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10 Bars at the End of the World

Wherever there are people is a good place to provide them with a place to meet and drink. Remember, one of the first things the Pilgrims did after landing at Plymouth was to  build a brewery. It’s the same with any other remote outpost. The southernmost bar in the world is at the Vernadsky Research Base on Galindez Island in Antarctica. It’s quite popular among the locals.

This tiny, one-room social area is located among the same research facilities where scientists first discovered the hole in the ozone layer. The bar was built by carpenters during the station's British stewardship, although they were supposed to use the wood to build a new pier for the complex. Instead they decided the base needed a place to drink.

The carpenters built the bar to recall the rustic pubs of their homeland with exposed wooden beams and aging photographs of Antarctica explorers. After the station’s purchase by the Ukraine in 1996, the bar became a firmly Ukrainian establishment where you can drink and cavort with researchers during the off hours. In addition to the standard libations, the bar also makes its own vodka using the surrounding glacial ice. The drink can be purchased for three dollars a glass or it is free with the donation of some womens’ undergarments to display behind the bar. Judging by the decor, there have been a number of free drinks. Essential drink: A glass of home-brewed vodka. (Your payment method is up to you.)

Other bars are located at Pitcairn Island, Tristan da Cunha, the Australian outback, and one in Nepal that I believe was once owned by Marion Ravenwood. Read about all ten extreme bars at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Flickr user ravas51)


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