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Minus 5 Ice Bar brings true winter weather to NYC

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.

The $20 cover includes coat and glove rental
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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.

Faux-Russian accents encouraged.
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Faux-Russian accents encouraged.

Walk through the freezer doors into the ice bar ...

If you've ever worked in a restaurant, this
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.

Right now, a winter wonderland theme brings Santa
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.

No one will really hear you belting
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No one will really hear you belting "Let It Go" over the music inside the bar. We think.

Can't get 'Hamilton' tickets?

Just hang out at icy Broadway. Singing is
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Just hang out at icy Broadway. Singing is allowed.

Chill out in the Andy Warhol corner.

OK, nothing is as cool as partying at
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.

No need to wait for Central Park to
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.

Minus 5 can fit up to 75 people,
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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.

Mocktails are also served and kids are welcome
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Mocktails are also served and kids are welcome before 8 p.m.

Even the glasses are made of ice!

Put on your complimentary gloves; the glasses for
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.

Cold.
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Cold.

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