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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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For Jan. 29 only: a special evening at the St. Paul Farmers Market, as part of the Great Northern festival's activities. Among the food vendors and plates of wood-fired fare, you'll find an icy selfie station and a hollow square ice bar, with bartenders whipping up cocktails from Octo Fishbar, Saint Dinette and Revival. See the Great Northern's website for ticket pricing and to purchase.

290 E. 5th St., St. Paul,

Hewing Hotel

One of the Twin Cities' most picturesque -- and most exclusive -- rooftops suddenly has another angle to intrigue: an oversized, hand-chiseled ice bar lounge, complete with ice high-tops, ice air hockey and cocktails from the Tattersall Distilling masters. Open to the public on Tuesdays (4 p.m. to midnight) through February, depending on weather. Reservations required.

300 Washington Av. N., Minneapolis, 651-468-0600,

The Lexington


There's been a reversal on the Lexington's new rooftop: What this summer exuded all things warm and tropical will soon be dedicated to the frigid. Grab a cocktail from the ice bar or pour one yourself -- down the icy drink luge, then snap an Instagram on the giant ice throne that will be staged under the Lexington sign. It opened to the public on Jan. 19 and then from 4-9 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Feb. 10.

1096 Grand Av., St. Paul, 651-289-4990,

Martin Patrick 3

Picture this: an intimate, New York-syle alleyway with string lights twinkling overhead and two ice bars wedged between a pair of brick buildings. A curated cocktail menu will be handled by the Hewing Hotel, and servers attending the standing room and handful of tables and heaters will be dressed in furs. Open from Feb. 1 through the Super Bowl; see website for hours.


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