Whether you want to drink in epic views, history, or iconic cocktails, these bars have got you covered.
From the world’s oldest bar to one housed inside of a massive tree in South Africa, we’ve found 50 unforgettable bars worth travelling the globe for.
Here’s your boozy bucket list.
Inside Iceland's ION Luxury Adventure Hotel you'll find the Northern Lights Bar, a bar designed explicitly for optimal Northern Lights viewing. An hour from Reykjavík, amid mountains and lava fields, sits this glass cage of sorts, which juts out from the end of the hotel, and occasionally has astronomers on hand to drop their aurora borealis knowledge.
Bangkok's Sky Bar will have you feeling drunk without a drop to drink, as it sits on the Lebua Hotel's 63rd floor -- 820 feet in the sky. The trippy LED lit bar changes colour every few minutes, has some of the most incredible views of the city, and was prominently featured in The Hangover Part II.
Instead of swinging from the chandeliers, drink inside one. The Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas features a three story bar inside of a chandelier, enveloped in two million beaded crystals. The drinks are equally impressive, many inspired by the molecular gastronomy movement, and created and served table side, from a modern bar cart.
Rated the best bar in the world by the World's 50 Best Bars, Artesian in London changes its cocktail menu every year. This year, the bars theme is 'surrealism,' and it's serving drinks in surreal objects like giant metal ant sculptures, fur cups, and lego elephants.
As the name implies, the Rock Restaurant and bar is perched on a rock, and in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Once a fisherman's post in Zimbabwe, you can now get there using its dedicated boat service, or wait for low tide and wade over.
Forget a buzz. You'll get full-on vertigo at Ozone, which, on the 118th floor of Hong Kong's Ritz Carlton and 1,608 feet above sea level, is the world's highest bar.
It's not surprising that a cocktail bar opened by Grant Achatz, arguably one of the world's best chefs, would be the bar to raise the bar. Drinks at Chicago's The Aviary are outrageous molecular concoctions that are essentially pieces of art: there are 25 kinds of ice, cocktails are often brewed table side, and usually served in fascinating vessels, like inside a ball of ice that needs to be smashed or in beakers heated by bunsen burners.
Rock Bar in Kuta, Bali, is carved into a cliff face and overlooks the Indian Ocean from a rocky perch 46 feet above crashing waves. Even better than literally sitting on the water? Having to take a four-person cable car to get there.
Consistently ranked one of the best cocktail bars in the world, as well as the best bar in America, The Dead Rabbit in New York's Financial District is home to 145 types of Irish whiskey, making it the largest collection of Irish whiskey in America, and possibly the second largest in the world. Besides whiskey, the bar, opened by two Irish expats, features 72 ambitious and 'historically accurate cocktails dreamed up by the nineteenth century's most celebrated bartenders.'
The roaring twenties are alive and well at London's Nightjar, a speakeasy that features Prohibition-era drinks, live jazz and blues music, and old-school glamour in spades. Thanks to its master mixologists, as well as theatrical drinks that are as much for the taste buds as they are for the eyes (divided into pre-Prohibition, Prohibition and post-war categories), it's consistently ranked among the top bars in the world.
This opulent bar at St. Petersburg's Grand Hotel Europe claims to be the home of Russia's only professional vodka sommelier. And that's a good thing, because with an insane menu of more than 30 different vodkas -- matched only by the number of caviars on offer -- you'll need his expertise.
La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba, claims to have invented the mojito. Whether that's true or not, their mojito has Ernest Hemingway's stamp of approval, as a scribble of his on the wall reads 'My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita.'
What's better than a drink with a view? A drink with a view of monkeys, as is the case at the Berlin's 25hrs Bikini Hotel's rooftop bar, the Monkey Bar, which looks right into the Berlin zoo's monkey enclosure, and features floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views of the primates. The cocktail menu is, appropriately, tiki-leaning.
This stunning bamboo dome is about an hour from Saigon. Despite sitting in the middle of an artificial lake, the Water and Wind Café itself is made entirely of natural materials -- even the furniture is bamboo. The 32 foot high bamboo and bush covered structure was also built without a single nail, instead using traditional Vietnamese weaving techniques.
Joben Bistro, located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, transports visitors to the imaginary world of Jules Verne. Inside, there is fictional machinery resembling those described by the author, lampshades shaped like top hats, LED lights that cast a soothing glow, and mechanical gears that stick to the industrial theme.
China's Bar Constellation, located in Shanghai, is a paradise for whiskey lovers. The bar hosts over 300 single malts to choose from as well as an extensive cocktail list.
Tucked away in New York's The Carlyle Hotel is Bemelmans Bar. The bar is named after the popular children's author Ludwig Bemelmans, whose illustrations of classical books like Madeline line the bar's walls.
The H.R. Giger Museum Bar, located in Gruyères, Switzerland, is a salutation to the work of renowned Swiss artist H.R. Giger -- the creator of the title character in the hit film 'Alien.' The spooky theme resonates throughout the bar with ceilings that are decorated with alien tentacles and chairs that resemble skeletons.
Falk's bar, located in the Bayerischer Hof hotel in München, Germany, is situated in the stunning Mirror Hall, which dates back to 1839 and is the only room in the hotel to have survived World War II.
For one of the most natural drinking experiences, head to the Baobab Tree Bar in Limpopo, South Africa, where the bar is housed in a 72-foot high tree. The tree has its own cellar that keeps the beer inside cool for visitors to enjoy.
Dance the night away in a setting that resembles a stunning Gothic cathedral at Mirror in Bali, Indonesia. World class DJs spin in the bar that is elaborately decorated with high glass ceilings, hanging cathedral lamps, and breathtaking wall designs.
Located in a former brothel in Berlin, Germany, Madame Claude is an upside down bar where tables, chairs, rugs, and book stands are stuck on the roof for a bizarre optical illusion. You'll find DJs, live performances, and events taking place daily throughout the week.
See some of Helsinki's most famous landmarks on the Spårakoff Pub Tram in Finland -- a historic tram converted into a pub that serves beer, cider, and sparkling wine while taking you on a tour.
Sip on drinks while getting up-close views of sea life in the Indian Ocean at Subsix, the world's first underwater nightclub in the Niyama resort of the Dhaalu Atoll, located in the Maldives.
Le Nid sits at the top of a 472-foot-high building -- the Tour de Bretagene -- to provide panoramic views of the French city of Nantes. The bar is located inside the body of a 131-foot-long bird that scales the perimeters, with eggshell-style tables and chairs that compliment the theme.
The Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge, located in the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort of Dubai, overlooks miles of the Arabian Desert and offers breaking views during sunsets.
Dear Irving is a speakeasy in New York City with four different rooms that represent different time periods. Step back in time as you explore its F. Scott Fitzgerald room (filled with sparkling crystal draping), cosy up in its Abraham Lincoln room (where velvet seating and dark wood creates a cosy atmosphere), get groovy in its '60s-style JFK room, or drink in luxury under French chandeliers in the Marie Antoinette room.
Barcelona, Spain, has quite the reputation for partying thanks to bars like Espit Chupitos, where you'll find over 600 different quirky shots like its marshmallow shot, which you melt on the spot. The best part is they're only 2 euros each.
Jicoo the Floating Bar in Tokyo, Japan, is a futuristic-designed boat that cruises around the Tokyo Bay on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a booze cruise. The wide windows allow you to glimpse at gorgeous panoramic views of the city at night while catching live performances inside the bar.
Iceland's Blue Lagoon, located in Grindavik, is known for its healing effects thanks to its large abundance of minerals. The lagoon also hosts a bar, where waitresses serve you cocktails as you rest in the soothing heated water.
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