CHILL Ice House

Monday, August 18, 2014

I’m all about the latest attractions throughout the GTA and this new ‘cold’ spot in Toronto definitely has generated some buzz around the city.

Chill Ice House offers Torontonians the ultimate icy experience with an ice house that features ice furniture, ice décor, ice bar and cups made out of ice! Inside you will find stunningly-themed ice sculptures that are constantly changing dependent on popular events (World Cup, PRIDE, Caribana) and holidays.  The Ice House has special plans for the upcoming season and there will be decorative sculptures for Halloween and Christmas as well as themed lounge nights for some frosty fun.

The idea behind Chill Ice House came to Gresham Bayley who spent many years working with Iceculture, one of the biggest ice sculpture companies in the world.  Gresham ended up traveling around the world helping to create permanent ice lounges in Dubai, Greece, India and throughout the US.  With many years of experience, Gresham obtained the appropriate aptitude and contacts to open an ice house of his own that would appeal to families and the bar crowd providing everyone with a truly unique Canadian experience. 

The Ice Lounge costs $18.95 for adults, $15.95 for students and $9.95 for children.  Upon entry you’ll get to borrow a lovely insulated cape parka and a pair of gloves.  Once you’re inside you'll feel like your body has been placed inside the frozen foods section at the grocery store. The parka is very warm though and you'll have the chance to order a cold or hot beverage from their creative cocktail menu which will definitely keep you toasty. I was able to handle the -5 degree temperature and actually found it to be refreshing especially on a summer day. If you end up getting too cold, there is a convenient warm chalet-style bar inside as well where you can cozy up.

The CHILL Ice House is becoming the new ideal spot for private events in the city. A buyout of CHILL Ice House includes 45 minutes of exclusive access for just you and your guests. This also includes the rental of insulated capes and gloves. There are add-ons that you can choose from to spruce up your event such as customized ice sculptures, logos on reception TVs or a signature drink.

Whether you're a local or visitor to Toronto, the newly opened CHILL Ice House at 82 Bathurst Street is a must see attraction! You can stay up to date with CHILL Ice House on twitter, facebook and instagram as they are always implementing new concepts to make the lounge truly spectacular. Chances are the ice house will be warmer than actual outside temperatures once our Canadian winter rolls around!

Photos taken by Brian daSilva

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