Keep it Cool in South Beach’s Drinkhouse Fire & Ice
After a long day of sun and sand, you may be craving a little chill in the air. Head over to Collins Avenue between Lincoln Road and 17th street where hot meets cold in a blend of intense interaction that only Miami can provide at South Beach's only ice bar and fire lounge.
Drinkhouse Fire & Ice
Drinkhouse Fire & Ice has an unassuming window front looking into the Experimental Cocktail Fire Lounge. With smoky lighting and shimmering crystals positioned around the room, you can’t help but feel the heat of what’s to come. Backlight pictures are scattered throughout the main room that change colors from fire reds through soothing greens and grays, and set a sensual and intoxicating mood for the rest of your night.
This is the brainchild of local entrepreneurs Sally Drinkhouse and Nicole Pritchett. A new Miami experience, far beyond the South Beach norm, this spot blends both the heat of Miami’s days with the chill of northern nights. The 23-degree ice palace is definitely one-of-a-kind in South Beach as is the Fire Lounge, serving cocktails like the Glacier Water and Soul Burner.
Open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday starting at 8 p.m., you can find Miami’s most novel music and entertainment. If you plan on coming on a weekend to the ice bar, you might want to make a reservation, as it can book up fast.
The Fire Lounge is Drinkhouse’s main room and where you begin your night’s journey. Ask for one of their popular craft cocktails and feel your insides start to warm. A little further back in the room, there’s a DJ booth to get you on your feet and soft velvet seats to sink into - that is until you feel the call of the Ice Bar.
Feel free to leave the drama at the door. The Fire Lounge is furnished with tables made of selenite, translucent crystal they say encourages mental clarity and removes negativity. You won’t be feeling any bad juju here, with free nightly music and entertainment like EDM personality Lady Casa and the monthly comedy night. Reservations are not required for the Fire Lounge and you are welcome to enjoy the entertainment free of charge. The craft drinks, however, you will be more than happy to pay for.
When you first walk in to the main room of the club, you are faced with a line of bright white faux fur coats and boots that are meant for the ice bar. They also have some large, vibrantly colored coats tucked to the side. Go for those and stand out from the crowd.
Then it’s time to select your package. Drinkhouse offers multiple specials for the Ice Bar including entrance and cocktails. The Ice Bar Experience can typically last 30-45 minutes in 23-degrees, so make sure you get bundled up with coats, hats and gloves the house offers before entering. If you have heels on, they’ll give you warmer faux fur booties to wear in their place, as heels are not allowed in the Ice Bar. Your feet will thank you for the respite on plush flats.
Once you enter their chilly winter wonderland constructed from 100,000 pounds of pure glacial ice, you will find yourself in a room covered in ice sculptures and even a bar carved completely from ice. Enjoy your favorite drinks served in hand-crafted glass made entirely from ice while you explore the very Instagrammable ice art throughout the room.
Bachata/Salsa Monday Nights
Every Monday night, enjoy the hottest Bachata, Salsa, and more and afterward you can cool down in the Ice Bar. Everyone is welcome, no previous experienced required. They have instructors who will teach you everything you need to know.
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m: Bachata and Salsa Workshop with the incredible Oscar Ochoa and Scarlet Ramirez. No partner is needed, just show up ready to dance. Oscar’s unique style includes Afro-Cuban roots, L.A. style salsa, and New York on2 style making his classes fun, energetic and truly unforgettable.
9:30 p.m. onward: Dance the night away as the DJ brings the good vibes and the best music complimented by an extended Happy Hour until 10 p.m.
Canvas Club Painting & Wine
Typically, once a month, Drinkhouse Fire & Ice hosts a fun-filled boozy evening of painting and cocktails. Don’t worry if you have no experience, between the cocktails and super easy step–by-step instructions you’ll be feeling like the next Picasso in no time. When you first get there, you’ll be given a glass of wine to uncork your inner creativity along with an apron, canvas, and all the tools you need for your masterpiece. Drink specials ensure your artistic juices keep flowing throughout the evening.
Wednesday Night Live Comedy Show
Wednesday Night Live is where you can see nationally touring stand-up comedians take the mic during your midweek. This once-a-month show is growing and becoming the most exclusive comedy night in Miami. With the hilarious Kyle Grooms as host, this is one comedy night you won’t want to miss.
Check out their website for dates and times.
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