We were a little hesitant when the two of us were invited to visit the Chill On Ice Lounge after going ice-skating, especially when we discovered that the entry fee was what seemed like an exorbitant $30 for just 30 minutes in the Ice Lounge.
To the seasoned traveler, $30 for clothing hire, a cocktail and 30 minutes in an ice bar sounds like a total rip-off, right?
How wrong we were!
It took us a few minutes to locate the Chill On Ice Lounge which is tucked away on the second level of the Southgate Complex on Southbank. Once we did find it, the friendly staff sized us up for our jackets and gloves to keep us toasty warm and handed us a buzzer that would alert us when our 30 minutes was up. They then pointed us towards the ice lounge entrance and we nervously approached.
Upon entering the ice lounge, we stood in awe as we looked around the room at the amazing sculptures for the current “Creatures of the Deep” theme including a 3-meter high shark and King Neptune on his throne. Everything, include the entire bar, was made of ice!
A free cocktail is included with admission and we both ordered ourselves an “icy colada” served in an ice glass. We’re not exaggerating when we say that it was right up there with the best flavored cocktails the two of us have enjoyed – it really was that good.
Unfortunately cameras aren’t permitted in the Ice Lounge (not that we would’ve risked our equipment in such cold temperatures anyway!) so we can’t share as much as we would like. However Chill On do have two innovative built-in cameras that anyone can use to take their picture. Just hit the red button on the wall and you’ve got 5 seconds to get yourself in position next to one of the sculptures.
If you’re not happy, try again as many times as you like until you get a good one. You can then purchase these photos once you leave the lounge.
Here’s us with King Neptune…
The two of us didn’t beat the buzzer and stay the entire 30 minutes (we were told that only about 1 in 3 people do!) but thoroughly enjoyed the short time we spent in Chill On.
The entire experience is a lot better than it sounded – just stepping into a room where everything is built of ice is so surreal and with good music and excellent beverages, a visit here is a great way to start a big night out in Melbourne or a nice end to an evening after a lovely dinner.
Our conclusion – Melbourne’s Ice Bar is definitely worth the $30 entry fee!
Some interesting facts about the Chill On Ice Lounge:
- It took almost 6 months and approximately 50 tonnes of ice to create the ice lounge with every ice sculpture hand carved into weird and wonderful creatures (which are rotated regularly).
- The average temperature is -10 degrees Celsius.
- Everything is made of ice… walls, glasses, chairs, tables, couches and even the bar itself.
Address: Chill On Ice Lounge, Southgate Complex/Building Mid Level MR6, 3 Southgate Ave, Southbank (Google Maps)
Admission Price: $30 for 30 minutes in the Ice Lounge. Also includes clothing hire and a cocktail or fruity drink served in a glass made of ice.
Disclaimer: We received complimentary admission to the Chill On Ice Lounge. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.