Inside the new Minus5 Igloo
From the outside, the new Minus5 Igloo in Power Plant Live is nothing special: A big blue box with a couple tiny windows on the side.
But setting foot inside Baltimore's new ice bar is like walking into another world. It's shocking. And cold. Definitely cold. If I've got my math right (which isn't guaranteed), Minus5 is about 23 degrees Fahrenheit, constantly.
As soon as you walk in, you see a thick wall of fog. Step past it and everything is drenched in a blue light. The walls, bar, glasses -- everything except the ceiling and floor -- are made of ice. There's even an Orioles and Ravens logo, and a life-sized statue of Ray Lewis. ...
I hung out there for a couple hours last Saturday, talking to people about the experience. I'm writing a story for our new Sunrise section, which comes out on Mondays. Everyone's reaction seemed to be the same bad pun:
"It's really cool."
Har har har.
Here's the deal -- you pay $18, which gets you a jacket, gloves (boots if you need them) and one drink inside. There are about a half dozen specialty drinks, all using liquor such as vodka and juice, because water/tonic/soda would freeze almost immediately. I had to duck outside every few minutes because the ink in my pen kept freezing.