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Inside Minus5 Ice Bar in NYC, photo courtesy: Reuters
Inside Minus5 Ice Bar in NYC, photo courtesy: Reuters

Beat the Heat at Minus5, NYC’s First Ice Bar

Order a Cocktail (or Two) at the Coolest Spot in Midtown

Does this month’s heat wave have you hot and bothered? Cool down with some cocktails at Minus5, New York City’s first ice bar, a cozy and chill spot that just opened in the heart of Midtown. The 1,000-square-foot cavern-like space is kept at a frosty 23° F (or -5° C, hence the name) with zero humidity—so while you may start to shiver, your blowout will stay put!

About 60 people can fit inside the space where everything is made of ice, including countertops, tables, benches and disposable cocktail glasses. The room and walls are adorned with detailed carvings and sculptures. For now, they’re made to look like a tree-filled area of Central Park, but the plan is for hand carvers to change the look of the space every 6-8 weeks.

You’ll only be able to stay in the bar for under an hour before you get too cold, so choose your vodka cocktails carefully. With options like The Big Apple, Avalanche, Snowflake, and Icy Margaritas ($15 each), we have a feeling you’ll be able to chill out in no time.

We’re surprised it took NYC this long to get an ice bar when they are popular throughout Europe, but it’s is actually only the third US location—the first two are in Vegas hotels and also owned by the Minus5 team. Here, the $20 admission includes a parka and pair of gloves, while $45 gives you a more stylish faux fur upgrade. Since phones and cameras are banned inside the bar (to prevent melting) a photographer roams the bar snapping pics, which are available for $20 each, $40 for three. Needless to say, you’re in for a cool experience at this new city spot.—CASSIE KREITNER

Minus5 at New York Hilton | 1335 Sixth Ave. (at 54th Street) | 212-757-4610

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