NY CITY GUIDE, SOHO TRENDS

August 5, 2013

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A Bar Made of Ice in NYC: Minus 5 Bar

180,000 Lbs. of sculpted ice give life to one of the most hottest, yet frozen, bars in New York City nowadays.

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New York’s heat index has reached impressive 108 degrees, but Minus 5 Ice Bar arrived on the scene to offer an extreme version of relief. The chain’s first New York outpost provides a 23 degrees Fahrenheit (or minus 5 Celsius) wonderland of sculpted ice chandeliers, walls, and even cups, on the ground floor of the Hilton Midtown hotel.

You must visit this frozen amazing place!

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With two previous locations in the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo, the bar features color-changing LEDs and remixed pop songs streaming through speakers embedded in the ice. For the new outpost, ice sculptor Peter Slavin drew inspiration from New York landmarks such as Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. He plans on changing the design and adding new features every three months, saying, “New Yorkers are very finicky—you have to keep everything new and fresh.” So keep your agenda prepared for a visit, at least, every 3 months, to this amazing bar.

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It took 180,000 pounds of ice and two weeks of carving to complete the structure. Slavin and his team of seven donned heavy parkas and snow gear to work in the refrigerated room. Now that it is completed, melting New Yorkers and tourists can cool off in the space after paying the admission fee of $20, with mostly vodka-based cocktails priced at $15 each.

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Undoubtedly the coolest bar in New York City.