The bar that claims to be the highest place to order a round of drinks in the world celebrated its first anniversary this week, causing us to consider some of the other odd watering-holes around the globe.
The rooftop Ozone bar is located at Hong Kong’s Ritz-Carlton, some 490 metres above sea level. It is part of a hotel complex that takes up floors 102 to 118 of Kowloon’s International Commerce Centre, and also boasts Chinese and Italian restaurants, a lounge and 312 hotel rooms.
To mark the first birthday of the “world’s highest bar”, Ritz-Carlton threw a special party at the venue, featuring a fashion show and a performance by eight-year-old piano prodigy Johnson Li. Quite a bash! But what other bizarrely-located bars are travellers likely to encounter around the world? Here are five of them…
5. Das Klo Bar, Berlin, Germany
OK, so this particular bar isn’t located in an especially bizarre place, but a visiting drinker is certainly in for a bizarre experience. The bar’s name stems from the German slang word for “toilet”, but the feel of the bar is part fun-house and part horror movie! Tables give electric shocks, air jets shoot from unexpected places, lightning flashes across the saloon, and every 10 minutes a papier mâché “avalanche” takes place! Red wine is served in blood packs, beer in urine specimen bottles and bratwurst & sauerkraut in enamel potties. Oh – and the seating is either toilet seats or coffins!
4. Absolut Icebar, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Jukkasjarvi is only a small town, but it’s got a big gimmick – the world’s first bar made entirely from ice. Spawning many imitations around the world, this is the original and best, with thermal capes dished out to drinkers, beautiful ice sculptures throughout, and ice glasses containing cocktails of Absolut vodka. As all ice is sourced from the nearby Torne River, the bar is only open between December and April.
3. Red Sea Star Bar, Eilat, Israel
A combined bar, restaurant and observatory, this is the world’s first underwater bar, found 230 feet offshore and 20 feet below the Red Sea. From your table, you can peer through the side and roof-mounted plexiglass windows and marvel at the marine life outside. The bar stools are shaped like jellyfish, the cushions like sea urchins, and the lighting resembles sea anemones.
2. The Rock Bar, Ayana, Bali
It may not be quite as lofty a prospect as the Ozone bar in Hong Kong, but the Rock Bar is still impressive, teetering 46 feet above the Indian Ocean. As well as the awe-inspiring view of the waves crashing on the rocks below, the bar is a real “rock” venue, with live bands playing at the weekend.
1. Baobab Bar, Limpopo, South Africa
The baobab tree that stands on Sunland Farm is said to be 6,000 years old, and stands 72 feet high. It also now offers an escape from the South African heat, as the 155 foot trunk has been hollowed out to make a most unusual bar space, big enough for 40 drinkers! The bar was opened by landowners the van Heerdens in the 1980s. Since then, it has become a major local tourist attraction.