For 2015, the annual Stoli Elit Ice Bar at the Bedford Village Inn is getting a Parisian makeover. Ice sculptures of the Eiffel Tower and a French-inspired drink menu will transport guests to the City of Light.
“It’s going to be a kind of a chic look, more of a European look,” Bedford Village Inn general manager Jon Carnevale said. “We always try to think of a newer idea for the theme of the ice bar.”
The Bedford Village Inn’s Stoli Elit Ice Bar will be up Wednesday, Jan. 28, through Saturday, Jan. 31, and will feature live entertainment and drinks each night, as well as some new features.
“We’ve got some new things this year that I think are going to be pretty neat,” Carnevale said. “We’ll actually have a curtain made out of ice as you walk into the bar. … We’ve got a lot a lot of ice coming in.”
He said the lighting and look of the space will be more dramatic than in years past. Another new feature to the four-night party will be live feeds from Instagram. Users who have their photo taken with the #BVIIceBar2015 will be able to see those photos projected live during the event.
“It will just be kind of fun to get the word out there,” Carnevale said.
The cocktails for the evening are all French-inspired, as are the wine and spirits that will be available. And each features a twist — adding the “je ne sais quois” — on a traditional recipe. There’s the Oooh, la, la French Martini, a French 76, instead of the French 75, a drink called “Bisou” (which means “a kiss,” and will be a fruity drink), and the “Charmant” (“charming”) caramel.
“There’s a lot of cocktails that will be featuring Champagne as well,” Carnevale said. “We’ll be doing a French 76, that’s vodka-based using Stoli Elit.”
BVI’s tavern, Corks wine bar and the dining room will also be open later, too.
“We always try to integrate the entire property in what we’re doing,” Carnevale said. “[It] is about having an all-encompassing experience.”
Carnevale said that classic French food and classic dishes will be the inspiration for specials in the tavern and dining room next week as well.
“We get questions constantly in the restaurant, tavern and Corks about the ice bar, when it’s going to be,” Carnevale said. “It’s an anticipated event, that’s for sure.”
And although there’s usually at least one type of weather scare each year (unseasonal warm temperatures or a blizzard), Carnevale isn’t worried about the ice sculptures. In fact, they were fixtures in the courtyard until April last year, he said.
“There’s something about the ice bar where it draws a lot of people,” Carnevale said. “We all just want to get out of our house and get outside. If you don’t ski or do any winter sports, there’s not much you can do in New Hampshire.”
As seen in the January 22, 2015 issue of the Hippo.