Remember when the Ice Bar used to be free? That was great - you could go, buy a couple drinks, have them served in various creative ways using ice (slides, etc), see a bunch of people, and then head out.
Then, apparently, organizers decided there was too much riff-raff and started to charge admission at the door. Ten bucks put a big dent in the drink-buying budget, but it was once a year and still fun, and the cover charge went to charity.
And now, the Ice Bar has gone fully elite. There will be no tickets at the door. The cheapest admission costs $15. Yeah, it still benefits charity, but the whole in-advance exclusivity thing makes it much more of yet another wintertime charity bash - and to my mind, a lot less fun. I bet anyone who starts up another ice bar with no cover charge will find the party moves there. (And hey, Joe's NY Pizza has an ice-topped bar all year round. It's upstairs.)
Here's the official announcement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 21, 2010CONTACTGillian Britt 207-775-2126gBritt PRPortland Harbor Hotel Ice Bar January 27, 28, and 29 PORTLAND, Maine – Portland Harbor Hotel’s eagerly anticipated Annual Ice Bar,
a celebration that embraces winter’s cold, opens on Thursday, January
27. This year, a limited number of tickets are available for each
evening and will be sold in advance, online, through Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets will not be available at the door. Tickets are $15-$21 per person. This
annual winter tradition is also a fundraiser for three local
organizations; funds are raised through the tickets purchased. Last
year’s Ice Bar raised over $15,000 for charities, the goal is to exceed
that this year.This year’s Ice Bar will feature two martini
bars, pouring specialty cocktails featuring Swedish Rokk Vodka. Shipyard
Brewery’s popular beers will also be available at an outdoor Ice Bar,
and indoors is a full bar. The Ice Bar is carved outside in the
hotel’s courtyard. Indoors, attendees will enjoy music provided by a DJ
and food provided by Front Room, Grill Room and Corner Room,
DennyMike’s ‘Cue Stuff and Havana South.The Ice Bar is open from
5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day. Sponsors of the Ice Bar include Rokk
Vodka, Shipyard Brewery, Havana South, Front Room, Corner Room and Grill
Room and DennyMike’s ‘Cue Stuff.Visit www.portlandharborhotel.com, or call 207-775-9090 for more information about the Ice Bar event.