All around the world, people are working hard all week with their eyes on the weekend. There's no better place than a nightclub to blow off steam, meet new and crazy people, create some amazing memories, and then forget them. If you're travelling, a city's nightlife can tell you more about that place than all of their museums combined. Relationships are started, ended, and everything in between at nightclubs. You'll see people making love, right next to people fist-fighting. From dancers to bouncers to bartenders, from the regulars to the weird people sitting in the corner- everyone is there. Friendships, rivalries, business partnerships, scam artists and drifters... you'll find it all at your local neighborhood watering hole.
Whatever your flavor happens to be, you can find exactly what you're looking for at one of these unique, interesting, and sometimes shocking clubs. From a club that almost guarantees you'll end up in the hospital after spending the evening there, to a club that almost IS A hospital, to a club that tries to emulate the entire experience of camping, and some odd nightlife trivia tossed in for good measure - here are 15 shocking facts you didn't know about nightclubs (unless you're a world class party animal, of course). You can impress your friends with this trivia, and make sure to visit any of these places if you ever have the chance because there's one thing they all have in common: they'll all guarantee a memorable evening.
15 The Star Spangled Banner Was A Drinking Song
The tune of Star Spangled Banner was borrowed from an existing song before it was ever the national anthem of the United States of America. In 1931, Francis Scott Key's adaptation of a song called "To Anacreon In Heaven" was named the national anthem of America, but before that it was a drinking song for a popular gentleman's club with the membership consisting of amateur musicians.
14 The Origin Of Toasting Is To Avoid Being Poisoned
Everyone who has ever taken a drink has toasted with their companions. A ceremonial touching of glasses is a universal sign of friendship and mutual respect, but it hasn't always been that way. These days, we don't really have to worry about anyone trying to poison us to death, at least not on a daily basis. Back in Medieval Europe, however, it was a whole different ballgame. It wasn't uncommon to have dinner and drinks with someone who could very well be secretly plotting your demise.
13 There's A Bar That's Ready For A Zombie Attack
Donny Dirk's Zombie Den is ready for anything, if by 'anything' we're talking about a zombie outbreak. They have a chainsaw that sits behind a glass, with a sign instructing you to break the glass in the event of a zombie attack. If a chainsaw isn't your weapon of choice, maybe one of their strong drinks will do the trick.
12 There's An Underwater Bar In Israel
11 There's A Giant Booze-Cloud Floating Around In Space
We live in a culture that admires and worships astronauts (maybe not as much as we should, anymore, but nonetheless). They're treated like heroes. They have ascended past humanity and experienced the next step of human progress. We treat them like visionaries, but maybe they're just hardcore alcoholics?
10 The Disappearing Pubs Of Oxford Street
All the way back in the mid 1800's, Oxford Street in London was home to a whopping 38 bars. These days, there's only one left. The final remaining pub on Oxford Street in London is called Tottenham. There's a huge history and legacy in this place. Adorned by classic Victorian stylings, the Tottenham is only a stone's throw away from other famous landmarks, including the famed Oxford music hall.
9 The United States Has One of The Highest Legal Drinking Ages
In about 60% of the world, teenagers can start legally drinking on their own at the age 18 or 19. In Canada, for example, it varies between 18 and 19 depending where you are - which is why a cross border trip up to the Great North is a popular destination for college kids looking to let loose without breaking the law.
8 There's A Nightclub Based On The Great Outdoors
Usually people that are into the club scene might not be the same crowd that likes to spend their weekends at a campground, at the lake, or roughing it in the middle of nowhere. But some clever bar owners in Brooklyn figured that there's got to be some crossover between the club crowd and people that love camping, so they opened a bar called Camp.
7 The Most Dangerous Drinking Spot In Britain
For every 100,000 people drinking in Blackpool in a given year, over 1,230 of them need to be hospitalized by the end of the night. That equals roughly 5 customers needing to be hospitalized after visiting this place, every single day, if you average it out - but since they're busiest on weekends, it's not hard to imagine a Friday or Saturday night in which 15, or even 20 people are hospitalized.
6 There's A Bar With Actual Mermaids Swimming Around
Dive Bar (get it?) in Sacramento has actual mermaids swimming around in tanks of water for your entertainment. Not only are they going for a pun with their name, it's also ironic, since Dive Bar isn't a dive bar in the traditional sense at all. When you say "Dive Bar," you picture this run down place with the regulars sitting around the bar giving you dirty looks, and maybe a couple people sitting at tables or playing pool (while getting dirty looks from the regulars).
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4 Abraham Lincoln Had A Liquor License And Operated A Tavern
Abraham Lincoln is known for many things. When it comes to presidents, let's face it - they just don't make'em like they used to. Honest Abe is very well-liked, but perhaps even more so by some of the patrons who used to hang out in his fine drinking establishments.
3 Toronto Used To Have 1 Bar For Every 70 People
2 Origins Of Cocktails
There are different theories on where the word cocktail comes from. One of them sounds completely plausible, one of them sounds like somebody is trolling us. Can you tell which is which?
1 The Hospital Bar
There's a bar in Singapore called "The Clinic Bar" where everything is modeled after a hospital. On the one hand, it's great if you have a bit too much to drink and need to be hospitalized, but really, nobody likes going to the hospital. Why would you theme a bar based on a place that nobody wants to go? It's different, it's unique, but at the end of the day it's also cold and clinical - a far cry from many of the bars on this list. They've even got dentist chairs, in case a hospital setting wasn't off-putting enough. On the plus side, there are wheelchairs that you can wheel around in for when the room starts to spin.
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