Alien Giger Bar

“Sip a Mojito in the queen alien’s womb”


If you ever are looking for fun things to do in Switzerland or you’re an Alien vs. Predator fan come check out this bar. It’s creepy and cool at the same time. You need to just see this place for yourself. It is out of this world. The decor is unlike any bar I have seen. I visited this bar with my cousin Verena and we were both overwhelmed by the creation of the artist Hansrudi Giger: the designer of the microphonestandard of Jonathan Davis, Frontman of metalband Korn but also the designer of the alien creatures in the movies:

IMG_3859 2.jpgIMG_7977Just step inside, and your jaw will drop. It’s like entering another universe. H.R. Giger designed the bar in a way that preserves the 400 year old Gothic architecture. He heightens the cavernous effect with dramatic skeletal arches that sweep over the ceiling.

FullSizeRender 4Beneath these bony vaults are high-backed shell-like chairs. They were originally designed as a Harkonnen throne for the Dune film that never got made. (Keep reading to see another variant of the seats inside the museum).

FullSizeRender 6I love how Giger turned the Medieval cathedral-like space into a bio-mechanical vision of the future. What an incredible feeling to curl up in one of these spinal chairs at the circular windows, and feel like you’ve been swallowed up by an intergalactic beast. Tip: the Giger bar is extremely popular with tourists, so try to avoid lunch time and other peak hours. You may have to wait a while to get a seat at your preferred table. We did our best to take some pictures but it was very difficult to capture them with all the visitors around. Picture below: my lovely cousin Verena. You can visit her website Derde Etage.

IMG_7967The Gruyeres Giger bar is actually the fourth one ever built. Only one other location remains open: the H.R. Giger Bar in Chur, Switzerland (his place of birth), established since 1992. As you can see from the menu board, Bar HR Giger serves drinks and small snacks, including themed items. Verena ordered a Alien coffee, the most visually interesting dish which comes on a wooden tray with little meringues, and honey herb liqueur. I ordered a Giger Mojito.

FullSizeRender 7If you’ve seen the Alien series from the eighties  you’ll know to watch out for the segmented blade-tipped tails, burning acidic blood — and double-jawed set of teeth that extend out to pierce your flesh!

FullSizeRender 9Alien’s impact earned the Swiss artist an Academy Award in 1980, for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. The Oscar statue is on display if you look closely, beneath one of the ancient staircases in the museum. You can visit te bars site on Giger bar.

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