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This is a thread in which we can post strange bizarre & unexplained kind of stories that either come up in the news or happen within your own experiences. Not looking for answers or explanations, just a place for oddities that you think are interesting...... So bring on your Tales of the Unexplained or just Plain Oddity :shocked::goofy::shocked::goofy::shocked:
Guest posted a topic in Aussie Chatwe have an antique one arm bandit which has been converted to take 10p coins...but as we are taking it with us, my OH is wondering what AUS coins would be closest in size and shape to a 10p? does anyone happen to know this ? Many thanks! :jimlad:
Australia's most bizarre bars [/url] If the jingle of poker machines and stench of stale beer turns you off your local boozer, you'll be pleased to know there are some genuinely quirky alternatives out there. While many pubs in Australia are all too similar, a select few dare to be different. Here are some of the best: The Croft Institute Where: Melbourne Hidden down a series of back lanes, the Croft institute is seriously tricky to find. Even the locals look dumbfounded when asked for directions, but once you're there, you'll find it was worth the effort. The bar is split into three distinct levels: the first is a science laboratory with industrial-looking sinks and science equipment scattered throughout, where shots are drunk from test tubes. It's perhaps a little creepy at first glance, but definitely a cool place once you've adjusted to the setting. The second floor is home to a hospital-themed waiting area and some unusual bathroom facilities, while the top floor is modelled on a 1930s gymnasium. The crowd is arty yet unpretentious and despite the somewhat spooky David Cronenberg vibe, it's all pretty relaxed. Find out more: the Croft Institute Deville's Pad Where: Perth You just can't go wrong with a demonic-themed Las Vegas lounge bar, especially one with a smoking volcano in the middle of the dance floor. As well as the ludicrously kitsch yet unspeakably cool interior decor, the bar offers an impressive cocktail menu, with recipes dating back from the 1800s through the Prohibition era and Vegas' halcyon Rat Pack days. There are also DJs, retro cabaret shows, live bands, magicians and an American 1950s-themed food menu. Find out more: Deville's Pad Cool: Minus 5 bar, Sydney and Gold Coast Section 8 Where: Melbourne Constructed from two shipping containers and with wooden packing palettes for seats, Section 8 is typical of what makes Melbourne such an alternative city. Set in an abandoned car park just off one of the city's laneways, you could easily stroll past without knowing it's there. The seating area is outdoors, but a makeshift roof keeps the elements in check while roaring gas burners prevent the Melbourne chill from doing its worst. Although it can get busy in the evenings, Section 8 also serves tea and coffee, so it's a great place for an afternoon chill-out session. Find out more: Section 8 Sling Lounge Where: Brisbane Since opening in February 2007, the Sling Lounge has earned a reputation as Brisbane's hotspot for killer cocktails. Founded by three veteran bartenders, the Sling features Astroturf on the ceiling, an extensive, mismatched vintage glassware collection and a variety of 250 cocktails on the menu. The overall feel is somewhat whimsical — think Alice in Wonderland or Wind in the Willows meets The Hobbit. The owners also share an interest in molecular mixology, apparently something to do with radically reforming the flavour of drinks using hair-brained scientific techniques. Sounds bonkers but the drinks certainly taste good. Find out more: Sling Lounge Minus 5 Where: Sydney and Gold Coast Everything in Minus 5, from the seats to the glasses, is sculpted entirely out of ice. On arrival, visitors are issued with a thick, hooded jacket, gloves and booties before being briefed on what to expect. After a few handy tips ("please don't stick your tongue to the bar" was a lifesaver), guests are unleashed into a surreal sub-arctic chamber. There are some incredibly detailed ice sculptures (apparently these change every few weeks), vodka-based cocktails served in ice glasses and even deer-skin draped couches sculpted from — you guessed it — blocks of ice. Due to the temperature, there's a 30-minute time restriction at Minus 5. Probably for the best, unless you're planning on becoming a permanent addition to the sculptures. Find out more: Minus 5 Madame Brussels Where: Melbourne Any bar based on a former high-society brothel deserves kudos in my book. Madame Brussels is located in the heart of Melbourne's CBD. A lift whisks visitors to the rooftop level where the hectic bustle of the city streets is replaced by a stylish, laidback colonial atmosphere. There are sumptuous Chesterfield couches, pink cushions, antique furniture, jugs of Pimm's on ice and the Main Parlour Room is even smattered with fake grass. If the weather's good, there's a decked outdoor area where you can recline in your velvet smoking jacket, patting your dalmatian as a waiter brings over another tray of dark spirits. Very sophisticated. Find out more: Madame Brussels Ettamogah Pub Where: Albury, New South Wales Now a fairly family-orientated institution, the original Ettamogah Pub was established in Albury in 1987. The wackily-shaped building is based on the drawings of true-blue cartoonist Ken Maynard, who contributed to the Australasian Post for many years. The whole pub has been engineered to feel like you are walking into a cartoon strip, its slanted walls edging outwards as they might in an illustration. There's even a beer truck perched on the roof for added quirkiness. Definitely a good one for families looking for an entertaining pub lunch. Find out more: Ettamogah Pub