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Las Vegas REALTOR® forecasts Minus 5 Las Vegas

Minus 5 Las Vegas Mandalay Place

That's right, expect minus 5 (Celsius) in the desert oasis of Las Vegas, Nevada by late September. With the bright sunshine and current temps hovering around triple digits Fahrenheit, you might find it hard to imagine, but it's true. It's part of a chilling trend that began in New Zealand, spread to Australia and touched in southern Europe. Now it will be entering the US for the very first time.

Las Vegans and visitors alike don't have to worry about abandoning their shorts and flip-flops. All those exposed to this arctic blast will be furnished with parka, gloves, and sheepskin lined booties...and even a life sustaining beverage, for a mere $30. These preparations will help you to adapt to the shimmering iced-blue environs you'll soon have to endure.

OK, so just what the heck am I talking about? Well, it's the unique Minus 5 Ice Lounge Las Vegas that will soon be opening in Mandalay Place, the 310' skybridge retail corridor between Mandalay Bay and Luxor on the Las Vegas Strip. The 2000 square foot lounge is not only chilled to -5°C (23°F), everything from the walls to the furniture to the hand made sculptures, and even the glasses, are entirely made of ice. For an idea of what it's like, check out this YouTube video of Minus 5 Sydney.

You can enjoy the blue beauty of the ice while sipping one of their specialty ice cold vodka cocktails, or 'mocktails' if you wish, and enjoy the reflected ice light and the hand crafted sculptures that are replaced every 6 - 8 weeks. The ice is the purest to be found, imported from Canada for it's crystal clear quality. The artesian water to make the ice glasses is from New Zealand, and are imported in their frozen form, to minimize their environmental footprint in the desert.

There's even more 'green' tucked away in creating this blue ice experience. The environmental controls that not only produce the sub-freezing temperatures and low humidity for comfort, use monitored amounts of power. Minus 5 also supports conservation in general, and will soon be adding it's own 'Adopt a Penguin' program here in Las Vegas and beyond.

Of course Las Vegas is known for weddings, and what better place for those that may suffer from 'cold feet'. The Ice Chapel will be a one of a kind in Las Vegas nuptials and provided through Mandalay Bay Weddings. From 'ice pews' and colorful 'stained ice windows', to 'ice candelabras' and their many sculptures, it will provide another unique matrimonial setting. Brides will be outfitted with an elegant fur trimmed white satin cape for the romantic ceremony.

So soon there will be a new place to 'chill-out' in Las Vegas. Ahh, but you might enjoy a place to get toasty before returning to the desert. That's why in October they'll be opening the Minus 5 Lodge next door. A rustic pub with open hearth, it will have ironwood beams, riverstones, and leather seating to create a warm decor themed after arctic explorers. The natural furnishings will include artifacts from these famed adventurers, as well as from ski huts of old.

This is yet another of the bonuses of living in Las Vegas, with so many forms of entertainment, and entertainers, right in your back yard. The valley is a draw for so many firsts and unique projects large and small, that creates even more jobs and opportunity. I guess that's why so many relocate here, or invest and build in Las Vegas' future.


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Comment balloon 12 commentsRoberta LaRocca • September 06 2008 09:48PM


You had me going there for a minute. I knew it couldn't be right, but I also know that you are a very accurate person. GREAT PRESENTATION!! GBU!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Roberta: I got fooled for a minute, What a concept and why not. I think it makes sense.Thank you for sharing this unusual post. 

Posted by LLoyd Nichols, SW Florida Homes (Premier Florida Realty of SWFL) over 11 years ago

Roberta.....  didn't you post something like this last year this time also?  This is pretty COOL... lol

Jeff Belonger

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) over 11 years ago
Thirty bucks for a jacket and a drink? That's just cold. Think I'll stay in the triple digits with a raspberry iced tea!
Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago

Elizabeth: Gotcha! LOL Thanks, I try! Have to give credit to my graphics guy for knocking one out in a hurry for me, though.

Lloyd: You too, huh. Yes, it is pretty unique, similar to the ice hotels that have turned up recently. Looks like they do some amazing things with the ice. While I hate being cold, this I'll have to check out....maybe after the hearth is fired up in the lodge.

Jeff: Waay Cool! :) No, didn't blog on anything like this. Floating ice rink at Lake Las Vegas, Snow at Sam's Town, and snow or sleigh rides at Mt Charleston, but nothing like this.

John: I guess now we all have an explanation why some people get the 'Cheap Date' rejection from eHarmony. LOL


Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Las Vegas strikes again, my favorite "adult Disneyland"!!!

Posted by Caren Wallace, Portland Caren Real Estate (Premier Property Group LLC) over 11 years ago

How neat is that... although give it a month or so and you can experience the same thing here for free. :)

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Caren: This is just the 'tip of the iceberg' for Las Vegas. Aliante Station, Wynn Encore, M Resort, Fontainebleau, MGM City Center, Cosmopolitan are all up next. All opening within about a year and a half and more waiting in the wings. So stay tuned, there's more to come!

Jesse: Dave was flying there, and I've seen 'Tougher in Alaska'. In a few months you can go to the Ice Lounge to thaw out a little! LOL


Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

You had me going for a minute, but it got my attention!


Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

Todd: Another Gotcha! I did hear the Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cooler than normal winter this year, but we'll still have to keep our ice refrigerated here in the desert. LOL

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I think Minus 5 is going to be a big hit. Unfortunately (for them), they are opening just as things cool off here. I'm not sure I want to come in from a 45 degree winter night here and plunge into a bar made of ice.

However, this would have been a huge hit during the summer. If they are still around next summer, I expect it to really take off.

Ted Newkirk
Managing Editor
Access Vegas



Posted by Las Vegas Managing Editor over 11 years ago

Ted: You're probably right for us locals, but for some of our visitors it may be a warm up! When I was a just a tourist from the northeast, the winter here was a relief, now 45 is freezing. LOL I agree, I think they'll do well. Thanks for stopping by Ted!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, NV. Lic BS.507 (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 11 years ago