July 9 - Amid the summer heat, New York City locals and tourists are finding refuge in a frosty new addition to Manhattan's bar scene. Tara Cleary reports.
America is wilting under record-breaking temperatures. But in muggy New York City, there is an icy haven where patrons can freshen up and cool down. The Minus5 bar gets its name from the frosty indoor temperature - minus five degrees Celsius or 23 degrees Fahrenheit. SOUNDBITE: Robert Olivieri, tourist from Dallas, Texas, saying (English): "Clearly we're not at a normal bar. Yeah, this is pretty cool so far. I've never really been in anything like this before." For a fee, customers are outfitted with parkas and gloves or faux fur and acclimatize in a cold chamber before hitting the sub-zero bar. Furnishings are frozen - and even the glasses are made of ice. But the frigid drinkery is not your average restaurant freezer, says Minus5 president, Noel Bowman. SOUNDBITE: Noel Bowman, president, Minus5 management company, saying (English): "We put a couple of million dollars into some serious computerized refrigeration equipment that really take into effect ambient heat, body heat, humidity, summertime, wintertime, volume of people coming in and out." And even though the ice bar concept is not new, in a steamy New York summer, Minus5 could soon become one of the city's hottest spots.