Drink Vodka in an Ice Bar

ICEHOTEL Sweden by night.  The darker blue arches on the left are UNIQUE ICEBAR

ICEHOTEL Sweden by night. The darker blue arches on the left are UNIQUE ICEBAR

ICEBAR London

ICEBAR London

Having a drink in an ice bar first made it onto my bucket list a few years ago after my friend, Tina, posted pictures of her visit to The Absolut Ice Bar in London. I had not realised that these places existed outside of cold countries! My partner was less excited, and refused the London bar, the Orlando Bar and the Las Vegas Bars when we found them on holiday.  He reasoned that if he was going to do it-he wanted to do it in an ice hotel, or at least somewhere very cold where it was fitting to do so.  I think he had a a fair point in retrospect. 

We did almost go to the one in Vegas until we realised that they would not let you take pictures in there.  I definitely wanted to be able to immortalise the experience in pictures. 

Our first round of drinks, and the Drinks Menu

Our first round of drinks, and the Drinks Menu

During our visit to The ICEHOTEL in Sweden we were able to visit UNIQUE ICE BAR, which was the largest ICEBAR in the world.  The entire place and it’s contents are made of ice and snow, even the glasses are made of ice!  The bar was lit with LEDs that were actually frozen into the ice (as LEDs don’t emit enough heat to melt the ice).  

My partner standing at the ICEBAR under the Chandelier made of ICEBAR glasses (over 200)

My partner standing at the ICEBAR under the Chandelier made of ICEBAR glasses (over 200)

UNIQUE ICEBAR, ICEHOTEL 23 (2013) Sweden

UNIQUE ICEBAR, ICEHOTEL 23 (2013) Sweden, Lit up by LEDs

The ICEBAR experience

When you order your first drink, you have to first buy the ice glass for 25 SEK (about £2.50 GBP), the drinks were a further 85SEK (about £8.00-YIKES!).   This isn’t just ICEBAR though, Scandinavia is exceptionally expensive for alcoholic beverages!  

You can order as many drink refills as you wanted  in the same glass until either you abandoned the glass at the end of the night, or it melts with your body’s heat.  Most drinks were vodka based, since vodka wont freeze.  

After 3 drinks, The heat from my lips had worn the rim of my glass pretty thin.  I think 5 drinks would have been about the maximum before it started to look like the glass was smiling back at me.

Why the UNIQUE ICEBAR at ICEHOTEL might better than other ice bars:

  1. There was no time limit imposed on visits like there are in other ice bars (the one in London restricts you to a 20 minute visit)
  2. It is the biggest in the world.
  3. It’s in an ICEHOTEL and not just in the basement of a building in a warmer country
  4. ICEHOTEL give you proper Arctic snowsuits to wear instead of the flimsy ICEBAR capes that you still freeze in during visits to other bars
  5. You can take as many pictures as you want

Why UNIQUE ICEBAR might not be better than other ICEBARS:

  1. At £8.50 for a double shot sized drink, you would have needed a decent budget to get merry.
  2. The bar wasn’t exactly lively which was a shame, as it lacked atmosphere.  
  3. The music also seemed to be ABBA, dance remixes of ABBA and a Madonna track that sampled ABBA, which did get a little tedious after a while.

As a brief experience, it was fun however!  I am pleased to say that this item is ticked off, and whilst I wouldn’t rule out another trip to an ice bar for a special celebration with others; I do feel that I have ‘been there, done it and worn the tee-shirt now’ with this one.  It’s not something I’d make a regular habit of doing.  

Photos from our visit to the UNIQUE ICEBAR:

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6 Comments on “Drink Vodka in an Ice Bar”

  1. Nikolai
    April 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Hello Emma. I’m Nikolai.

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