World's Strangest Bars
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World's Strangest Bars

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Courtesy of Baobab Tree Bar

These wild watering holes—lodged underwater, built within a tree, or carved of ice—make for memorable happy hours from Scandinavia to Antarctica.

Baobab Tree Bar & Wine Cellar, South Africa

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Having a cocktail in the hollow trunk of a huge 6,000-year-old baobab tree is a surreal and elemental experience. The cavity of the tree is cool—a natural respite from the oppressive heat of South Africa’s Limpopo province—and has likely provided shelter for many wanderers over time. (The current owners, the van Heerdens, have discovered centuries-old Bushmen artifacts.) Now there’s a bar, benches, even a dartboard. The surrounding Sunland farm has another treehouse and bar and five thatched “jungalows” for rent.

What to Order: A stein of whatever’s on tap that day.

World's Strangest Bars

Baobab Tree Bar & Wine Cellar, South Africa

Having a cocktail in the hollow trunk of a huge 6,000-year-old baobab tree is a surreal and elemental experience. The cavity of the tree is cool—a natural respite from the oppressive heat of South Africa’s Limpopo province—and has likely provided shelter for many wanderers over time. (The current owners, the van Heerdens, have discovered centuries-old Bushmen artifacts.) Now there’s a bar, benches, even a dartboard. The surrounding Sunland farm has another treehouse and bar and five thatched “jungalows” for rent.

What to Order: A stein of whatever’s on tap that day.

Courtesy of Baobab Tree Bar
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