Minus5 Ice Bar on I-Drive is now open



30 frosty shots of Minus5 Ice Bar
  • 30 frosty shots of Minus5 Ice Bar

30 frosty shots of Minus5 Ice Bar

Earlier this year, we predicted a potential rumble on I-Drive. A new ice-bar chain, called Minus5 Ice Bar, announced that it would open a location at at Pointe Orlando and its concept was pretty much exactly the same as that of an established bar in the same area – ICEBAR Orlando. Both bars promise visitors a chance to sip cocktails from glasses made of ice amid a chiseled, wintry wonderland of ice sculptures. Both offer visitors entry "packages," designed more for a tourist experience than a straight-up bar experience. And both offer to rent you parkas and gloves to keep you from freezing your ass off while hanging out in the icy environment.

In early May, Minus5 finally opened its doors. Owned by a Las Vegas-based company, Minus5 is the fourth ice bar in its chain (the others are located in Las Vegas and Manhattan). We stopped by the new tourist freezer this weekend and were greeted with more than 80 tons of ice, sculpted into everything from penguins to a one-of-a-kind art piece depicting the shuttle on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral. At 2,600 square feet, the ice-bar portion of Orlando's Minus5 is twice as big as that of ICEBAR Orlando. But where ICEBAR offers patrons a lounge (aptly named the Fire Lounge) that's not made of ice and kept at arctic temperatures, once you're committed to drinking at Minus5, you're committed to hanging out in the -5 degree ice room.

Like ICEBAR, don't expect to just walk in the door at Minus5 – it'll cost you $17 for entry (which comes with a parka and gloves) or $37 for entry plus two cocktails. Wanna wear a cute fuzzy Russian hat while you sip on cocktails from glasses made of ice? Spring for the $55 or $75 VIP packages and they're yours to keep, though you'll have to return the fur parka upgrade that comes with that package – that's just a rental.

If you're planning to bring the kids to visit Minus5 (and yes, people do bring their kids here), do it before 9 p.m. After that, it's all grown ups, all the time.

Check out our gallery of photos from our recent visit to Minus5.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.