1. The Skyview Bar in Dubai, UAE
Drinking in a bar on the ground < drinking in a bar 200 meters above sea level. Every single time.
2. Red Sea Star Underwater Restaurant, Bar and Observatory in Eilat, Israel
Or if you’re less of a land lubber, try sipping a mojito five meters underwater. Water Wings are optional.
3. Exchange Bar & Grill in New York, NY
Drinks rise and fall in value at this clever themed bar. Scope out your beverage of choice, stake out for a market crash, then buy a round. Or two. Or three.
4. The Old Forge in Scotland
Billed as the remotest bar in all of the United Kingdom, the Old Forge is only accessible by 18-mile hike or a 7-mile boat ride. Foursquare mayor of Old Forge, our hats are off to you.
5. Dive Bar in Sacramento, CA
This ain’t your dad’s dark, dank dive bar. Beautiful mermaids swim — and make locals swoon — at this swanky nightlife destination.
6. Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den in Minneapolis, MN
Because, come on — can you really think of any better place to be during the inevitable zombie apocalypse? Spoiler alert: No. You can’t.
7. Spårakoff in Helsinki, Finland
A working tram that’s also a slick bar? Finally, someone put the pub in public transportation. We’ll see ourselves out.
8. The H.R. Giger “Skeleton” Bar in Gruyères, Switzerland
If you’ve ever thought, Wouldn’t it be neat if the creep-tastic artist behind Alien designed his own bar? then, uh, the pub of your dreams (nightmares?!) is waiting for you in Switzerland.
9. Nasa Pub in Bangalore, India
Space is great. So is beer. Nasa Bar in Bangalore combines those two wondrous elements in an astronaut-themed flurry of glory, adventure, and delicious ale.
10. Lagoon Bar in Reykjavik, Iceland
Oh, you’ve got a poolside mini-bar at your place? That’s cute. The Lagoon Bar is right smack in the middle of miles and miles of natural spa in Iceland’s iconic Blue Lagoon.
11. The Cave Bar in Petra, Jordan
An outstanding pub propped up in the hollowed-out caverns of a 2,000-year-old network of tombs? Yes and please.
12. Kagaya in Tokyo, Japan
Hosted by the eponymous — and outrageous — Mark Kagaya, a stranger night of brews and food you’ll never find. Part performance art, part strange, scrawled-out charm, Kagaya is best experienced than described.
13. The Clinic in Clarke Quay, Singapore
A hospital-themed bar with wheelchairs instead of stools and IV drip bags instead of shot glasses probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Oh, no, wait, it still seems like a great idea.