Dining in the Sky in Brussels
How does the idea of dining with the stars sound? By stars, we didn’t mean your favorite celebrity idols, but the real stars that come out in the sky after sunset. Launched in 2006 in Belgium, Brussels, Dinner in The Sky, marries adventure with gastronomy, by hosting meals around the unique concept of a flying dinner table.
Surreal and adventurous at the same time, Dinner in the Sky lets one share a dinner in the company of clouds and stars.
Ice, Ice, Baby
Irritated by the sweltering heat? May we suggest heading to the Ice Restaurant in Harbin, China? Located within Harbin Ice & Snow World Park, the Ice Restaurant is built from the frozen waters of the Songhua River.
The restaurant, which has a constant room temperature of 14degrees Fahrenheit, is famous for its hot pot meal. If you’re worried about the chilly temperatures inside, don’t be, as the hotel provides mini-heaters and gloves to their guests so that they can keep themselves warm.
An Underwater Restaurant
This one is for the water babies and, generally, anyone desiring an offbeat dining experience. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the world’s first underwater restaurant, located five meters below the ocean’s surface.
A property of Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island, Ithaa opens up to the panoramic views of coral gardens, blue waters, and marine life, to give diners a unique sensorial experience.
A Restaurant That Isn’t
What would you call a restaurant that is kind of there, but also not fully there, in conceptual terms? Simple, you don’t put a label on it! The restaurant that you see below is an example of this, as it’s been converted from a coach bus into a restaurant.
Apparently, it was the brainchild of a geriatric Shenyang, China-based couple, who thought it would be a good idea to transform a coach bus into a barbecue restaurant.
Get Served by a Robot
A lot of restaurants across the world are integrating AI (Artificial Intelligence) to differentiate themselves from the other restaurants on the market. One example of this is expanding the ways AI is being creatively used in restaurant spaces while making a customer spoilt for choices, too.
Hajime Robot Restaurant in Bangkok, for instance, uses robot servers and dancing robots to keep their guests entertained. The robot at Hajime, bursts into a dancing routine every thirty minutes, assuming it isn’t busy bringing orders to the table.
Dine With Doggies
Specially designed keeping pets in mind, Beijing’s Coolbaby Dog Restaurant is part of a dog theme park, wherein pet parents can enjoy a meal with their beloved pooches.
Coolbaby Dog Restaurant offers nutritious meals for dogs of different breeds, ages, and sizes, based on nutritional science. According to the restaurant, it’s the first place in Beijing to provide nutritious and fancy meals to dogs, and their parents, alike.
An Experience to Study Diners’ Behavior
Your food orders say a lot about you. For instance, those who order pineapple as a pizza topping are said to be confident and unorthodox. It is in a similar vein that Dutch University in Wageningen started a restaurant where academics and companies can take notes on consumer behavior by noticing their reactions to new menu additions, layouts, and more.
The collected data is later used to improvise dining experiences, tweak new launches, and more. It sounds like a fun job, to us!
Blakes Restaurant, located at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, England, is a 110-room Beatles-themed hotel. The hotel is located near the legendary Cavern Club, which was the performance venue of The Beatles in their early days.
The images on the restaurant’s wall contain the pictures of all the people featured on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band album.
A Manga-Inspired Café
Originating from Japan in the 19th century, Manga comics have grown in popularity worldwide ever since then. They have become so popular, that in 2021, Manga comics sales soared past their demand in various regions across the United States.
Edelstein Café, a Tokyo-based schoolboy café, capitalizes on this growing Manga fandom, by letting its customers and waiters re-enact scenes from Manga comics. The visitors here get to perform as schoolteachers and students, a popular theme frequently explored in Manga comics.
A Grubpost Inspired by the Stock Market
At Exchange Bar & Grill, Northville, one can monitor the price of their orders in the same manner they can monitor the prices of shares outside a stock exchange. Known for retaining the local charm, even after a series of renovations, Exchange Bar & Grill is the place to be for those desiring a dining experience that’s miles away from the norm.
The unique characteristic of this place is that the prices of your food and drinks are determined by the market forces at play — i.e. the number of people ordering a particular dish.
Breathing New Life Into Old Things
Ain’t one man’s trash another man’s treasure? Made with scrap materials collected from the streets of Berlin, British set designer, Tony Hornecker, founded the dinner post called The Pale Blue Door. This particular restaurant has a serious underground vibe to it.
The restaurant, though non-profitable from a business point of view, contributes to the vibrancy of Berlin’s cultural scene. Profitable or not, we simply love the fact that it adds a new lease on life to discarded objects.
This ninja-themed restaurant originated in New York but has since closed down and re-opened in Japan. Diners are led through a sacred passageway, into the restaurant, which is built like a dungeon.
The wait staff dress up as ninjas and put on theatrical performances, magic tricks, and fight sequences while their guests are eating. We don’t recommend this restaurant for the faint of heart, but for those with some extra courage, this is just the place!
Step Inside Barbie’s World
When Aqua first sang “I’m a barbie girl, in the barbie world,” in 1997, little did anyone know that an eating place would take inspiration from that in the future. In 2013, the Taiwanese restaurant group, Sinlaku, made it a reality with Taipei’s first Barbie-themed café, in collaboration with Mattel – the official manufacturer of Barbie dolls.
The 7,000 square-foot café was an addition to theme cafes in the region, serving dishes inspired by Mattel’s dolls.
A Hospital-Themed Café
Call it bizarre, or plain insensitive, or a bit of both, but there are a few cafes built around the theme of hospitals. Arizona-based Heart Attack Grill is one such café premised around a hospital setting. Those who dine here have to wear hospital gowns before they get to munch on their triple and quadruple burgers.
Another unique feature about this café is that customers over 350 Lbs can eat for free, provided they weigh themselves on a scale before ordering their food.
Dine With Cats
Given that cats’ arch-nemesis — dogs have public dining spaces of their own, did we really think felines would be far behind? No, sir! Enter: the cat cafes.
As more and more people continue to prefer cats over dogs, due to busy schedules and not much time at home, cat cafes have started to become popular in many parts of the world. Here in the picture, one can see a cat café based out of Japan, where diners get to eat in the company of cats.
Airbus A380-Themed Restaurant
The Airbus A380-themed restaurant in Chongqing, China, is an on-ground replication of an in-flight dining experience. Spread across 600 square meters, with six private rooms, the restaurant is done up with cabin lighting, adjustable seats, aisles, and more to give you the illusion that you’re actually sitting inside a plane.
The best part about dining here is you won’t be experiencing any turbulence, as opposed to a real flight, where you might encounter bad weather.
Dining in the Dark
Opaque restaurant has several locations around the world, but the first one was opened in Los Angeles, California. Diners enjoy their meal in complete darkness and are even unable to see the food they’re eating!
Opaque’s guests are led to their tables by the wait staff who, in the original restaurant, used night vision devices. However, more recent versions of Opaque hire visually impaired wait staff, instead. The restaurant claims that without being able to see, diners’ taste buds are enhanced, so the food tastes even better!
Dine With Dracula
Pop culture’s favorite figure, Dracula (oh, how much we love him), has a restaurant based on him in Bucharest, Romania. Campy, spooky, and a thousand times better than attending the MET Gala event, Count Dracula Club Restaurant pays homage to Dracula – one of the timeless personalities in the realm of pop culture.
Just make it a point to be there after sunset to watch Dracula perform in all his glory.
A Restaurant Inside a Prison Complex
One of the most bizarre eating places in the world (hands-down) is The Fortezza Medicea, in Volterra, Italy. This restaurant lets its diners relish their meals inside a high-security prison. The Fortezza Medicea employs its prison inmates to cook and serve meals to their customers.
Originally a defensive castle, La Fortezza was built in 1474. Today, the building serves as a prison for convicts. Though its diners have to navigate through countless security checkpoints, the restaurant remains surprisingly crowded throughout the week.
Expanding the Nest
Inspired by the free-spirited nature of childhood, Bird’s Nest Restaurant in Soneva Kiri Eco Resort, Thailand, offers a one-of-a-kind tree pod dining experience. The tree pods that you see in the picture, are located twenty-three feet above the ground.
Equipped with all the cutlery, tables, and cushions, these spacious tree pods provide unfettered views of nature, as you get your delicious food delivered in style by the ziplining waiters.
Hello Kitty, Fans — Unite!
If your favorite color is pink then Taipei’s Hello Kitty restaurant is the place for you! The walls, the wait staff’s clothes, most of the food, and even the toilets, are all pink! Many diners report that the food in the Hello Kitty restaurant tastes a bit strange and is often extremely sweet.
That being said, we highly doubt that anyone goes there because of the food’s taste. Despite its iffy reviews, the restaurant is often fully booked, showing that there’s no shortage of loyal Hello Kitty fans!
Imagine dining in a restaurant that floats by the time you are onto your main course. Isn’t that exciting? Situated in the middle of Veli Lake, Veli Lake Floating Restaurant in Trivandrum, India, can host up to 56 guests on the ground floor, and close to 28 guests on the upper floor.
Made of sturdy wild jack and teakwood, the restaurant is supported by coconut trunks for an enhanced anchorage.
Igloo Café in the snowy destination of Gulmarg, India. It’s a relatively small place that’s built entirely of snow. Created by the local hospitality magnate, Wasim Shah, the café measures 22 feet in width, and 13 feet in height.
You may be surprised to know that you’ll feel pretty warm inside this café made of snow. The reason for this warm feeling is since ice is an excellent insulator, it blocks the outside cold, keeping the inside temperature on the warmer side.
The Airplane Restaurant
The Airplane Restaurant — in Colorado, America — is an aviation-themed restaurant, which is now in its hundredth year of flight. Built in 1953, this century-old restaurant is housed inside a fully functional Boeing KC-97.
With a seating capacity of 275 people, the restaurant’s staff serves food to their diners dressed up as pilots. Dense in the history of aviation, The Airplane Restaurant houses hundreds of rare artifacts, memorabilia, and pictures on display.
Mars on Earth
Craving an extra-terrestrial, inter-planetary experience, but don’t want to actually travel to space? The now closed-down Mars 2112 Restaurant in New York, USA, provided a slice-of-Martian life — right here on Earth! This experience was, thankfully, without the pricey space travel costs that only Elon Musk could afford.
Opened in 1998, this otherworldly restaurant was founded by Irish meat baron, Paschal Phelan. The restaurant eventually became quite popular amongst tourists and the celebrity circuit, with the likes of Brad Pitt often seen partying in this now closed-down place.
Eating in a Rainforest
Muted lighting, a jungle-based theme, and décor in different shades of green are what constitute the essence of the India-based restaurant, Rainforest. Dining here feels like dining in the middle of a forest — complete with an artificial waterfall, murals of various wild animals, and the calls and the sounds of the wild.
After all, it’s not just any forest, but the wilderness of rainforest we’re talking about!
Dining Inside a Cave
In various ancient cultures, the learned sages meditated inside the caves for years, surviving on an occasionally fallen berry or piece of a fruit. Dining inside a cave, therefore, isn’t a concept that is alien to many cultures.
Gufha (which means ‘cave’ in vernacular language) is a Bengaluru-based restaurant that uses this concept by letting its patrons experience what it feels like to dine inside a cave – albeit a faux one.
Labassin Waterfall Restaurant
From caves, we move on to waterfalls. Located in the middle of a waterfall, Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philippines serves authentic Filipino food as you let the soothing environment take control of your senses.
However, one might be surprised to learn that the restaurant’s waterfall isn’t a real one. It’s actually an overland flow from the Labassin Dam, the Philippines’ first hydroelectric plant. We guess it was their best-kept secret… until now.
It’s safe to say that there are no trolls here! Despite its name, Troll Wall’s claim to fame isn’t the trolls, but the extremely scenic views at its location.
Located at the base of Europe’s tallest vertical rock face, the architecture of the new visitors center next to E139 is an outcome of the site’s close connection to the impressive mountain wall. And, as we said, there are no trolls here!
Optical illusions are funny in the sense that they trick our brains into seeing and believing something other than reality. Café Yeonnam Dong, in Seoul, presents its unique twist on the optical illusion by resembling a 2D cartoon.
Inspired by the Korean show The W, the café’s interiors can instantly deceive your mind, eyes, and senses at large into believing in the café’s version of altered reality.
The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar
The Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar in San Francisco, California, opened its doors to the public in 1945. Designed by a Hollywood set designer, the hotel is named hurricane bar for a reason!
The hotel’s guests get to experience lightning storms, tropical rain, and thunder from time to time, during the course of their dinner. In this photo, you can see a floating boat from the hotel that houses Hurricane Bar’s performing band for the evening.
A haven for the taxidermists, and a nightmare for those who fear wild animals, Clark’s Fish Camp in Jacksonville — off Julington Creek — is different things for different people.
While some might remember it for its gigantic display of taxidermied animals (complete with respective animal sounds), there are others who would associate it with unique items on the menu, such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, frog legs, fried conch, and the likes. Need we say more?
Grotta Palazzese, in Polignano a Mare, Italy is all about what dining in a natural limestone cave feels like. The restaurant, which has been in existence since 1700, has been a go-to place for the romantics, water babies, and for anyone wanting to seize their moment of calm.
Grotta di Palazzo serves Apulian-style bread, vegetables, and pasta-based foods to its discerning diners. Though embellished with modern bits of décor, this place still manages to retain its old-world charm.
A Happy, Shiny Place
The Bubble Room — located in Captiva, Florida — is the place where Christmas is all year round. It’s Xmas to the core! The Bubble Room is famed for its all-year-round Xmas décor featuring candies, toys, posters, magical Xmas desserts, and more.
Can you name the perfect guest for this place? We’re thinking of Iris Apfel, besides our beloved Santa Claus, of course! Having said that, what’s not to like about a place where Xmas continues beyond December?
How would you react if we were to tell you that there’s a place where your food is brought to the table – by non-human servers – who aren’t robots? In Kayabukiya Tavern, Utsunomiya, Japan, two monkeys (with varying degrees of experience) serve up your order.
The establishment’s younger monkey, Fuku-Chan, brings you a hot towel while the senior monkey, Yat-chan, takes charge of your beverage orders. The customers can also tip boiled edamame to their monkey servers if they feel satisfied with their service.
Spa Meets Restaurant
Is this a restaurant that doubles up a spa, or a spa in the guise of a restaurant? Either way, sign us up, as it sounds like the restaurant of dreams! Chodovar Brewery and Spa in Chodova Plana, Czech Republic, is a legacy establishment with a brewing tradition dating back to 500 years ago!
Besides providing a unique dining experience, the restaurant lets its diners take baths in their signature blend for complete rejuvenation.
A restaurant atop a piece of mammoth rock sounds like a building from those childhood fairy tales. Located in Zanzibar, the Rock Restaurant is a must-visit for those who believe that magic is around them.
Another exciting feature about this restaurant is that it lets you choose your adventure in terms of how you reach the place. The restaurant can be reached by canoe, by walking, by swimming, or with a combination of all three.
A Giant Orange
Hard to miss, or ignore, this bulbous orange restaurant named The Mammoth Orange is perfect for those who lean towards bright and uplifting spots. Established in the year 1966, the restaurant takes inspiration from a similar place in Fresno, California.
Still run by the same family, the restaurant’s menu boasts a mix of crowd-pleasers and a few signature dishes. No, not freshly squeezed orange juice, but banana milkshakes and more.
An Otherworldly Experience
Little A’Le’Inn (a clever wordplay on ‘alien’ if you haven’t guessed it by now) welcomes earthlings of all shapes, ages, and sizes. This unique dining experience is located in the Nevada desert, en route to Area 51, a region famed for mysterious disappearances and alien sightings.
Little A’Le’Inn serves some finger-licking good Alien Burgers with a dash of alien trivia, history, facts, and stories. Established in 1990, Little A’Le’Inn also sells alien memorabilia and goodies for one to take home.
Excuse Moi, have you seen my server? Now, this is the question you might end up asking anyone listening to you during your visit to Twin Stars Restaurant in Moscow. Hailed as a restaurant with twinergy, this unusual place only employs twins.
We couldn’t help but wonder about all the amusing hiring tales (or struggles and mishaps) its human resource department might be having!
Every Day Is Halloween
BeetleHouse has two locations — one in New York City and the other in Los Angeles, California. Despite existing in two places, BeetleHouse is stuck on one particular day of the year… Halloween!
This restaurant believes in celebrating Halloween all year round, with themed food and drinks, diners will feel like they’ve stepped into a Tim Burton movie. To add to the atmosphere, BeetleHouse employs actors to dress up as Edward Scissorhands, Jack Skellington, and other beloved characters.
Dining in a Wizard’s Den
Not all wizards are cut from the same cloth. Some wizards have a tinge of darkness to them. The dining at The Wizard of The Opera in Tokyo, Japan, feels like embracing goth vibes — thanks to its décor, which is primarily in blazing shades of red and black.
The feel is enhanced by music composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s soundtrack playing in the background, throughout the restaurant’s opening hours.
The Multiverse of Madness
Much before Dr. Strange, Alice in Wonderland was the original multiverse of madness. Although we have to give an honorary mention to the Mad Hatter here! Alice in Labyrinth, in Tokyo, Japan, was a befitting ode to the mad, mad world Alice was a part of — back when it was operational.
Right from the décor to items on the menu (for example, an ice cream parfait that resembled the White Rabbit), the place left no stone unturned in making the world of Alice a reality when it was up and running.
Getting Yelled At
Forget the niceties and brace yourself to be yelled at if you are visiting Cencio La Parolaccia, Rome. Courtesy, what’s that? Here, the waiters will disobey you, move you to tears, and yell at you at the top of their lungs — through no fault of your own.
Your mantra to survive at this place should be: this is the roast you have voluntarily signed yourself for. Also, this is what happens when tables are turned, and power balances are shifted.
A Café With Crossdressing Staff
At Hibari-Tei Café, Tokyo, you will find your male server dressed up as a maid. Named after a bird, Hibari-Tei Café is one amongst numerous such cafes that have sprung up in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, a part of Japan’s booming Otaku industry, Hibari-Tei café caters to nerds, tourists, and fellow crossdressers.
That’s not all! Hibari-Tei’s guests can also ask the wait staff for certain services such as drawing ketchup smileys on their orders.
7 Laid-Off Restaurant & Bar Workers Share Their Homestyle Recipes
With people spending more time at home, there wouldn’t be a better time to experiment with homemade food and drinks. Here are 7 out-of-work servers and bartenders across the country’s favorite recipes.
#1. Chocolate Stout Bread: Great with Coffee
Shekarchi left her job as a chef at a Catskills inn and moved to LA, pursuing freelance work while searching for a full-time job. Cooking for special occasions made her juggle recipes and available ingredients. The following makes 1 loaf and pairs great with coffee.
Making the Chocolate Stout Bread
- Preheat the oven to 350F and coat an 8.5 X 4.5 loaf pan with neutral oil and dust with flour.
- Mix 1.5 cup all-purpose flour, 0.25 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, and a pinch of salt
- In another bowl, mix a cup of cream, 4 Tbsp softened unsalted butter, and 0.5 cup granulated sugar, and then slowly incorporate 2 lightly beaten eggs.
- Into the flour mixture, add ⅓ cup chocolate stout (amber or brown beer also works), mix lightly, and then add the egg mixture.
- You should end up with a very thick batter to which you add 0.5 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
- Scrape into the pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out free of wet batter.
Making a topping syrup while the batter is baking is always a good idea. To do that, simmer 1 cup chocolate stout and 0.5 cup granulated sugar in a saucepan over medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes or until the mixture is thickened like maple syrup. After the bread cools, pour over the syrup and enjoy!
#2. BBQ Fried Rice: Leftover Recipes Are the Best
LeRoy started with a food truck, which he later converted into a drive-thru to take orders online. Of all the recipes LeRoy and his team have perfected, this BBQ fried rice has become one of the best-selling dishes on the menu. The following recipe makes 1 large or 2 small servings.
Making the BBQ Fried Rice
- In a medium skillet (preferably wok) heat 1 Tbps neutral oil on high heat.
- Add about 0.25-pound roughly chopped BBQ meat along with 1 clove of minced garlic, 2 sliced scallions, and 1 Tbsp ginger. Saute for about 5 minutes or until meat begins to brown.
- Add a few chopped up and already cooked carrots, a handful of greens (leftovers from another meal work great here), and cook for about a minute.
- Make a well in the middle of the pan and crack in 1 egg and scramble until cooked and then mix with the rest of the veggie and meat mass.
- Transfer everything to a bowl and wipe out the pan.
- Crank up the heat until the pan is smoking and add a few drops of sesame oil and swirl around to coat.
- Add in 2 cups of cooked and cooled rice, stir constantly until all the clumps have broken up.
- As soon as the rice starts to brown, add back the reserved meat and veggies mixture and mix.
- Add about 2 Tbsp soy sauce (fish sauce, vinegar, or other salty/acidic condiment work fine as well).
- Taste for seasoning, adjust, and serve with a topping of your liking (fresh herbs and crispy fried onions are the best).
#3. Pasta Aglio e Oilo: Simplistic, Yet Rich & Delicious
Craig’s hours at Mendocino Farms in Marina Del Rey, CA were cut off before he was furloughed. He perfected the Aglio e Oilo dish thanks to the YouTube channel recreating TV recipes Binging with Babish. This version serves 2 to 3 people.
Making Pasta Aglio e Oilo
- Mince one bunch of Italian parsley and thinly slice 8 to 10 large garlic cloves.
- Heat a large pot of heavily salted water and cook 10 oz dried spaghetti to al dente (usually 8 to 10 minutes, check the box for precise directors).
- Save 1 cup of pasta water and drain the pasta using a colander.
- Cover the bottom of a nonstick frying pan with olive oil (about 6-8 Tbsp) and place over medium heat until slightly shimmering.
- Throw in the garlic and stir until golden brown (60-90 seconds) and then add red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
- Add the spaghetti and a splash of the reserved pasta water. Toss until very well coated and add more pasta water if necessary.
- Kill the heat, add parsley, the juice of 1 lemon, and toss well.
- Transfer into a serving dish and top with shaved parmesan.
#4. Spinach with Chickpeas, Walnuts & Bacon: Exploring Danish Cuisine
Working as a server and bartender at Girasole in Pittsburgh, Fischoff was furloughed just like most of the staff. As a Danish immigrant, her dream was to share her world and recipes with the world, and this Lavede Mad spinach with chickpeas, walnuts, and bacon is one of her best.
Making the Spinach Spinach with Chickpeas, Walnuts, and Bacon
- Place a large pan over high heat (cast-iron works best but any other would do).
- Chop up 6 to 8 bacon thick-cut slices into inch-sized pieces and cook until they start to become slightly browned. Remove bacon leaving the fat in the pan and set aside.
- Add 1 Tbsp minced garlic and half white onion, diced. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes until the onion becomes translucent and add 2 large handfuls of raw, unsalted walnut halves.
- Toast the walnuts until barely brown, add about 15 ounces of drained chickpeas, and generously season with 1 Tbsp each oregano, thyme, and dried paprika.
- Salt to taste and stir continuously for about 5 minutes.
- Mix in 6 handfuls of fresh spinach and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the bacon back and toss everything to combine.
- Service over quinoa, rice, mashed potatoes, or as is.
#5. Honeysuckle Cocktail: Refreshing Drink for a New Beginning
Grier is a bartender who used to work at Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland, Oregon before it was shut down but this doesn’t affect his mood nor everyone else looking for a refreshing beverage. This honeysuckle cocktail is one of his favorite recipes so far.
Making the Honeysuckle Cocktail
- Start with the honey syrup. Place 1 cup honey in a heat-proof container and boil 0.75 cup water separately (you can use that electric kettle) and then slowly add the boiling water to the honey, stirring constantly. Let the syrup cool and store in the fridge.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and 2 oz rum (light white rum is the usual choice but blending white rum with aged rum is the best choice).
- Add 0.75 oz of each honey syrup and freshly-squeezed lime juice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
#6. Season Changer Cocktail: Spring Is Right Around the Corner
Hood used to be a bartender at Paddy Long’s in Chicago where winters are roughly 6 months. It doesn’t feel like Spring yet for sure, but sometimes all it takes is a few cocktail changer recipes. In Hood’s case, there’s a particular one that does the trick.
Making the Season Changer Cocktail
- In a cocktail shaker, add 2 oz Rye, 0.75 oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and 0.25 oz simple syrup. Pro tip: you can use the honey syrup from the above recipe instead or you can make your own using equal parts sugar and boiling water.
- Add ice and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds.
- Double strain into a rocks glass, add large ice cubes and leave enough room for the next ingredient.
- Slowly float about 1.5 oz red wine over the back of a spoon.
#7. Juan Draper Cocktail with Vanilla Syrup: The Bitter-Sweet Drink for Times Like These
Dan Moberger, a graduate student at Northwestern University who lost his bartending job during the shutdown has a bitter-sweet recipe for the occasion.
Making Juan Draper Cocktail with Vanilla Syrup
- Stir 2 oz mezcal, 0.25 oz vanilla syrup, 1 dash Angostura bitters, and 2 dashes of grapefruit or orange bitters with plenty of ice.
- Strain into an old-fashioned glass.
- Finish up with fresh ice, preferably 1 extra-large cube if you have it, and garnish with an orange peel.
Imagine eating at a place where your main course isn’t served by smiling servers, but by a bunch of rude staff who don’t care about Yelp ratings. Or perhaps dining at a place that has a graveyard at its center? From dining suspended in the sky to eating your meal 16 feet underneath the Indian Ocean, the restaurants listed below offer a dining experience like no other. So, if you’re a sucker for a restaurant experience that’s definitely not run-of-the-mill, these are the places you need to go.