5 Quirky Bars in Europe You Must Visit this Summer

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This is a guest post by Charlotte Lennon.
Are you bored of the same old night out? Treat yourself to a trip to any of these unforgettable bars and clubs and you’re sure to return with some envy-inducing holiday snaps.
Here are some of the quirkiest and most unusual nightlife venues in Europe.
Szimpla Kert ruin bar. Photo by Ted and Jen, from Flickr
The ruin bars of Budapest
The unique ruin bars of Budapest have increased in popularity over the past fifteen years and are now the highlight of Hungarian nightlife. This creative concept puts to use the ruins of disused old buildings and turns them into charming, beautiful bars like no other. Each of these crumbling boozers is completely unique, and in its own way makes partying in Budapest an unforgettable experience.
A boat bar in Belgrade. Photo by Matthias Mueller, from Flickr
The boat bars of Belgrade
Thanks to the one-of-a-kind floating bars or ‘splavs’ on the River Danube, the nightlife of Belgrade has fast gained a reputation as being one of the most exuberant in Europe. Here party-goers can drink, dance and listen to some of the world’s top DJs on the beautiful blue Danube. These stylish boat bars offer revellers an original way to relax, have fun and see Serbia.
Serbia is an increasingly popular destination with all types of holiday makers. Whether you’re a solo tourist, travelling with friends or on a romantic getaway for two, Belgrade is an amazing destination and the floating bars are the perfect way to get to know the city.
De Gooyer Windmill, Amsterdam. Photo by Guilhem Vellut, from Flickr
The windmill bars of Amsterdam
Windmills are one of the most iconic features of the Dutch landscape. A trip to the Netherlands isn’t complete without a spot of sightseeing to the spectacular windmills dotting the country. Of course, being the ultimate bohemian getaway in Europe, Amsterdam has found a unique way to utilise these monumental structures.
The windmill bars of Amsterdam are an original way to socialise and get to see this character-filled city. The most popular of these charming establishments is Brouwerij’t IJ. Here revellers can enjoy some seasonal and locally brewed beers beneath the large timber sails of the De Gooyer windmill.
Mojitos at Callooh Callay, London. Photo by James Morris, from Flickr
The underground bars of London
In recent years, a new trend has swept London. Harking back to prohibition-era USA, hidden underground speakeasies offer guests a glamorous night out. These secretive joints throughout the city go all in when it comes to reproducing the vintage experience.
In the smoky, underground bar CellarDoor, drag and burlesque performers treat audiences to raunchy cabaret shows worthy of 1920s Chicago. Callooh Callay in Shoreditch serves exotic, old-fashioned cocktails in a glamorous setting with a backdrop of vintage jazz.
In the smoky, underground bar CellarDoor, drag and burlesque performers treat audiences to raunchy cabaret shows worthy of 1920s Chicago. Callooh Callay in Shoreditch serves exotic, old-fashioned cocktails in a glamorous setting with a backdrop of vintage jazz.
Cova d’en Xoroi, Menorca. Photo by Cesar Vellido, from Flickr
The cave bars of Menorca
Carved into the rugged coastline of the Balearic Islands you’ll find a string of caverns creatively converted into clubs and bars. On caves and cliff edges party-goers can dance the night away above a sheer drop to the pristine Mediterranean Sea.
The most popular example is Cova d’en Xoroi on the rocky southern coast of Menorca. This original venue boasts some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen, a relaxed, diverse crowd and the unforgettable experience of partying on the hollowed cliff-face of one of the most stunning Spanish islands.
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Hi! I'm a Maltese blogger based in Scotland. I created Grumpy Camel to help travellers connect with places through culture, history and cuisine.

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