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The reopened Minus5 Ice Bar at Mandalay is a must-see chill spot

Minus-5 is as cool as can be.

When it’s 100 degrees in Las Vegas, a bar and lounge made of ice is exactly what desert dreams are made of. But Minus5 inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place isn’t only cool in the summertime; it’s an icy oasis year round, offering a frosty experience you won’t get anywhere else in Vegas—other than at its Monte Carlo location.

Having just celebrated its grand reopening in February, Minus5 Ice Bar has doubled in space with its recent renovation—a revamped 3,000-square-foot ice lounge and a 1,300-square-foot ice bar in the back, where everything from the seats and tables to the glasses are made from 120 tons of Canadian ice.

This is one of Vegas’ truly unique escapes. From its giant ice sculptures of Game of Thrones’ Iron Throne and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign to the pink, blue and green lights that cover the bar in a spectrum of colors, Minus5 is quintessential Vegas in frozen-form: out-of-the-ordinary and completely surreal fun. Plus, there’s a fuzzy penguin mascot roaming around the lounge for perfectly Instagrammable photo ops.

If Vegas is all about the experience, then partying in an ice bar (in a parka or faux-fur coat, no less) in the middle of the desert should certainly be on your list of things to do.

Minus5 at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place 702-740-5800; Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

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