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SocialICE Rochester Minnesota's Ice Bar

Hey fam!  If you’re looking for all things SocialICE 2019 like participating bars, bar themes, new features, and who’s DJ’ing look no further!

There’s no doubt it’s freakin cold out, but these chilly temps are a welcoming site for the busy bodies planning Rochester Minnesota’s Ice Bar – SocialICE.

I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of those busy bees, RDA’s Director of Events & Strategic Partnerships, Meghann Southwick, to get all the juicy details about SocialICE 2019 that you won’t want to miss.

Thanks to a partnership with Metro Ice, SocialICE delivers a truly immersive experience with multiple 12-foot uniquely designed and themed ice bars.

You can expect signature drinks, lighting effects, a live DJ, life sized sculptures, and a wide selection of beers & wines.

Scroll down for a list of participating bars and their themes!

This year will boast the most seating and standing room for the ever growing crowds.

Somerby Golf Club is bringing to SocialICE 2019, “The Clubhouse” – a giant igloo where you can sit inside and chill with your favorite humans, sipping adult beverages from your favorite downtown bars.

SocialICE brings more space + warming areas.

The idea behind growing the space for crowds is to continue to accommodate fans of SocialICE in addition to creating a sophisticated, welcoming event where visitors and locals alike can embrace Winter.

Make no mistake, this is an event that celebrates cold temps and everything that goes with them; but there will be two large warming areas, (including a fire pit) where you can enjoy good company and live music without losing extremities.

Another first for SocialICE, this year Somerby Golf Club will be providing piping cups of hot soup for $5.00 so you can enjoy the event with zero hangry friends.

SocialICE 2019 brings more life sized ice sculptures.

Themed Ice Bars are a big draw and local bars fully commit to their themes!

But this year, more emphasis will be on creative sculptures in addition to the ice bars themselves.

A truly incredible amount of attention to detail will be present this year and you won’t want to miss an icy square inch of it!

Eskimo Yoga is another new additional to SocialICE 2019 and people are freaking out!  Join the yogi’s from Yoga Tribe for Eskimo Yoga from 2:30-3 on Saturday.

Per usual, the larger than life “SocialICE” ice sculpture letters will be installed a few days early, (we’re anticipating Monday morning).

This gives all of you plenty of time to take some stunning photos of the sculptures to enter into the SocialICE Photo Contest.

Here’s some info on the Photo Contest from the official SocialICE website:


Show Downtown Rochester how you #SocialICE! We are hosting our annual SocialICE photo contest, so get those selfies ready! We will have three different photo categories to choose winners from: photo of an ice bar, photo with giant SocialICE letters, and a general event photo.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow @DowntownRochesterMN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Snap a photo at SocialICE
  • Post your photo on social media and tag us using #SocialICE (the post must be public to be eligible)

Six lucky winners will each be receiving a $50 gift card – that’s $300 in giveaways! Make sure to follow our SocialICE Facebook page for updated details, and follow Downtown Rochester MN on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter as we announce all the details on these activities and more.

Local Rochester Bars Participating in SocialICE 2019

As always, SocialICE caters to a wide variety of musical tastes with live DJ’s each night.  This year you can look forward to a mix of hits and classics spun with talent and skill from John Gavin and DJ INDy.

When: February 7, 8, & 9, 2019
Times: Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Where: Peace Plaza
Cost: FREE

I can’t wait to see this year’s icy art and drink up all the themed out cocktails.  RSVP for the event and I’ll see you there, Rochester fam!