January 17, 2013

Ice bars: Hot new way to banish winter blahs

Ice bars are the hot new way to banish winter blahs.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Earl Morse puts the finishing touches on the ornate base of Portland Harbor Hotel’s ice bar in 2010.

2010 File Photo/Gordon Chibroski

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PORTLAND HARBOR HOTEL ICE BAR

WHEN: 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 24-26 (Jan. 26 is sold out)

WHERE: Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St.

HOW MUCH: $20; $5 for valet parking

INFO: brownpapertickets.com

FROST ICE BAR AND LOUNGE

WHEN: 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Jan. 25; 11:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Jan. 26

WHERE: Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton St., Rockport

HOW MUCH: Free

INFO: 594-2511

SAINT JOSEPH'S COLLEGE ICE BAR AND SNOW BALL

WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2

WHERE: Saint Joseph's College, 278 White Bridge Road, Standish

HOW MUCH: $20

INFO: (877) 752-2586; therock.sjcme.edu/event/icebar2013

FLAVORS OF FREEPORT ICE BAR

WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport

HOW MUCH: $15

INFO: flavorsoffreeport.eventbrite.com

INN AT BRUNSWICK STATION ICE BAR

WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 21-23

WHERE: Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble St.

HOW MUCH: $10 in advance; $12 at door

INFO: brownpapertickets.com

"It was such a success that our alumni council wanted to bring it back again this year," said Kristina Green, director of alumni communications for Saint Joseph's.

Based on last year's event, Green anticipates that the ice bar will attract a a crowd of mostly community members and alumni, while the ball that follows will be attended mostly by students. The ticket price of $20 includes one drink ticket and admission to both the ice bar and the ball.

LATER IN FEBRUARY, ice bars will take place in Freeport and Brunswick.

On Feb. 15, the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport hosts its second ice bar from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the week-long Flavors of Freeport series of foodie events.

Freeport's ice bar will include music, ice sculptures, a martini luge, food from Buck's Naked BBQ, coffee from Coffee By Design and roaring fires to keep you warm and toasty. Tickets to the ice bar cost $15, and include one drink.

The following weekend, Feb. 21-23, the Inn at Brunswick Station offers an ice bar from 5 to 10 p.m. each night. DJ Larry Moore will spin records on Friday night, and Scotty and The Big Dogs perform on Saturday night. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

So if you've been wondering how to help January and February melt away, the answer is to bundle up and head out to an ice bar. While the air may be chilly, the cocktails and the fire pits will keep you warm.

"I think it's part of the Maine personality to like being outdoors," said Green of Saint Joseph's. "We embrace winter, so why not play it up and have an event outside?"

Plus, those ice luge shots go down oh so smooth.

Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at:

akamila@pressherald.com

Twitter: AveryYaleKamila

 

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An ice sculpture in the shape of a fish graced last year’s Portland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar.

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A martini is prepared at the 2010 event. Ice bar events have become a popular winter twist on the cocktail bar experience.

2010 File Photo/John Ewing

 


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