Some are weird, some are wonderful, ALL are unmissable.
Whether you’re saving for flights, living the millionaire playboy life (in which case, call us) or blowing your entire inheritance on a gap yah, these are the ridiculously epic bars you need to get on your bucket list. Go get ‘em!
Buried beneath The Roosevelt Hotel, this place is less bar more theatre – and a crazy one at that. My Little Pony dolls, women tying their t*ts in a knot, transvestites in fishnets and fluffy panda’s make up the staff, alongside performing midgets dressed as ompa-loomas and attached to zip wires (so that they can fly across the ceiling to deliver your drinks, obviously). Watch mini-Justin Bieber hump a car and sing the hits and catch glimpses of the many a-listers that go here – by the end of the night they’ll be dancing on the tabletop poles with you. If you can go meet Jeff Beacher, the owner, when he strides out on stage to introduce the next act – this palce is his brainchild, and he isn’t happy unless everyone’s having a wild time.
Roosevelt Hotel, Beacher’s Madhouse, 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90028
If you reserve a table for lunch or dinner don’t expect it to be civilised at The Willy T. This bar is wild – and so is everyone that hops on board (why do you think BarChick loves it?), and nudity is openly encouraged. Once you’ve had one of Willy’s special body shots (which involve whipped cream, cherries, Baileys and being handcuffed to the bar) there’s no going back. Everything that happens here is taken to the extreme, so expect pumping music, awesome Caribbean rum, ski shots (4 shots in a row on a jet ski) and staff that give out temporary skull and cross bone t*t tattoos. Oh, and chicks get a free thong if they manage to get your kit off.
The Bight Bay, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
Perfect for those who love a bit of toilet humour. And actual toilets. The concept behind this bar is an odd one; celebrating all things loo, where customers are invited to sit on toilets as they dine. Even the food is served in miniature toilets, cocktails in small urinals (you can take them home as a souvenir) and the tables are baths with glass tops! Round up the meal with swirled chocolate ice cream served in plates shaped like a small squat loo and you can die saying you’ve genuinely seen it all. Warning: you’ll never look at a bowl of beef stew again, but it’s worth it for the laugh.
404 Yizhong St, 101號2樓, Taichun
This one’s for all the Indiana Jones fans out there! The ancient city of Petra is carved out of rock, and houses one of the most original bars that we’ve ever come across. The Cave Bar is a 2,000 year old Nabataean (the Ancient settler’s) tomb,which has been converted into a bar of dark alcoves and creepy passageways. This is NOT your average boozer, and providing you can afford the expensive drinks you’ll have an awesome night sipping cocktails by candlelight. While you’re there you’ve gotta go for for one of their signature cocktails like ‘Between the Caves’ – a punchy mix of rum, blue carousel, triple sec and brandy.
Petra, Wadi Musa, Jordan
This Lord of the Rings themed bar has taken its inspiration very seriously, like only having midgets as staff kinda seriously. There’s a huge mural of the beloved book’s lead characters on the bar’s exterior and huge paintings of iconic scenes indoors. Enter through the circular door and wait for the bell to ring and your waiter will appear and lead you into the candle-lit space. You’ll be greeted by a mega selection of imported beer (yup, served by midgets) and awesome live music. At the end of the night remember to tip your valet, all of them wear bricks tied to their shoes to reach the peddles, and don’t forget to check out the mini urinals. This place is f*cking nuts.
Arquiza Trade Center, 1212 Marcelo H. del Pilar, Manila 1000, Philippines
As you know, BarChick loves a rooftop, and this one’s got the highest in the world. Up on the 63rd floor of The Dome at The State Tower in Thailand, this bar is 820 feet above street level. The views are next level amazing (just don’t stand too close to the edge). This place is special people and has international date night written all over it- go early and stick around to watch the city light up at night.
The Dome at Lebua, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
This place is legendary in Atlanta, with a legacy of being both the first and longest running strip club in the city. But before you write it off as another t*tty bar think again, because they do things a little differently here. For starters, the strippers are not your typical young girls with big boobs; some are over 60, some are overweight and others are covered head to toe in tattoos. Edgy. Each dancer (OK, stripper) chooses their own songs to perform their *unique* routines to, so you’ll never see the same thing twice. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Blondie – she can crush beer cans between her t*ts. Everyone who comes here, from a-list celebs to average Joes, loves this joint because the drinks are cheap and the party keeps rocking ‘til the wee hours. Get your dollar bills ready.
789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
Literally a bar, on a rock, in the sea. This one of a kind seafood restaurant is built off the coast of Zanzibar and in really low tide you can walk to it – but be warned, if the tide is up you might have to get a boat (although BarChick says earn it ‘n swim it!). Definitely go for a drink but if you can stick around for the food – it’s amazing and as fresh as you can get. This tiny place only seats 14 inside, but that just makes you feel even more lucky to dine there. This one’s pretty much perfection, just remember to plan your journey back before you hit the cocktails.
Michamvi Pingwe Village, Zanzibar, Tanzania
If you’re gonna do Venice, you need to do it in style. And this is style. The terrace at Bar Longhi is ON the Grand Canal so waterside views don’t get better than this, plus you’ll have gondolas pretty much brushing past your feet. The terrace is what we’re here for but inside it’s also sexy as hell; all green and classic with white suited bartenders and a killer classic cocktail list. Even the Queen stays here when she’s in this hood. If it’s good enough for the Queen…
Gritti Palace,Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 2467, 30124
Look inside the basement under a building down an alleyway in Tokyo and you’ll find the weirdest bar in the city. Don’t be scared by the huge stuffed lizard crawling up the ceiling, it’s all part of the experience yo. This place feels like an Aztec shrine, with glass table lights and toilets that look like a Mayan tomb! The staff are friendly and chilled and will mix you great drinks all night and there’s a great selection of beers on offer too, and as well as small, late-night bites for when you get peckish. The kind of place you won’t want to tear yourself away from, where the entertainment is all in the decor and people watching.
NF Building, B1F, 2-2-7 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 155-0033, Japan
This was the first in a big trend of ruin pubs in the city, and it’s the maddest, too. Decor in both the garden and indoor areas is chaotic, like the designer went to a tip, found a load of shiny stuff and let is all explode onto the bare brick walls. Drink their (super cheap) house beer and spend the night dancing on a floor dotted with reflections from all the disco balls, beneath gnomes that hang from the ceiling and colourful, flashing, LED lights that seem to follow you into every corner of the bar. They use old cars instead of tables here, so pull up a chair and soak it all in – this place is perfect for punters in need of some escapism.
Kazinczy utca 14, Budapest 1075, Hungary
Don’t be mislead by the exterior, this place is huge. Spanning over two buildings, one on each side of the road, and occupying the street between them, it’s the kind of place you can lose your mates in easily (and you should because you’ll come away having made 10 new best mates in the space of one night). All that room is an accurate reflection of what’s on offer here – nearly 2,500 flavours of beer are available, from traditional and local brews to the experimental and everything in between. Walk through the barrel-top covered ceiling and wait in the queue (there’s no table service, the only downside to this place) and order a cactus beer. Go on, we dare you.
Impasse de la Fidélité 4A, 1000 Ville de Bruxelles, Belgium
The only bar in London where you’ll get a 2-michelin star restaurant, toilets that look like an art installation, a club, a puffy pink restaurant and a woodland themed bar, all under one roof.
If you’re short on time pick The Glade for drinks, the bar where artists Carolyn Quartermaine and Didier Mahieu have taken inspiration from 20th century stationary and created an enchanted fairytale forest, and order a ‘9,000 Year’s’ cocktail. Never mixed tequila and Guinness? You’re about to. Before you leave you’ve also got to take a trip to the loos, which you’ll find inside giant egg-shaped capsules. Oh, and the toilet staff dress up as sexy maids. Banging.
Sketch, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
Looking for a party? It doesn’t get much better than a mother freakin’ party island. From midnight ‘til 6am boats ferry the party animals from the shoreline of Hvar island over to Carpe Diem island where you’ll be greeted by fires, swimming pools, palm trees, world famous DJs, Champagne lounges, podiums, and the most epic dance floor of all time. When you get sweaty (nb. You will) just jump off in to the sea to cool down, the party carries on in there to. 6am boats will take you back to the island just in time for sunrise.