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Overseas Health Insurance News: Escape the US heat wave at New York ice bar

British expatriates living in the US will not be used to the searing heat that is currently sweeping the country.

There is one place that is guaranteed to be cool and that is the newly created Minus5 Ice Bar at the New York Hilton Midtown on Sixth Avenue.

Any expats really suffering from the record-breaking temperatures should head to the bar to cool down with a refreshing vodka cocktail served in a glass made of ice.

Chris Eldridge, manager at the Minus5 Ice Bar, said: "The walls, everything, the chairs you’re sitting on, the glass you're drinking out of, even the light above your head is made of ice."

Visitors actually wrap up when entering the venue. In exchange for $20 (£13) and putting your mobile phone into a temperature-proof locker you will be handed a parka coat and pair of fur-lined gloves.

It cost the owners of the bar $5 million to build and involved transporting carvers' ice from Canada, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Minneapolis.

Each of the 350 blocks of this particularly clear ice weighs up to 100 pounds and was then adapted by professionals on site.

It is no wonder that the ice bar is expected to stay in place for the foreseeable future after so much effort was put into it.

An ice sculptor will alter the decor to match the seasons and rework some of the sculptures every few months.

Expats may wish to rent the Minus5 Ice Bar out for a corporate event that would certainly turn a few heads. The carvers can even engrave the ice with your company's logo.

In the summer it feels like a welcome escape from the soaring temperatures outside, but in the winter it is also likely to be popular. A winter wonderland that will feel all the more magical once Christmas is on its way.

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