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June 11, 2010

Ice bar Minus5 Igloo will open tomorrow in Power Plant Live

a sneaky peeky inside minus5yIce, ice, baby.

Minus5 Igloo, the new portable ice bar in Power Plant Live's plaza, will open tomorrow, according to PPL spokesman Chris Furst.

The employees Ice Wizards have begun to build the walls, carving in Ravens and Orioles logos. If you stare long and hard at this blue-tinted picture, you will make out some of the designs. It's like a Magic Eye!

The furniture and bar itself, which will both be made of ice, will be finished tonight, Furst wrote in an e-mail ...

Once they get Minus5 up and running, they will coordinate a grand opening celebration.

Baltimore is the second stop for the Minus5 Igloo -- it was on Whistler Mountain the Winter Olympics in Vancouver last year, where, presumably, they were able to keep the door open because it was so cold outside. Just a guess.

You know what would be awesome? If they booked Vanilla Ice to perform Ice Ice Baby inside Minus5! Oh wait, they kinda already did that.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Furst)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:30 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, News


A serious question Sam...

How does a mobile bar get a liquor license? Are they good to go because they're going to be basically in the front yard of another bar?

I could really get behind the idea of a mobile bar, as long as it wasn't frozen and in PPL.

They have them in Europe, although I think it's mostly a Christmas time thing over there.

I'm not entirely sure, but I believe it's either that they're using Babalu's license or it falls under Power Plant Live's arena license. Those are just guesses.

I can't imagine being in there! The picture hurts my eyes.

After Vancouver for the winter Olympics, send it to Baltimore. That makes perfect sense (albiet probably no other city between Vancouver and Baltimore wanted it).

Know anything about the bathrooms in there? I have a millions questions running through my mind regarding melting, flushing, etc.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but as I sit here sweating,, sticking to my chair, no shirt on, and the kitchen thermometer claiming upwards of 95 degrees.......

What are the igloo's hours?

oh boy, I'm with @stagger lee... I have taken a stance against AC at home, but right about now I'm thinking that igloo looks perfect for a lil hh cool down-- perfect reward to a long hot day of the grind.

Has anybody been? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

I've been, the uh let me scroll up "Ice Wizards" are great friendly warm people. The bar is nothing more than one of them portable EZ storage boxes made of ice. So you're basically in an ice filled elevator. The capacity can't be more than 20. It costs $18bucks for a jacket, gloves and a drink. Once again, I loved the "Ice Wizards" they had the Disney World employee type of demeanor, but it's not a bar it's a rig of a truck carved out with ice. No restrooms or kitchen or even credit card machines. Click my name for a pic- hell I had to try it. It's Sam's fault. Oh, supposedly that's Ray Lewis behind me.

Is this "mobile" Ice Bar still in Power Plant?? Anyone know how long it's staying for?

I think they said until winter. It's funny all around town people recognize me as the guy that gave the bad review on the Ice bar. I think I was fair. However, it has garnered me better service at places lol- thanx Sam & the Sun!

Does anyone know if you need a reservation to go to the Ice Bar since there is a limit to the # of people that can in at a time? I can't find its hours or anything on line. Any help would be great! Thanks!

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