If you’re anywhere near Made Man’s headquarters in NYC—or lots of other places across the country, honestly—you’re feeling the brrr.
Your rosy-cheeked friends and coworkers are complaining about even colder days ahead. And all the negative energy is really killing your vibe. So why not flip the script and embrace the winter wonderland?
Sort of like the people behind these super cool (literally) ice palaces around the world…
Ice Hotel, Sweden: The Ice Hotel’s 16 art suites are three-dimensional installations of original art. Intricately and individually designed by artists from around the world, the one-of-a-kind rooms sleep two to three people. Lie back on an ice block bed—relax, there are cozy animal fur blankets—and relish the ample sculpting work unique to your suite.
Hotel Kakslauutanen Igloo Village, Finland: Behold snow igloos sitting beneath the Northern Lights amid quiet forestry. Even if the mercury dips to minus 40, the temperature inside remains consistent at about 25 degrees Fahrenheit, and of course it’ll be even warmer in your complementary down sleeping bag.
Ice Restaurant, Romania: Located at the Hotel of Ice, this culinary, sensory experience deserves a spot on your bucket list. You’ll be seated at a table made of ice and served your meals on ice plates. Choose from their special menu, featuring delicacies such as smoked salmon and pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon.
Pommery Ice Restaurant, Canada: Dress in layers for dinner at Pommery. The restaurant seats up to 60 people who savor the refined cooking of chef Matthieu Saunier. Guests can choose three-course meals for dinner, priced at $69 a person (or $20 per child), with menu options ranging from cauliflower cream soup with stewed wild boar and fried artichoke ravioli to Maplewood smokehouse sea trout tartar and Chioggia beets.
The Icebar at Kirkenes SnowHotel, Norway: The Icebar, constructed by Chinese ice specialists—because that’s a thing—uses about 15 tons of chainsaw-cut ice for the hotel bar and rooms, which rise into existence every year in early December. Then you go in and enjoy an ice-cold vodka in an ice-cold ice glass.
Ice Bar, London: The Ice Bar franchise spans several cities, but the London edition is one of the most fun thanks to the lively young crowd it draws. All the walls and tables, the bar and the glasses are made from crystal clear Torne River ice, harvested from Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden. Drink until you’re Comfortably Numb—the name of one Beefeater gin, tonic water, lemon juice and cucumber syrup cocktail on the menu.