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“Gimmick and Rip Off - Don't waste your time or money” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Freddy's Ice House

Freddy's Ice House
201 Quay St | Princes Wharf, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
09 3776702
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Ranked #117 of 186 things to do in Auckland
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Owner description: Come on in to Auckland’s only ice bar, where everything from the glassware to the bar is completely made of ice!Once we provide you with a warm jacket, gloves and footwear you will be ready to experience this amazing winter wonderland.Whether you want to bring the entire family for a one of a kind experience, to enjoy Freddy’s famous cocktails, mocktails or shots from the Jäger Ice Luge, Freddy’s caters to everyone.With the unique Kiwi themed carvings, the interactive ice games and sculptures you can touch, play with or even lick at your own peril, you are guaranteed to have the coolest experience ever.Come on in and enjoy the Freddy’s experience.
USA
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“Gimmick and Rip Off - Don't waste your time or money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

The bar is pretty lame all together. When you finally agree to the $35 charge just to get in, you'll find out there are a lot of other hidden expenses later on. The staff is very friendly right up until you make it clear that you are not willing to drop a few hundred dollars. The bar is not even interesting.. total waste of money. Grrrrr.. why did I get talked in to going here?!

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“Minus 5 Ice Lounge Sydney, Australia - same group, different location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2009

Right in the heart of the Circular Quay next to Bar Lenin, between the train station and the Opera House.

Everything inside minus5 is made of ice; the walls, the bar, the sculptures, the seats and even the glasses that you enjoy our famous vodka-based cocktails in. Our focus at minus5 is the art of ice. We have our own ice carver who changes the lounge and sculptures every 6-8 weeks, continually re-inventing the experience. Sculptures can reflect the season, location, wildlife, or even corporate logos and products for private functions. The possibilities are endless.

Once commencing the tour, guests are kitted out in Eskimo-like ice gear which includes insulated jackets, gloves and sheepskin-lined boots.

Guests can explore the ice lounge and relax on ice couches covered in deer skin, and sip on a wide range of vodka cocktails using only the world’s premium vodkas, served in our custom-designed glasses made from NZ artesian water.

Recommend!!

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“Worth a visit for the novelty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

We visited this bar during our only evening in Auckland for the novelty of it. Unfortunately, they did not allow you to take photos inside, which would have been nice. It looks as though they sometimes take photos of guests and sell them, but they were not doing this on the evening of our visit. When we went, they were running a special & a second drink was an additional $5 NZ if you purchased it at the time that you purchased your admission (which includes 1 drink). Since the drinks are $12 each on the menu in the bar, this was worth it.

The drinks were all vodka drinks & my husband & I each got two different drinks, so that we could try four in all. One was too sweet, but the others were all good. Sitting on benches made of ice, among the ice sculptures, drinking out of glasses made of ice while listening to the music int he bar was fun & worth the price.

One tip: check the free guide books at the airport for coupons. When we were there, we were able to get a 10% off coupon.

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“particularly place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2009

A really cool and nice Ice bar where everything is made of ice, including glasses, shelves, and furniture.
Very particular and innovative I would say.
It is possible to stop for 30 mins only.

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