Monk McQueens to open 2010 Ultimate Ice Lounge for Olympics

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With seating and walls carved entirely from ice, the 2010 Ultimate Ice Lounge will undoubtedly be Vancouver’s coolest bar.

Similar in concept to the Minus-5 Ice Lounge in Las Vegas, the temperature in the 16-by34-foot portable freezer will be kept at -5 degrees Celsius, and customers will be loaned warm outerwear to enjoy their experience.

It’s being built on the deck of Monk McQueens (601 Stamps Landing) and opens February 8.

It will be open until March 31, and cost $25 per person for entry, including one vodka cocktail.

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FoFanna
$25 cover to get into a portable freezer? Hm.

The complimentary vodka cocktail better be extra special.
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miguel
I can't wait to hear how many people get their tongue stuck to the walls.
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Carolyn Ali
The opening of the Ice Lounge has been delayed from February 1 to February 8 (due to global warming, perhaps?). The original post has been modified to reflect this.
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Sweetie
Hey Sunshine......this is SOOOOO cool.....I can't wait to cool my heels here with you!!.....if we get seperated.....we will meet here...high noon....on the 14th!!
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JayBee
neat idea, but also blatant cash grab. really ... ONE cocktail. same old, same old.
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@aSilhouette
Really? $25 dollars? Was going to go here and spend a bunch of money on drinks but the admission does seem like a cash grab.
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RobToth
They have to make their money on the admission for 2 reasons: (1) this is obviously a novelty and nothing more. There's not much to do. It's a big portable freezer. Patrons leave soon after they enter... most don't stick around for any extra drinks and if the first wasn't complimentary, they probably wouldn't even drink that... and (2) you're only permitted probably the standard 20-45 minute stay.

These portable ice cooler "ice bar" wannabes are everywhere. I've been to a couple while travelling just for the novelty concept. I didn't care about the admission... but the point is, it's not a real "bar" so the admission has to be high.

But if you've never been in a freezer (call it ice bar or not) ... I endure the cold pretty well but after 30-40 mins, it became less and less fun being there. Don't expect to just kick back and "chill" (cheesy pun intended) too long. You'll get cold and you'll DEFINITELY get bored.

You want as close to a ice *BAR* experience as you can find? Check out the original: http://www.absoluticebar.com/web/Hem.aspx ... the novelty portable coolers (like this one) won't cut it.
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