Montreal's Ice Bar Amarula

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From "Hot & Cold" happy hours to "Hockey Night" specials, Montreal ice bar Amarula -- "ice bar" as in a bar made completely of ice with an ambient room temperature of -2°C to -5°C (23° to 28°F) -- is part and parcel of North America's first snow village. And on a particularly busy night, expect condensation, droplets of water dripping onto patrons as the room's collective body heat revs up the mercury. One barman I chatted with claimed he was warm enough to work in a t-shirt one shift.

Debuting its 2013 nightlife run as of January 4, 2013, the Montreal ice bar runs its season in tandem with the village's surrounding ice hotel and ice restaurant, until March 21, 2013.

Ice Bar Amarula: What's On Tap?
Mulled wine, beverages served in ice glasses, they've even got hot cocktails. Details.

Ice Bar Amarula: Expect a Cover Charge
Patrons must pay the Montreal Snow Village admission fee to access the bar. Details here.

DECEMBER 6, 2013 UPDATE: Due to what Montreal Snow Village founders say is the result of a lack of funding assistance and support from City Hall, Tourisme Québec and Tourisme Montréal, the Montreal Snow Village will not be open for business in 2014. No word for 2015 either. Join my community on Facebook and sign up to receive the Montreal newsletter to stay in the loop. As for other seasonal activities, here's what else to do in Montreal in the winter.

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