Ice, Ice Baby

We talk a great deal in NCB about presenting a memorable experience that transports guests from the everyday. Visiting Las Vegas, I was whisked away from the hustle and bustle of Sin City to the North Pole at Minus 5, where, cloaked in a faux-fur coat, I enjoyed cocktails made with fresh juices — served, of course, in a glass made entirely of ice.

Open since fall 2008 at Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Minus 5 is essentially a cave made of sculpted ice. The walls are ice. The bar is ice. The glasses are ice. Even the speed rails behind the bar are ice. The temperature is kept — you guessed it — at -5 degrees Celsius [23 Fahrenheit].