Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Massages, smoothies and trash TV: this ‘hangover bar’ is what mornings after were made for


Ugh, it’s morning – or maybe sometime in the afternoon. You’re not quite sure, because your eyes seem to be glued together. Your entire skull feels like it’s nursing a throbbing bruise, and the taste of your own dry mouth, when you notice it, is enough to make you want to vomit. Wait – did you vomit last night?

Everyone occasionally gets struck down by a raging hangover, and everyone deals with it in their own special way. Maybe you’re the kind of person who has to get out of the house to clear their head, or perhaps you prefer to wallow under a duvet watching Don’t Tell the Bride for a solid 12 hours.

But if you were in Amsterdam last month, you might have tried out a novel way of handling your headache: a trip to the Hangover Bar.

A one-weekend-only pop-up, the Hangover Bar was lined with comfy double beds, plenty of green plants and an oxygen bar (fresh air, of course, being a famously good hangover cure).

Read more: "I visited a 'brain spa' to see if it would help clear my mind"

Sore-headed guests were breathalysed on their way into the bar by ‘hangover inspectors’ to make sure that every visitor was genuinely hungover. Once inside, they could treat themselves to a soothing massage – or simply snuggle down under duvets to recuperate, with the help of classic TV shows, chilled smoothies and a special anti-hangover menu.

We zijn weer geopend! #Matthangoverbar #happyhangover

A photo posted by Matt Sleeps (@mattsleeps_com) on

The bar was the brainchild of Dutch start-up Matt Sleeps, a mattress company with a seriously clever eye for marketing. Amsterdam is no stranger to raucous nights and fragile mornings, so it makes sense that the Netherlands capital was the first place to host a hangover bar.

Read more: The days of a five-day festival hangover are over: we road-test a desert detox

But Joep Verbunt, the company’s founder, says that more are on the way. Hallelujah

Sunday chillings 💚 mega trots op @dec.amsterdam 🙋🏼 #matthangoverbar #sexandthecity #foodora

A photo posted by Wendy Brans (@wendybrans) on

“We don’t believe in boring showrooms,” he tells Elle Décor. “That’s why we create unique experiences where people can test our mattresses.”

We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for a hangover bar on British shores. It’s what our heads deserve. 

Main image: iStock


1 Peas and Mint.jpg

Cool cocktail recipes with unusual ingredients


We have exciting news about London’s naked restaurant…


These are the 5 most vegan-friendly cities in the world


20 soothing, beautiful songs guaranteed to help you fall asleep

An expert picks the ultimate classical music playlist

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Oct 2017

Puppy dog eyes are a thing and your dog makes them just for you

A study says dogs change their facial expressions when humans are looking

by Amy Swales
20 Oct 2017

Here’s how to buy a house or a flat for the princely sum of £1

It's time to enter the real-estate raffle

by Megan Murray
20 Oct 2017

Oxford University under fire for shocking lack of racial diversity

One MP called the revelations an example of “social apartheid”

by Moya Crockett
20 Oct 2017

This prosecco festival is the best way to start feeling Christmassy

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere

by Susan Devaney
20 Oct 2017

Missing your 16-25 railcard? We have good news for you

Rail bosses have taken pity on cash-strapped millennials

20 Oct 2017

This man’s response to his friend’s period while hiking is everything

“I had NOTHING on me and I was wearing shorts”

by Susan Devaney
20 Oct 2017

Why anxiety makes it harder to follow your intuition

It can have a paralysing effect on decision-making

by Anna Brech
19 Oct 2017

“Why all men must work to stamp out sexual harassment and abuse”

In wake of the Weinstein allegations, one writer argues why men need to be counted

19 Oct 2017

Rage, lust, power and warmth: how it feels to experience ‘red emotions

“I grew up being told my body was terrifying and my voice was unimportant”

by The Stylist web team
19 Oct 2017