ABBA Museum, we headed across the water for an inexpensive lunch, while waiting for our appointment at Icebar Stockholm (also called Absolute Icebar). We popped into a fast food place because we were hungry and limited on time. MAX is a fast food restaurant in Sweden. If you keep it simple and stick to a small burger, fries, and soda (also small), you could easily get lunch for two for $10-15 (USD). I am a bit more experimental with food while traveling, but those who know me know that I regularly consume a plant-based diet. That's why I was excited to learn that while a bit spendier, it is also possible to get Gluten Free and Vegan/Vegetarian options at MAX. I rarely eat fast food, but I must admit to being a fan of MAX. I also rarely consume sodas, but there, the soda is actually made with real sugar (GASP!)! Anyhow, I am detracting from my original point. We found MAX primarily because it was about a block from the hotel that houses the Icebar.
We were a bit early to our appointment (you can walk-in, but run the risk of being declined if they're booked up), and looked about the gift shop. I was amused to see that you can purchase the mold used to make a glass out of ice. I didn't buy one due to my lack of desire to carry it around, and overall mission to declutter. Once the majority of those sharing our appointment time had gathered, s staff member came over to offer a few instructions, and assist us in putting on our special garb. They give you a special cape and mittens intended to keep you comfortable while inside the Icebar.
An appointment lasts approximately 45 minutes and begins with a short ice lined hallway up to a bar, where each attendee gets one drink with admission. Like the old saying goes "When in Sweden, do as the Swedes do..." So, I ordered a drink called "River to River." It was made of Absolute Vodka, Lingonberries, and Lingonberry Juice. It was deliciously tart in the way that a Granny Smith Apple might taste. I had preordered a second drink (to be served in my original glass). For that one, I chose "2098." I accidentally chose the correct order because this one was much sweeter. This flavor was caramel apple with vodka. The atmosphere was quaint with little cafe table constructed of ice blocks, a throne and face-sized holes in the walls to create the perfect photo opt.
The experience was phenomenal, and I'd like to say I would have stayed there all day, but by the end of my 45 minutes, I was cold enough to depart....until next time.
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