Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008 | 6 a.m.
Hundred-pound blocks of ice line the walls of the unfurnished room.
Excuse me, almost unfurnished. The ice – 18 tons of it — is the furniture, or will be.
An ice bar, ice tables, ice sculptures.
The room is in transformation, scheduled to open as Minus 5 Experience any day now in Mandalay Place, which is part of Mandalay Bay. This will be the first in this country, the sixth in the franchise, with more to open.
Craig Ling – wearing a parka – leads a guided tour of his new lounge, which might be dubbed a meat locker meet market. Although, if you want to meet someone in this bar you have to do it quick because the temperature is 27 degrees, which is minus 5 celcius, thus the name of the club.
Ling’s breath is visible as he explains the novelty nightclub, where you won’t be seeing many women in low-cut gowns or men with shirts open to the naval. What you will see is a lot of parkas and bootees.
Admission will be $30 for a 30-minute state in the igloo-like environment. The price includes one drink, probably vodka, definitely not iced tea.
After freezing your rear in the lounge, you can warm it the Minus 5 Lodge next door, sort of an old-fashioned ski hut.