Thanks to ever-changing coronavirus travel advice, travel plans may be off the table for the time being. So why not use this time to put some exciting ideas in the pipeline, ready for when it is safe to go abroad? We're dying of wanderlust here, so we explored the best remote, off-the-beaten-track bars around the world to get you in the mood.
Albatross Bar, Tristan da Cunha Island
The Albatross Bar is a crazily faraway bar right in the centre of the Atlantic ocean. Based on the tiny Tristan da Cunha Island in the minuscule British settlement of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, you can only reach this bar via a seven-day boat ride from Cape Town. The community consists of less than 300 people, making this bar very much a local. The no-frills, low-key spot serves locally made crisps, pints of beer and boasts a small TV and snooker table for entertainment.
Neptune Bar, Indonesia
On the uninhabited outcrop of Pulau Sikeling in Indonesia, just eight miles north of the equator, the Neptune Bar operates. This bar comes to life during the Neptune Regatta, an annual week-long sailing race that begins in Batam, Indonesia. It was built by villagers who live on a nearby island and is dormant for the year except when the Regatta brings hundreds of thirsty sailors to water.
Faraday Bar, Antarctica
Our journey around the world begins in Antarctica, more specifically, the small island of Glindex in the Antarctic Peninsula. Here you'll find Faraday Bar, the southernmost public bar in the world. The bar began with British researchers who used to live for a year at a time in the Faraday Research Station. Life became repetitive and tedious for the Brits, as they weren't breaking the scientific ground they expected to. So, their solution was to build a bar, complete with a pool table and dartboards. The research centre was then sold to Ukraine in 1996 and became the Vernadsky Research Base, but still complete with the Faraday Bar. The bar is one of the most remote bars in the world and the most remote micro-distillery too.
La Mina Club, Mexico
Taking a trip to North America now, we stop at the La Mina Club. This bar is set in a tunnel in the former Mina El Eden gold mine, situated in Zacatecas, Mexico. The mine opened in 1586 and closed in 1964 following a flood before reopening as a tourist attraction in 1975. To reach La Mina, guests have to travel aboard a small train that goes 2,000 feet underground to a vault where mineral grinding once occurred. The bar is especially popular with local university students and tourists and is one of the most popular dance clubs in town.
Now, this is a unique place. Subsix is an underwater restaurant and bar in the Maldives. Hosting wine tastings, wedding parties and club nights, this 'underground playground' is located 20 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. Visitors can reach the bar by speedboat before following a grand staircase down below sea level. The bar's interior features ocean-themed décor, and guests can sip cocktails whilst viewing eels, parrotfish, turtles, rays and other coral species from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The Lagoon Bar, Iceland
Fancy swimming to grab your drinks? No, it's not a Mediterranean infinity pool bar, but the Lagoon Bar in Iceland. You'll find the bar in a pool at the centre of the country's iconic Blue Lagoon, which was naturally formed in 1976. Visitors can order drinks by charging expenses to their entrance bracelets, so there's no worry of getting money or bank cards wet!
Whale's Tooth, Pitcairn Island
Pitcairn Island is one of the most remote islands in the world, situated 3,299 miles northeast of New Zealand, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Here, you'll find only around 55 people occupying the land, including direct descendants of Bounty mutineer John Adams. The makeshift pub is run by Paul Warren, who is locally known as Pirate Pawl. The most popular drink here is a shot of tequila served in a hollow whale's tooth. If you plan on stopping off here, you'll have to climb aboard a boat as there's no airport due to its small size.
Of course, with current coronavirus travel advice and quarantine requirements, travelling isn't wide open for tourists at the moment. However, there is hope in the form of the vaccines and cover tests that soon it will be safe to travel. When the tourism sector reopens, and we scrap the green list, why not take an adventurous route and explore somewhere more remote? You certainly won't be short of any good bars to stop in. So check the latest flying rules, work up a thirst and get exploring!