FEATURE | CHILL Ice House
By The Girls on Bloor on September 02, 2014
CHILL Ice House is a refreshing and unique escape from the summer in Toronto complete with Canada Goose-like jackets and an entire bar made of ice! We recently had the chance to check this ice bar out at King & Bathurst, and it’s an interesting new take on an old school Canadian attraction.
Located close to the Thompson Hotel in such a hip and happening area, this ice bar is sure to become a popular destination to those exploring the city. The cover/admission doesn’t come cheap: at $18.95 for adults it may seem pricey to enter this ice bar, but it is a very unique experience that could make for a super fun night out on the town.
CHILL Ice House will not be known merely as a bar: so far it has seen quite a bit of success with many tourists to the city, and it is a fun family attraction by day. Up until 8pm, kids are allowed in the ice bar until it is dramatically transformed at night into an adult ice bar.
The drink menu is sponsored by Glenfiddich Scotch Whiskey, Belvedere Vodka, & Jagermeister and contains a variety of cocktails like a pink grapefruit martini ($10), Glenfiddich CHILL Ice Fizz with Prosecco ($12), and $5 shots of Jager. Warm cocktails like a Glenfiddich Hot Apple Cider ($8) & a spiked coffee ($10) will also be served alongside a comprehensive bottle service menu.
The venue is set to celebrate different holiday themes as the seasons change, and if you think that the -5 degree temperature is a bit too cool to bear for long periods of time, there is a warm space in behind the ice bar, complete with a full bar, comfy lounge area, and all the same cocktails.
Toronto Life noted a possible pair up with Rodney’s Oyster House for a tapas-style menu, but we have yet to hear of such a collaboration at this point in time. We definitely believe that space would benefit from a small food menu but it is a unique attraction none-the-less.
CHILL Ice House also surprisingly uses last energy than the last business–The Drake General Store–by using intelligent design to keep the space ice cold. With 5x more insulation than regular buildings and even freezers, as well as LED lighting and recycled materials, this ice bar is actually really green. Definitely a bonus!
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