When Holland’s next heatwave hits – or whenever you simply feel like being cooler than you already are – head for the Xtracold Ice Bar. It’s Amsterdam’s coolest new hotspot. Think 5 to 8 degrees Celcius below zero.
When you enter Xtracold, which officially opens in September, you’ll find yourself in the ‘Some Like It Hot’ lounge. The lounge is designed by Dutch top designer Jan des Bouvrie.
For the price of €15.– [Buy a ticket here] you can also spend 30-45 minutes in the ‘Some Like It Cold’ bar. From the benches and tables to the bar and the glasses, everything here is made of ice. There are also ice sculptures, such as an open fireplace and a statue of Marilyn Monroe. The interior will be redesigned twice a year.
The entrance price includes a drink, as well as the use of a special thermocoat and and a pair of gloves.
The bar’s staff will be working in shifts of 2 to 2.5 hours. They’ll be issued extra warm clothes, thermal underwear included.
Xtracold is not the only ice bar in the world, but it has some aspects that make it unique. This includes special lighting, the color of which can be changed at will, as well as projected videos.
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