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Enjoy a real cold one at these 12 Twin Cities ice bars

Amelia Rayno, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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Birch's on the Lake

In its third year running, the Birch's lakefront ice bar is really perfecting its glacial gala. This year there will be fire pits, hammerschlagan, occasional live music at the indoor bar heard through speakers and an ice-skating rink set up on Long Lake. Sip out of an icy shot glass or take a drink from the luge. Bonus: There are two-for-one specials throughout. Open Fridays and Saturdays, from 7-10 p.m. through the Super Bowl.

1310 W. Wayzata Blvd., Long Lake, 952-473-7373,

Crave, Minneapolis

You know you want to go ice fishing, right? The Crave rooftop patio will be offering that (well, simulated -- you are on a rooftop! -- but with ice fishing houses, guides and gear, and shore lunch available), as well as the full array of cold sculptures and furniture, including an ice throne for selfies. The rooftop will be open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily from Jan. 31-Feb. 4. Ticket prices TBD.

825 Hennepin Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-332-1133,


Freight House

An ice bar and Stillwater's ice castles within spitting distance of each other? Winter activities, done. Freight House's riverside deck will feature frozen hot chocolate in ice glassware, among other bevs, and showcase one of Minnesota's most beloved winter features. Open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through March, weather-pending.

305 S. Water St., Stillwater, 651-439-5718,

The Great Northern St. Paul Chefs­Experience


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