Ice bar coming to Costa Mesa
Construction has begun on a Costa Mesa bar that aims to give a new and chilling meaning to the phrase, "on the rocks." Yes, rocks as in…ice.
Vice Bar, a half ice bar, half lounge will be opening in Costa Mesa this fall. Patrons will be able to sit on stools and chairs made entirely of ice while sipping on drinks in cups constructed out of ice.
For a flat fee, 21 and over bar patrons will be able to buy half an hour inside the ice bar and one drink. The owners have not determined the fee per entry. Because the bar's temps will hover below freezing, customers will get boots, gloves, and fur coats with hoods to wear during their 30 minute visit.
Salma Agha, the owner of Vice Bar, said that she plans to add a few more gadgets to the ice bar. There will be digital designs embedded in the bar and lounge table. Each design will follow your drink as you move it around the icy tabletops.
If patrons want a warmer ambiance, they can head over to the adjacent lounge, which aims to serve an older demographic.
"There is no place to go out, and everywhere is occupied by 21 to 25-year-olds," said Agha, adding that the bar will specialize in vodka drinks.
California has a few similar locations to the upcoming Vice Bar such as; Graziano's Vodika Lounge in Petaluma, CA, which is kept at a chilling 28 degrees Fahrenheit, and The Ice Bar in Olympic Valley, an outdoor bar made entirely of ice.
Vice Bar will be located across the street from the Segerstrom Center of the Arts.
Address: 580 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa, 92626 (replacing Avo's Bistro).
--By Sepideh Nia, staff writer/The Orange County Register