Heading to a bar is a normal and welcomed way to spend some free time, and while many opt for this activity due to the drinks (like a beer or two or 10) and/or the people (such as friends, family members or coworkers), the locale and the atmosphere can make or break a bar, too.
Instead of choosing a normal, average or even boring place to hang, try out one of these unique locations. They all offer drinks, foods and events that bring people together, but they are known for their one-of-a-kind settings and super interesting environments!
10 The Tunnel Bar
The Tunnel Bar is a fancy lounge known for its oversized martinis, and it is located in Northampton, Massachusetts. The stone and brick that is found in the building is all original to 1896, when this tunnel was used as a way for people to board trains!
Besides martinis and dessertinis, the menu also offers other drinks like beer, wine and cocktails such as a Dark & Stormy, an Old Fashioned or a Strawberry Basil Margarita, as well as food such as Truffle Fries, Barley Risotto Balls and Meyer Lemon Lava Cake… all of which can be enjoyed in a historic tunnel.
9 The Wreck Bar
This bar provides views of a pool that houses mermaid shows. Sure, there are also yummy cocktails and seafood choices here, but the main attraction is the unique entertainment. For instance, people can watch/enjoy The AQUAMEN’s Underwater Burlesque Show, MeduSirena's Live Mermaid Show or a Mermaids & Mimosas Brunch.
Located in the B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, The Wreck Bar just one of the entertaining ways to enjoy the sights and scenery of this oceanside destination (and it is certainly the most original form of fun there!).
Another aquatic-themed bar can be found in Ocean City, Maryland. Here, visitors can enjoy food, drinks, music and more at the Tiki Stage, Beach Stage, Nite Club and/or Main Bar. There is a full lunch and dinner menu, a raw bar with clams, oysters, shrimp, lobster and mussels and a drink menu, of course, with specialties such as the Seacrets Storm, Seacrets Passion and Seacrets Bay Breeze.
They even have their own distilling company. The coolest part of this waterfront bar, restaurant and nightclub is that people can partake in all of this while floating on rafts or and sitting under palm trees.
7 The Airplane Restaurant
How many people can say they have eaten in an old airplane? That can happen in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at The Airplane Restaurant! This plane is a Boeing KC-97 that was built in 1953, in order to help refuel aircraft. Since 2002, though, this vehicle has served food such as sandwiches, pasta, seafood, burgers, salads and drinks such as the Gold Margarita, the Chocolate Touchdown and The Blue Max.
While eating and drinking, guests can also take in the pictures, artifacts and pieces of memorabilia on this airplane.
In the Soho area of London, there is an abandoned train station that used to be utilized as an air raid shelter. Now, though, it is Cahoots, a bar with a theme centered around the 1940s! People come here for drinks, food and live entertainment, which can be appreciated in different sections, like the Underground and the Train Carriage.
There are also experiences that are sometimes set here, such as an afternoon tea or a picnic. And the adult beverages that are served up have fun names like the following: Eiffel In Love With A Soldier, Apple Of My Eye and The Strong Stuff.
5 Vin de Syrah
For a hidden escape full of music, small bites and loads of drink options, opt for Vin de Syrah in San Diego, California. It combines the hip lounges found in New York with Parisian brasseries, creating a subterranean spot that is decorated with organic chandeliers, vines and natural wood tasting tables that are lit by candles.
There are always special events, parties and wine tastings happening here, and there are always specialty cocktails, wines and flights of drinks to enjoy, as well.
4 The Chandelier Lounge
Las Vegas is known for its over-the-top entertainment, and one spot where a drink or two can be enjoyed is The Chandelier, which is found inside The Cosmopolitan. This three-story structure offers up three different bars: Level 1 at the bottom is a spot that takes a classic casino bar up a notch. Level 1.5 inside this work of art is an elegant place to have a hand-crafted cocktail. And Level 2 at the top is a lounge with a view of it all.
Oh, and signature drinks here include Whiskey Business, a twist on the Old Fashioned, and We’re All Mad Here, a gin-based drink that changes colors and has an edible tag that makes tongues tingle.
3 Container Bar
Just as Vegas is known for truly bringing it in a big and bold way, there is another city that is known for keeping it weird: Austin, Texas. Instead of having a bar in a normal and boring setting, the team behind Container Bar chose to stack together seven shipping containers, in order to create a really cool place.
A visit to this unique bar offers up people beer and ciders from popular brands such as Lonestar, Shiner or Austin Eastcider, as well as signature drinks like Vanilla Peach Shandy, Red Headed Stranger, Rainey St. Mule or a Cherry Limeade.
In the heart of New Orleans is a place called Vessel, which used to be a church! The food here is local, fresh and seasonal, and the drinks have memorable names like Mezcal Paloma, Truth Be Told, Ships in the Night, Violent Delights Have Violent Ends and Hemingway Daiquiri.
And the name of the place? Well, it comes from three different sources of inspiration. First, Vessel has 12 different glasses they use, since drinks should be served in the proper vessel. Secondly, the name is a nod to the holy vessels seen in church. And last but not least, the ceiling looks like the hull of a ship.
1 Spoon and Stable
The final unique bar on this list can be found in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is called Spoon and Stable, it was started by an award-winning chef who returned to his hometown, and beginning in 1906, it was a horse stable!
In today’s day and age, though, this spot has a bunch menu with things like a Duck Egg Omelette and Buttermilk Waffles, a dessert menu with things like a Brûlée Lemon Poppy Seed Cake and a bar menu with beer, wine, food and cocktails like Kingston Flamingo, Chokeberry Spritz And Old Spanish.