Last week, the Foodbeast crew was in Vegas and after a particularly grueling night out, someone suggested we check out Minus 5, a bar made entirely of 100% ice. Never ones to pass up a novel drinking opportunity, we dragged our hungover bodies from the hotel room to the Mandalay Bay casino where the mythical ice bar was apparently hidden.
After a few delays on the way — Rudy lost $200 in Blackjack and we made the obligatory margarita stop — we found the spot tucked away in the corner above a Starbucks. At the entrance we were greeted by a babe in a hooded sweater who helped us slip into mink coats. Before walking into the actual bar, we were reminded that it’s a solid -5 °F inside. So, in order to prevent our bodies from going into shock, we stepped through a series of rooms that gradually got colder as we neared the ice bar.
When we finally reached the spot, we saw that it houses everything a traditional bar has — chairs, sofas, tables, bar tops, cups, etc. — except that they’re all made of frozen water.
Here’s a walk-through:
Coat Room: You’ll get swagged out in mink straight off the set of Game of Thrones.
As soon as you walk in, you’ll be greeted by this monster:
The chandeliers are made of ice:
So are the sofas and chairs…
… even the actual bar-top is made entirely of ice. Remember, this place is made from 80 TONS of FROZEN WATER.
The cups are 100% made of ice. Protip: Do not babysit your alcohol. If your drink sits in the glasses for too long, they
If you’re really nice they’ll let you play shotskis.
By the end of it, Rudy convinced us to take our clothes off because reasons. Check out the video to discover what “penguining” really is: