“Alcohol: Because no great story ever began with someone eating a salad.” Alcohol and stories go hand-in-hand. And for really seasoned tipplers, bars are always looking to outdo each other not only in terms of the service and variety, but also in terms of atmosphere and presentation. Think of themed bars and what fist comes to your head is a noisy closed room with maybe a couple of cool tailored drinks. But that wouldn’t be doing justice to the large numbers of really bizarre and brilliant bars from across the world. Like the themed bar in Uyuni, Bolivia near some giant salt flats made up almost entirely of salt (including grains of salt on the floor!). Take a look at some of the best.
Giger Bar – the historian’s intoxication
H.R Giger, the Swiss Surrealist artist, who also designed the sets of Alien, created an entire museum in the town of Gruyères dedicated to housing his artworks, with structures fusing man and technology, and some props from the set itself. The Museum’s bar follows the same aesthetic, with the walls and ceiling forming one skeletal structure, giving the impression of being inside a foreign, aggressive alien creature.
Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den, Minneapolis – of Zombies and Aliens
If, however, what you’re really waiting for is a Zombie apocalypse, then Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den in Minneapolis is the place to be. Calling itself “a defiant outpost of madness in a world gone sane”, this bar has nothing at all sane about it. A glass case with a chainsaw has the writing on it-” In Case of Zombie Attack, Break Glass”. Horror films which are zombie-themed often play inside the bar, and if hunger gets to you first, use the bar’s “Batphone” to order food from the sister restaurant-Psycho Suzy. All in all, a good place to go to when the Zombies finally rise up!
Remote, the Digital Lounge in New York City
New York City often feels like a giant, interconnected consciousness, with a greater entity watching over your every move. Now, imagine a bar where everyone can watch your every move anyway! That’s right, the “digital lounge”, Remote allows patrons to watch CCTV footage of what other patrons are drinking (or not) with the help of 60 video cameras and 100 video screens. So watch what that cute guy is drinking, or that mysterious lady in the corner is about to order. And if you feel like a voyeur, why, remember that others can do the same for you!
The Clinic, Singapore – hospitalization even before you fall sick from over drinking!
Most of us don’t go to bars for the sake of our health. And most of us would rather stay away from hospitals. But here is one hospital you would love to go to. The Clinic, in Clarke Quay, Singapore, is set up like a hospital. Each room is shaped like a pill, with the seats made like hospital beds or wheelchairs. Get yourself served your favorite drink from IV drip bags and test tubes. The design is the brainchild of British artist Damien Hirst, whose work is also showcased in the bar.
I Vow Never to Drink Again, unless it’s Good for the Environment
Buddhist monks aren’t that well known for their skills in mixology. But then, most of them don’t drink alcohol, not even the old monks. The two at Vowz, in Tokyo, have a more relaxed view of the intake of alcoholic spirits, to raise one’s spirits. The religious and the secular rub elbows here, and you can either get a drink or pray at the altar in the corner. The co-founder of the bar, Gugan Taiguchi, is also its religious leader. So go ahead and grab a drink or two before you face your maker. Guaranteed to raise your spirits!
Green drinking at Greenhouse in New York
Speaking of raising spirits, with all the environmental problems that are plaguing the modern world, is it any wonder that everything we do needs to be geared towards protecting Mother Nature? Greenhouse in New York and Florida, is an LEED-certified unit, which uses recycled materials and environmentally sound equipment such as LED lights and water-free urinals. What’s more, even in spirit it is environment-friendly, that is to say, even the alcohol is approved of by changing environment standards- it uses 360 Vodka (the planet’s first eco-friendly vodka), among other drinks. Various types of leaves and greenery cover the walls and floor; a true escape from the polluted life of the city and into the lap of nature. And if some nice alcohol adds to the experience, then all we say is-”hic, hic, hurray!”