When I remembered there was an icebar in Amsterdam I just had to go and luckily Sarah was up for it too! Neither of us had ever been before but wanted to try it out, we met a few people at different spots around Amsterdam who recommended it too so we were busting to try it out.
A few of the places we had wanted to visit we had booked online, but we decided we would see how time was when we arrived as to whether we would do the icebar or not. We did end up having time and got a good deal for it in the shop above, it is just up from the Anne Frank Museum, on the corner you won’t miss it.
Here are a few pictures to guide you to it.
I think the deal we got maybe worked out at €13.50 and we were able to book our time slot. I would advise booking in advance as we were told if it is really busy and you don’t book you may get turned away.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the exterior but luckily thetravelingmogridges did, so this is where you are looking for.
The standard price on their website is €19.50 per adult, but if you shop about either online or in Amsterdam itself the tour shops do lots of deals and packages.
So, now for the good stuff, the pictures
When you first go in and show your tickets you will be given three coins, two gold – these are for your 2 drinks in the actual ice bar, which are served in an ice glass. And the silver is for a cocktail from the cocktail menu in the normal bar.
Next up you are given coats and gloves. Don’t take off any clothes you already have on! The coats are huge and not really the warmest so wear them over all the layers already on you.
Next up drinks
So these are your ice glasses and the range of drinks you can choose from (which are mixed with a little orange juice). I know it sounds disgusting but I really recommend the whipped cream with the orange.
I did make the silly mistake of changing my mind for drink two and going for the vodka and orange combo, but my God was that strong! As a bit of a wimp at the pure spirits I ended up having to abandon it!
Inside the bar is really cool with ice carvings and chairs etc, it’s what I imagine being inside an igloo would be like.
Inside the icebar it’s actually -9.5 degrees so I’d advise to wear shoes with a decent sole, as the coldness just goes up through your feet.
Why not have a look at a few of my short videos on my instagram from inside the icebar, don’t worry I have the links all sorted for you.
After our drinks and about 10-15 minutes we decided to get out because we were getting so cold!
During your time inside the icebar you can get your photo taken. When you come out you get to see them and buy them if you wish, a bit like when you’ve been on a roller coaster. We go the deal where it was two pictures for €10.
When we came out into the main bar, ready to warm up you were able to trade in your silver coin for a cocktail of your choice. The menu includes; a mojitto, sex on the beach, Amsterdammed, strawberry cheesecake or a caipirovska.
Sarah went for the mojitto and went for the Amsterdammed, both delicious!
We would definitely recommend the Xtracold icebar, it’s good fun, a new experience and you are basically getting three free drinks too.