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10 of the World's Most Bizarre Themed Bars

10 of the World's Most Bizarre Themed Bars

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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.”

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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.

Fascinated by the bizarre? Check out more of the world's most bizarre theme bars.

7 Weird Bars Around the World

Perhaps drinking will never be as cool as ordering a cosmopolitan with flamed orange at the Rainbow Room in the early 80s. But these seven bars are certainly trying. From all over the world, mixologists and bar owners are making drinking culture weirder. From nerdy inspiration to bizarre atmospheres, these are some of the weirdest bars in the world.

Chicago Magic Lounge. Chicago. It starts with a speakeasy feel and just gets weirder from there. You enter the bar inside a laundromat and find yourself in 6000 feet of magical showmanship. Bartenders delight guests with up close magic and sleight of hand, but there’s also a full theater for shows. Their signature cocktail list boasts spirit-forward drinks with names like “How Houdini Died” and “Smoke and Mirrors.”

The Clinic. Singapore. Not for the squeamish, this is a hospital themed bar, with wheelchairs for table seating. Drink comes in IV bags and food is shaped to look like pills. The spot is actually a tribute to the artist Damien Hirst, his art hangs throughout the space.

Akihabara Arcade. Denver. This spot is a Japanese themed arcade bar focusing on old school and classic arcade games. The coolest game may be the custom coffee-table size NES controller that plays 30 classic games, projected onto a wall. The cocktail names are deep-cut references to old school games.

Donnie Dirk’s Zombie Den. Minneapolis. This apocalypse themed dive bar closed this year after a successful eight-year run. The owner is offering a new themed space that’s even weirder than the Zombie Den. Opening early next year is an “adult drinkertainery” featuring “low tech Godzilla and high brow hookers obsessed with outer space,” reads the bar’s Facebook page update. Can’t wait.

ICEBAR. Stockholm. This is the original, that set off a spate of ice bars across the world, including in Las Vegas, Shangri La, and Rome. Everything here is made of ice, even the glass your drink comes in! The room remains at 25? so everything stays frozen. Tickets pay for a 45 minute stay and a drink. Every year the bar gets remade with a new theme, and the old bar just melts away.

Jekyll & Hyde Club. New York. A haunted bar where continuous live entertainment takes place while you eat and drink. The drink menu features crushable cocktails with spooky names, and guests are warned upon entry that “something unusual happens every 10 minutes.”

The Lockhart Bar. Toronto. Accio super nerds! This bar’s name comes from Harry Potter’s inept Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart. Their drinks come with names like “The Dementor’s Kiss” and “Gin Weasley.” The decor features subtle references to the wizarding world, like a neon sign reading “All Was Well” behind the bar.

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6 Unique Cocktails for the Adventurous Drinker

The majority of cocktails use ingredients and pair flavors that are common and known to be great for drinks. We wouldn't necessarily call those drinks ordinary (many are extraordinary), but often our experiences allow us to taste a drink just by reading the ingredients and get a general sense of whether we will like it or not.

This list does not include those drinks, instead, we are going for the cocktails that make you do a double-take and try to imagine how and if they will work. Many will surprise you.

Our list is not going to be filled with completely outlandish drinks - no salmon vodkas, cough syrup, or burgers dripping grease into a Bloody Mary - you can find those elsewhere on the web and try them if you dare.

What we're going for here is the truly unique cocktail that is well-crafted so you can actually drink and enjoy it and, depending on your taste, a couple may even become new favorites. Most of these include one key ingredient that is not ordinarily found in drinks, while others include a fascinating combination that is nothing short of an experience.

This is more of an experiment in flavor to give the adventurous drinker new ideas and experiences to take with them into future tastings. We've tried each of these personally and, while there are a few that we will pass on if offered a second round, they are all palatable and interesting and may be more aligned with your tastes than ours.

The Carter, Sydney

Sadly this isn’t a canteen canonising the career of scruffy 1990s indie-rockers Carter USM. Instead, it’s a fancy hip hop-themed restaurant that worships Shawn Carter and his wife (aka Jay Z and Beyoncé). You’re never too far away from pop’s biggest power couple in The Carter.

They crop up in the restaurant’s street art, while the décor is inspired by Jay Z’s 40/40 Manhattan bar. Meanwhile, dishes include ‘Carter chicken wings with Bey’s hot sauce’, the ‘Biggie 1kg T-bone steak’, and a ‘crooked Hillary’ cocktail.

31 Old Fashioned Recipes from the 1950s


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Are you nostalgic for the good old American fare of the 1950s? It was a time when fast food really took off with now-giants of the industry like McDonald's and KFC, and sitting down with the family for dinner was the norm. You can't time travel, but you can remember days of poodle skirts, jukeboxes and diner food with these old-fashioned recipes.

Our favorite old-fashioned recipes include simple ingredients like ground beef. There wasn't much of a health craze recipes were made for taste, which makes these easy dinner recipes extra delicious. There's no need to feel guilty about indulging in recipes that remind you of mom or grandma's cooking. Let these old-fashioned recipes like 1950s Salisbury Steak take you back to the days of your youth. Don't forget about the great food they had at the drive-in!

Whether you're taking a trip down memory lane, planning for a 1950s-themed party, or you just want more traditional recipes, our collection won't disappoint.

Get started with this video for an ultimate 1950s party dessert, and then keep scrolling to find more amazing recipes!

10 Island Drinks to Make Your Summer More Tropical

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What’s a summer vacay without tropical mixed drinks? When you’re on vacation and sitting by the pool this summer, treat yourself to these refreshing and fruity cocktails. Don’t forget to drink up this summer (literally).

1. Mai Tai

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A Mai Tai is typically made with three different types of alcohol (partaaaayyy): white rum, dark rum, and Curaçao, which is a liquor flavored with a dried peel of a laraha citrus fruit. To give it its sweet flavor, Orgeat syrup is added to the mix. This drink is served on the rocks and typically found at tiki-themed bars and restaurants.

2. Killer Bee

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What makes this drink so “killer” is the mix of club soda, passion fruit juice, honey, and the base of rum. This drink is probably one of the most underrated tropical drinks. Bartenders make it under the bar to keep the recipe a secret.

3. Painkiller

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A Painkiller, just what we need after this semester, is made with pineapple juice, cream of coconut, orange juice, and rum. It is, of course, served on the rocks (just the way we like it, ladies) and has a good amount of nutmeg on top to give a little spice.

4. Piña Colada Sunrise Cocktail

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This sweet, slushy drink will help you forget that winter ever existed. The cocktail is made with pineapple, coconut sorbet, and rum (seeing a pattern?). The bartender will also add grenadine to add a tart, yet sweet flavor to the drink. This also gives it a reddish tint.

5. Frozen Rum Runners

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As the sunshine approaches, you’re going to want a frozen drink in hand. This slushy drink consists of gold rum, blackberry liquor, banana liquor, orange juice, and grenadine.

6. Bahama Mama

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Ah, the classic tropical drink every high school senior experiences during their Spring Break trip to the Bahamas. This popular drink is made with coconut liquor, dark rum, coffee liquor, pineapple juice, and of course, 151 proof rum (Bacardi 151).

7. Vanilla Pineapple Margarita (or any flavored Margarita)

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This Vanilla Pineapple Margarita takes the heavenly combo of pineapple and coconut to a whole new level. All the tequila lovers out there will definitely love this one.

8. Blue Hawaii Cocktail

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Combine rum, blue Curacao, pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and one cup of crushed ice in a blender and you’ll be feeling like Elvis Presley in no time. Bring Hawaii to your country club or backyard pool with this frozen drink.

9. Lava Flow

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Besides its super cool name, The Lava Flow has an even better taste. It is filled with fresh, crushed-up fruit like bananas and strawberries and mixed with coconut rum, light rum, and coconut cream.

10. Hurricane

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This sweet alcoholic drink is made with rum, fruit juice, and grenadine. It is one of the most popular drinks in New Orleans, and you know they know how to drink in Nola.

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Lonely Planet's top 10 weird bars and restaurants

Some of the world’s most unique places to dine and drink will wow you before you see the bottom of your glass.

Just when you think you are in touch with all the cool new places, it turns out you haven’t really seen it all.

Hobbit House, Manila, Philippines
This Tolkien-themed bar and restaurant in the Philippines bills itself as "the world's only bar owned and staffed by hobbits" - actually a team of dwarves and midgets. The decor is charming and rustic, with wood panelling and folksy flourishes, and tall people will need to bend over double to fit through the doorways. The Hobbit House is renowned for the quality of its live music. There is live music every night for reservations, the menu and a map, visit

Red Sea Star, Eilat, Israel
The Red Sea Star is a bit like Stromberg's underwater lair in the 1977 James Bond flick The Spy Who Loved Me - which is unsurprising considering that it is 5m below the Red Sea in Israel. The interior of this bar-restaurant feels somewhat reminiscent of a mermaid's lounge, with fishy fantasy motifs - including jellyfish-shaped stools and starfish-shaped lights - and huge windows through which curious (or possibly vengeful) fish and other marine creatures eyeball the customers eyeballing their seafood platters. If you crane your neck, you might see a ship overhead from time to time. Landlubbers will be relieved to find the rooftop Metro Bar is open 7pm-3am, the underwater bar opens from 10am .

Le Refuge Des Fondues, Paris, France
Don't despair if you can't get into that posh Parisian restaurant - this place will take anyone (space permitting). It is tiny and the walls are covered with graffiti (add your own). Only fondues are served, and there are just two tables, which are very long. Diners sit cheek by jowl - those on the inner seats have to scramble over the table when they want to leave. One of the bonuses is that you will meet lots of people in fact, it is pretty hard not to when you go planting your boot into someone's dinner in your rush to make the toilet after one baby bottle too many (that is what their wine comes in).

Giger bar, Chur & Château St Germain, Switzerland
The Swiss graphic artist HR Giger is perhaps most famous for creating the eponymous creature in the sci-fi /horror flick Alien, along with the film's overall ambience of nightmare and dread. Giger invented the concept of "biomechanoids", a hellish fusion of machine and utterly alien intelligence, and that precisely describes the decor of these bars in Switzerland. Interiors are dark and oppressive - it feels like you are in the tomb where Alien's doomed space travellers first encountered their demonic nemesis. The seats impart a horrible sensation, like you're sitting in the slimy monster's lap.

Depeche Mode Baar, Tallinn, Estonia
The most bizarre aspect of this tribute bar is the band it chose to honour. This dark corner of Estonia is filled with black-clad, rake-thin Depeche Mode fans sipping on Master & Servant or Personal Jesus cocktails while listening to the band's cold melancholia. Autographed photos, DM artwork and tour memorabilia line the walls, while video screens play continuous Mode videos. A bleak hell for some sweet heaven for others.

Albatross, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo's tiny Albatross is in the barfilled Shomben Yokocho (Piss Alley all the bars share the same toilets). You would be hard pressed to cram more than 10 bodies in here. There are three levels, including an art gallery, and the place is so skinny there is a hole in the upper floors through which the bar staff pass your drinks. If you do not breathe out, do not scratch your head and make sure you watch your step (people have been known to fall through the drinks hole), then you will have a fine old time.

Nasa, Bangalore, India
Bar staff resplendent in spacesuits space-shuttle-style decor spacey tags: "Fuel Tank" for the bar, "Humanoid Disposal" for the toilets laser-light shows tables attached to rocket fins images of the earth seen from orbit through portholes on the walls. The only thing missing from this ode to the Infinite Vacuum in India is a dodgy heat-protection shield, although the cocktails can supply the blinding flash (and the stars before your eyes).

Regatta Hotel, Brisbane, Australia
The male toilets in this Australian joint are billed as the "loo with a view". The back wall of the urinal is a huge one-way mirror and many a chap has been caught out entering here for the first time, drunk and unaware, getting down to business then looking up in horror to find a passer-by seemingly fixated on you know what. Relax: you can see them, but they can't see you. How soon before a bar reverses the opticals?

Red Room, San Francisco, US
It is all red, every bit of it: floors, walls, ceiling, bottles and glasses, chairs, couches, curtains. your face after a few drinks. After a few more drinks, you might think you are trapped in a David Lynch nightmare dream sequence, where everyone talks backwards, your arms are on back to front, and funny little men do strange contortionist dances that defy time, space and gravity.

Marton, Taipei, Taiwan
Marton in Taiwan is not for the squeamish, given that it is themed after commodes potties the john the loo the dunny throne porcelain bus can bog. Plates are toilet-bowl shaped (Asian squat or Western sit). Can you drink lemon squash from a toilet bowl? A cheers of "bottoms up" would be appropriate. Naturally, chairs are shaped like toilets, and there is urinal art (although no Duchamp). The only thing missing is "toilet lollies".

CORRECTION: At the time of publication, San Francisco's Red Room had been closed. We regret the error.

Name That (Bizarre) Restaurant Theme

If your idea of a good read is scattershot list of “bizarre” items, WebUrbanist has a treat for you: a new collection of oddly-themed restaurants, which follows its presumably traffic-grabbing original round-up of weird eatery ideas from around the world.

The latest set includes a prison-themed restaurant, an airplane-themed restaurant, a café with freely available cuddly cats for the petting (in Japan, naturally), and Ninja, the NYC restaurant that critic Frank Bruni famously told people to turn around and leave before entering, as that way “you will be spared an infinitely larger measure of tedium, a visually histrionic smorgasbord of undistinguished food and a discordant bill that can easily exceed $100 a person with tax, tip and drinks.”

Note to WebUrbanist: Saying that some of New York’s “most creative fusion food” is served at Ninja seems a little generous.

Here’s footage of Japan’s Cat Café Calico, where there are kitties around for customer enjoyment: