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UPDATED: Ice Bars Put Winter's Chill On The Rocks

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Ice Bar 2012 at The Portland Harbor Hotel.
Ice Bar 2012 at The Portland Harbor Hotel.
Photo: Ted Axelrod

It's ice bar season, and what better way to take the deep freeze out of a Maine winter than by bundling up in your warmest gear to get toasted on icy vodka from a martini luge? It should go without saying that all of the following are 21+ events, but we're saying it anyway, because there's always that bonehead who shows up with a stroller.

ROCKPORT — Chef Tim Pierce of The Samoset Resort and his crew are busy carving 18,000 pounds of ice into Frost Ice Bar & Lounge, open from Jan. 18-27 on the deck of the resort's restaurant, La Bella Vita, overlooking Penobscot Bay. Everything except the fire pit and faux fur cushions will be carved out of the ice, including tables, chairs, couches, even glassware. Bring your skates to glide around on the rink. [EaterWire]

OLD PORTThe Portland Harbor Hotel's Annual Ice Bar runs from Thursday, Jan. 24 to Saturday, Jan. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. each evening. Most of the action is in the hotel's courtyard, with the ice bar itself, ice sculptures and fire pits, but there's a full bar indoors too. Food will be provided by Buck's Naked BBQ, Spread, Zapoteca and the hotel's restaurant, Eve's at the Garden. The ice bar is a benefit for several local organizations and is always a sell-out; tickets, which start at $20, are on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

FREEPORT — Part of the week-long Flavors of Freeport event, the second-annual ice bar is Friday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. In addition to the requisite martini luge and fire pits, Buck's Naked BBQ is bringing their smoker and Coffee By Design will help sober you up for the trip home. Tickets are $15; available via Event Brite.

BRUNSWICK — You can take the new train to the second annual ice bar at the Inn at Brunswick Station, set for Thursday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly. A $10 ticket gets you appetizers and live entertainment; drinks are from a cash bar. For tickets, Brown Paper Tickets.

Inn at Brunswick Station

4 Noble Street, Brunswick, ME 04011 207-837-6565 Visit Website

Buck's Naked BBQ

50 Wharf Street, Portland, ME 04101 (207) 899-0610 Visit Website