Earth’s First Permanent ‘Absolut’ Ice Bar in Nordic Hotel

Arrive at the most celebrated bar of Sweden and enjoy a night full of contrasts to the planet’s first permanent Absolut Ice Bar. The Absolut Ice Bar is at the Nordic C Hotel near the central train station in Stockholm. To begin with, this exclusive bar is made from the purest Ice of Jukkasjärvi in Lapland. Jukkasjärvi is pollution free and adorns the existence of all its wondrous Ice properties. In fact, each spring about 6 thousand tonnes of ice is harvested from a remote location, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. Therefore Ice Bar offers a dreamy evening with icy-cold drinks, warm food and all that under a constant 23 degrees Fahrenheit. Above all, the Ice Bar opened by 2002 and drew 70K visitors from its very 1st year. 

Absolut Ice Bar

At Ice Bar, Expect a Random meeting with a Celebrity

As a matter of fact, Ice Bar is frequented by celebrities like Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgård. Which means, not only do you get a chance to visit James Bond’s favourite bar, but you also might bump into him by luck someday 🙂 I think that makes it all the more special. Nevertheless, the Bar promptly featured on BBC and CNN, which pursued ‘Absolut’, the Swedish vodka distiller to purchase its naming rights in 2003. Notably, the first of it’s kind to represent a joint global franchising concept between Ice hotels and Absolut.

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The Swedish Berry Crush in Stockholm’s Absolut bar

The bar only allows 30 visitors at a time, to prevent body heat from damaging the ice blocks. The Ice Bar is maintained at a -5°C temperature all year round, therefore you pay SEK 205 for warm clothing, slot time and one drink. (Refill for SEK 85) You cannot come to the Absolut Ice Bar and not try their Absolut Berry Crush. In fact, try all the cocktails created from flavoured Absolut vodka. A drink on the rocks, well that phrase sure had a whole new meaning to this day. Drinks are served in ice cube glasses, and barmaid plunks them down the ice bar. The frozen furnishings are rebuilt every 6 months and everything here is literally cool 🙂 Most people can stay inside the Ice Bar for about 30 – 45 minutes. I think it’s because there’s not much activity that can keep you involved for too long.

Cherish the Unique Ice sculptures

Ice Bar is a small bar full of ice sculptures, tables, pillars and a small extended ice dish. The bar plays cool music, serves hot food on Ice plates and even features a pending drink! The Absolut Ice Bar takes Scandinavian winter to another level, a bar where literally everything is made of ice. Besides, the owners of the bar redecorate it with new ice sculptures often. You won’t find any bar stools here but you can rest your elbows on the ice bar. That is because If you sat on an Ice bar tool for too long, it would melt or get glued to the clothing. Nonetheless, Split your time well between eating, drinking and clicking pictures.

It is a priceless experience, but that with a high price

After 40 minutes, you’ll be ready to return to the airlock. Post which, return the poncho and shop for souvenirs! They do keep Reindeer and Sheepskin priced at 1000 SEK. Then again, there are T-shirts, Woollens, Caps, Mugs etc. Drop-in hours are 9:45 PM to 1 AM on Fridays and Saturdays. For other times, I suggest you make an advance booking. You can email them at icebar@icebar.se or you could call them at +46 (0) 8-50 56 35 20. Moreover, the guests staying at the Nordic C and Nordic Light Hotels receive a substantial discount here.

  • Veidehi, also known as Krazy Butterfly is a passionate Travel, Lifestyle and Food Blogger who loves to connect with diverse cultures and cuisines. The world is a Book, and she will unfold many unread pages for you! With that focus, her restless roaming spirit is out there taking pictures and capturing the true essence of her port of call.

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