Cocktails At The Ice Bar In London – Literally The Coolest Bar Experience

/, Food and Drink, UK/Cocktails At The Ice Bar In London – Literally The Coolest Bar Experience

Cocktails At The Ice Bar In London – Literally The Coolest Bar Experience

Wearing designer thermals inside the Ice Bar in London. Simon and I ready to try our ice cocktails at one of the coolest bars in London.

Wearing designer thermals inside the Ice Bar in London. Simon and I ready to try our ice cocktails at one of the coolest bars in London.

Sharon Henry

We’re at the Ice Bar in London chillin’ at MINUS 5 Celsius, sipping ice cocktails from ice glasses inside a frozen bar constructed entirely of solid ice. I’m not usually a fan of sub-zero temperatures but how cool is this?

Music’s feeding a party atmosphere, the room’s buzzing with chatter and camera lights are constantly flashing at incredible ice sculptures.

The Ice Bar in London located just off bustling Regent Street and is quite literally one of the coolest cocktail bars in London.

 

Ice Bar London Prices

Tickets start from £13.50 p/p for a 40 minute IceBar Experience which includes a free spirit-based cocktail.  The Ice Bar London address is 31-33 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BN, found between HSBC and Zara.

 

Ice Bar London Dress Code

We arrived a bit late, thermal capes and gloves were thrown over our street clothes to defend against frigid temps before being ushered through.  Although there is no formal dress code, I had been warned what to wear to Ice Bar London – no shorts, skirts or open shoes.  Great advice.

Let’s just say we got a ‘frosty’ reception when we entered – you instantly feel the sub-zero temperatures like an Arctic breeze!

 

Swede Ice Sculpture Spectacle

Everything is spectacularly made of crystal clear ice that has been harvested and flown in from the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Northern Sweden; the bar, walls and furniture are ice sculptures. There’s a skilfully crafted car, a spiky pineapple sculpture and a giant cupcake. Blue and purple lighting does the job in creating a nightclub-like vibe.

 

Like Eskimos all wearing the same outfit! The London Ice bar is quite literally the coolest bar in the city.

Like Eskimos all wearing the same outfit! The London Ice bar is quite literally the coolest bar in the city.

Darrin inside Icebar London has to hold on tight as he can't feel his hands.

Darrin inside Icebar London has to hold on tight as he can’t feel his hands.

Me and Simon riding the coolest car in the world – literally. We queued to take photos with the ice sculptures.

Me and Simon riding the coolest car in the world – literally. We queued to take photos with the ice sculptures.

WTSDN Ice Bar London Review

There’s a pretty extensive menu to choose your free Ice Bar London cocktails from. I’m loving my ‘Jalisco,’ a concoction of Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, lychee liqueur, mango puree, passion fruit juice, orange juice and lemon juice. Will have to try recreating this at home! Darrin and his brother Simon are wearing similar smiles, obviously pleased with their choices.

We’ve been told to keep our ice glasses; we’ll need them if we want another round. I’ve been watching the bartenders quite expertly mixing cocktails seemingly unhindered by their thick thermal gloves. At least there’ll be no requests for ice in this bar!

 

Ice Bar London Drinks Menu

The cocktail menu is delicious and causes much deliberation.  Cocktails are spirit or champagne based and there are non-alcoholic options.

Example of drinks on the menu:

Vodka: L’il Tart – Absolut Citroen Vodka, Pink Grapefruit Liqueur, Tropical Fruit Juice, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitter.

Gin: Oval or Under – Beefeater Gin, Tonic Water, Lemon Juice, Cucumber Syrup.

Bourbon: Blue Blazer – Four Roses Bourbon, Blue Caracao Liqueur, Ginger Ale, Lemon Juice.

Rum: Pineapple Express – Havana Club Especial Rum, Apricot Brandy Liqueur, Cherry Brandy Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup.

Spirit based refills costs £6.50.  Champagne £8.50 and non-alcoholic £3.

 

The Ice Bar London bartenders did a good job making tiny cocktails with bulky gloves. They got skills.

The Ice Bar London bartenders did a good job making tiny cocktails with bulky gloves. They got skills.

The Ice Bar London Drinks menu attracted plenty of attention. The Ice cocktails concoctions were divine.

The Ice Bar London Drinks menu attracted plenty of attention. The Ice cocktails concoctions were divine.

Sippin’ Ice Cocktails At The Ice Bar In London

It feels a bit like being inside an igloo surrounded by Eskimos all wearing the same outfit. The gloves are a must, especially for holding the ice glasses, some people are even wearing their fur-lined hoods. This is such a fun, novel experience even though it’s difficult to talk with a frozen mouth. Everyone is taking photos and there are even children here.

 

Ice Bar London Age Limit

Kids are welcome (with an adult) for the day sessions before 6.30 pm and children 8 years and under have free entry.  You must be 18 and over to buy a ticket or alcohol.

 

Themed Bars in London – This Frozen Bar Is Extreme

A red countdown clock’s projected on the wall counting down our remaining time, although I’ve noticed a few people have already left, presumably because of the cold. It is bloody freezing and my toes feel frozen solid. Darrin’s doing a good job taking Ice Bar London photos with exposed hands to operate the camera, the gloves make this job too cumbersome.

The cocktails slide down nicely but unfortunately we’ve misplaced our glasses from taking umpteen photos so we don’t take a second round.  Never mind time’s running out and to be honest a coffee sounds more tempting right now.

 

The large pineapple ice sculpture in a rare isolated moment inside the Icebar London.

The large pineapple ice sculpture in a rare isolated moment inside the Icebar London.

It didn't take long for the ice glasses to get mixed up, they’re too cumbersome to hold on to. We had been warned!

It didn’t take long for the ice glasses to get mixed up, they’re too cumbersome to hold on to. We had been warned!

Ice Bar London Booking

Simon booked tickets for us in advance online which gave a £3 discount; total cost £13 each. In my opinion the drinks are a tad small for the price tag, a little bigger than shot measures. Additional drinks cost £6.50 and additional glasses cost £4.

Like true Saint Helenians we are the last to leave wanting to totally soak up this unique experience. I’m so glad we did this in spring, we’re already aptly attired. It will be shockingly cold for guests in summer attire and open-toe shoes. You have been warned!

Brrrr! The Ice Bar in London is a ‘cool’ novelty and a quirky option for those who like their drinks COLD and wanting to try something a little different and fun in the nation’s capital.  It is quite literally one of the coolest things to do in London.

The Ice Bar London ice sculpture themes are redesigned and changed once a year by different teams of artists so it’s always worth a re-visit – if you don’t mind the price tag.

 

Looking For Other Things To Do In London? Check These Out

By |2019-07-30T04:26:43+00:00March 25th, 2015|City Life, Food and Drink, UK|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Elaine & Spud March 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    You guys having too much fun 😊. Can’t wait for more 😊

    • Saints March 26, 2015 at 4:06 am - Reply

      Ha – no such thing as too much fun! And thats just the start of it. 🙂

  2. Patrick G Henry March 25, 2015 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Ice,Ice Family having fun. Good Stuff.

  3. Shirley March 25, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Wow what an experience you two are having. Loving all your pictures and reading your blog. .x

    • Saints March 26, 2015 at 4:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Shirley – we are loving every moment.

  4. Shirley Gough March 25, 2015 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Great experience you guys had can see you’ll enjoyed it! 🙂

Leave A Comment

error: Content is protected !!