We’ve all been there: the clock strikes five and finally the workday is over. You head home, looking forward to some much-needed time off and suddenly, it’s Friday night and realize you have no plans. With the whole weekend ahead of you, what better way to celebrate than with a few libations at that swanky new bar downtown? Here are just five of the most awe-inspiring, wondrous, downright gorgeous bars from across the globe. Check out our picks for the Top 5 Bars in The World.
Ammo, Hong Kong, China
If you’re looking for a place that offers exquisite drinks, some food, and decor that is an instant conversation starter, look no further than Ammo. The building is located in a heritage site of a former 19th century explosive compound, and the interior definitely tells that exact story.
The designer, Joyce Wang of Wang Studios, was inspired by the 1965 film noir, Alphaville. Embellished with copper and glass, the entire building has a military chic/industrial decor and atmosphere. You’ll lose track of time just staring up at the ceiling, trying to decipher exactly how the designers managed to create such incredibly detailed fixtures.
HR Giger Bar, Gruyères, Switzerland
Straight out a science-fiction/horror book, this is the place to visit should you want to drink in a place that is as badass as you feel. Biker bars have got nothing on this bone-chilling establishment (between us, it’s not real bone…but you don’t have to tell your instagram followers that). Darker and more cryptic than any Adams Family cellar could ever hope to be, the ceilings of this bar are covered in curved vertebrae. The chairs look like something out of an Alien Vs. Predator movie (kudos to designer H.R. Giger, of course), and the bone-covered tables are covered with a thin sheet of glass. A perfectly acceptable place to take that special someone on a first date… I’ll be waiting in the car.Source: http://www.hrgiger.com/barmuseum.htm#
Cella Bar, Pico, Azores
On the West coast of Pico, one of the nine islands that make up the Azores archipelago, sits a stunning two-building bar that combines modern design with an antique barn made of volcanic rock. Cella Bar was designed by FCC Arquitectura and designer Paulo Lobo, to bring together contemporary design forms of construction as well as showcase the island’s history. It is not uncommon in Portugal to create modern buildings using the walls of a previously existing one (in fact, many of my newly married Portuguese cousins have done exactly that). By mixing new and old materials, the result is an aesthetically pleasing, beautifully designed building that also pays homage to the past generations who have used those exact walls.Facing the breathtaking Atlantic ocean, the inside of Cella Bar is sleek, yet warm and the extension’s exterior resembles that of a whale made out of wine barrels. The traditional building’s walls are made of basalt stone and the roof covered with red clay tiles, both common on the island of Pico.Source: [designboom.com/]
The Chandelier, Las Vegas, U.S.A
The name says it all: this bar makes you feel like a tiny little ant inside a monstrous chandelier. Every wall and staircase in this three-tier bar is strung up and down with little crystals. What little lighting is offered in this gigantic, yet still intimate, bar reflects off the crystals and bounces some more light in every direction- much like a diamond would. You really couldn’t expect anything less from a bar in the heart of Las Vegas. The bottom level of the bar feels like an authentic classic casino, the second level offers sophisticated, hand-crafted cocktails and the top of the chandelier holds an inviting lounge where you can behold all the glittering jewels’ splendour while sipping on a glass of champagne.
White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
For those of you who aim for the stars or have your head in the clouds, you’ll get a thrill when having a drink in Moscow’s White Rabbit. This establishment offers a sit-down restaurant as well as a small bar area with stools where you can ask for a variety of drinks while having a 360 degree view of central Moscow.
The White Rabbit is located on the 16th floor of Smolenskiy Passage and is covered by a glass dome, sort of resembling the view that a pilot would have in a fighter jet’s cockpit…but with less buttons and more city lights. Daytime meals at the White Rabbit are flooded with natural light and when the sun goes down, you can watch the city lights turn on all around you. Sip a fancy cocktail with the love of your life in a swanky bar with unparalleled views of the city around you – a pretty sweet way to spend a Friday night, I would say! Source: [whiterabbitmoscow.ru]