As the sun starts its decent earlier in the evening and summer draws to a close, millions are weeping over the impending loss of their sun-kissed tans. But for those rare lovers of the frigid winter air, there is good news at last! You no longer will need to travel quite as far as the Arctic Circle to find solace from the summer sun. Ice Bars are becoming more and more popular across the globe, which means that no matter where you are there is an icy escape for you to drink your booze in cool, cozy peace. So take a breath, grab your furriest hat, and let’s take a trip to the land of never-ending winters.
1. ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL, Stockholm, Sweden
Nestled in the Nordic C Hotel, ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL was the very first permanent ice bar in the world. It’s a hybrid lounge, bar, and art gallery that boasts a beautiful new theme each year. From an oceanic theme that’ll drag you into it’s depths to another inspired by the Swedish novel “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils,” the ICEBAR ensures it’s customers will return to see what design the new year brings. Every inch of the interior is made of crystal clear ice trekked in from Northern Sweden’s Thorn River. Included in the entrance fee is a drink on the house to sip while enjoying the stunning sculptures.
2. 2. Frost Ice Loft, Boston, USA
If Sweden is a little too far, you can get the same frozen bar experience right in your backyard. The Frost Ice Loft in Boston just went through a huge renovation, including a name change, to encourage a warmer and friendlier atmosphere. Inside you’ll find plenty of seating and room to move and meet new people. The windows overlook the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, giving your friend who doesn’t drink an excuse to tag along for the experience and to people watch. The cover charge includes the use of a parka and gloves, and unlike many ice bars that have a time limit, here you can freeze your tush off for as long as you can take it.
3. ICEBAROrlando, Orlando, USA
Orlando is home to the first permanent ice bar in the US. The inside of ICEBAROrlando contains furniture, sculptures, and even a fireplace, all hand carved out of over 70 tons of ice. Even the glasses are made out of ice! The best part about this Orlando venue is its FIRE Lounge that you can warm up in after the ICEBAR experience. The lounge has some of the best DJ’s playing regularly and the state-of-the-art sound system and ambient lighting ensures the mood is set for all to dance the night away.
4. Ice Bar Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
For the hip moms and dads out there who can’t fathom a night out without their kids, fear not! Australia’s Ice Bar Melbourne offers a Kids Corner where kids are welcomed to enjoy the ice bar between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with their legal guardians in tow. The venue offers birthday parties, corporate events, and more.
5. ICEBARCELONA, Barcelona, Spain
Ever felt like you couldn’t decide between the snow and the sun? The mountains or the beach? If this sounds like you, take comfort in knowing you can now emerge from the cold arctic and step onto a warm sandy beach in under a minute. ICEBARCELONA Spain is perhaps the most unique of any ice bar yet. It’s situated right on the beach! Outside is a beautiful cocktail terrace for visitors to relax and enjoy their Mediterranean setting while waiting to get inside. And similar to ICEBAR in Sweden, ICEBARCELONA changes it’s theme twice a year, so you’ll always have a reason to return and see what’s new.
6. The Ice Bar at Hotel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada
The reigning king of our ice bar tour is no other than The Ice Bar at Hotel de Glace. This venue in Quebec City, Canada, is your complete ice bar experience, where you can also spend the night in their ice hotel. You read that right – an actual ice hotel. Where your bed is literally made out of ice. If you over indulge at the bar you don’t have to worry about getting home safely, just make your way into your own personal ice castle. Part ice bar, part hotel, part arctic spa, The Ice Bar doesn’t disappoint. And one more thing – there’s even a massive ice slide. Yeah!