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Istanbul's must-visit Icebar


by Vanessa H. Larson

At Istanbul’s coolest bar, drinks are served ‘in the rocks’ in surroundings built with intricately carved blocks of ice shipped from the Scandinavian Peninsula’s Torne River. A venture of the original Icehotel in Sweden, Istanbul’s Icebar was designed by professional ice artists and is open year-round. After (literally) chilling out in the bar, where thermal suits are provided against the -5 degree cold, patrons can warm up in the adjacent room-temperature lounge. In a nod to local culture, the Turkish national spirit, rakı, is served in addition to more traditional vodka drinks. Reservations are recommended for this intimate venue.

Icebar Istanbul & Lounge, Windowist Tower, Eski Büyükdere Caddesi 26, Maslak, +90 (0)212 214 7444


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