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One for the Road: Ice Bars

Think your local bar is pretty cool? It’s got nothing on these freezing establishments. From sub-zero temperatures and glassware made from ice to frozen furniture, you’ll need a strong drink and a heavy coat to stay warm. Just visit soon, before the spring thaw.

Absolut Icebar, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, 011 46 980 668 00:

If you make it all the way up to the Arctic Circle, you can celebrate at the Absolut Icebar. The establishment, which claims to have started this trend, is built out of blocks harvested from the frozen Torne River. Can’t get to Jukkasjärvi? There’s another Absolut Icebar in Stockholm.


What to Drink: Absolut Hot Ruby (Absolut Ruby Red Vodka, hot lingonberry juice)

Blu Ice Bar, 2826 Highway 61, Two Harbors, Minn., 800 627 9565:

Ice is one thing that Minnesota has plenty of in the winter. The Grand Superior Lodge in Two Harbors has put some 24,000 pounds of it to good use. Enjoy a tasty cocktail in a glass made from ice on an ice couch while admiring a sculpture made from—you guessed it—ice.

What to Drink: Hot Chocolate Rum Runner (Cruzan Rum, amaretto, hot chocolate)

Damenti’s, 1307 South Mountain Boulevard, Mountain Top, Pa., 570 788 2004:

Chef Kevin McDonald has a special talent: He’s a master ice carver and is even a former president of the National Ice Carving Association. So it’s no surprise that he’s built a giant 900-square-foot building out of ice behind his Pennsylvania restaurant. Admire his handiwork while enjoying a beverage.

What to Drink: Winter Garden Punch (rum, orange juice, cranberry juice)

Hôtel de Glace, 9530 Rue de la Faune, Quebec City, Canada, 418 623 2888:

The capital of Quebec is home to the frosty Hôtel de Glace, which was constructed from 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice. While you can check in and spend the night, we suggest you just stop by for a drink at its Bar de Glace (pictured above) and sit near the fireplace.

What to Drink: Hôtel de Glace (vodka, Domaine Pinnacle Ice Apple Wine)

Minus5 Ice Bar, Mandalay Bay, 3930 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 702 740 5800:

If you insist on drinking in cold comfort year-round, head to the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This bar is, of course, kept at a constant minus-5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and features walls made from ice. There are also ice sculptures created by the establishment’s resident carver. Didn’t bring a coat? Don’t worry, you can borrow one.

What to Drink: Ice Man (Sobieski Vodka, Raspberry di Amore Liqueur, coconut, pineapple juice)

Looking for more great watering holes? Check out our bar guide for the best bars in the world.

Series & Type: TravelOne for the Road

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