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The concept of a bar made of ice originated in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, in 1994, when the town’s legendary Icehotel expanded to include a drinks lounge. Since then, the concept has spread to several cities, each with a local character all its own. Here are five truly cool places to bundle up while you tipple.

London
Artists Jens Thoms Ivarsson and Mikael “Nille” Nilsson play with their “frozen architecture” theme at Icebar by filling the Mayfair hangout with glittering ice sculptures and intricate wall art. The bar provides designer thermal capes and gloves to wear while sipping cocktails like the Crumble – Absolut Vanilia, blackberry purée, cinnamon, apple juice, vanilla syrup and blackberries – from glasses made of ice harvested from the Torne River in Sweden, known for its purity. Book your 40-minute time slot online well in advance.
31-33 Heddon St., London

Los Angeles
At Silo Freezer – part of the popular Silo Bar in downtown L.A. – visitors bundle up in house-provided snow jackets for vodka tastings surrounded by ice. The 10- to 15-minute sessions introduce guests and up to 10 friends to the bar’s rotating selection of luxury vodkas. The elixirs are kept at -2°C: the perfect temperature for vodka because it minimizes the burn while maximizing the flavour. Sip a quirky cocktail in a mason jar, like the Risky Bizness containing vodka, fresh strawberries, basil, lemon and simple syrup. It’s a memorable chaser for the bar’s live music shows and board game nights.
221 W. 7th St., Los Angeles

Orlando
Take a break from Florida’s sunshine to cool off in one of the world’s largest ice bars. With walls, art and seating crafted out of 64 tonnes of frozen water, Icebar Orlando offers plenty of Instagram moments and a shot of Disneyesque quirkiness. Sit atop a frozen throne while sipping from the bar’s famous Penguin Pizz, a life-size penguin ice sculpture that dispenses the cocktail of the day, determined, the bartenders say, by what Perry the Penguin had for breakfast. Younger guests, from ages eight to 20, can experience this frozen kingdom and sip on juices and pop between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
8967 International Dr. ,Orlando

Las Vegas
The servers at both Minus 5 locations courteously lend you all the gear needed to withstand the eponymous temperature of their bar, where frozen chairs and shelves are festooned with soft animal pelts. The ice sculptures have an appropriately kitschy Vegas feel – think playing cards and portraits of Elvis – and a house photographer snaps pictures for post-visit purchase. You’re booked into the brisk environment for 20-minute sessions, with the seconds counting down on a timer worn around your neck.
• Minus 5 Experience at the Mandalay Bay Casino, 3930 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas
• Minus 5 Experience at the Monte Carlo Resort, 3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas

Boston
Frost Ice Bar offers views of Boston’s famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in an art-gallery-like atmosphere. Try the Big Dig cocktail – Reyka vodka, cranberry vodka, lemonade and raspberry purée – an ode to Boston’s $14.8-billion project to bury its expressway. Tickets have to be purchased in advance, which you can do online, or you can always rent the bar’s newly opened private event space.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

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BARS     BOSTON     COCKTAILS     LAS VEGAS     LONDON     LOS ANGELES     ORLANDO    

Getting There

London, U.K.
Air Canada offers the most non-stop flights from Canada to London, with service from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and St. John’s.

Los Angeles
Air Canada offers daily non-stop service from Montreal and Toronto. Our Toronto service features the only daily wide-body aircraft to Los Angeles from Canada with lie-flat seats in Business Class. Air Canada rouge offers daily non-stop flights from Calgary and Vancouver.

Orlando
Air Canada and Air Canada rouge offer non-stop flights to Orlando all winter long, from Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax.

Las Vegas
Air Canada rouge offers fun daily access to Las Vegas with non-stop flights from Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver and wide-body 767 aircraft from Toronto.

Boston
Air Canada offers up to eight daily flights from Toronto, the only non-stop flights from Montreal up to six times a day and up to two daily flights from Halifax.

Comments… or add another

Angie Maltese

Monday, January 12th 2015 11:16
The ultimate ice bar for me is right here in Canada at the Ice Hotel in Quebec City. In fact, my husband and I travel there every year just to experience the ice bar. They serve deadly cocktails in an "ice glass" special sculpted for the occasion. You can warm up around the fireplace while experiencing a world of ice. It's truly a memorable experience. I recommend you do a feature article on our very own ice bar.

Antoinette J.Benneke

Monday, January 12th 2015 19:37
If visiting Canada, you might make it to Banff Alberta. The Banff Springs Hotel features a fantastic ice bar outside. A great spot to watch celebrity guests like Robert Cenedy and his family, Alex Baldwin, Michael Douglas, Brad Pit to mention only a few.

Richard Martin

Monday, January 12th 2015 23:32
1. The best ice bar we've been in was in Copenhagen.
2. You can't get anywhere from Edmonton. Improve the access or risk losing clientele.

Janis Rapoport

Tuesday, January 13th 2015 18:08
Fascinating but your airfares to Boston from Ottawa are outrageously expensive and totally unaffordable for this senior.
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