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The Lake George Area Has Been Iced
All over the region, massive blocks of ice are being chunked and chiseled to form exquisite masterpieces. Frigid specialty drinks are being poured into martini glasses and down ice luges. Bundled up visitors are settling on frozen stools and elbowing up to bars crafted from ice. The ice bar phenomenon has hit the Lake George Area.
The first Lake George Area ice bars were carved in January, but the ice bar season is about to hit its stride. Several ice bars will be put to good use in February, pouring up chilled drinks to help locals and out-of-towners alike achieve that warm winter glow. So bundle up, gather your friends, and order a drink. It’s Ice Bar Season.
Polar Ice Bar at Fort William Henry
Fort William Henry’s combination of historic significance and breathtaking views of Lake George makes for a perfect location for an Ice Bar. The second annual Polar Ice Bar at Fort William Henry Resort and Conference Center will be serving up specialty beverages, hot chocolate drinks, chili, homemade soups, and more. Don’t worry about the cold, as there will be a bonfire on site to help keep your hands and feet warm. If the food at the ice bar doesn’t fill you up, the Tankard Taverne will be serving pub grub such as New England clam chowder, a prime rib French dip, and fried chicken and mashed potatoes. Guests are welcome to check out the bar on Friday and Saturday, February 10th-11th, starting at 4 pm on Friday and 2 pm on Saturday. If you prefer your ice bar to have an amazing view, the Polar Ice Bar at Fort William Henry should be on your to-do list.
King Neptune's Ice Lounge
King Neptune’s Pub & Nightclub is next on the ice event circuit. They’ll be serving food and drinks at their Ice Lounge, carved by local ice artist Tim O’Brien. King Neptune’s is a mainstay on the shores of Lake George, highlighted by two outdoor decks and three full-service bars. Set to feature ice tables, ice benches, and several sculptures, the ice lounge will be a happening place. In addition to daily specials at the restaurant and exceptional warm drinks in the lounge, King Neptune’s has live music every weekend. The Ice Lounge will be open to guests anytime King Neptune’s is open, with the ice set to melt away on February 26th. King Neptune’s Ice Lounge is a great place to warm up with a drink and some music after a day at the Lake George Winter Carnival.
Ice Bar at Dunham's Bay Resort
Dunham’s Bay Resort will be hosting their third annual Ice Bar Weekend on February 2nd-4th. Dunham’s Bay Resort knows how to throw a great event, and with the views of Lake George and Dunham’s Bay that they have, their ice bar is sure to be an event worth attending. Their ice bar will feature drink specials, warm refreshments like hot chocolate and coffee, and smores to help keep you cozy and satisfied. For a different view of Lake George while you’re downing your drink, Dunham’s Bay Resort’s ice bar is a great choice.
Winterfest at Erlowest
Last but not least, the Inn at Erlowest continues their Winterfest at Erlowest event every Saturday through February 18th. Looking to join the ice bar season but offering something a bit different, Winterfest at Erlowest will feature fire bars on their outdoor patio. Along with specialty drinks, Winterfest at Erlowest will be serving food samples from Executive Chef Adam Padilla, as well as food and drink from local businesses and live entertainment. Guests must have a ticket to enter the ballroom and sample food, but guests do not need a ticket to check out the fire bars. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
And of course, January ice bars are still frozen and serving drinks. For some icy fun during the last weekend in January, head to the Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge at the Sagamore Resort, or Funky Ice Fest at Adirondack Pub & Brewery. Whether you attend just one of the ice bars or grab a drink at them all, it’s definitely ice bar season in the Lake George Area.