|Happy Gnome to convert patio into Fire & Ice bar for Red Bull Crashed Ice|
St. Paul's premier gastropub is getting ready to host one of the hottest and coldest events we've seen so far this winter. Tomorrow, the Happy Gnome will convert its beloved patio into a full-on ice bar to help locals and out-of-towners alike celebrate Red Bull's Crashed Ice.
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|Fire & Ice bar will be first come, first served for everybody over the age of 21|
For those unfamiliar with Red Bull's Crashed Ice, it's a globe-trotting extreme sporting event that pits four high-speed skaters against each other on a downhill course filled with sharp turns and steep drops. This is the third year in a row that the event has come to St. Paul.
The Happy Gnome's ice bar will feature Widmer Brrr on draft, cans of Surly, and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey, along with a steady supply of Red Bull. A representative from 2 Gingers will also be on site handing out samples.
The bar itself is being built by Minnesota Ice Sculptures, general manager Ryan Huseby tells us. "It will be a six-by-six-foot L-shaped bar, with the color logos carved into it," he says. "We're also going to have a shot luge made out of ice, where the bartender pours shots of 2 Gingers into the luge, and the whiskey lands in a shot glass at the bottom."
The Happy Gnome's ice bar will also feature a range of fire-themed entertainment. Dancers courtesy of Dragon's Fire Theatre will be on hand playing with, eating, and spitting fire while DJ Beak Nasty keeps the music hot, and a fire pit keeps everything toasty.
The Fire & Ice bar will be open to anyone over the age of 21, but capacity maxes out at about 100. The bar will open to the public on a first come, first served basis. Admission is free and the party starts at 7 p.m. The restaurant will continue to operate as usual, serving food along with a vast array of craft beers.
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