Local investors Patz and Ron Turner along with several dignataries will be breaking ground at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13 on Orlando’s newest entertainment venue, Icebar Orlando. They claim it’s the first permanent bar made of ice in the USA.
“While traveling throughout Europe, we visited icebars in other countries and wanted to bring this unique concept to the United States. We knew there was no better location than International Drive,” states Patz Turner.
Guests will enter Icebar through the Chill Lounge, a 4,000-square-foot ultra-hip bar featuring live entertainment, caviar flights and premium beverage service in a luxurious Nordic setting. Before entering the 1,000-square-foot air-locked Icebar, guests will be provided their own designer cape and gloves to stay warm during their 45-minute experience. The permanent ice exhibit will be kept at 27 degrees and the walls, tables, seating, sculptures and bar will be made entirely from ice. Admission prices start at $35 per person and include a premium vodka drink in a cup made of ice for guests 21 and older, and a non-alcoholic drink for younger guests.
The icebar design and construction is being managed by Bill Whidden, owner of Ice Magic based in Orlando. Ice Magic is known for their ice carvings and will be utilizing Aaron Costic, a world-champion ice designer, to create the venue’s unique build-out.
“We are estimating that it is going to take five to seven days to build the ice in the current structure that is known as a freezer. We will be using 15,000 gallons of water to create the 50 tons of ice and will be changing the design every six months,” states Whidden.
Icebar Orlando will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 3 and will operate 365 days a year. Reservations can be made by calling 407-426-7555 or by e-mailing [email protected] The venue will accommodate groups up to 250 for corporate functions, holiday parties, special events and weddings.
Icebar Orlando will be located at 8967 International Drive, minutes from the Orange County Convention Center. www.icebarorlando.com.