Lifestyle Minus 5 Ice Bar brings true winter weather to NYC By Melissa Kravitz firstname.lastname@example.org Updated December 16, 2015 7:45 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email You may not need a coat outside this December, but you better bundle up for this bar. Minus 5 Ice Bar, located inside the Hilton Midtown, is chillier inside than the outdoor rink at Rockefeller Center. Made completely of ice -- 100 tons of ice, in fact -- and kept at 23 degrees Fahrenheit (negative five Celsius, hence the name), this walk-in freezer helps you get in the winter mood, complete with furry blankets and ice luge shots. In full midtown style, there are souvenir photos and a gift shop outside the bar. ... Tacky staycation, anyone? Forget your anti-tourist sensibilities and head to midtown for a true winter. And, yes, there's a $20 cover. It costs money to be cold! You need a parka to explore Minus 5. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz The $20 cover includes coat and glove rental as well as a locker to keep your bags. Phones aren't allowed inside because the warmth of setting them down would melt the ice! You can also upgrade to a faux fur coat. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Faux-Russian accents encouraged. Walk through the freezer doors into the ice bar ... Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz If you've ever worked in a restaurant, this will remind you of the walk-in, except with substantially less raw meat. Minus 5 is redone about every six months -- because, ice. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Right now, a winter wonderland theme brings Santa and mistletoe into the ice sculpture mix. Sit in the ice throne like the Ice Queen of NYC. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz No one will really hear you belting "Let It Go" over the music inside the bar. We think. Can't get 'Hamilton' tickets? Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Just hang out at icy Broadway. Singing is allowed. Chill out in the Andy Warhol corner. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz OK, nothing is as cool as partying at Studio 54 with Andy Warhol, but ice carvings of his artwork only a few blocks from MoMa can come close. Lounge on a bench made of ice. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz No need to wait for Central Park to freeze over: This faux-fur-covered bench does the trick. Admire the icy skyline. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Minus 5 can fit up to 75 people, so you'll feel almost as crowded as if you were actually admiring the skyline outside. And of course you'll want a drink from the ice bar. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Mocktails are also served and kids are welcome before 8 p.m. Even the glasses are made of ice! Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Put on your complimentary gloves; the glasses for these sugary cocktails are made completely of ice. The icy Statue of Liberty is also here. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Cold. By Melissa Kravitz email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Baita, Italian Alps-inspired ski lodge, pops up atop EatalyYou don't even need to ride a ski lift to appreciate all the winter coziness. Señor Frog's NYC meets beachy, boozy expectationsEndless spring break comes to Times Square. NYC bartenders shake up holiday cocktailsNYC bartenders help you stir up holiday fun with their cocktail recipes. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.