Review of Minus Five Bar Sydney
If you want to see what a winter wonderland looks like, have a look at the Minus Five Bar Sydney. Everything is made out of ice - the seats, shot glasses and the bar itself. This article will ask whether Minus Five Bar Sydney is worth the $30 AUD entry fee.
Is Minus Five Bar worth the $30 AUD entry fee?
Let’s first consider what you get for your $30.
As its name suggests, the Minus Five Bar is chilled to minus five degrees Celsius (five degrees below freezing). You are provided with a warm, Eskimo-style jacket (see picture) before entering the bar.
As you enter the bar, it is an astounding sight to see the walls, bar seating, and cocktail glasses made of ice. Everyone is dressed in a similar Eskimo jacket it’s fun to see your breath in the air in front of you (if you’re from a warm climate). It is truly like entering another world.
You are provided with a free drink upon entry, and it is indeed a novel experience to drink from a glass made of ice.
A word of warning: because it is so cold inside the Miinus Five Bar, you are only allowed to stay for half an hour. (Even the bar staff only work in rotating one-hour shifts). You would not go to Minus Five Bar for a night out. Instead, you should treat it like a ride on a roller-coaster - something that only lasts a short time but is very memorable.
So, to answer our original question - is it worth the $30 AUD entry fee?
I would suggest that if you have a lot of money to spend then the Minus Five Bar can be a fun experience. If you are on even the mildest of budgets I would suggest giving Minus Five Bar a miss. It is a touristy experience, albeit a fun one, which does not provide a glimpse of the real Sydney or the real Australia. If you want a real Sydney experience at a bar, there is always the beautiful Opera Bar which has stunning views of Sydney Harbour and no cover charge.
Address: 2/Shop 18, Opera Quays, East Circular Quay. Getting There: Minus Five Bar is easily accessible via bus, train or ferry. Using any of the three modes of transport, disembark at Circular Quay. Walk for two minutes towards the Sydney Opera House. You will see the Minus Five Bar Sydney on your right-hand side.