Looking for something fun and a little different to do on your next European getaway?
If you love ice as much as we do, you’ll be excited by the choice ice bars across the continent.
Here, we’ve detailed some of our favourite venues and what to expect when you visit.
What is an ice bar?
Perfect for parties, events and celebrations of any kind, ice bars are one of our most popular sculptures.
As the name suggests, they are fully functional bars intricately carved from blocks of ice. They come complete with everything you would find in a regular bar like drinks shelves, bar stools and, of course, buckets of ice!
Guests can sit at the bar, enjoying an ice-cold beverage while taking in the ethereal beauty, wonder and intricacy that go into creating a bespoke ice bar.
The bar can be custom-built to include everything and anything you can think of to create a one-of-a-kind experience for your guests.
Ice bars across Europe
Ice bars have become an increasingly popular attraction worldwide, and Europe is home to several infamous icy clubs, bars and pubs.
Here we’ve listed some of our favourite ice bars across the continent.
Icebar by ICEHOTEL
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
When talking about ice bars, we always have to start with ICEHOTEL’s ICEBAR, as it is the world’s first permanent ice bar.
The venue is open year-round and is rebuilt annually with an entirely new, fun and exciting theme for guests to enjoy.
The interior of this incredible attraction is carved from 40 tonnes of ice from the Torne River in northern Sweden.
As soon as you enter, you are instantly transported into an arctic-like atmosphere with the bar being kept at a constant temperature of -5°C so don’t forget to wrap up warm!
Ice Kube Bar
Location: Paris, France
Located inside the Kube Hotel, the Ice Kube Bar is one of the coldest bars you’ll find, kept at a chilly -20°C.
This arctic-themed vodka bar is a popular hotspot in the French capital, known not only for the 20 tonnes of intricately sculpted ice but also for its custom-mixed icy cocktails.
For those looking for a unique night out with cutting-edge lighting, bespoke beverages and great music in a fantasy-inspired glacial setting, the Ice Kube Bar is the place to be
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Known as the coolest place in town, IceBar Xtracold in Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most unique ice bar experiences. This colourfully LED-lit venue is kept at -10°C with everything from the walls to the glasses made entirely of ice.
Experience is everything in this bar, which is why their sculpting team reimagines the space twice a year, creating an entirely new display.
Once you’ve spent enough time enjoying an ice-cold beverage and taking photos, you can move next door to the much warmer lounge bar.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
IceBarcelona is known as the first bar on the beach, located on the Mediterranean coast. This ice bar offers a truly unique experience allowing you to bask in the Mediterranean sun on their roof terrace before cooling off in the icy surroundings.
Each year, this ice bar updates its theme to include new and exciting sculptures full of abstract concepts the whole family can enjoy
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Visiting Icepub Prague is an entirely unique experience as it is located in central Europe’s largest nightclub, Karlovy Lazne. Kept at -7°C year-round, this icy venue prides itself on its walls, bar, tables, sculptures and even glasses made entirely of ice.
You can wrap up in their thermal coats and hats to enjoy an ice-cold beverage before heading out to enjoy a night out across the club’s five-story building.
How to create an ice bar for your launch or event
If you are interested in creating a bespoke ice bar for your event, the first step is getting in touch with the team at Hamilton Ice Sculptors.
We have created hundreds of ice bars for every type of event, so we know precisely the kind of wow factor these one-of-a-kind sculptures bring to any venue.
Whether you have something specific in mind or would like us to design something from scratch, our team has you covered.
Feel free to browse our Ice Gallery to see some of the fantastic ice bar creations are team has sculpted over the years, including the renowned Bar Ice at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.