XtraCold Ice Bar in Amsterdam is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the heart of the city.
The attraction is maintained at -10°C (14°F), and visitors experience what it is like to be stranded on the North Pole and enjoy three complimentary drinks out of a glass made from ice.
All visitors get a thermal coat and gloves to withstand the arctic temperatures.
Table of contents
- What to expect at IceBar Amsterdam
- How to reach XtraCold IceBar Amsterdam
- Ice Bar Amsterdam hours
- How long does ExtraCold IceBar take?
- Drinks served at IceBar Amsterdam
- Xtracold Ice Bar Amsterdam tickets
- XtraCold Icebar + Amsterdam’s Weirdest Museum
- What to wear to Ice Bar Amsterdam
What to expect at IceBar Amsterdam
Ice Bar XtraCold Amsterdam is the coolest bar in the city and includes two parts – a heated lounge and the ice bar itself.
All visitors start in the lounge. You listen to some music even as you sip on a cold beer or cocktail.
After enjoying your first drink, you get introduced to Willem Barentz, captain of the ship ‘Mercury’ and a Dutch arctic explorer.
You and your gang will get a thermal coat and gloves before you join him on his ship (the actual Ice Bar!) to find a way around the island of Nova Zembla.
Once inside the Ice Bar, you will be surrounded by ice, from the walls to the ice sculptures and the glasses served at the bar.
During the experience, you get a total of three complimentary drinks, after which you can buy more.
- Children under the age of 18 are not allowed in the Ice Bar.
- Valid ID may be required to enter.
- Ice bar Amsterdam doesn’t serve food.
- Smoking is not permitted, but you can step out and step back in as long as you keep your ticket.
- Since the Ice Bar doesn’t have lockers, bringing a normal-sized purse or backpack makes better sense.
- Official photographers are available and you can buy their photos for €7.50 just before leaving.
How to reach XtraCold IceBar Amsterdam
Amsterdam Ice Bar is at Amstel 194-196, 1017 AG Amsterdam. Get Directions
Ice Bar is three minutes walk from Waterlooplein Subway Station, which is serviced by trains 51, 53, and 54.
If you use the City Sightseeing Bus or the Boat (Green Line), get down at Stop 5, which is five minutes from the attraction.
The closest parking is Parking Waterlooplein, located at Valkenburgerstraat 238, 1011 ND Amsterdam.
Ice Bar Amsterdam hours
On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Amsterdam Icebar is open from 3 pm to 10 pm. Wednesday and Thursday it opens at 5 pm and closes at midnight. On Friday and Saturday, which sees the maximum crowd, the coolest bar in the city opens at 4.20 pm and closes at midnight.
The last admission is always one hour before closing.
The Ice Bar remains closed on the 27th of April, which is King’s Day.
How long does ExtraCold IceBar take?
Most visitors need 45 to 60 minutes to explore XtraCold Ice Bar Amsterdam.
Before stepping into the Ice Bar, which is the main attraction, visitors tend to spend approximately 20 minutes in the lounge waiting for their time slot.
All guests can be in the Ice Bar for 20 minutes, after which they can get back to the lounge and spend as much time as they want drinking cocktails.
Drinks served at IceBar Amsterdam
Every Ice Bar Amsterdam ticket comes with one Gold and two Silver coins.
The Gold coin is for a cocktail or beer at the Lounge Bar, while the Silver coins are for two drinks at the Icebar, served in a glass made of ice.
Drinks in Front Longue Bar
All visitors start their experience at the Front Lounge Bar, which offers various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Visitors can use their Gold coin here for one complimentary drink and buy additional beverages if they want more.
At the Front Lounge Bar, tourists recommend ‘Amsterdamned,’ a mix of gin, peach liqueur, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice.
They also serve Heineken beer.
The most popular mocktails are Mojito, Sex on the Beach, and Amsterdamned without alcohol.
Drinks inside actual Ice Bar
After having one or more drinks at the Front Lounge Bar, you will wear your coat and gloves and enter the Ice Bar.
Once inside, you can exchange your two Silver tokens for two drinks of your choice.
You can choose between five shots – Nuts & Nougat Vodka shot, Whipped Cream Vodka shot, White Vodka shot, Coconut Vodka shot, and Sambuca.
If you prefer something lighter, opt for Heineken beer, Sprite, or Orange Juice.
Inside the Ice Bar, guests can only have two drinks. Those who want to buy additional drinks get back to the Front Lounge Bar.
Xtracold Ice Bar Amsterdam tickets
Why buying online is better
Tourists can buy Ice Bar tickets at the venue on the day of their visit or book them online in advance.
It is better to purchase your Ice Bar Amsterdam tickets online much in advance because the attraction often gets fully booked, especially on the weekends.
The staff does its best to accommodate walk ins, but most times, they can’t guarantee entrance as the Icebar has a limited capacity.
When you buy online, you also skip the long lines at the ticket counter.
How online tickets work
When you book your XtraCold Ice Bar tickets, you select your preferred time and date of visit.
Immediately after purchase, your tickets get emailed to you.
You don’t need to take any printouts.
On the day of your visit, you can enter the Icebar by showing your paper tickets or e-tickets at the entrance.
Icebar, a timed experience
Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam is a timed experience.
The time slot you select while booking your Ice Bar tickets is for entry into the bar entirely made of ice.
It is better to arrive at least 20 minutes before the time slot so that you can spend time at the Front Lounge Bar and enjoy your welcome drink.
If you are late for your time slot, the attraction tries to accommodate you, subject to availability.
The Amsterdam Icebar ticket includes admission into the attraction, a thermal coat, and gloves to withstand the arctic (-10°C) temperature and three complimentary drinks of your choice.
This one ticket gets you access to both the parts of the attraction – a heated lounge and the ice bar itself.
XtraCold Ice Bar in Amsterdam doesn’t offer any discounts for students, seniors, or the disabled.
Since only visitors 18 years or older are allowed, kids’ discounts are not applicable.
Ticket price: €22.50 per person
XtraCold Icebar + Amsterdam’s Weirdest Museum
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Amsterdam is only 1 km (.6 miles) from XtraCold Icebar, which is why many tourists prefer to visit them on the same day.
At Amsterdam’s weirdest museum, you will see more than 500 nearly unbelievable exhibits spread across 19 themed galleries.
You can experience one of the attractions first and take a leisurely 15-minute walk to get to the next.
Ticket price: €43 per person
What to wear to Ice Bar Amsterdam
Ice Bar in Amsterdam has no dress code.
Guests can wear regular clothes, but shorts, skirts, dresses, and open shoes can get pretty cold.
All visitors get an overcoat and gloves before entering the Ice Bar, which is maintained at a temperature of -10°C (14°F).
Once they are out of the cold zone, they can spend time in Lounge Bar, which is comfortably warm.
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