Sunday, January 7, 2007

The Ice Chamber - Minneapolis, MN

If you are looking for a cool spot to have a martini, The Ice Bar at the Chambers Hotel Downtown Minneapolis is the place to go. The bar is located on the ground floor courtyard of the hotel. There is an insulated structure that contains a bar made entirely made of Ice. Just outside the bar is a large gas fire pit filled with pieces of black broken glass. It creates a very cool effect as the flames shoot up from the glass. We stayed plenty warm sipping our martinis on this 35 degree evening. While it may lack the charm of a real fire, the nice thing about the gas fire pit is you don't smell like a campfire when you leave. Above the bar video is projected on one of the walls of the hotel. I started out with an Espresso Martini which I believe was made with Grey Goose Vodka, Kahlua and cream. It was quite tasty. I couldn't resist having a regular Martini with olives as well. It looked like it is strictly a Martini bar. Even if you are not martini fan it is worth a visit just to check out the ice bar, fire pit and the rest of The Chambers Hotel. There is definitely nothing else like it in the Twin Cities. The hotel design is very interesting. There is an art gallery to check out as well as artwork displayed throughout the hotel. The Ice Bar is open Tuesday - Saturday from 5pm - close and is located in The Chambers Hotel at 901 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403 right across the street from the Orpheum Theater.