People often go to cafes or restaurants because of the quality of the food. Sometimes, the reason why customers flock to a venue is the unique menu or ambiance. Beyond food, the novelty that certain bars bring to the dining experience helps it stand out. Here are some of the weirdest we’ve seen so far.
The Modern Toilet Restaurant Chain, Taiwan
The Modern Toilet Restaurant is located in the hip area of Taipei. Its name does not just imply a specific setup. It literally drives the toilet theme home. This resto started as a small ice cream shop and, because of its novelty, expanded eventually to a full-fledged café with several branches across the country. Whether it was conceptualized just for laughs is no matter now, because locals and tourists are finding ways to dine here and, of course, have their photos taken.
Its menu includes uniquely plated items, including chicken in a toilet shaped bowl, a honey and aloe drink kept in a urine collection bottle and chocolate ice cream swirled on a toilet shaped dish for dessert. Guests sit on toilets instead of chairs — and even these seats are sourced from different parts of the globe.
Baobab Tree Bar & Wine Cellar, South Africa
Having a good drink and being in touch with nature might be two concepts that you thought you could not enjoy at the same time. But this is South Africa – and such an experience is mandatory. The Baobab Tree Bar & Wine Cellar allows you to enjoy cocktails while nestled within a living plant.
The Baobab is the widest tree species in the world. When the trees hit their 1000th birthday, they begin to get hollow inside. This bar, in particular, is 1700 years old, so the owners turned it into a drinking den that serves draft beer and has a dartboard.
The Red Sea Star, Israel
There’s plenty of adventures you can do underwater, but enjoying some snacks and a drink while submerged might not be on your list. This cafe in Eliat, Israel was built in 1998 in an area that had become very polluted. Designing and planning the structure took four years and scientists eventually succeeding in creating a coral nursery to help revive marine life. That building lasted also for 4 years, after which the café took over.
The Red Sea Star is located 6 meters into the water and features a marine-themed interior. It also has large windows so guests can appreciate the marine life outside as they drink and dine. The Red Sea Star is the world’s only night-time underwater observatory and uses a soft light to showcase the natural habitat without causing any disturbance.
Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Jamaica
This bar is a result of Floyd Forbes’ magical dream of having a bar built on stilts in the midst of a calm ocean. In 2001, he turned this into a reality and gave birth to one of the coolest cafes on earth. Customers can enjoy the cool Jamaican breeze in the middle of the sea among the multitude of pelicans perched on the sand bar next to it, hence, its name.
Forbes initially set this up for him and his fisherman friends, but it did not take long before more people started visiting for a cold beer and the ambiance. Sixteen years later, the bar is still in business and reviews say that a trip to Jamaica is never complete without a visit to Floyd’s.
H.R. Giger Museum Bar, Switzerland
While many might not know who H.R. Giger is, everyone likely knows of his masterpiece — the 1979 film “Alien.” The movie’s iconic art and style served as the inspiration for dozens of sci-fi films ever since. Fortunately, fans can get to experience his creativity in another level via the H.R. Giger Museum Bar.
The popular description of the bar is ”a cavernous and skeletal structure that is covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle.” It is also said that being in this place is similar to the feeling of Jonah inside the great fish, where one feels like being in the belly of a fossilized beast.
There are other unique and bizarre cafes and bars in other parts of the world. Did your favorite make it to this list? Let us know in the comments!