In order to prevent tourists from stealing their beer glasses, some bars in Belgium require people to hand over one of their shoes as a deposit which is then put in a basket and hung from the ceiling. This shoes basket has also become an attraction.
Apparently vomit sinks are fairly common in German bars, where they go by various names: Kotzbecken, Speibecken, Expektorierbecken, or Pabst.
There’s a bar in Denver, CO where you flip a coin after you order your drink. If you guess correctly, you get your drink for free. If you get it wrong you pay double.
Wisconsin has the same number of bars as California despite a population that’s 85% smaller. 1 bar for every 1,862 residents compared to California’s 1 for every 11,962 residents.
The first alcohol-free bar in New Zealand went out of business five weeks after opening due to a lack of consumer interest. Customers that did show up often only consumed water after paying the $15 cover charge for entry.
When in 2007 Minnesota passed an anti-smoking law that banned smoking in public buildings, there was a line that said only actors who had to smoke were allowed to do so. Thus, the Barnacles Bar declared that everyone in the bar is an actor in a live performance.
Early NYC dive bars had no glasses, only barrels of booze connected to rubber tubes. For three cents you were allowed to drink till you ran out of breath.
In 1956, a pilot landed on an Uptown Street in NYC, because that’s where the bar was.