The Coolest Bars You Have to Belly Up To Before You Die

Your local watering hole is always good for a post-work beer with friends.

If you want to class it up a little, maybe you head to a wine bar to sip some vino and enjoy the dimly lit décor. But when you really want to break away from the ordinary, make it a point to venture to one of these stunning, completely unique bars. Warning: some travel may be required.


Connaught Bar, London

You’ll feel like you just stepped out of the newest James Bond flick when you venture to this super swanky venue. The bar has a throwback vibe, so you’ll sip perfectly mixed drinks and feel like you’ve traveled back in time.

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Porchlight, New York City

Created by the guy behind Shake Shack, Porchlight is known for stiff drinks, friendly bartenders, and a stacked game room. It’s also a great spot if you’re craving late-night snacks.

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The Baxter Inn, Sydney

The bar offers more than 100 whiskeys to choose from, so come thirsty and be prepared to expand your horizons.

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The Monkey Bar, Berlin

As the name suggests, the watering hole is perched over top of the Berlin Zoological Gardens, so keep your eyes peeled for a monkey sighting or two.

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Founding Fathers Pub, Buffalo, New York

Located in a brick stable built in the 1870s, it’s got a kitschy presidential theme and an insane selection of local beer. Definitely worth a visit.

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Northern Lights Bar, Iceland

You won’t feel compelled to sit and stare at your phone when your traveling companion gets up to use the bathroom here. This spot is situated in prime position for some breathtaking views. Look out and you’ll see the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) and lava fields.

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Milk Room, Chicago

This highly exclusive spot only seats eight guests at a time, so you know you’re getting excellent service when you walk in. The menu is focused on pouring rare liquors. When one bottle runs out, they swap in something new, so the list of offerings never gets stale.

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Lauren Levine is a freelance writer who has contributed to publications and websites including The Huffington Post, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Thought Catalog, The Charlotte Observer, U.S. News & World Report, and others. She’s also the co-host of The Margarita Confessionals podcast. Say hi on Twitter, @lifewithlauren1.