ABOVE: Customers at Copenhagen's Icebar CPH huddle around a bar that was
carved from imported Torne River ice.
like the original Icehotel in Swedish Lapland and the
Absolut Icebar Stockholm, is a
saloon that gives new meaning to "on the rocks."
Like its predecessors, the bar
is made with Torne River ice from Jukkasjärvi,
Sweden, but Icebar CPH--which opened in April, 2009--adds a new twist in the
form of fish ice sculptures, a "Pixel Wall" with animated graphics from Icehotel
in Jukkasjärvi, and specially-designed LED
lighting from Koninklijke Philips Electronics in the Netherlands.
If you haven't visited an ice bar, here's what to expect at
Icebar CPH, which is located in Copenhagen's trendy Hotel Twentyseven:
Next, you step into an airlock that's designed to keep heat
from infiltrating the Icebar, where the walls, bar, tables, and other
furnishings are made from ice. (The Icebar is rebuilt every year, using a
fresh shipment of ice from above the Arctic Circle.)
Once the airlock's outer door is closed, you can open the
inner door and step into the bar, where you'll find a menu of cold
drinks, hot drinks, and bar food. Cold drinks are served in rectangular
tumblers made of arctic ice, and most of the cocktail recipes contain fruit juice,
syrups, or liqueurs that make a nice splash of color when poured into
the hollowed-out ice blocks.
Thanks to the bar's ambient temperature (which is slightly below
freezing), most guests have only a drink or two before fleeing to the warmer
environs of the Hotel Twentyseven, which also houses two warmer bars: the
Honey Ryder Cocktail Lounge and The Wine Room, where you can push
buttons to sample any of 40+ wine selections once you've bought a chip card.
Tip: If you have a taste for racy souvenirs, save
your coins for the vending machine in the ladies' toilets, which open onto
the unisex handwashing area of the Hotel Twentyseven's lavatories in the bar
area. We don't know how many people actually buy sex toys from the
dispenser (for one thing, who carries enough change for a DKR 115,-- love
device?), but we doubt if many purchasers are tempted to use their new toys
in the Icebar.
For more information about Icebar CPH and Hotel Twentyseven,
visit www.icebarcph.com and
For more captioned
pictures of Icebar CPH, see page 2
of this article.