Who says summer in Orlando has to be hot? The city’s latest attraction is planning to keep Orlando cool all summer long with an icy ambiance that will actually have you donning a parka. Grab your cool-weather clothes and get ready to cool off at Minus5 Ice Bar Orlando.

Recently opened at the Pointe Orlando shopping center, Minus5 Ice Bar Orlando is made almost entirely of ice. The walls, bars, seats and cocktail glasses are all carved from ice, and hand-carved sculptures beckon you to explore all the rooms of this literal take on a cool bar.

“Minus5 is more than a bar; it’s an attraction that celebrates ice as art and is an entertainment experience that our guests come back for time-and-time again,” said Minus5 Ice Bar Orlando’s general manager, Chris Eldridge.

Minus5 Ice Bar has existing locations in Las Vegas and New York City, but don’t think that if you’ve visited one, you’ve experienced them all. Each location is customized to its locale with ice carvings reflecting the city. Minus5’s Las Vegas locations, for example, feature a carving of the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, while the Midtown ice bar in New York City displays an icy version of Lady Liberty. Minus5 Ice Bar Orlando is paying homage to its host city with hand-carved ice sculptures of penguins, palm trees, frozen sea creatures and space shuttles.

Yes, this is an actual bar, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a family-friendly affair. Kids between the ages of 7 and 15 are welcome to enjoy the icy attractions at Minus5 before 9 p.m. After that, though, expect an evening of cocktails and upbeat music as an LED light show illuminates the chilly surroundings.

Learn more about this cool new Orlando attraction on the Minus5 Ice Bar website.


(All images: Minus5 Ice Bar)

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Marissa WillmanMarissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.

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