A night-out at a pub in blood-freezing minus six degrees centigrade, sipping your cocktail from an ice glass, seated on an ice stool, tucking into starters that come on skewers over flared-up lava rocks and, of course, swaying to the coolest music, blue lights with red hues streaking the room. This is the newest and hippest version of what a dare-to-be-different bar could be in a perennially warm and humid city like Mumbai. The week-old ice bar, called ‘21 Fahrenheit’, is the latest joint to hang out in a city that will attempt anything different, just to be different.
The ice bar covers barely 820 square feet of area and can accommodate just about 45 guests at a time, but what gives the place an edge is its location—it’s in the heart of the mini-celebrity-studded fun-food-fashion junction of Andheri West. Such is the curiosity quotient among the hip crowd and so high their need to be updated that the ice bar attracts guests even on a weekday afternoon. The owners, of course, aren’t complaining at all. The Rs 750 entry fee, or ‘acclimatisation charge’ as they call it, comes with a complimentary cocktail/mocktail in a one-time use ice glass, parka coats, insulated moon boots and gloves. Of course, it’s pretentious, as make-believe as possible, but that reflects the glam end of the city anyway. And oh yes, lest we forget, the coats and gloves are laundered after every use.