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Ice Kube Bar Review

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The Ice Kube bar in Paris, designed by Grey Goose.

A shot of the Ice Kube bar in Paris, designed by Michel Amann.

Courtesy of the Ice Kube.

The Bottom Line

Offering one of the city’s more unusual drinking concepts, the Ice Kube bar features Siberian temperatures, surreal igloo-like surroundings, and a jetset clientele easily explained by the steep entry fee and posh ambiance. Designed by champion ice sculptor Michel Amann, who used 20 tonnes of ice to carve out the sleek, fantasy-inspired bar, the Ice Kube is the only all-ice nightlife spot in the city. Not necessarily an ideal place for a relaxed evening of drinks, but if you’re looking for a whimsical and interesting night out, the Ice Kube bar is a good choice— assuming you’re willing to dress up for the occasion, fork out more than a little cash and prepare for some shivering. At least you'll burn off some extra calories in preparation for Fashion Week, dahling.

Pros

  • Offers an unusual and fun nightlife experience
  • Not likely to be overcrowded most nights
  • Set in an off-the-beaten-track corner of Paris

Cons

  • Prohibitively expensive entry fee
  • Not located in central Paris
  • Time at bar is limited to 30 minutes

Description

  • Address: 1-5, passage Ruelle , 18th arrondissement
  • Metro: La Chapelle (line 2)
  • Tel: +33 (0)1 42 05 20 00
  • Open: Wednesday through Saturday, 7pm-2am, Mondays and Tuesdays reserved for private groups (call well ahead).
  • Reservations are highly recommended (limited space and high demand)
  • Dress code: no jeans or sneakers
  • Nearby Sights: La Chapelle neighborhood; Montmartre Neighborhood

Guide Review - Ice Kube Bar Review

If you happen to be reading this review in the dead of the winter, I know what you’re thinking : it’s minus 5 degrees out in Paris ! Why would I want to go sit in a freezing cold bar where I can see my own breath ? But partaking of drinks at the Ice Kube bar is a far cry from buying a bottle of wine and attempting to drink it with numbing fingers on the frigid streets. Ice Kube bar brings a little glamour and swank to what could otherwise feel like a kitschy, overrated concept (and a finger-numbing experience, besides.)

Hidden on a nondescript street in the middle of the La Chapelle neighborhood in northeast Paris– traditionally known for its excellent and ridiculously inexpensive South Asian restaurants – you may easily walk right past the Kube Hotel without even noticing it. But behind the heavy iron gate are 41 rooms of accommodation with an upscale restaurant and an all-ice bar inside.

There is a dress code to enjoy your evening at Ice Kube bar or the hotel restaurant downstairs, so make sure to change your clothes before embarking on a night out here (no jeans or sneakers). The establishment is a favorite hotspot for film crews and Paris Fashion Week after-parties, so your average Joe-schmo (or Pierre-schmierre) isn’t likely to to make it through the door. Call it a snobby concept if you will, but this is what staff calls “creating an atmosphere.” Once inside, you’ll get a king’s welcome, with friendly staff making all efforts to give you a pleasant experience.

Once you’ve enjoyed a meal of upscale finger food in the hotel restaurant and bopped your head to the featured DJ of the evening, head up to the mezzanine-level Ice Kube bar for an invigorating (albeit expensive and short-lived) drinking experience.

At the door, you’ll be given a down parka and gloves before stepping into the -12° C bar, boasting Siberian-like temperatures. Pale pink and blue lights reflect off the life-size ice blocks that create a hallway-like space, to igloo effect. At the bar, also fitted out of ice of course, you'll be served up a set of four Grey Goose vodka-based drinks in custom-made mugs formed entirely of ice.

Relax on the faux fur-laden ice chairs or oversized pillows, and enjoy your cocktails for the next 30 minutes – the limit here at Ice Kube. At first, you may consider this an overly expensive thrill (the entry fee is currently 38 Euros), but after a half hour in this ice box, your nose will be so cold that you may not care if you’ve finished the last sip of Grey Goose or not. An evening at the Ice Bar is a memorable experience, even if you can’t feel your toes by the end of the night.

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 3 out of 5
Its ok for something different, Member Hannahb89

Ok, so i found this bar in my lonely planet paris book and was very excited to visit the ice bar! when we arrived at the nearest metro station i thought we'd got it wrong! the area was horrendous!! i didnt feel safe there at all, luckily i was with my partner, i wouldnt of gone there alone! When we finally found the hotel where the bar is, (its difficult to find, its not sign posted and in down a small dark backstreet) we were ""greeted"" by a man who seemed a little bit up himself, he started by looking down his nose at us as though we shouldnt of been there but when he found we were willing to pay the 38 euro bill each for the bar he warmed to us! We were told for our half 7 booking, we had to be there no later than 7:15, so we came back at that time only to be told we were a little too early :S we were then directed into the main bar, and asked to take a seat and order a drink, after seeing the menu and their cocktails ranging from 12 to 18 euros i decided to leave it after paying 38 euros for the ice bar already. 45 minutes later we were still waiting however we heard some music come on and thought that must be the ice bar, we were then told to go upstairs where we were given a coat and gloves and made to stand in a fridge type room. a gentlemen then entered the fridge to explain the bar, however he explained only in french, when i asked if he could say it again in english he said sorry i only speak a little, but he did try. When we entered the bar, it wasnt really a bar more a corridor, the cocktails were pre made and poured into your ice glass you got 4 cocktails in total but every person got the same there was no choice so if you didnt like one, tough! They say you get 30 mins but by the time you get your coat on its more like 20-23 tops. but to be fair you dont need anymore its so cold. All in all, its ok for something different to do but a little expensive for what it is., but be careful in the area.

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