A bar five metres below the Red Sea, a seemingly-transparent urinal that overlooks fellow patrons and a drinking hole staffed entirely by hobbits have made a list of the top 10 weirdest bars and restaurants.
The bizarre list, compiled by those well-travelled folks at Lonely Planet, shines the spotlight on venues so kooky they will make your local seem literally the most boring place on earth.
Take Marton's in Taiwan, where you sip drinks from toilet-shaped bowls (Asian squat or Western sit) while perched in a dunny-seat.
Or for something more psychedelic, try Nasa in the Indian city of Bangalore. The bar staff are decked to the nines in spacesuits, tables are attached to rocket fins, laser shows are commonplace and the toilet is aptly labelled Humanoid Disposal.
Don't tell those in Manila that a Tolkien-themed bar seems out of place in their sweltering tropical city. This Filipino haunt boasts dwarfs and midgets as bar staff masquerading as hobbits, tiny doorways, and traditional Hobbiton decor. But really it was established by a former US Peace Corp worker, who wanted to do something to help the city's little people.
Israel's Red Sea Star is like a scene from the famous Disney film The Little Mermaid with jellyfish-shaped seats, starfish lights and windows that look out into the ocean. That's right - it's five metres below sea level in the world-famous Red Sea.
Out of the thousands of weird and wonderful venues worldwide, an Aussie drinking hole made the prestigious top 10 list. The Regatta Hotel in Brisbane is home to a urinal with a massive one-way mirror, allowing patrons to answer nature's call while gazing on the pub-goers on the other side.
While it seems that everyone outside can see in, the toilet-users have the last laugh as they're the only ones with a room with a view.
Quirky, or sick, you decide.
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