Enjoy a Cold One at a Minnesota Ice Bar

By Miranda Jerabek

Minnesota is known for its winters, and there are plenty of unique ways to enjoy the weather. Discover the beauty of this time of year by “heating” things up on ice at one of these featured ice bars. Who could complain about the cold when its means is to serve your favorite bar beverages? Here is a round-up of some of the “hottest” ice bars across the state.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival Ice Bar, St. Paul

winter carnival ice bar
Jan. 24–Feb. 4
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival always has an array of activities for visitors: Music, a parade, ice carvings and displays. But maybe the best ice-related feature is the ice bar provided by Summit Brewing Company and Cannon River Winery, allowing visitors to refresh themselves and stay cool throughout the festivities. In addition to Minnesota made wine and beer the ice bar will be serving hot spiced wine.

Marx Fusion Bistro & Wine Bar, Stillwater  

Marx Bistro Ice Bar

For the ultimate frozen experience, visit the Ice Castles and dine at Marx Fusion Bistro & Wine Bar in downtown Stillwater. This spot is embracing the season with an ice bar on their patio complete with LED lights and a shot ski. For an #OnlyinMN meal, try the walleye dumplings, pistachio crusted walleye or Lake Superior whitefish.

SocialICE, Rochester

rochester ice barFeb.7-9
This ice bar is less of a bar than an entire ice-themed experience. Twelve-foot artistic designed ice bars? They have seven! Signature drinks for each themed bar? Yes. This is not including the ice sculpture garden, music, lights and drinks. It’s the frozen event of the season.

Zippel Bay Resort Ice Igloo, Williams

lake of the woods ice barIce bar, ice igloo, place to ice fish; it’s a little bit of everything. On Lake of the Woods each season, a wooden structure with foamed insulation is dragged out onto the ice for anglers and anyone else who wants to visit it. Pull open trap doors to get fishing, sit at one of the many tables for a drink, all while staying warm in the heated igloo!

For more news on ice bars, regular bars, and more fun Minnesota food and drink locations, visit the Drink & Eat page.