Where are the World’s Most Unusual Places to Grab a Drink?
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Here are five choices worth traveling for:
Alux Bar & Lounge in Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The Yucatan Peninsula is known for extensive cave systems, but this might be one of the most alluring. The sprawling caverns include spaces for a restaurant, event room, and, of course, bar, where cocktail tables sit next to stalagmites and glowing light fixtures dangle from the low, limestone roof.
Baobab Tree Bar in Modjadjiskloof, South Africa
The largest baobab tree in the world roots on what is now Sunland Nursery and measures a stout 154 feet in circumference. The trees become hollow after a millennia—and this particular tree has lived six of them. In 1993, the van Heerden family, owners of the farm where the tree grows, cleared compost from the grotto inside and installed a narrow pub with draft beer and a sound system. Guests of the farm’s jungalows (chalets) can sip a cold one here.
Floyd’s Pelican Bar off Negril, Jamaica
Getting to this bar requires sea legs: it’s a half-a-mile off Treasure Beach. With a driftwood deck and dried palm-leaf roof, the bar’s not much to write home about. But with an ice-cold beer and lobster casserole (made by Floyd himself), you’ll want to take up residence at this adrift lounge.
Icebar in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
Ensconced in the Icehotel, the Icebar sits 124 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Each year, visiting artists design the hotel and bar anew, molding thousands of tons of ice from the Torne River and “snice” (snow and ice) to construct the upscale igloo. In the Icebar, everything from the tables to the Champaign and shot glasses are constructed of from the translucent material.
Vernadsky Station Lounge at the South Pole
This bar is the southernmost on the planet and the only bar in Antarctica. The British built the research station in 1947 and sold the base to the Ukranians in 1996 for £1. That symbolic payment now hangs in the English-style pub at the Vernadsky Research Base. An impish band of carpenters built the bar with wood they reallocated from planned pier repairs. The lounge welcomes the public and serves made-on-site vodka for $3 a shot.