Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

The Secret is Out: The World’s Craziest Bars

Do you believe in mermaids? What about secret tree hideouts or undersea getaways? If you visit these bars, you won’t have to be tipsy to start seeing these sorts of things. In fact, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what you’ll see at the world’s craziest bars!

Grab your camera and a beer, because these bars are pretty unforgettable. From the floating Pink Iguana bar in the tropics to the Ice Bar in Iceland, you’ll want to visit them all! Read on to find out what you can expect….
 

1    Sip ‘n Dip Lounge: Montana, USA

You might not expect to find mermaids in Montana, yet there they are. This cool tiki bar has been around for over half a century, and it’s still one of the wackiest bars you’ll ever find. As you sip your drink, the live mermaids in the glassed-in pools will entertain you with their dance-like swimming routines. Piano Pat, the talented woman who has been playing piano for the bar since the 1960s, is as much an attraction as the mermaids.
 
Sip ‘n Dip Lounge: Montana, USA
2    Baobab Bar: Modjadjiskloof, South Africa

If the name of the town isn’t wacky enough for you, this crazy bar is sure to be! Baobab Bar is located in the heart of a real baobab tree. You’ll feel a little bit like you’ve stepped into Peter Pan or the Lion King when you drink here. The bar isn’t just famous for its awesome atmosphere—it also serves excellent drinks. This is South Africa, after all.
 
Baobab Bar: Modjadjiskloof, South Africa
3    Das Klo: Berlin, Germany

If you don’t mind gross things, you may actually enjoy this wacky bar. Das Klo bar is totally toilet themed, with wine served from urine bottles and food served from hospital trays. Toilet parts from all eras and cultures crowd the ceiling, and pretty much anything you can find in your bathroom, you’re sure to find in the bar. Don’t worry, though—the health department has never found any cleanliness problems in the establishment.
 
Das Klo: Berlin, Germany
4    Madame Claude: Berlin, Germany

Leave it to Berlin to have not one but two of the world’s craziest bars. This one will make you feel disoriented before you take a single sip—some of the furniture is bolted to the ceiling, and everything looks halfway upside-down. Be sure to snap some pictures to confuse your friends back home.
 
Madame Claude: Berlin, Germany
5    The Pink Iguana: Sint Maarten, Dutch Caribbean

This bar is located in one of the sunniest places on earth! The Pink Iguana is a real boat that floats in the lagoon and serves drinks to locals and tourists alike. The boat is painted pink, and it has a big iguana of the same color on the roof. To make it that much better, this bar also has an eclectic conglomeration of live music, from electric violin performances to a white-coat-clad band from the nearby medical school.
 
The Pink Iguana
6    Rum Doodle Bar: Kathmandu, Nepal

If you are on the ins with the climbing crowd, you’ll certainly know about this world-famous bar. Not only does the bar feature the signatures of Sir Edmund Hillary and hundreds of other Everest summiteers, it also had countless Yeti feet signed by trekkers dangling from the ceiling. If you make it to the top of Everest, you get a free meal and your signature on display!
 
Rum Doodle Bar: Kathmandu, Nepal
7    Ice Bar: Reykjavik, Iceland

This Iceland bar takes the cold very seriously. In fact, the entire bar is lined with blocks of ice, and the temperature inside is freezing! You may feel chilled as soon as you step in the door, but at least you know that your beer will be nice and cold.
 
Ice Bar: Reykjavik, Iceland
8    Brouwerij ‘t IJ: Amsterdam, Netherlands

What do you think about when you picture the Netherlands? If you said “windmills,” then you’ll love this awesome bar. Actually, Brouwerij ‘t IJ is a microbrewery located in a real windmill in the middle of Amsterdam! The location is great, but the beer is even better. It’s like Dutch Bros, except in a legit windmill and serving great beer instead of great coffee.
 
Brouwerij ‘t IJ: Amsterdam
9    Red Sea Bar: Israel

“She went to the year 3,000… everybody lived underwater….” Fortunately for us (and the Jonas Brothers), you can live part of your life underwater in the 21st Century, too. The Red Sea Bar is literally located underwater, so you can look out of the windows and enjoy views of reef and fish. The inside of the bar is pretty cool, too— you get to sit on jellyfish stools, just below the huge starfish on the ceiling!
 
Red Sea Bar: Israel
10    Joben Bistro: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Steampunk may be out (way, way out), but wacky pubs are definitely in. This crazy steampunk-themed bar looks like someone shook random objects out of a Jules Verne book and stuck them all over the walls. This is the one place you can still get away with wearing a top hat in public.
 
Joben Bistro Romania
11    Rick’s Café: Negril, Jamaica

The Caribbean has a lot of great bars and a lot of great cliff-diving spots. Put them together, and you either have an accident waiting to happen or the best vacation ever! People dive off the cliff at Rick’s Cafe often, but it’s dangerous and not very deep, so be careful when you try. And do try it! This is an epic bragging-rights activity that you can’t pass up.
 
Rick’s Café: Negril, Jamaica
There are so many crazy bars to visit out there! I have to wonder who comes up with some of these crazy ideas. Which one of these wacky bars is your favorite? Let us know in the comments, and tell us if you know any bars that should be added to this list!
 

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