There are countless bars worldwide that claim to be chill, but there are some who actually accomplish it more than others. Ice bars aren’t necessarily a new phenomenon, but they do have customers coming back for their unique interpretation of what it really means to be a cool bar. We’ve listed 10 of the best, so read below for some of our favorites.
World’s Top 10 Ice Bars
10. Ice Club, Rome, Italy
Located just blocks away from the historic Coliseum, Ice Club beckons travelers in on a hot summer day to cool down in negative degree temperatures. The ice bar even has a mini ice sculpture of the coliseum inside along with other ice sculptures.undefined
9. ICEBARCELONA, Barcelona, Spain
This ice bar not only gives customers a chance to enjoy their favorite beverage in an arctic setting, it also offers a Mediterranean setting. ICEBARCELONA is the world’s first beach ice bar, as it sits on the beach and has an outdoor cocktail terrace for patrons to have a drink while waiting to get into the ice bar. The theme of the lounge and the sculptures are changed twice a year, so you’ll find something new each time you visit.
8. Ice Bar Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Dubbing itself the ‘coolest place in town’, Ice Bar Melbourne offers its venue up to patrons for birthday parties, corporate events, and team building events. The most unique part about this particular ice bar may just be its Kids Corner, where kids are allowed to enjoy the ice bar between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. with a parent or legal guardian.
7. Xtracold Ice Bar, Amsterdam, Netherlands
With over 35 tons of natural ice used to build this bar and its sculptures, Xtracold Ice Bar offers customers two components to their experience. The first is the lounge where patrons can sit and enjoy a free cocktail while waiting for their turn to enter the ice bar. Next is the ice bar, where customers get jackets to keep them warm in the freezing cold bar. Drinks are even served in carved out ice glasses!
6. ICEBAR London, United Kingdom
This ice bar offers some delicious specialty drinks that every bar should consider making. The Bad to the Bone is comprised of Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, Elderflower Cordial,Pineapple Juice, Strawberry Syrup, and Lemon Juice. If the drinks don’t draw you in, then the ice sculpture themes will. The current theme is based off of rock musicians and includes a rock singer art design.
5. Frost Ice Loft, Boston, USA
Bean Town is home to more than just our nation’s historical beginnings. It’s also the location of the world’s largest ice bar. At Frost Ice Bar, you’ll find plenty of seating and ample space to walk around. Windows in the ice bar actually overlook the famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace, so even if you aren’t interested in the ice sculptures or art décor, you can people-watch in one of Boston’s most touristy areas.
4. Ice Palace Restaurant and Ice Bar in Shangri-La Hotel Harbin, Shangri La, China
Launched in 2001, this ice bar and restaurant is a seasonal one that goes above and beyond to ensure its patrons enjoy their experience. An electric heater is placed under each dining table to take the chill off and every guests receives mini gloves to wear. The restaurant is kept at around -1 degree Fahrenheit, but hot soups and alcoholic drinks help each customer forget about the bitter cold.
3. ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL, Stockholm, Sweden
The first permanent ice bar in the world, ICEBAR is much more than an ice bar. The venue is equal parts lounge and art gallery, with many ice sculptures and artwork etched into the ice structures. You can find the ice bar inside of the Nordic C Hotel in Stockholm and your first drink is included in your entrance fee.
2. ICEBAROrlando, Orlando, USA
At ICEBAROrlando, the first and largest permanent ice bar in the United States, you’ll be hard pressed to find something not made out of ice. The bar contains ice sculptures that are created with 50 tons of ice by a Master Carver who has won awards at the International Ice Carving Olympics (yes, it exists!). Chairs, sofas, and even a fireplace are all designed by the carver and made from ice. Cocktails are even served in ice glasses!
1. The Ice Bar at Hotel de Glace, Quebec City, Canada
For visitors looking for a complete ice bar experience, look no further than Hotel de Glace. This ice hotel in Quebec City has rooms for guests to stay overnight, an ice bar, a gift shop, arctic spas and saunas, and even a giant ice slide. This place takes the idea of an ice bar and transforms it into an incredible experience. A must-visit in Canada!
This article was written by Julianne Aiello.