A Glacial Ice Bar in PatagoniaBy PAOLA SINGER
The first ice bar in Patagonia, Argentina, opened last week just outside the town of El Calafate. GlacioBar, billed as the only bar in the world made out of glacial ice, is the latest addition to Glaciarium, a new science museum dedicated to the region’s hundreds of glaciers.
Visitors to the bar receive futuristic-looking capes, gloves and boots for warmth. Still, the maximum allowed stay is 20 minutes, just enough time to try the house cocktail: Fernet con Coca, a bitter, aromatic digestive served with Coca-Cola.
The modern, 25,000-square-foot Glaciarium, which stands alone on a vast stretch of land overlooking the mountaintops of Los Glaciares National Park, was designed to resemble a series of ice blocks.
Inside, there are multimedia exhibitions that explain the transformation of snow into ice, the behavior of glacial masses and how they can be affected by climate change, plus a convincingly human robot representing the 19th-century explorer Francisco Moreno, called El Perito Moreno. (Patagonia’s most famous glacier was named after him.)
There is also an auditorium for film festivals, recitals and other events.