Drink enough, and even your standard neighborhood bar can take on a surreal appearance. Anyone who's had a zombie or two in one sitting can attest to the power of totally normal walls to swap places with the floorboards. So what happens if the watering hole is surreal from the outset?
If you're looking to up the ante and start out in a place that's half-nightmare (drinks served in medical equipment, anyone?) or half-hallucination (ie, none of the waiters here are over 4 feet tall), try these bizarre -- or simply unexpected -- watering holes from around the globe.
1.) Gallagher's Pub, Antarctica
If there's anyone who needs access to a stiff drink, it's got to be the temporary residents and workers of Antarctica. Located inside the McMurdo Research Station, Gallagher's Pub is one of three bars slinging beer and booze to explorers and scientists trapped in the world's harshest frozen desert.
2.) Chuck E Cheese, United States
In keeping with the theme of "places one needs a drink to survive," we offer America's ubiquitous kid-centric pizza parlor. Okay, so it's clearly not a bar; you can't exactly walk in and order an Aviation. You can get a beer, though, and let's face it, surrounded by shrieking children and dead-eyed animatronics, anything with alcohol content will do the trick.
Runner-up: McDonald's locations throughout Europe.
2nd Runner-up: The Staten Island Ferry. Cheap beer, gorgeous view. Best way to take the edge off a commute, ever.
3.) Hobbit House, The Philippines
Hobbit House boasts two things: 100 beers, and the "smallest waiters in the world." Staffed entirely by little people, the Hobbit House was founded in the 1970s by a -- what else? -- Lord of the Rings obsessive who lived in Manila on a Peace Corps assignment.
4.) Clinic, Singapore
There are two ways to combine the hospital experience with the drinking experience. Since one of the options involves alcohol poisoning and/or liver failure, if you're eager to have these two aesthetics in one night, your best bet is Clinic, the Singapore bar filled with wheel chairs, hospital beds, and drinks served in syringes.
5.) DM Bar, Estonia
Violator fans and Music for the Masses loyalists, brace yourselves: DM stands for Depeche Mode. This Estonian bar pays no general homage to new wave or 80's synth; the love here is fully focused on the boys from Essex. The walls are adorned with memorabilia, the juke box runs the band's discography, and members of the group have been known to stop in and run up a tab.
Runner-up: Bar Luther, Japan's alcohol-laced homage to Luther Vandross.
6.) Big Baobab Bar, South Africa
Come to the Sunland Farm in South Africa to see the largest Baobab tree in the world, then stay -- or, rather, go inside of it -- to have a drink in its honor.
Runner-up: Guacara Taina, the Dominican Republic's cave-bound "disco grotto."
7.) Padre's Bar, Texas
The next time you're in Marfa, Texas, check out the ghost lights, then head to Padre's for the beer and some ghosts of the more traditional variety. Established in 2005, Padre's was built inside of an old funeral home; though the space was fully renovated, it's nonetheless eerie to be in a bathroom that was once an embalming chamber.
Runners-up: The U.S.'s other Most Hanted Bars