Holy Christmas it’s getting cold out there. According to various local weather websites – which, by the way, don’t seem to agree with each other – it may get down to -8ºC today, or almost as cold as inside the Budapest Ice Bar.
That’s right. Hungary’s first “ice bar” opened last month on Váci utca in District V. And unlike the famous Jégbüfé on nearby Ferenciek tere, the Jégbár is actually made of ice – seven tons of it, kept solid by a stable indoor temperature of -10º.
In a recent interview with origo, the owner said the bar is more of a gallery than a bar, and indeed it does feature some ice sculptures, including ones of local icons like the stone lion that guards the entrance to the Chain Bridge.
It is also exclusive, with only enough space for 15-20 guests at a time, and rather steep entrance fees of Ft 2,100 during the day and Ft 3,000 after dark. (Though keep in mind that the door fee gets you a complimentary cocktail and a furry poncho.) We’d give a first-hand report, but we feel we’re already too cool to bother actually going.