There’s no shortage of drinking dens scattered throughout the Balearic Islands, from the sleepy local village bar to the raucous sticky-floored drinkery, but some bar owners have gone to extra-special lengths to make their place stand out from the crowd. Here are some of more quirky and unusual drinking holes to be discovered across this Mediterranean archipelago.
If you’re after a spot of classical decadence to go with your weirdness, head to the famous Bar Abaco in Palma’s La Lonja neighbourhood. The stunning building and courtyard are extravagantly adorned with antiques and dramatic floral bouquets, and overflow with bizarre mountains of tropical fruit. Cocktails are expensive but delicious, and the Cava and Champagne list is extensive enough for any connoisseur, making this unique bar the perfect place for a special treat.
This playful establishment, aptly named ‘The Toy Shop’, provides the perfect catalyst for fun down the lanes of Palma’s Old Town. Stuffed furry animals sit alongside you, bicycles hang from the ceilings and the walls are festooned with 80s childhood memorabilia, all providing plenty of fuel for nostalgic meanderings while tucking into some tapas in the cozy booths.
C. Pes del Formatge, 4, 07001 Palma, Mallorca, +34 971214143
Menorca’s most popular bars are often those chiringuitos or ramshackle beach shacks that make you feel like a castaway shipwrecked on a desert island. Hola Ola has nailed the chilled-out Balearic vibe, and it is easy to drift away from the world while lounging on its grassy banks and watching the sky turn red. The eclectic garden furniture and hammocks, the ambient live music and the ability to jump into the cooling waters of Cala Blanca between mouthfuls of beer all make for a uniquely relaxing, out-of-the-ordinary experience.
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