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Las Vegas: 365 days of winter at Minus5

May 27, 2013|By Jay Jones
  • Even the cocktail glasses are made of ice at Minus5.
Even the cocktail glasses are made of ice at Minus5. (Jay Jones )

It’s the season when triple digits are about to become a regular occurrence, yet a certain Las Vegas attraction, Minus5, is promising “365 more days of winter.”

That’s actually true given the temperature at both locations – the Monte Carlo and the Shoppes at Mandalay Place - is kept at a constant minus-5 degrees Celsius. That’s 23 degrees Fahrenheit, which ensures that the blocks of ice from which everything is carved – the walls, bars and elaborate sculptures – remain frozen.

Vegas visitors can beat the heat by enjoying a frosty cocktail or two at this unique experience. The fact that even the glasses are made of ice means that bartenders will probably politely chuckle at anyone who asks for a drink “on the rocks.”

There’s no need to pack winter gear before departing for Sin City; Minus5 provides parkas or faux fur jackets, gloves, hats and even snow boots.

Admission is $17. Admission plus two cocktails is $37. Since alcohol is served, guests must be 21 or older.

The Monte Carlo, (702) 643-7800, and Mandalay Place, (702) 740-5800, locations are open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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