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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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212 3rd Av. N., Suite 106, Minneapolis, 612-746-5329,


One of the few ice bar regulars in this neck of the woods, Le Meridien has turned its courtyard into an ice bar for a long while. Now Mercy will throw its version of an ice party, pairing fire pits and pine trees with the frozen features: a bar, a shuffle puck table, sculptures and a custom igloo dome. Open from 6 p.m. to midnight every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the Super Bowl.

901 Hennepin Av. S., Minneapolis, 612-252-7000,

New Bohemia and Truck Park

The mutually owned side-by-side restaurants in downtown St. Paul take up nearly a full city block. The duo is blocking off the street and turning the sidewalk area into a polar paradise. Two ice bars are churning out iced drinks in ice glasses for the party, and there are hockey-themed activities to boot. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The stop date is still TBD. Call for hours to ensure it's open.

222 W. 7th St., St. Paul, 651-330-8267,

Ox Cart Ale House

Get a winter bird's-eye view atop a rooftop that overlooks CHS Field and parts of Lowertown, all dressed in white. On tap? An extra-long ice bar, ice high-top tables and an ice beer-pong table in case you need a reason to drink faster. Open from 3 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays through February, depending on weather.

255 E. 6th St., St. Paul, 651-528-6171,


Urbana Craeft Kitchen

A bustling sojourn around the Mall of America could only be improved by a pit stop afterward at this frozen libation station. Partnering with Fulton Beer, Urbana will be peddling brew, hot and cold cocktails -- Irish coffee, anyone? -- from its ice bar and staging fire pits for patrons to warm their fingers and toes. A portion of profits go to Second Harvest Heartland, a Minnesota food bank. Open 4:30-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday until mid-February, weather-permitting.

3200 E. 81st St., Suite 200, Bloomington, 952-658-5039,

Volstead House

It's a bash every weekend at this whiskey-specializing bar. Volstead's ice bar -- complete with an ice photo wall and fire tables -- heats up with a Fire and Ice weekend (Jan. 25-27) featuring smoked cocktails on the ice bar and cigar pairings, a High Rollers event (think bottles of Pappy Van Winkle cracked) during the Super Bowl and more. Open 5-10 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through at least mid-February.

1278 Lone Oak Road, Eagan, 651-340-7175,

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