Eight Of the coolest bars in S

Eight Of the coolest bars in SA… and abroad

Have a look at some of the kiffest places to grab a dop, and satisfy your wanderlust.

Eight Of the coolest bars in S
  1. Sunland Baobab, South Africa

The Sunland Baobab is a cozy bar inside of a hollowed out 6,000-year-old Baobab tree standing at 72 feet high and 155 feet around. These trees are commonly known as “Big Baobab” or dead-rat trees and is believed to be the largest indigenous to Africa. After 1,000 years the trees hollow out and that is why the Van Heerden family decided to build a small one-of-a-kind bar inside of it. The bar can supposedly fit about 20 people and features an English-inspired interior.


2. Northern Lights Bar, Iceland


This one is for your bucket list.

The view from this glass bar is suppose to be stunning. Here you can experience the Northern Lights in the comfort of a bar which you can find in the Ion hotel, just an hour outside of Reykjavík, Iceland situated in the middle of nowhere. Looks so peaceful!

3. Forbes Island, San Fransisco, California

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If you ever find yourself in California, do yourself a favor and visit the man-made flotilla called Forbes Island. The restaurant and bar floats in a dock waiting to sail into the ocean. The “island” was created in 1975 by Forbes Thor Kiddoo and rests in a hut above the waterline next to a lighthouse. Best part: This fabulous island’s restaurant is under the waterline, where visitors can look through portholes under the sea. They can also dine above deck and enjoy views of the city.

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4. Red Sea Star, Eilat, Israel


This bar is the ultimate “under the sea” experience. The Red Sea Star is a combination of areas, one above the surface overlooking Gulf of Aqaba and the other below the surface where you can dine with fish passing you by. The underwater area resembles the shape of a star, hence the name, and also features a bar with similar decoration, including sand on the floor for the complete sea experience.


5. Tiffindell Ski Resort, South Africa


How about some snowy cocktails at this resort situated in the Southern Drankensberg while you’re watching a flame torch sky demonstration. The pub called the “Ice Station 2720” is reportedly the highest pub in South Africa and promises to be very entertaining. The sign above the pub entrance reads “Unusual Fun Adult Behavior Allowed”, which, I’m sure will attract some visitors. The pub dares its visitors to try their famous “Upside Downers”. You can drink these “downers” or shooters while hanging in ski’s from the roof. Pretty cool I’d say!

6. Joben Bistro, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Tourists visiting Romania might want to be transformed into the fantasy world of Steampunk. The pub looks like its been pulled straight out of a Jules Verne or H.G.Wells novel – with features of fictional machines, giving the space a industrial and futuristic vibe, distinctive of Steampunk.


7. The ice bar, Quebec City, Canada

#12. The Ice Bar, Quebec City, Canada.

The Hôtel de Glace is a must-see attraction to discover every winter. Since its opening in 2001 this hotel totally made of ice (reportedly 500 tons of ice to narrow it down) has become a huge tourist attraction. Apparently the hotel has to be rebuilt every winter because it melts during summer time. As you can see, the hotel definitely impresses with its decor and crystalline ice sculptures. Almost like Elsa’s palace in the animated movie Frozen hey?!

Renaud Philippe

8. Grogan’s Castle Lounge, Dublin, Ireland

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No trip would be complete without making it to an old-fashioned bar, like this one in Dublin. If you’re looking to drink a beer, this bar will make you feel right at home in the heart of the city. Its an authentic city pub with a lively buzz and the right place to grab a snack and a lekker pint!