themed Modern Toilet Restaurant
Located in Chain, Taiwan, this restaurant makes you wonder why someone would ever want to create a bathroom-themed restaurant but then here we are. Apparently, this restaurant chain has been doing okay in Taiwan as it has grown from selling a pile of chocolate and ice cream in toilet-shaped containers to becoming a big establishment with a huge clientele list.
Curious onlookers were converted to loyal customers that drink and dine at the unusual restaurant as people became drawn to the unusual décor before becoming huge fans of their offerings.
Blue Frog Lounge
This is another unusual bar, and it deserves a place among the world’s most unusual bars thanks to its unique and functional designs. This is a 10,000-square-meter club that has a club, a restaurant, a lounge, a recording studio, a sound stage, and a sound lab. It is luxurious and expansive, and therefore perfect for live events, parties, and unwinding with friends.
All the booths here feature a cylindrical shape, and between four to ten people can be housed at different heights in the club and everyone enjoys an undisturbed view of the stage.
The Sunland Pub in Limpopo Province, South Africa allows you to attend a party with friends and enjoy drinks inside a tree. The tree is thousands of years old, with a trunk wide enough to accommodate up to sixty people at once, so dining here is a truly unique experience.
A wine cellar and a pub were first set up in the hollow trunk of the tree by the landowners, and soon, the floor was cleared and a door was placed on it. There are a number of pub regulars but the bulk of patrons here are tourists that come to see it.
Located 6,300 feet above sea level in Murren, Switzerland, the Hotel Edelweiss offers remarkable views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau mountain peaks. Nature lovers will love being in the Hotel Edelweiss’ bar as it is the perfect location for skiing and watching skiers trying to prove themselves while they slide down the mountains.
Patrons can see 21 peaks of the Alps from the bar, such a unique view that can’t be replicated anywhere else. Therefore, the drinks that you buy here are worth every little penny.
The Bicycle Bar in Bucharest, Romania is for diehard fans of bicycles. Every single thing in the bar has a bicycle-inspired theme, from the pictures on the walls to the tables, lights, and seats. The seats are actually quite comfortable despite what their design might suggest, and different kinds of bicycle parts can be discovered throughout the bar.
There are lots of creative pieces of furniture and standout drinks and service to keep you coming back for more. The service you get far outweighs the expectations the décor would have caused you to have.
Unlike other bars that are on our list thanks to their unique theme or décor, the Rumors Club deserves a mention because it is the Guinness World Record holder for the smallest nightclub.
It Is barely 2.1 meters by 1.17 meters by 1.78 meters, essentially the size of a bathroom stall but then there are two turntables, two speakers, a mixer, a doorman, a DJ, and LED disco lights. There’s an entrance fee to be paid but then it is quite low with the only hindrance being that only a few people can be admitted at once.
Safe House is a spy-themed and inspired bar that allows people that fantasize about being in spy movies to enjoy their favorite drinks and meals in a place that looks like a spy movie safehouse.
True to its inspiration, the entrance to this bar is located behind a secret red door that requires you to give the right password in order to be admitted. Once inside, you’ll find impressive secret passages and remarkable spy themes to go along with some nice cocktails and dinner options.
Pirate ships are terror houses that aren’t a lot of fun in real life unlike what the movies suggest. The Smuggler’s Cove is a unique bar in San Francisco that is a pirate ship-themed bar with some of the best drinks you can buy.
It also attracts lots of people despite its unusual décor thanks to the outstanding drinks on the menu. The difference is patrons at this bar can depart whenever they desire but they have plenty of reasons to stay and enjoy any one of the more than 70 cocktails and 400 different kinds of rum.
If you take a peek inside the Kayabukiya Tavern, you might not find anything extraordinary or special about the place if the waitress doesn’t come out to serve you.
This is because the restaurant employs monkeys to serve patrons, and the term Monkeys in the establishment’s name simply describes the real-life monkeys that have been trained to serve guests. It doesn’t get more unique than getting served your dinner by a monkey, which you’d expect to find climbing poles and trees in the zoo.
H.R. Giger Museum Bar
The H.R. Giger Museum Bar in Switzerland is a unique bar characterized by remarkable creativity and a lush interior that wows patrons. You might be forgiven for thinking you’re in space when you’re in this bar because it’s that pleasing aesthetically, and some even get the feeling that they’re in a prehistoric beast’s belly.
The bar’s interior fits the description of a skeletal structure that has vertebrae crisscrossing. Find some time to visit this unique Swiss bar for a chance to enjoy lush cocktails in a unique space.
The Ice Bar
We talked about the Ice Bar in Stockholm, Sweden earlier on our list, and now it’s time to talk about the Ice Bar in Quebec City, Canada. This is another bar you can only visit in the winter months because it simply melts away during the summer.
The Ice bar is an amazing bar and work of art, where sculptors have created a lush bar completely from ice. It only exists from January to March, and people from all over the world flock here to enjoy the magnificent sights as much as the tasty drinks. Temperatures in the bar can be freezing so just remember to bring a coat.