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Ice bar and lounge opening soon in Toronto

Posted by Staff / February 5, 2014

Chill Ice HouseToronto is getting its first permanent ice house, bar and lounge. The Chill Ice House, from the same people behind Boston's Frost Ice Bar (plus about 20 other ice houses around the world), plans to open in the old Drake General Store space at 82 Bathurst this Spring. Expect minus 5 degree temperatures, ice furniture, ice cocktail glasses, ice plates, ice chandeliers, ice curtains, an ice bar and an ice DJ booth to be among the attractions. In fact, the entire 1300 square foot space will be made out of ice.

So how does that work exactly? From the outside, the Chill Ice House will look like any other building. But inside, once you get past the reception area and fit yourself with a loaned parka you'll enter a space built inside a giant freezer. The space will be open year round and cater to tourists, students (via ice carving classes) as well as those looking to chill out over cocktails and snacks.

Tickets to enter the space ring in at $20 for adults (see full price list here) and hours have tentatively been set as noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday and noon to 9pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The rest of the week it'll be available to rent for special and corporate events.



Frosty the Snowman / February 5, 2014 at 12:24 am
I doubt if the service will be any frostier than what you normally get at most Queen/Ossington establishments these days.

I don't get the appeal of this type of place though. Will people who wouldn't dream of sitting on an outdoor patio in the middle of winter be attracted to doing the same thing indoors?
Sean / February 5, 2014 at 03:56 am
With this brutal winter, why go out and freeze at a bar?
Sue / February 5, 2014 at 04:08 am
Permanent? Is this a hotel or just a cold bar
Cameron / February 5, 2014 at 07:03 am
I understood it when they opened one in my home town in Melbourne, most people there have never experienced -5 degree temperatures, there's a novelty in having ice not just melt. But in Toronto?
Brian / February 5, 2014 at 10:05 am
lol this idea is jokes. being in the uncomfortable cold is something that occurs 75% of the year... drinking in a bar like this is not how i am going to spend my time.
sousedbergin / February 5, 2014 at 11:06 am
Hungover in 45 degree weather I wouldn't mind popping into -5 for a restorative pint.
Freddie / February 5, 2014 at 11:48 am
What a waste of energy is really all I can say.
Cyril Sneer / February 5, 2014 at 12:09 pm
$20 for the joy of wearing winter clothes inside? No thanks.
Liv / February 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm
Can actually see this being really popular in the summer when the heat hits. It's a good idea for a novelty visit.
Zed / February 5, 2014 at 02:03 pm
What a bunch of fucking lame ass Blog TO readers. Stay at home in your fucking dumpy basement apartments. No one wants to see your sad ass faces anyway!
HaHa!!!! replying to a comment from Zed / February 5, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Gosh, Zed; did people here touch a raw nerve by being honest and giving their true opinion about this venture? You sound on the verge of tears. Wonder why?

Youth / February 5, 2014 at 05:57 pm
This is obviously a place for a younger crowd, not for the above 40-somethings that get cold watching Wheel of Fortune.
reformatt / February 5, 2014 at 06:19 pm
c'mon people what's with all the negativity. An Ice bar can be a lot of fun, I had a blast at the one in Stockholm:
steve / February 6, 2014 at 01:05 am
Ripley's, Peruvian pan pipe players, and soon an ice bar. All Toronto needs now are a bunch of silver painted "human statues" and looser drinking laws, and you won't need to go to Europe
LoveYourToronto replying to a comment from Zed / February 6, 2014 at 11:21 am
I'm with Zed (to a degree). I am just astounded by people who jump at the chance to be negative right out of the gate. Unfortunately it gives Torontonians a bad name. I bet this place is going to blow people away.
Frankly Frank replying to a comment from Sean / February 6, 2014 at 12:02 pm
In this weather you can go in to warm up!
sounds cold to me / February 7, 2014 at 02:18 am
What is the point of being honest here? People will just jump all over you if you don't say you love an idea. Time will tell if anyone is interested in this type of bar.
Kate / February 7, 2014 at 02:22 pm
This seems like a total miss.... Maybe cool for a tourist attraction, but that's about it.
Lynne / August 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Sounds like great place to visit in the summer heat !!!! This Ice Hotel in Quebec is awesome in the middle of winter. Can't wait to visit TO's Ice bar next week I KNOW I will love it.
AC / January 25, 2015 at 01:17 am
This was the worst bar. Paid money for a place that promised drinks in ice glasses and a free tour and drink and what happened was we walked in to a 10x10 room made of ice and that's it. It was terrible not worth the money and totally lame. Don't waste your time or money
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