Get your Chill On

icebar.JPGMelbourne is renowned for its many quirky bars. Some of the “best” bars in the city are located down dark laneways. Opening today in Russell Street is a cool bar called Chill On.

Right out of Die Another Day, is a bar completely made out of ice. For a hefty $30, you get a jacket, gloves, boots and a complimentary cocktail. The thirty dollars only gets you a half hours entrance but I’m not sure why anyone would want to sit in -12 degree weather for longer than that anyway.

For those who have grown up in a warm climate, this is perhaps a treat. For someone like myself, who has woken up many a day to -12 degree temperatures, I will pass on this experience. Anyone willing to try this place out?

Melbourne Leader’s article
(Has some interesting background on building the bar and a bit about the owners)

Google Maps (296 Russell St.)

Picture via Melbourne Leader

7 Comments so far

  1. adrock2xander (unregistered) on October 26th, 2006 @ 5:11 pm

    For someone who grew up in a tropical country and lived there for 25 years, this IS a treat. Working in the hotel industry i get the latest touristy-stuff news, and i’ve been raving about it to my friends for months ever since i got wind of it. I’m definitely going there!

  2. Noah (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 4:43 am

    You hear a lot about ice bars and ice hotels in the Nordic countries and the Baltic and Nordic countries because they have that thermal earth heat thing that keeps spaces warm while walls and structures can stay cold, but I did not realize Australia was a hotspot for these types of places… Sounds pretty cool!

  3. Neil (unregistered) on October 27th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    This differs from that. Chill On is a giant freezer. In those cold countries they generally put them outside in the winter thus keeping their operating costs minimum.

  4. opps (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 3:06 am

    I live next to Chill on, it’s 24 hours non stop ice generator drive everyone, 9th floors apartment building, crazy. Please, don’t support that environmental unfriendly bussiness.

  5. Colin (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 8:30 am

    Hmm, and featured in yesterdays Mx too. I wonder what their electricity and water bills are like, now that we’re heading towards warmer days and a water shortage.

    Nonetheless, this might be 30 bucks well spent the next time Melbourne decides to give me 36+C weather in spring.

    Think of New Years folk….45C days. This ice box… will be fun.

    @opps: care to give us an interview?

  6. Neil (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 9:22 am

    The electricity was predicted to be $1000 a week.

    On a hot day, its probably better to go into Myer, sit in their home entertainment section and cool off.

  7. Neil (unregistered) on October 28th, 2006 @ 9:47 am

    Chinadaily, has another picture from the bar here. Looks cool.

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