Absolut Ice Bar, Stockholm
The world’s first permanent ice bar. Here, the temperature is -5°C all year round and the entire interior including the glasses, is made from 100% pure clear ice from the Torne River in Swedish Lapland.
A 40 minute experience includes a warm cape, gloves, an ice-cool feeling of exhilaration and an Absolut Vodka cocktail of your choice from the drinks menu, served in an ice glass!
A cool thing to try but don´t have so high expetations the bar is very small and there´s about 3-4 tables so it gets really crouded when there is over 20 persons.
A good tip is to book your tickets via internet it´s a little cheaper and you can choose what time you want to enter the Ice Bar, but ofcourse you can go directly to the bar and pay when you get there but there can be a long line and you have to wait, if you book through internet you go by the line and enter at once.
IMPORTANT if you plan to take pictures inside the bar make sure you have extra bateries for your camera because it´s so cold inside the baterys runs out really quick.
• Online pre-booked sessions: SEK 170 per person.
• Pre-booked session on sight or by telephone: SEK 180 per person.
• Drop-in sessions: SEK 195 per person.
• Guests staying at Nordic Sea Hotel: SEK 150 per person.
• Entrance with alcohol-free coctail: SEK 125 per person.
It’s a good idea to hold on to your glass after your first cocktail, as a refill only costs SEK 95 . All prices include VAT.
Summer (june 1 - september 13)
Sun-Wed: 12.45 - 00.00
Thu-Sat: 12.45 - 01.00 (Drop-in from 21.45)
Autumn/winter/spring (september 14 – april 30)
Sun-Thu: 15:30 - 23:00
Fri-Sat: 15:00 - 01:00 (Drop-in from 21.45)
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The Absolut Ice Bar is located in a hotel (I think it was called Nordic Sea Hotel) just outside the central train station. This bar is made completely of ice and is therefore very cold, -4 Celsius degrees. They will give you coats and mittens though, so you'll be okay and end up looking like a an eskimo. You have to either book in advance or take your chance on a drop-in in the late evening. I'd recommend booking in advance as it's very popular! They only allow about 30 people in at the same time, it is just a small room after all and you only get to be there for 35 minutes or so, but it's more than enough. Entrance was about 100 SEK and included a drink made of Absolut spirit served in the very cool and amazing glasses made of ice! I loved it! You can choose from a selection of about 20 different cocktails. I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed when I saw the bar, cause it wasn't as impressing as I'd expected. But it was a cool (literally) experience!
One of the "cooler" attractions of Stockholm is the Ice Bar situated in the Nordic Hotel. The bar which is built completely out of ice guarantees ice cold drinks. A tour of 45 minutes explains the set up and creation of the bar, offers a drink in an ice glass and certainly a "cool" experience!
Make sure you book in advance since the bar is quiet popular.
This is an excellent place to visit; it is not the only ice bar in the city, but it is next door to the station and a good place to stop before getting back on the Arlanda Express for the airport.
It opens at around 16:00, and you should make a reservation....they supply you with the thermal jackets and gloves. the cost of entrance includes the first drink.
It is an Absolut Bar, and offers a range of vodka cocktails or non alcoholic fruit drinks. The glasses are even made from ice!
This bar is brought to you by the people who built the famous Ice hotel in northern Sweden (http://www.icehotel.com/).
There are a few of these bars around the world (London and Milan come to mind), but of course there had to be one in Stockholm as well (Absolut is the world-famous Swedish vodka brand ).
It is actually just a very large freezer with all inside decoration and furniture in ice. The pillars, bar, benches are all in ice. The only exceptions were the computer, a TV screen and the bottles. Even the glasses are in ice. The whole bar is rebuilt every 6 months and there were 70000 visitors the first year alone.
From the website: "All of the interior fittings, including the glasses, are made of pure, clear ice from the Torne River in northern Sweden."
You have to book a time slot and you are allowed 45 minutes inside (although most people do not last that long). You are given a nice, thick jacket and some gloves, but your feet will be the first to suffer (especially in the summer). Having lived in Stockholm myself, I don't see that environment (-5 degrees C) much different from a regular winter day, so the impact will be bigger on a summer day.
There an entry fee which includes one drink: alcoholic 150 SEK and non-alcoholic 105. Refills are about 80 SEK.
It is a very interesting experience, specially on a warm day. Take a look at the pictures to get a better idea.
Up to 30 people are allowed at any time and reservations are necessary (most of the time you cannot find a spot the same day unless you come very early (lunchtime).
I've put the Ice Bar under "things to do" rather than "night life" for good reason - it is now one of the top destinations for visitors to Stockholm, but can hardly be considered as "night life" since most people have one or two drinks and are kicked out in 45 minutes. This was the first of several Ice Bars around the world (also in London, Milan and Tokyo). Everything is made of ice, including the "glasses" you drink from. Entry is timed and you have 45 minutes to, er, chill out in a rather small room - surrounded by tourists snapping photos of each other. The vodka-based cocktails are not bad at all though. Be warned - wear warm shoes!
15 euro's for cover and your first drink a bit much? Maybe. However if the drink comes in a glass made entirely of ice, the price includes a parka rental, and you get to hang out in a bar made entirely of ice... it just might be worth it. I decided to pay a visit to Stockholm's famous ice bar. Put together in conjunction with the Ice Hotel folks (a group that builds a hotel made entirely out of ice each year in the North part of Sweden). This little trap wasn't quite what I expected. The bar was pretty small and fortunately for me it wasn't exclusive. If you go before the night hours (around 4pm or so); you'll have no trouble getting in and enjoying the novelty of it. If you plan to go in the evening you'll likely need a reservation. I was most disappointed by the potential tourist trapness of this place. They are planning to build one in London and already have one in Milan. Hopefully it doesn't become another Hard Rock Cafe type franchise.
Drinks are served in fist-sized hollow ice cubes, and the barmaid plunks them down on a bar made of clear ice blocks. The walls and tables are also built with ice harvested from the Torne River on the border between Sweden and Finland, where the Ice Bar's management has operated the widely publicized Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi since 1989. (The ice bar and its frozen furnishings are rebuilt every six months.)
To enter, stick out your arms, and stand still while an Ice Bar employee fits you with a silvery cape-parka. Next, you step into an air lock, close the door, and open another door that leads into the Ice Bar's frozen inner sanctum. (To prevent body heat from damaging the pristine surface of the ice blocks, the bar has a maximum capacity of 30 visitors.)
The Ice Bar is refrigerated to -5° C (23° F), so you'll probably want to pull up your hood (trimmed in white fluffy fake fur) and slip into your knitted gloves, which dangle from the cape like a preschooler's mittens from a snowsuit. You can now advance to the bar and order from the drinks menu, with choices that include cocktails made with flavored Absolut vodkas and fruit juices.
A Stockholm must-see experience!
The Ice Bar in Stockholm is really an experience, everything is made out of ice, tables, bar, glasses ect.