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“Warm welcome in a cool place”
Review of Minus 5o ICE BAR

Minus 5o ICE BAR
Ranked #2 of 13 Nightlife in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Be absorbed into a world crafted purely of ICE architecture! Everything from the walls and furniture, to the bar and intricately hand carved statues are all made from crystal clear ICE. Even our infamous cocktails are served in glasses made entirely out of ICE! Dress up like an eskimo and explore over 18 tonnes of ice in -5 degrees and colder. A family experience you will never forget, a pre dinner chilly cocktail, or a 'cool' start to a lively night on the town. Can you handle the THRILL OF THE CHILL?
London, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
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“Warm welcome in a cool place”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

Fabulous welcome by the guys at minus 5 meant the two grown ups and one child had a really cool time. Mocktails were excellent and the set up compared favourably with other ice bars around the world. It is the staff here though that make Minus 5 Queenstown special.

Visited August 2014
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Laura P, Sales & Marketing Manager at Minus 5o ICE BAR, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Kia Ora BillyBirdIBT,

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a stellar review!! We believe that above all else, our guests are the #1 priority and we do everything we can to give everyone a unique and memorable experience at Minus 5º ICE BAR. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and we hope that you come back again soon :)

Warm Regards,
The Minus 5º ICE BAR crew
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Whistler, Canada
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“Not really a bar, just a room”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Was nice for the experience but really small, was expecting a proper bar not just a room. And I thought was a bit pricy. Cocktails were nice though, but only vodka available. If you've done an ice bar before, don't bother.

Visited August 2014
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Laura P, Sales & Marketing Manager at Minus 5o ICE BAR, responded to this review, 19 August 2014
Hi Popolipo,
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review from your visit- we appreciate all feedback, both good and bad.
We like to think of Minus 5º ICE BAR as an Antarctic Experience, not just a bar. We have over 18 tonnes of ICE hand-sculpted into furniture, the bar, ice glasses and interactive sculptures to create a unique experience for all of our guests, both young and old.
Minus 5º ICE BAR has been operating for over 10 years, making us one of the very first ICE BARs in the world, and we're very proud of that fact. There are larger and newer ice bars throughout the World, but having a smaller space allows us to create a cozy atmosphere that is FILLED with ice sculptures, really feeling like an igloo! Also, our spirit & mixer choices are limited due to the extreme low temperatures (Vodka only freezes below -23º). We work very closely with ABSOLUT Vodka and their large range of flavoured vodkas to create a variety of cocktails for all different taste preferences... we're happy to hear you enjoyed them!
Again, thank you for your feedback- if you have any further comments feel free to email laura@minus5icebar.com :)
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Germany
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“Nice idea”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We liked the idea of the ice bar though do not be too disappointed when you get in - it really is a small bar. But then again New Zealand is a small country... ^^ We liked the mocktails which were delicious and came along in a glass made of ice and the jackets which were provided kept us warm. The price is at least 20$ (more when you want a drink) but the photos are okay - they are 10$ and looked quite good.

Visited July 2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“AWESOME- A MUST DO”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

I was blown away by the friendliness of the staff at Minus 5, and the experience they gave my girlfriend and I. They were very accommodating and I felt like they genuinely wanted us to have a great experience. All the drinks were cocktails, but I am a type 1 diabetic, so I can't have sugar in mixers. But the staff went to another bar next door to get soda water so I could have it with the vodka rather than the juice mixers.

Cool experience (literally). I would love to have a party there!

Thanks so much to everyone at Minus 5, especially Jeff. He was a top bloke who made the experience memorable, and one to tell all my friends

Visited August 2014
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Laura P, Sales & Marketing Manager at Minus 5o ICE BAR, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Hi CameronDJones-
Thank you for taking your time to leave us this remarkable review! Our first priority is accommodating all guests to Minus 5º ICE BAR, and we're so happy that we could give you the experience you hoped for.
We're available for exclusive hire and parties, so get in touch and we'd be happy to help arrange an event for you!
We all hope you get the opportunity to return to Queenstown again soon-- be sure to come say hey to us on your next trip :)
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“Great bar great people”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Went there after dinner with my wife.
We are Muslim and don't drink alcohol but that was completely fine because they have mocktails there as well.

Jeff who was our host and bartender was the best!
Gave us a good laugh and a good time.

Definitely come here and not to any other ice bar in town.
The others are just plain wrong.

Happy travels

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Laura P, Sales & Marketing Manager at Minus 5o ICE BAR, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Kia Ora Mouhamad!
We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your Antarctic Experience at Minus 5º ICE BAR. The best part of our job as Ice Bar Hosts is interacting with our guests and making sure their experience is memorable. Thank you for taking the time to review us, and we hope to see you back at Minus 5º ICE BAR again some day... Happy Travels to you!!
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