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An ice bar, sometimes associated with an ice hotel is a drinking establishment primarily made of ice. The bars usually contain ice sculptures and other formations and are kept at low temperatures (generally about -5 °C) to hinder melting. The walls and seating are also usually made of ice. Mostly a novelty, the ice bar is often considered a tourist destination. Visitors enter for timed stays and even staff work on time-limited shifts. The most popular drinks served at ice bars are ice-cold vodka shots, or cocktails mixing vodka with a berry puree.
The ice bar is usually located in colder regions around the world, as it is easier to keep the ice stable in frigid temperatures. Ice bars originated in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden in 1994. Some ice bars are also located in larger cities all over the world including Queenstown, New Zealand, Barcelona, Boston, Honningsvåg, Monterrey, Mexico City, Montevideo, Panama City, Orlando, Amsterdam, London, Lyon, New York City, Paris, Athens, Rhodes, Saint Tropez, Seoul, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Sharm El Sheikh, Saint-Petersburg, New Delhi, Koh Samui, Tokyo, Thailand, Copenhagen, Surfers Paradise, Budapest, Antipolo, Hurghada and Dubai, as the cost of upkeep can be sustained by its many patrons.
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