First look: Chillin’ at Frost Ice Bar in Faneuil Hall

The Frost Ice Bar in Faneuil Hall was open for a sneak-peek before it opens to the public. Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro.
The press got a sneak peek at Frost Ice Bar in Faneuil Hall before it opens to the public later this month.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

A winter-whimsical bar slated to open at the end of August will no doubt give new meaning to the term “icy reception.” 

Frost Ice Bar, New England’s first bar almost entirely sculpted out of ice, will be open to all ages in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Built out of 50 tons of ice, owners claim it will be the world’s largest permanent indoor ice bar, showing up similar venues in New York, Orlando and Las Vegas.

“It is a unique opportunity to offer something that most people don’t have access to,” said Frost Ice Bar CEO Cindy Brown, who has been working on the project for four years. “It won’t only appeal to tourists. We’re expecting a lot of locals to come by when their friends come through town, or after work.”

Metro recently took a first look at the bar, which is getting its finishing touches.

The chilling expedition starts at the reception area, where guests will pay $19 admission and don heavy, insulated capes, as well as gloves.

Guests will first enter a “transition room” of 38-degrees Farenheit to ease the physical shock of entering the bar, which is kept at a stark 21 degrees.

Stepping into the venue is like entering a trendy, glistening walk-in freezer. Icicle-esque chandeliers dangle from the ceiling and glimmering hand-chiseled furniture begs to be caressed.

A giant swan ice sculpture, crafted by Brookline Ice and Coal, is illuminated by color-changing lights, and if customers needed any more of a reminder that they are imbibing in an arctic wonderland the word “Frost” is carved in giant letters to the right of the bar, which is stocked with rows of ice glasses.

“The bar gives you a lot of different things to take in,” said Brown. “You can walk around and take pictures, and appreciate the sculptures and the details.”

The bar will not serve food. Fruit and veggie garnishes are also off the menu, as any fallen food products would freeze to tabletops or stools. Alcoholic drinks run $11, and non-alcoholic drinks go for $6.

Groups are taken in every 15 minutes, and they may only stay a maximum of 45 minutes.

General manager Grier Colella expects business to be steady throughout all of Boston’s volatile seasons.

“Everyone has different thresholds. Some people will definitely feel the cold, while others won’t be bothered. There is no humidity, no wind. It’s energizing,” Colella said.

Take it from this reporter, ice-block booths and skirts don’t mix – so dress accordingly.

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