IF YOU’VE grown tired of all the establishments within a five-kilometre radius of your house, know that the world is bursting with weird, creepy, and mind-blowing spots for you to enjoy a spot of tea — or delicious libations.
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In a real live cave (pictured above)
Where: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Alux is a restaurant and bar named after the mischievous elfish cave-dwelling creatures in Mexican folklore. You can grab a drink here among the stalactites and stalagmites as you try to remember which is which.
On a teeny tiny island only accessible by sea
Where: Michamwi Pingwe, Zanzibar
You’ll have to wade out to this bar and restaurant settled on a naturally formed rock off the coast of Zanzibar to get sloshed. But it’s all stunningly gorgeous, so we wouldn’t complain too much.
The Rock, Zanzibar.
While freezing in a room made of ice
Where: New York City, United States
Everything at Minus 5 is made of ice, from the walls to the seats to the very glass you’ll drink from, although supposedly the name is misleading — it’s a balmy minus five degrees Celsius inside! Your cover charge provides you a parka and pair of gloves to use for the duration of your stay.
Vodka on the rocks.
Suspended high above the street
Dinner in the Sky is a mobile novelty restaurant that offers full-service dining 150 feet above the ground via crane. Just hope you don’t have to use the rest room.
In the belly of a whale
Where: Gruyères, Switzerland
Being inside this vertebral structure is said to evoke the Biblical story of Jonah. In any case it’s sure to leave you feeling uneasy — the cavernous space is peppered with alien and otherworldly sculptures.
Giger Bar, Switzerland.
With some cats
Where: Multiple cities, Japan
Indulge your cat obsession while sipping a nice cup of coffee in one of Japan’s notorious cat cafes. Don’t expect the cats themselves to care whether or not you’re there, though, because they probably don’t.
Cat cafe, Japan.
In the best tree house ever
Where: Limpopo Province, South Africa
Since 1933, patrons have been coming to Sunland Bar in this massive Baobab tree for a drink and view. It’s basically the magical playplace that was always missing from your childhood, only with booze! Don’t come with a crowd, however — this cosy little bar can only fit 15 patrons.