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article imageNew York City's first 'ice bar' opens in midtown

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 10, 2013 in Lifestyle
New York - New Yorkers looking to cool down this humid and hot summer have a new way to cool off. The grand opening of a new 'ice bar' in midtown Manhattan occurred on Monday.
Looking to beat the heat? The Minus5 Ice Bar opened its newest location in New York City on Monday. The company already has two frosty bars operating in Las Vegas, but now New Yorkers can also experience the icy cool feel of "100 percent pure Canadian ice."
The new bar is located at the Hilton on Sixth Avenue, according to Hotel Chatter.
The company dubs its concept "An Experience that will chill you to your bones!" on its website.
The bar is constructed completely of ice and the temperature is a steady -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). Patrons can enjoy the icy walls, bar, furniture and sculptures that are within the Minus5 establishment. Even the chandeliers are made of ice. Reportedly, it cost about $5 million to build.
Admission to Minus5 includes Eskimo-style gloves, parkas and boots. Visitors are invited to lounge on the icy couches covered in deerskin. A photographer also roams the bar to take photos for those who want to capture the experience.
Created by an in-house ice carver, the interior design is changed about every 6-8 weeks.
"Sculptures can reflect the season, location, wildlife, or even corporate logos and products for private functions. The possibilities are endless," the company notes.
If you do venture into the icy bar, know that your electronics won't be able to accompany you. According to an Associated Press report (courtesy New York Daily News), any gadgets that generate heat, including cellphones, must be left in lockers at the door.
The company made its announcement for the grand opening in NYC on its Facebook page and generated hundreds of comments. The page also has several images.
The new Minus5 ice bar location is open from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Families with children are welcome to 7 p.m., but after that it becomes a nightclub for adults only.
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