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Top 10 Unreal International Bars

VO: Emily Brayton
Script written by William Fletcher. Forget your average hole-in-the-wall pub– these bars take drinking to a whole new level. In this video, MsMojo counts down our picks for the Top 10 Unreal International Bars. For this list, we’ve scoured the world for the most unique and exciting bars that will really make your eyes pop. Special thanks to yourbestfriend for submitting this idea on our interactive suggestion tool at

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Script written by William Fletcher.

Top 10 Unreal International Bars

Forget your average hole-in-the-wall pub– these bars take drinking to a whole new level. Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for Top 10 Unreal International Bars.

For this list, we’ve scoured the world for the most unique and exciting bars that will really make your eyes pop.

#10: Tiger Leaping Gorge Bar

Perched atop one of the perilous peaks of the Tiger Leaping Gorge in southwestern China is one of the best views imaginable– with a great bar to boot. We’re thinking specifically of the bar at the halfway guesthouse right at the center of the gorge. This bar’s patio juts out over the gorge, presenting you with a spectacular bird’s eye view of the majestic valley below. Visitors must brave a two-hour trek along rocky cliff sides to reach this bar, but that’s what makes the cold beer all the more enjoyable.

#9: Red Sea Star

Ever wanted to get drunk while snorkeling alongside the cast of “Finding Nemo”? That might not be advisable. Luckily, this resto-bar, located beneath the waves of Israel’s Red Sea is sure to offer a similar, yet much safer experience. Wavy windows on every wall provide customers breathtaking views of the Red Sea’s coral reef marine life, all from the relative comfort of a jellyfish-shaped barstool. This “dive” bar offers a great way to wet your feet and your whistle as you explore all that the Red Sea has to offer.

#8: Sky Bar

From under the sea to the top of the world, Bangkok’s famous Sky Bar sits 800 feet in the air, giving you a totally different kind of view: this time, a magnificent view of the city skyline! As long as you’re not afraid of heights, this bar is an essential spot for the city’s booming tourist industry. Though the fun drinks and luxurious metropolitan atmosphere make it feel more like something out of “Sex and The City,” this bar was actually featured in “The Hangover Part II.” When you go, be sure to try the ‘Hangovertini’.

#7: Cave Bar

What better way to unwind after a long day of exploring ruins than to get a refreshing drink in an ancient tomb? This site in the ancient city of Petra dates back nearly 2000 years, giving it the distinction of being one of the oldest bars in the world. Much of Petra, this bar included, is carved directly into a rock face. Unlike the rest of the city, this bar has managed to remain in business. It’s also the only bar inside of an actual burial chamber. Sorry, no getting drinks with mummies; the deceased patrons of this bar are long gone.

#6: Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the country’s most visited attractions. What could be more relaxing than a cocktail at the spa? Located in a dramatic volcanic canyon right on top of one of Iceland’s natural hot springs, it offers guests the rare experience of wading in pools naturally whitened with volcanic ash. A couple of steps into the pool and you’ll get to the bar, where you can grab a drink while you lay back and get really, really comfortable. No wonder the life expectancy in Iceland is so high if this is how they get to kick back.

#5: The Big Baobab
South Africa

Baobabs trees are pretty fascinating; predominantly in southern Africa, this tree grows almost more in width than it does in height, and after about a thousand years, the inside of the tree starts to hollow out naturally. You wouldn’t think that its trunk would be big enough to fit a whole bar, but a South African couple proved in 1993 that it most certainly is. The Big Baobab gives you a rare glimpse of what life might be like as an Avatar, and lets you knock them back as you get familiar with its roots.

#4: Cova d'en Xoroi

Tunnel through a well-lit cave interior and emerge at a terrace at the edge of a cliff, facing the southern coast of Spain. It’s known for being one of the best places in the world to catch the sunset, with the orange hues dancing off the ocean waves and illuminating the cave interior. You’ll want to stick around past sundown because at night, things tend to heat up a little. The tables are pulled away and the cave walls are lit in cool colors to create a dance floor for live DJ sets. Music for the ears and a phenomenal view for the eyes!

#3: Museum HR Giger Bar

It’s no wonder that the master of 80s macabre art and the creator of the famed “Aliens” monster would have his own museum. What’s surprising is that the accompanying bar might be a little more interesting than the artwork. Rows and rows of boney vertebrae arch over the bar, making you feel as though you’ve been swallowed by that infamous Alien. Every inch of this bar bears H. R. Giger’s fingerprint. Even the floors are carved with intricate etchings reminiscent of an extraterrestrial language. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink while you try wrapping your head around the mind of one of the world’s most twisted artists.

#2: Absolut Icebar

Slip out of your winter jacket and into a complementary fur-lined parka in Stockholm’s Absolut Icebar. The walls, the bar, and all of the furniture, are made of– you guessed it – ice. Even the glasses are made from hollowed-out ice cubes. This place gives new meaning to the word “cool,” with neon blue and purple lights coloring the walls and rhythmic music that warms the bones. It’s a great place to ‘chill’ out and break the ‘ice’– sorry, we had to. The bar is kept at a nippy -7 Celsius, so the only truly hot part of this watering hole is the bartender.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Floyd’s Pelican Bar

Miniscule of Sound

Lala’s Little Nugget

Blue Frog

Northern Lights Bar

Cloud 9

#1: Alux

The intricate cave systems are a big draw to visitors of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera. The vast matrix of interconnected tunnels presents you with a whole different world that lies just beneath your feet. They were a place of great spiritual importance for Mayan culture, which is what makes this underground resto-bar a truly incomparable experience. Clink glasses in the dim cavern light just beneath thousands of hanging stalactites, creating an alluring ambiance unlike any other. Just be sure to watch out for the fabled ‘alux’ goblins of Mayan mythology that are said to hide out in the dark corners of the cave!

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