Winterlude is always a must-see event in Ottawa when the city transforms into a beautiful winter wonderland. This year the Andaz Hotel in Ottawa will be offering the perfect spot to celebrate Winterlude – a rooftop ice bar.
For the 3 weeks of Winterlude, Andaz’s rooftop ice bar at Copper Spirits and Sights will be the must-visit destination after you’ve spent the afternoon touring the ice sculptures and skating on the Rideau Canal.
The upstairs patio has been beautifully transformed for the winter celebration with a massive ice bar, live DJs, glowing orbs that provide soft purple lighting, fuzzy blankets, fire pits, and soft fur cushions. It makes for a really beautiful space, that offers a stunning view of Winterlude taking place in the ByWard Market.
To help keep warm the ice bar event has plenty of outdoor heaters and blankets to help keep you warm. While you need to dress for the cold and wear a warm coat, I was surprisingly warm at the event. I have no tolerance for cold weather, and when I visited for the opening it was -31C, and yet I was able to feel warm enough while I was outside for 2 hours.
To attend this truly Canadian ice party you’ll need to purchase a ticket, which is $5 and includes a free hot chocolate and maple syrup taffy. You’ll also be able to order winter-themed cocktails from the full-service ice bar which even has a drink luge! For my visit, I opted for the mulled wine which was nice and warm and was the perfect cozy drink.
The event will run from February 1-16th on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm until 9 pm and is one you won’t want to miss. Further information about this event can be found on Andaz Ottawa’s Facebook Page.