Next month I will be reviving the Weird Bars blog to document my exploits into the Montreal bar scene. I did not come to this city specifically to sample its mixological arts (this happens to be the city that my girlfriend lives in), but I’ve come to love Montreal’s amazing abundance of culture, both for daylife and nightlife.
So over the next weeks and months, I will be setting out into this marvelous city and bringing its bar culture to you the readers. I hope you enjoy this series but even more I hope it will inspire you to travel here and experience it for yourself!
You’ll never feel small at the Hobbit House, which boasts the shortest wait staff in the world
Next time you’re in Berlin, checkout this toilet-themed tavern where you’ll get pissed on, sit on collapsing furniture, and eat out of vomiting trays
Experience over a hundred years’ worth of Australian Outback culture in this weird bar famous for its desolation and horse tracks.
Defend against the undead at Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den
When in Ukraine, be sure to grab a cocktail in the world’s largest coffin.
Take the first fishing boat you find to this weird bar in Jamaica
I’ve seen a lot websites out there for the traveling bar lover. Rooftop bars, outdoor bars, college bars, Irish bars, sports bars, lounge bars, dive bars, cigar bars—the list goes on and on. And while all of these bars are fine and good, they’re not the not the kind of bars I like to patron.
You see, I like weird bars. The kind of bars that you walk in and say “What the hell?” and walk out and say “Well, that was awesome!” Weird bars are the kind of bars that open up your libation horizons. They expand the realm of possibility of what a night out can be. They demonstrate not only the creativity of an an owner, but of a whole neighborhood.
So what is a weird bar, exactly? A weird bar, put simply, is a bar which is out of the ordinary. Beyond that, the same definition that applies to weird bars that Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart applied to obscenity: You know it when you see it.
And I plan on seeing a lot of them on my journeys and sharing them all with you cool, weird people here. That’s what this site will be about: creating a community of weird bar enthusiasts always looking for the next cocktail in an unusual place. So if you know of a strange bar around you that you would like others to know about, send it my way!
But in the meantime, be sure to check back here regularly for all your weird bar updates.
And, most importantly, keep drinking strangely.