A guide to some of the most off the beaten track bars in the world
Traveling is thirsty work. After a tiring day of discovery and (hopefully) enlightenment, sometimes all you want is to rest your bones and relax with a cool drink. And surprisingly, even in some of the most remote places on the planet, you will still be able to get yourself a beer.
As the world begins to reopen, here are some of the most socially remote watering holes in the world.
The Faraday Bar, Antarctica
I mean, I would also need a drink if I lived somewhere with freezing temperatures all year round and over 280 snow days a year. Located in the Ukrainian research base Vernadsky on Galindez Island in Antarctica, the small Faraday bar has a surprisingly rustic feel thanks to the wooden beams built by its former British owners (in a laudable attempt to make it feel like an old pub back to Blighty).
Located about 734 miles from the nearest port in South America, what it lacks in heat it makes up for with plentiful supplies of home-distilled vodka.
Birdsville Hotel, Australia
Speaking of heat, there are few better places to feel the sun’s scorching heat than the Australian outback. And at the heart of this ruthless rust-red landscape is the Birdsville Hotel, a pub so famous that it started to attract tourists for this very reason.
Nearly 1,600 km off the Brisbane coast and serving weary travelers since 1884, it has stood the test of time and the large collection of bush hats and memorabilia behind the bar is proof of that.
The Old Forge, Scotland
Although these days you can take a ferry or charter a helicopter to The old forge, some might say that would be the release of the coward. If you really want to earn your beer at this place, you will have to hike there as there are no roads leading directly to it.
Located in the village of Inverie on Scotland’s Knoydart Peninsula and famous for being mainland Britain’s most secluded pub, the 28-mile hike can take a few days and crosses a demanding Highland pass. However, the payoff of a cold beer and an epic endurance ride is probably worth it.
Albatross Bar, Tristan da Cunha Island
2,800 kilometers from the mainland and in the looming shadow of an active volcano, one would imagine that the inhabitants of the small village of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas are in constant need of a drink. And with sparse but functional decoration Albatross bar, they find that refuge.
Intrepid travelers will also need to plan their trip here if they want to impress their friends. The boat trip to Tristan da Cunha takes about a week and leaves only 12 times a year.
Funken Lodge, Svalbard (Norway)
From the inside, the elegant styles and chic cocktails at Funken Lodge resemble any cosmopolitan city. Looking at where it is on a map, however, paints a whole different picture. The world’s northernmost cocktail and champagne bar, Funken Lodge, can be found on the arctic island of Svalbard, a place better known for its polar bears than any refreshing daiquiri or mojito.
While this is not a typical part of the world to sip a cocktail, no one will complain about the stunning glacial vistas on offer.
Whale’s Tooth Inn, Pitcairn Islands
Located nearly 5,000 kilometers northeast of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean and home to only 50 hardy souls, it’s a wonder anyone lives in the Pitcairn Islands.
Run by Pawl Warren AKA Pirate Paul, Whale’s Tooth Inn in Adamstown is a makeshift pub specializing in tequila served from the hollow of a whale’s tooth. Unfortunately if you want to taste it you will have to take a 32 hour boat ride as there is no airport.
Bar O-Zone, Hong Kong
Residing in a city of 7 million inhabitants, the O-Zone bar in Hong Kong is clearly not in a remote location. However, at a garish altitude of 480 meters, it is the highest bar in the world (the clue is in the name).
Perched 118 floors atop the International Trade Center (ICC) building in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui district, O-Zone offers casual cocktails, Asian tapas, and truly epic views of Victoria Harbor.
Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Jamaica
Floyd’s Pelican Bar looks like the kind of place that really shouldn’t exist. Essentially a cabin on stilts a few miles from the sparkling crystal clear waters of the Jamaican coast, it was Floyd Forbes’ lifelong dream to build a magical freestanding bar in the ocean and he did.
Now something of a curious tourist attraction filled with knickknacks and souvenirs, the boat ride there is around 20 minutes (watch out for sea urchins if you go for a swim).
The Irish Pub, Nepal
You can find Irish pubs almost anywhere these days, but this has to be the furthest price. At an altitude of 3,450 meters above sea level, The Irish Pub in Namche Bazaar, Nepal, Hong Kong’s O-Zone bar seems relatively humble.
Giving intrepid climbers a last bit of Dutch courage before tackling Everest, The Irish Pub serves a range of draft beers and whiskeys. Reaching the pub is a two day hike from Lukla Airport, so the freshly poured Guinness is well worth it.