Time to turn up the heat – Queenstown’s last hospitality venue opens

Queenstown’s hottest new spot is set to be the coolest place this summer.

The team behind Future Hospitality Group have done it again – opening their second location in the midst of a pandemic.

The Queenstown Ice Bar opens the doors to its Scandinavian-inspired ice cream parlor today
(February 4).

Housed in just under 30 tons of hand-sculpted crystalline ice architecture, the bar offers a refreshing escape from balmy summer temperatures. At a temperature of minus 10°C, guests will be able to enjoy selected cocktails in a superb glass of ice, dressed in fluffy winter coats and perched on comfortable seats of ice.

Queenstown Ice Bar is Upper Village’s coolest new attraction, a lifestyle and entertainment center on Brecon Street below the Queenstown Gondola.

Ice sculpture highlights in the bar include a 2.5 meter tall ice warrior and stunning angel wings sculpted by master ice sculptor Victor Cagayat.

Owners James Ace and Bert Haines say they are thrilled to see the ice cream parlor come to life after months of planning and a decade of innovation and growth.

“We are really excited to open and are sure locals and visitors will be blown away by Victor’s awesome ice cream creations,” says James.

“The bar will be an upscale offering, with a carefully curated cocktail menu for aperitifs, après-ski parties, late-night drinks and the excellent service we are renowned for.”

Future Hospitality Group has been operating successfully for ten years. They opened the Mexican-inspired restaurant Margo’s following the first national lockdown and also own the lakeside bar Little Blackwood, the family-friendly Minus 5º ICE BAR and the nightclub Rhino’s Ski Shack.

Seating up to 50 people in its inspiring new setting, Queenstown Ice Bar is situated on an elevated site with views of the Queenstown CBD, Lake Wakatipu and the mountain ranges. It will be open from noon until late every day.

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