Hitting the Ice in Whistler
While the Canadian and American Olympic hockey teams were skating their way towards a medal at Canada Hockey Place, hitting the ice in Whistler took on a new twist at Bearfoot Bistro’s sleek new Belvedere Ice Room and Monks Minus 5° Ice Lounge at Monks Grill.
Visitors stepped up to Belvedere’s ice bar and chose a few samples of the 50 vodkas available from around the world. With a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius, they stayed cozy in the goose down-filled parka and winter hat provided. The arctic ambience included music and ice sculpted display boxes for the standout spirit. The menu was just as chilled as the libations with gravadlax, oysters and caviar paired with vodkas from Russia, Poland, France, Sweden, the Czech Republic, the United States and even from Pemberton, just 25 minutes north of Whistler.
Dreamed up by André Saint-Jacques, the celebrated owner of Bearfoot Bistro, the Belvedere Ice Room was the perfect complement to a 2010 Olympic Winter Games experience. Between watching events, celebrating athletes and enjoying all of the arts and culture courtesy of Whistler Live!, chilling out in an ice bar sipping vodka and noshing on oysters and caviar made for a gold medal Olympic adventure.
Over at Monks Grill in the Upper Village, an outside lounge had been created made up entirely of ice! Inside the Minus 5° Ice Lounge, the walls were ice as well as the seats, bar and glasses to sip the vodka-based cocktails. A parka, hat and gloves were provided to enjoy the chill and admire the amazing sculptures surrounding you. The Ice Lounge was a unique place to après with your friends and discuss the day’s medal winners, musical performances and incredible energy that was flowing through Whistler.