I guess everyone remembers Ridley Scott’s 1979 science-fiction horror film “Alien” with Sigourney Weaver, in which kreepy extraterrestrial creatures stalk and kill the crew of a spaceship. And now imagine how it would be to sit in a belly of a fossilized, prehistoric beast while sipping on a yummilicious Martini a la Bond movie Casino Royal.
Well, you can have all of that experience at H.R. Giger Bar, located in the picturesque Swiss town of Gruyéres. Designed by famous surrealist artist H.R. Giger (Hans Rudolf Giger † 12. Mai 2014), who also won the Oscar for the Design of Scott’s classic film Alien, you can be sure its a one-of-a-kind experience that needs to be set on top of your bucket list. Built within the Giger Museum in a 400 year old, four-story medieval chateau, the Bar makes you feel as if you were part of some futuristic genesis that is yet to come in the evolution of mankind.
The interior of the bar itself looks like a cavernous, skeletal structure, covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle. Adding to that, the concrete surfaces of the bar furnishings have been polished to the point that they are skin soft to the touch, enhancing the impression of being inside a once living species.
It took four years to complete the Museum Bar, which opened its doors on April 12th, 2003. Since then people from all over the world have been attracted by this stunning architectural space, which now houses the artist’s own private art collection, including over 600 works by Salvador Dalí, Ernest Fuchs, Dado, Bruno Weber, Günter Brus, Claude Sandoz, Francois Burland, Friedrich Kuhn, Joe Coleman, Sybille Ruppert, André Lassen, and David Hochbaum, among many others, as well as the Giger’s film design work for “Alien,” “Poltergeist 2,” “Alien 3” and “Species.” For more information check out their website www.gigerbar.com.