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The Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge
The scene is swanky and elegant at the Sagamore Resort. Men hold their cocktails in winter gloves, and women are keeping warm in their finest coats and scarves. Everyone is holding an ice cold signature cocktail. It’s called the Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge for a reason: it’s all about ice. The sides of the Sagamore’s outdoor Veranda are lined with love-seats, penguin porters, and cocktail tables, all carved out of ice and back lit. Small groups of couples gather on the love-seats and around cocktail tables, bundled up and enjoying the conversation and brisk air.
The Sagamore’s Ice Bar and Lounge begins as 18,000 pounds of solid ice. Then master ice carver Tim Pierce goes to work. Through the use of chisel, hammer, and chainsaw, these massive blocks of ice are turned into an exquisite Ice Bar.
The physical Ice Bar is a thing to behold. It’s the size of the bar at your usual watering hole, standing four feet tall, with stools of covered ice to keep your behind from freezing. The detail of the bar is what amazes me. The backboard of the bar, where there is typically a mirror, is an ice silhouette of the Sagamore’s iconic bell tower. The foot boards are dotted with grape sized indentations. Rivets in the splash guards recall an actual bar. Bottles of vodka and other alcohols are placed with care behind the bar, lit from underneath and glimmering. A chunk of ice carved into an “ice luge” is poised on the side of the bar, ready for someone to step up for a shot.
The Sagamore’s Ice Bar does exactly what you would expect: creates a winter wonderland of ice for hundreds to enjoy. The Sagamore Ice Bar will be serving drinks for the weekends of January 20th-22nd, and January 27th-29th.
Funky Ice Fest
The Funky Ice Fest at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery is significantly different affair. While the focus of the Glacier Ice Bar and Lounge is solely on the ice bar, the focus of Funky Ice Fest is spread among several different icy creations. It is a festival based around all of the strange and unique things that humans can do with ice.
This year’s Funky Ice Fest theme is Interactive Ice. The awesome ice sculptures, an Ice Bar for the ages, and even a functioning Ice Piano, create a merry atmosphere that is not unlike other events at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery. And when those delicious, Adirondack inspired beers start to flow, you’re not going to want to leave.
And that’s before mentioning the funk. Funky Ice Fest stars DJ Derek, who will be keeping the party lively with all of those funky hits that you haven’t heard in years. If you have a favorite deep-track buried deep in your basement that is sure to get the whole festival dancing, make sure you bring your dusty old vinyl. Funky Ice Fest’s BYOV (bring your own vinyl) policy makes sure that no underground funk superstar will be missed.
This year, they’ve spread the funky goodness over two weekends, to ensure everyone has their fill of funk. The Adirondack Pub & Brewery’s Funky Ice Fest will be held on January 20th-22nd and January 27th-29th. Along with two separate ice bars this year, they’ll also feature drinks from local establishments, including Adirondack Winery, Lake George Distilling Company, Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery, Champlain Orchards, and the Saratoga Courage Distillery.
Winterfest at Erlowest
The Inn at Erlowest’s gorgeous back patio will be the center of the winter festivities. While Winterfest at Erlowest will have a fire bar instead of the typical ice bar, they will still be serving the signature cocktails that make these events a must-attend. Coupled with the fantastic views of Lake George and the distant mountains, the patio also has a blazing stone fireplace for when that cocktail gets a little bit too chilly.
After you’ve downed a cocktail or two, head inside to the ballroom for appetizing offerings from Lake George Area businesses. Executive Chef Adam Padilla will be serving up samples of the Inn at Erlowest’s fine cuisine. Local mainstays such as the Adirondack Pub & Brewery and the Lake George Olive Oil Company will be giving out food and drink as well. If you need a quick warm-me-up, a s’more and hot chocolate station will be there to help. Live entertainment will be enhancing the atmosphere every Saturday of the Winterfest.
Beginning on Saturday, January 21st, Winterfest at Erlowest will span five Saturdays. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Lake George Region for Women in Need.
Winter can be a cold and quiet season, but it doesn’t have to be in the Lake George Area. With remarkable events like these three Ice Bars, there’s no reason not to check out the Lake George Area. So bundle up, grab your warmest hat and your thickest coat, and give your friends a call. Eventually these bars are going to melt.