Istanbul's must-visit Icebar


Tuesday, 27 March, 2012 by Vanessa H. Larson

  • Icebar, Istanbul
    © Emrah Gurel
  • Icebar, Istanbul
    © Mucahid Yapici
  • Icebar, Istanbul
    © Mucahid Yapıcı

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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