Hospital /Prison-themed bar, Osaka, Japan
Japan has always been the hub for quirkiness and this bar lives up to the country’s love for the unusual. Taking the hospital theme to an alternative level, Alcatraz ER melds fantasy with a clubbing experience. Called ‘Shibuya medical-prison’ by locals, this bar is a combination of three themes: a hospital, a prison and a prison. Entering the bar needs customers to share their blood group after which they are cuffed by presenters dressed up as nurses, who escort them to their ‘cell’. Apart from the typical test-tube shots, potent drinks contained in huge syringes are then emptied into glasses or right into guests’ mouths. Who said pain and pleasure are equally exclusive feelings?
Hobbit bar, Matamata, New Zealand
Included in the official Hobbiton tour, ‘The Green Dragon Inn’ from the classic LOTR (The Lord of the Rings) series has been thoroughly recreated for fans who want to gulp one down in a setting frequented by their beloved Middle Earth characters from Tolkien’s fantasy classic. The bar menu is restricted but fans get to pick from ale, cider or non-alcoholic ginger beer; those who’ve selected for the complete tour, get a free refreshment when they swing by. The bar is also famous as a place for private parties and can accommodate about 100 people at a time.
Puppet pub, Tokyo, Japan
Many refer to Kagaya as the maddest pub in Tokyo for a simple reason: the holder and host exactly brings the roof down with his wildly amusing act. Called the ‘Japanese alike of Robin Williams’ by TimeOut Tokyo magazine, Mark Kagaya is random, amusing and enjoyable in all measures. From covering up in a costume of your choice to vanishing within seemingly magic cupboards, Kagaya revels most throughout his well-known puppet act: order a thirst-quencher and it could be served in a glass that travels by itself or even makes unusual noises. Evenings in Kagaya end with a sitting of table football or Jenga.
Jail bar, Anyang, South Korea
While a night out of exciting debauchery could end in prison, here’s an option that lets you begin at one. The prison bar in Anyang, called Gamock (which literally means jail) is an experience like no other. Mannequins dressed as convicts’ welcome visitors to the bar which look like a dingy dungeon from inside. Visitors plonk themselves inside cells and are attended by waiters attired in black-and-white-striped prison costumes. High-backed booths and mind-altering lights complete the experience: being caged has never been as much fun.
Office bar, Japan
After a long day at the office, most individuals would hesitate at the thought of relaxing in an environment that pretends their workplace. Or not: The Office Bar in Kita Aoyama in Tokyo works on the principle that letting your hair down in an office atmosphere helps individuals let go of the pressure they associate with their work. Ergo, the bar looks like a typical office, comprehensive with printers, desks, filing cabinets and everything among. A good place to settle office clashes with your team, we think.
Crab racing bar, Sydney, Australia
Crab racing, a competition to see which crab reaches the end of the table first, has converted pretty rage in many Sydney pubs. This is how it works: up to 30 crabs are positioned at the centre of a table and then free to see which one reaches the edge of the table first. Famous bets comprise the next round of beer and t-shirts. If you’re in Sydney, then move to The Friend in Hand pub to try your hand at this Aussie form of races. Just don’t try it sober!
Robot bar, Ilmenau, Germany
Bartenders are likely to be sociable folks, offering a sympathetic ear to patrons’ troubles. But how about an inanimate bartender who can truly make small talk? Carl, as he is called, this humanoid bartender can mix cocktails at the same time as keeping up a basic conversation with the customers at the Robots Bar and Lounge in the German city of Ilmenau. To make sure Carl doesn’t smash in the small area behind the bar, Carl wears a belt with devices.
Ping-Pong bar, Berlin, Germany
Don’t leave Berlin without getting a taste of the city’s favourite bar game – Beer Pong! It’ll help if you truly have some skills on the table-tennis table, as you clash with drunk people at Dr. Pong – a sports bar where masses cheer on paddlers fighting for glory with a mix of chops, smashes and shots. If you’re not into table-tennis, you can try your luck on the football table.
DIY bar, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Want to perform as a bartender? Head to the MiNiBar in Amsterdam where you can take your pick of drinks from a dedicated mini bar, and even mix them as you want. Champagne flutes, tumblers, long drink tops, pint glasses and other mingling paraphernalia is given and visitors can even show-off their bartending tricks.