Cheap Dates: Ditch your New Year’s resolutions and hit the Samoset’s Glacier Ice Bar

Open two weekends in January
Tue, 01/14/2014 - 2:30pm

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220 Warrenton
Rockport, ME 04856
United States

    ROCKPORT — Jan. 17 happens to be national “Ditch Your New Years Resolutions Day,” which is perfect timing because it also happens to be the day that crew at The Samoset Resort in Rockport is going to sculpt three million ice cubes (an equivalent guesstimate) into their second annual Glacier Ice Bar & Lounge.

    Ironically, just like last year at this time, a January thaw has preceded the actual building of the Ice Bar and Lounge. “We’re not worried about that,” said David Day, director of food and beverage at the Samoset. “The ice will still take even if it gets up to 35 degrees. We’re Mainers.”

    Samoset chef Tim Pierce will be carving nearly 18,000 pounds of ice to create the temporary bar and lounge, assembling the 300-pound blocks of ice using chisels and chainsaws this week. Everything in this outdoor wonderland, with the exception of the fire pit, will be created out of ice — including tables, seats, couches and stools, some of which will be covered in faux polar bear skins.

    “It’ll be bigger and better than last year,” said Day. “Tim’s doing more interactive stuff this year, carving-wise, like picture frames made out of ice, so the guests can have fun.” Along with life-sized ice sculptures, there will also be an ice luge and even hand carved ice shot glasses, which you’ll get to keep. Sponsored by Double Cross Vodka, Vermont Spirits and Ripe Bar Juice, bartenders will be pouring a variety of specialty cocktails as well as sponsored spirits down the luge.

    Hors d’eouvres will also be passed along with a special menu for this outdoor event.

    Live entertainment the first weekend of the ice bar, Jan. 17-18, will feature Matty B, an entertainer who combines live music with DJ service. The second weekend, Jan. 24-25, will feature Swing Shift, a jazz band, starting around 5:30 p.m.

    So, bring a hot date or your cool friends. You have our permission to ditch all of your diet and fitness resolutions, (you’ll be wearing a bulky coat anyway) and revel in winter wonderland.

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