Winter in New York can be frigid. The subzero temperatures keep some people inside, warming their hands in front of the fire and missing out on the wonder of the season. Others embrace the cold, bundling up in heavy coats and thick gloves, and gather around an ice bar.
What is an ice bar?
Master artisans use saws and chisels to craft a bar made of ice. These flawless and intricate creations become the centerpieces of fancy lounges and local watering holes throughout the Lake George Area. Groups gather to sip cocktails served on these frozen wonders, basking in the warmth of family and friendship.
Check out the ice bars in the Lake George Area below and make sure to watch our ice bar video on YouTube to get a taste of the experience!
Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge
The Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge, the swankiest rendition of the ice bar, is held at the Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing. People in fur and fedoras sip handcrafted drinks served over the masterfully-carved bar while admiring views of Dome Island and the Narrows. Past ice lounge events featured additional ice carvings like covered bar stools, roomy loveseats, snowmobiles so detailed they look real, penguin cocktail servers, and more.
Read about what it is like to experience the Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge on our blog.
Funky Ice Fest
Funky Ice Fest is an all-out ice festival held annually at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George Village. There’s no doubt that you’re walking into a winter-themed party – everything is ice! Sculptures at Funky Ice Fest include a frozen beer pong table, a playable piano, and several ice bars serving frosty drinks. The BYOV (bring your own vinyl) policy ensures the dancing lasts all night. Food trucks, bonfires, and the Funky Lounge round out the night. This event is family-friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome at this can't miss winter event.
Winterfest at Erlowest
This winter bar at the Inn at Erlowest is more about fire than ice. Even without the sculpted ice bar, Winterfest at Erlowest offers a wonderful evening of fun overlooking Lake George. Signature cocktails, delicious food samples, s’more stations, and the fire bars make this event worth attending. After you’ve polished off a cocktail or two, head inside to the ballroom to browse products from local businesses and enjoy live music. Don’t hesitate to turn your evening out into a romantic stay in one of the Erlowest’s exquisite suites.
Read about the Winterfest at Erlowest experience on our blog.
Polar Ice Bar at Fort William Henry
The Polar Ice Bar at the Fort William Henry Hotel & Conference Center is a great opportunity to sip a drink and admire a miles-long view of Lake George. Take a seat next to the fire with a handcrafted cocktail and a warm cup of soup and enjoy the music. Ice sculptures at the Polar Ice Bar include a full-service bar, intricate snowflakes, detailed animals, and more.
Forest Ice Bar at the Holiday Inn Resort
The Holiday Inn Resort will be holding their annual Forest Ice Bar this winter. Their aim is to create an icy paradise, with their ice bar nestled among the pines in their front fire pit area. Ice sculptures, tasty cocktails, and blazing fire pits make the Forest Ice Bar a can’t-miss event. Make a full night out of this ice bar and book a room!
Ice Lounge at King Neptune's Pub
The Ice Lounge is a winter-long feature at King Neptune’s Pub that guarantees fun for ice lovers. The Lounge is built on Neptune’s lakeside patio, allowing revelers to play ice cornhole, ice shuffleboard, and take shots from the ice luge. A full menu of cold and warm drinks will keep visitors to the lounge entertained. King Neptune’s Ice Lounge will overlook Lake George as long as the weather allows.
Ice Bar at Lake George Beach Club
It’s not beach season, but that shouldn’t stop you from having a drink at the Lake George Beach Club’s ice bar. The Lake George Beach Club is a two-story music lover’s haven that remains festive throughout the cold months. Their winter celebration begins on New Year’s Eve with a frozen bar, an ice luge, and ice beer pong tables. The icy fun remains throughout the Lake George Winter Carnival.
Doc's Patio Ice Bar
The newest ice bar on this list is located at Doc's Restaurant inside the Park Theater in the heart of downtown Glens Falls. One of the region's best ice carvers, Charlie the Ice Man, will cut and carve the ice bar on Doc's patio. They'll offer a selection of hand-crafted cocktails and an outdoor menu cooked up by their fantastic chefs. The restaurant itself will be open with a full bar and menu.