Feel the wintry beauty in those fairy rooftop igloo bars

Maria Sergeeva
December 11, 2017

Since its first appearance in London last year at the Coppa Club Bar and Restaurant, followed by New York’s 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar and Boston's igloo bar, the trend of igloo winter bars spreads all over the world and becomes the new way to enjoy winter views. Now, it’s Budapest’s turn to become the first European igloo bar, Lets discover the magic of these three bars.

Rooftop bars are the loveliest place to enjoy the views, dance and drink in the summer, always crowded, hosting the hottest parties of the season. However, when the first frost, they are deserted until the spring. And this is especially true for northern cities.

230 Fifth, New York

Last year, the new way of enjoying the wintry beauty was found and the first igloo bar received its visitors in New York.
230 FIFTH is New York's largest outdoor Rooftop Garden and Fully enclosed Penthouse Lounge. One floor is fully enclosed. And the rooftop garden is open to the sky.

The 17 igloos at 230 Fifth are available from November  until late April, offering you that amazing feeling of winter wonderland.  
It is impossible to make a reservation. The bar receives visitors on a first come, first served basis.

Looking like little private transparent tents, the PVC igloos hold up to 12 people each. You will share them with strangers which allows you to make new friends. Even if you come alone, sharing festive emotions and having good time with new friends is guaranteed.

 Surprisingly, there are no minimums or entrance fee to sit.  The only fact that might upset some gusts, only the guests who are 21 years old or older are allowed and shouldn’t forget their valid ID to enter. Younger guests can be admitted during brunch hours with an adult supervision.

It is also possible to celebrate New Year's Eve 2018 at  230 fifth. The restaurant offers heavily passed hors d’oeuvres from 9pm till Midnight. Afterwards, you could indulge in a premium open bar from 9pm – 1AM. As the countdown to midnight begins, partygoers will raise a glass of complimentary champagne to toast the New Year.  All tickets will allow access to both the penthouse and rooftop levels, providing two incredible parties in one night. General Admission Tickets start from $150 per guest, providing access to 2 DJ's spinning until 4am, 2 dance floors and Cash Bar from 1am till 3:30am.

Table for two cost $275 per guest including access to the entire venue, heavy passed Hors D'oeuvres, premium Open Bar 9pm-1am, champagne Toast at Midnight and Cash Bar.

Lookout Rooftop and Bar, Boston

The Envoy hotel’s modern building, radiating light and glass is crowned by the Rooftop Bar. The panoramic views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor are unmatched in the Boston’s Innovation District and on par with the best roof top venues in Boston. The uniquely-shaped bar is complemented by intimate seating groups and glowing fire pits. The covered seating areas have built-in ceiling mounted heaters for cool evenings. The beverage-only bar features unique house made craft cocktails, micro brews and wine by the glass collections.

Opened in accordance with the same principle the bar doesn’t accept reservations. However, hotel guests get immediate access to LOOKOUT.

The rooftop igloos are now open and will run through April 16, 2018. You could enjoy a variety of specialty cocktails created by the master mixologist Brain McDougall as gusts with family and friends to take in the breathtaking views of Boston’s picturesque skyline and harbor.

 This exclusive pop-up igloo bar consists of six, heated igloos and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m. They measure 12 feet across and are made of weatherproof plastic so you can sit inside and still see outside. The igloos are primarily given out on a first come, first serve basis, so visitors should arrive early to make sure an igloo is available. Each of the six igloos sits eight to ten people, comfortably. To ensure you its guests stay warm, the bar provides fleece blankets to kick up the cozy factor. To get a drink, you need only press a button, which will illuminate the igloo and notify a cocktail server of your request.

The Lookout Rooftop and Bar currently only offers beverage service but customers can dine downstairs at Outlook Kitchen & Bar, offering new winter menu spearheaded by their esteemed Executive Chef Tatiana Rosana.

The 360 Bar, Budapest

The 360 Bar is located on the roof of the Alexandra bookshop eight floors above of the tallest building in Budapest, Andrássy út. Andrássy Avenue, Budapest’s Unesco-protected boulevard is sort of the Hungarian capital’s Croisette or Champs Elyseés.

The bar’s name is due to the fact that it offers the 360-degree views overlooking the Hungarian Parliament, St Stephen’s Basilica, Buda Castle, Gellért Hill Citadella and other landmarks.
Like its elderly brothers from New York and Boston, the 360 Bar transparent heated igloos which makes the bar the best panoramic rooftop in the city.

The igloos, accessible by a zip-up door, have electric heaters in place to keep things toasty, but just in case you’re still feeling the chill, you can also wrap up in one of the blankets draped over the designer furniture. There are six igloos, large enough to fit around eight to nine people and three tables, each designed with an individual theme from ski-chalet chic to wintertime palm house.

Visitors claim, the menu doesn’t offer anything special but the view is breathtaking.

The new Budapest’s bar is already called the best rooftop bar in Europe.