In Kenya, a bar restaurant hides out in this ancient cave

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 January 2014

It wasn’t long ago that we knew about this pub hiding out in a giant baobab tree in South Africa. Now we’ve sniffed out the Ali Barbour’s Cave, which is estimated to be aged between 120,000 and 180,000 years, harboring, well, not forty thieves, but a bar restaurant that has operated out of it for […]

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Le Nid Bar designed by Jean Jullien

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 6 September 2013

You’ll probably never know what it’s like to live as free as a bird, gliding across the sky and looking down on the world. But the next best thing is grabbing a drink at Le Nid. This little nest perches high above the French city of Nantes and has one of the most unique designs […]

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Kickass bar repurposed from 1920s bulb-testing machine

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By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Wednesday 31 July 2013

Yes, vintage is all the rage now. It makes us roll our eyes skyward sometimes. But if you threw a mini bar cart repurposed from a 1920s German iron bulb tester our way, we aren’t going to turn you away. Bring it to us. Bring it!

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Barman device lets you mix perfect drinks using your smartphone

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 15 May 2013

When systems coordinator John Gallagher tried to make the perfect Long Island Ice Tea for his wife six years ago, he thought there had to be a easier way to mix drinks accurately all the time. Now in 2013, he has developed The Barman, an elegant little box you can put your glass down on […]

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The Croft Institute, a secret bar in Melbourne

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By Michelle Wilding in Cool Travel on Wednesday 17 April 2013

Us Sydney-folk love to drink alcoholic beverages out of teapots (The World Bar). This secret hangout tucked away at the end of Melbourne CBD’s Croft Alley prefers to serve drinking in an even more outlandish way: syringes! Yes, you are reading correct. The Croft Institute is all for innovation and yummy shots are served in […]

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The Deer Lodge: Portland’s only bar, recording studio, and live venue

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By Drunken Prayer in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 March 2013

The Deer Lodge to me is Portland, Oregon, in a nutshell. It is a cultish DIY collective as much as one man’s home. That man’s home is your honky-tonk. There’s a recording studio in the basement; I did the first Drunken Prayer record there. They have a covered stage in the backyard for summer shows, […]

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Floating bar brings Tokyo Bay into the space age

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Tuesday 19 March 2013

There aren’t many water cruises that make us fantasize, but we’ll make an exception for the futuristic Jicoo Floating Bar in Tokyo Bay that leaves Hinode pier to Odaiba Seaside Park and back every hour. It is designed by famed manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, which explains why it looks like it came straight out of […]

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Ponyfish Island: Drink coffee on an island in the middle of Melbourne

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By Cormack O'Connor in Cool Travel on Monday 11 March 2013

Ponyfish Island is hidden under the Elizabeth Street Footbridge in Melbourne and surrounded by the muddy water of the Yarra River. The island is a great place to grab a bite to eat, drink a coffee or sink a few beers. A collaboration between Grant Smillie, Jerome Borazio and Andrew Mackinnon, Ponyfish Island has an […]

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New Look Novels: Haruki Murakami’s covers redesigned

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Tuesday 27 November 2012

Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s books have had their covers redesigned by London based illustrator, Noma Bar. The commission has given a new identity to the 15 titles which have been simplistically illustrated using red, black and white around a circle motif. The illustrations which were screen printed by hand, are said to reveal themselves in […]

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The Bab Hotel in Marrakech

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By studioHOPSCOTCH in Architecture on Wednesday 15 June 2011

studioHOPSCOTCH, a London-based design practice, recently completed the Bab Hotel in Marrakech, a pioneering urban hotel where traditional Moroccan influences meet contemporary design. They based its design on light and transparency to create sequences, rhythm and movement throughout the bar, restaurant and hotel rooms. The furniture was found in the souks of Marrakech, or designed by Clemence Pirajean and custom-made by local craftsmen.

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Hollywood Bar in Larnaka

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By Anastasia Gerali in Cool Travel on Friday 19 November 2010

Ais Design Studio in Cyprus are responsible for the interior of Hollywood Bar in Larnaka. Amongst the glossy surfaces, with their minimal colour palette, you’ll notice Andreas Achniotis Perales’s trademark X in his custom designed wallpaper and lights.

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