It’s really cool to see a charity event raise a ton of cash, and this year’s Ice Bar at Portland Harbor Hotel did just that. Beating its own record (it raised $15,000 last year and $11,000 the year before), the fundraiser raised $18,000 during its three day run in January, and yesterday, hotel manager Gerard Kiladjian presented a check to the Trauma Intervention Program of Portland, The Root Cellar, and Share our Strength of Southern Maine.
I had a chance to visit the Inn at Brunswick Station’s Ice Bar last night, and the experience was one full of AMAZING cocktails (hello, Wolfberry Lemonade!), mind-blowing ice sculptures, and the friendliest hotel and bar staff I’ve met in a long time. My girlfriends and I had plans to hit the pub in Hallowell tonight, but I’m not gonna lie: I may try to convince them that a trip to Brunswick is a better idea.
I got a preview of this year’s signature cocktails, and now I’m super excited to be there on Thursday night.
The second annual Ice Bar at the Inn at Brunswick Station is happening February 21-23. For $10 in advance or $12 at the door, you’ll be in, sipping ice luge-chilled cocktails and munching pork sliders and beef brisket outdoors on the patio or snug inside the hotel’s Robinson Room, where a full bar will serve patrons from 5:00-10:00pm.
20,000 pounds of ice. You could make a lot of cocktails with that amount of frozen water. But the 20,000 pounds we’re talking about has been carefully hand carved on the patio of Portland Harbor Hotel. It’s Ice Bar 2013.
Cold cocktails, hot tunes, and the chance to mingle with friends in a courtyard full of ice sculptures and fire pits? Don’t mind if I do.
The 2013 Ice Bar at Portland Harbor Hotel is Thursday to Saturday, January 24-26. Tickets are on sale, order yours now. Ticket prices are $20 (entry) and $26 (entry plus a cocktail). Additional drink tickets will be on sale during each night of the Ice Bar.