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Fill Out This Short SocialICE Survey to Win Prizes

Posted on February 7,2020

It was so n-ICE of you to come to SocialICE 2020! As a token of our appreciation, fill out this short survey and you will be entered to win one of three $25 gift cards to a downtown Rochester business.

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Spin the SocialICE Drink Wheel of Choice

Posted on February 4,2020

Step right up! Spin the wheel to find out which of these ice bar drinks you should try at SocialICE February 6-8!

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12 Hit Songs for 12th Annual SocialICE

Posted on February 3,2020

SocialICE has been known for cranking out tunes since 2009. With 2020 being the 12th year, we decided to celebrate through music. Here are the 12 hit songs for the 12th annual SocialICE February 6-8!

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3 Contests at SocialICE 2020

Posted on January 20,2020

How do photos, beards, and plaid go together? Participate in these three contests at SocialICE February 6-8 and you'll not only find out: it could get you a pay out! Get the specifics of the SocialICE contests here.

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The Coolest Guide to SocialICE FAM JAM

Posted on January 16,2020

SocialICE FAM JAM is a cool time for families to celebrate winter in downtown Rochester! Warm up or cool down with the family-friendly fun from 1 to 4 p.m. February 8. With a sneak peek into the event, here's an insider's guide to attending SocialICE FAM JAM!

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Your Insider's Guide to SocialICE 2020

Posted on January 7,2020

Get ready for three days of ice, fun, and themed cocktails at SocialICE—Rochester Minnesota’s Ice Bar February 6-8 in downtown Rochester! If you’ve never been or are a regular, you’ll appreciate this insider’s guide featuring highlights of SocialICE.

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5 Themed Downtown Bars Participating in SocialICE

Posted on January 3,2020

We Minnesotans are a hearty lot. Here in downtown Rochester, the same can be said for the following downtown bars testing their mettle during the cold-weather event, SocialICE—Rochester, Minnesota's Ice Bar February 6-8.

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A Year of Events in Downtown Rochester

Posted on January 2,2020

With the start of a new year comes new dates for some of downtown Rochester’s most popular events. Mark your calendar for these Rochester Downtown Alliance-hosted events.

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Chill Out: Downtown Rochester’s SocialICE Set for 2020

Posted on September 24,2019

SocialICE presented by the Rochester Downtown Alliance will return February 6-8, 2020 to transform Downtown Rochester into an icy oasis.

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#SocialICE Photo Contest and Hat Sale

Posted on February 5,2019

Have you been following us on Instagram? If so, you probably saw that we just released our new Downtown branded hats...

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Insider's Guide to SocialICE FAM JAM

Posted on February 1,2019

We are one week away from our brand new event SocialICE FAM JAM and we can’t wait for you to experience it! SocialICE FAM JAM will be happening on February 9 from 1PM-4PM on the Peace Plaza. Gather your friends and family and get ready for a day of arctic adventure.

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Insider's Guide to SocialICE 2019

Posted on January 29,2019

It’s almost February, which means something big in Downtown Rochester is on its way- SocialICE! Join 50,000 of your closest friends and head to the Peace Plaza February 7, 8, & 9 for an icy experience fit for true Minnesotans. This year, we have seven uniquely themed ice bars serving signature drinks while nightly DJs and activities help to keep you on your toes. To view the participating bars and restaurants and their unique themes, click here

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Ice Bars Bring Activities to SocialICE FAM JAM

Posted on January 25,2019

SocialICE FAM JAM is bringing the cool vibes of SocialICE to the day time with a lineup of family-friendly activities and entertainment. One of these specialties is that several of our participating ice bars will be offering kiddy versions of their SocialICE signature drinks as well as themed activities.

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8 Reasons to Attend SocialICE

Posted on January 21,2019

SocialICE 2019 is on it’s way and this year we’re pulling out all the stops! From a giant igloo to all-new ice bar themes and LIVE painting on 1st Avenue, this year is bigger and better than ever. Need more convincing? We have listed our top eight reasons why we think you should attend...

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SocialICE May Be Cold, But Our Partners Bring The Heat

Posted on January 14,2019

SocialICE wouldn't be possible without our great community partners that make it come to life. By injecting their own brand of creativity into ice sculptures and providing all-new experiences (or both!), our many partners are setting you up for the ultimate winter weekend. We hear they're as excited as you are! Let's get to know who's making SocialICE happen.

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Find Arctic Activities at SocialICE FAM JAM

Posted on January 11,2019

Take a trip into a real life snow globe when you visit SocialICE FAM JAM! You’ll see the coolest elements of SocialICE, but during the day, such as our life-sized ice sculptures and giant SocialICE letters; word on the street is that they make the best selfie spots! SocialICE FAM JAM will be held on February 9 from 1PM-4PM on the Peace Plaza. This brand new event will be the perfect opportunity to bring the whole family out & about to enjoy everything SocialICE has to offer.

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Brand New Activities Add to the SocialICE Atmosphere

Posted on January 7,2019

It may be cold outside, but the good times and great memories bring warmth to SocialICE. We want to help you make those special memories by creating the best night ever. On February 7, 8, & 9, the Rochester Downtown Alliance (along with our awesome partners) is throwing the biggest winter whiteout in town. Join us Downtown and look below to get a glimpse of what SocialICE 2019 has to offer.

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Cool Fun to Come at the First-Ever SocialICE FAM JAM

Posted on January 3,2019

If you didn’t think SocialICE could get any better, think again! We are excited to introduce SocialICE FAM JAM, a brand new event set to bring the community together to positively embrace our wintry months. SocialICE FAM JAM will be on Saturday, February 9, before SocialICE, from 1PM–4PM on the Peace Plaza. Use this as the perfect time to check out the sculptures, engage with Downtown businesses, and enjoy SocialICE with the whole family.

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A New Year brings New Themes at SocialICE 2019

Posted on December 31,2018

SocialICE is the outdoor bar experience fit for true fans of the bold north. Mark your calendars and get excited by checking out this year’s participating bars and their unique themes arriving on February 7, 8, & 9.

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SocialICE 2017 Photo Contest Winners

Posted on March 1,2017

Congratulations to our 2017 SocialICE Photo Contest winners! Thank you to all those who participated.

$200 Grand Prize Winner


@sharemuk

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SocialICE Wraps Up

Posted on February 22,2017

Thank you to our SocialICE Premier Partners Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee

The Rochester Downtown Alliance would like to recognize and thank Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee for partnering with us on SocialICE. Partnerships like theirs help build amazing events and a vibrant and unique downtown community.

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Rochester's SocialICE to go on amid warm weather - WCCO CBS

Posted on February 15,2017

Video Credit: WCCO CBS

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SocialICE Insider's Guide: Event Day Guide

Posted on February 15,2017

We've given you some of the best tips and tricks to navigating your way to the best SocialICE ever. Now it's time to pull it all together into one neat little package. Call it our SocialICE Event Day Guide.

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'SocialICE' Kicks Off This Week in Rochester

Posted on February 7,2017

Video Credit: WCCO CBS

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SocialICE Insider's Guide: Meet the Ice Bars

Posted on February 7,2017

SocialICE - Rochester, MN's Ice Bar, features seven 12-foot uniquely-themed Ice Bars each with their own signature drinks. Watch the video below for what bars will be at SocialICE, their themes, a short-list of what drinks to expect, and a behind the scenes look at how the drinks are crafted

Visit our Facebook Page for a Chance to Win $20 gift Card!

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SocialICE Insider's Guide: Entertianment

Posted on February 1,2017

Entertainment comes in many different shapes, sizes, and sounds. At SocialICE, attendees are treated to live DJs spinning hits and classics all evening. DJs are perched atop an impressive ice DJ booth, which is great for a statement or for a selfie. So who's performing this year?

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SocialICE Insider's Guide: How to win (before & during) SocialICE

Posted on January 25,2017

SocialICE – Rochester Minnesota’s Ice Bar – is the outdoor winter experience for anyone seeking a vibrant and authentically Rochester experience. Not only is there plenty to see and do at SocialICE – 7 Ice Bars, live entertainment, life size ice sculptures to name a few – there are also plenty of chances to get in on the fun and win great prizes; 3 chances to be exact.

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2017 SocialICE Ice Bars Announced

Posted on December 21,2016

2017 SocialICE participating ice bars and themes announced

SocialICE draws big crowds and one reason is the amazing uniquely themed ice bars that make up Rochester, MN's Ice Bar. Click here to see which bars will be at SocialICE 2017 and what theme to expect.

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SocialICE 2016: The Game Plan

Posted on February 17,2016

We've given you some of the best tips and tricks to navigating your way to the best SocialICE ever. Now it's time to pull it all together into one neat little package we like to call The Game Plan.

Getting Around the City During SocialICE and Where to Park

Warm up during SocialICE with FREE hop-on/hop-off trolley service to and from the Peace Plaza and some of cities downtown bars and restaurants. Trolley service runs Feb 18 from 7 pm - 9:30 pm and Feb 19 & 20 from 7 pm - 10:30 pm. Here's a list of stops:

 Pick Up  Peace Plaza
 Stop 1  Dooley’s Pub (Boards/Drop off at front door) 
 Stop 2    The Loop (Boards/Drop off at the corner of 1st Ave SW and 3rd St SW crosswalk)
 Stop 3  Kathy’s Pub (Board/Drop off at corner of Historic 3rd and Broadway)
 Stop 4  The Tap House/The Doggery/The Half Barrel (Board/Drop off in front of The Tap House)
 Return  Peace Plaza (Repeat route)

Parking: The City's parking ramps and street parking are free after 5 pm and on weekends. Click here for a full list of parking options.


#SocialICE Photo Contest

What's better than spending a night out at SocialICE? Winning stuff just for going! Tag your photos taken at SocialICE on Instagram or Twitter with #SocialICE for a chance to win $25 gift cards to downtown Rochester bars and restaurants. Click here for more information.


Meet the Bars

There will be seven ice bars at SocialICE and each will be serving up signature SocialICE drinks. We also put together this nifty video for a sneak peak at some of the bars, their themes, and of course, their signature drinks!



Honorable Mention: How to Stay Warm and "Love Your Melon"​

This year at SocialICE, the University of Minnesota Rochester’s Love Your Melon Campus Crew will be volunteering on Friday, February 19. Show your support for this great group, and stay warm at SocialICE by purchasing your very own Love Your Melon beanie here. At checkout, be sure to select "University of Minnesota - Rochester Campus Crew" to support their crew.

50 percent of net proceeds on every Love Your Melon hat sold online are donated to the Pinky Swear Foundation and CureSearch benefiting children fighting cancer.


Click Here Download the 2016 SocialICE Event Brochure

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WCCO CBS: "Outdoor Ice Bar Coming to Downtown Rochester"

Posted on February 15,2016

©2016 CBS Local ©2016 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved.

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2016 SocialICE Teaser Video

Posted on February 3,2016

Excited about SocailICE? We are too. Here's everything you need to know is 60 seconds.

SocialICE - Rochester Minnesota's Ice Bar - is February 18, 19, 20 located in the Peace Plaza in downtown Rochester, MN.

Click here for more information.

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#SocialICE: Post pics, win gift cards

Posted on February 3,2016

SocialICE is, well, a social event. Add "media" to the mix, and you have Rochester's social media event of the year!

With amazing ice sculptures, the beautiful downtown cityscape in the Peace Plaza, and the amazing company of friends and family, SocialICE is prime for sharing some of your best once-in-a-year moments.

That's why we’re giving away a $25 gift cards from each of the seven ice bar establishments (listed below) just for posting your photos on Instagram or Twitter using #SocialICE. That’s seven chances to win! 

Entering is easy. 

  1. Go to SocialICE on either Feb 18, 19, 20.

  2. Snap a photo at the event.

  3. Post your photo on Instagram or Twitter using #SocialICE. 

  4. Visit SocialICE.SeenMoments.com, and click "Register" to enter. (Registration opens Feb. 18)

Prizes: $25 gift card to one of the participating ice bars

Each photo tagged with #SocailICE counts as an entry to win a $25 gift card to one of the bars listed below. That's seven chances to win. Enter as many photos as you like. One winner will be chosen for each participating bar.

  • Chester's Kitchen & Bar
  • The Loop Bar & Restaurant
  • Victoria's Restaurant
  • Grand Rounds Brewpub
  • Salute Wine Bar
  • Kathy's Pub
  • The Tap House

Need some inspiration? #SocialICE photos come in all shapes and sizes. ​Check out some pics from last year's event. Click here for a full gallery.

      

@DowntownRochesterMN   @Place_2be

The SocialICE Insider's Guide is a four part series offering tips, tricks, contests updates,and more -- helping you navigate your way to the best-SocialICE-ever! A new issue will be released each Wednesday leading up to SocialICE, Feb 18, 19, & 20. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

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2016 SocialICE Ice Bar Lineup

Posted on January 19,2016


Photo: "Candyland Ice Bar" by Chester's Kitchen & Bar

Have you ever wanted to sit on an ice throne? What about seeing a life-size ice sculpture of the Hulk or Willy Wonka? You can at SocialICE. SocialICE brings thousands to downtown Rochester to enjoy seven 12-foot uniquely designed and themed ice bars -- each with hand-crafted signature drinks, special-effects lighting, and life-size ice sculptures. 

We are excited to announce the seven participating bars for 2016:

   

#SocialICE Photo Contest

With such a variety of participating bars and themes, SocialICE makes for the best one of a kind photos. That's why we've included the #SocialICE Photo Contest. We’re giving away a $25 gift card from each of the seven ice bar establishments (listed above). That’s seven chances to win! To enter, post photos from SocialICE on Instagram and/or Twitter using #SocialICE. Click here for more info.

So what are the themes this year? You'll have to attend SocialICE - Rochester Minnesota's Ice Bar, on Feb 18 - 20 to find out! More information at DowntownRochesterMN.com/SocialICE.

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2015 #SocialICE Photo Contest Winners!

Posted on February 25,2015

Congratulations to our Winners!

First Place: @regullerud

Second Place: @amandasuecrawley

Third Place: @emily.groth

With over 880 contest entries, voting was tough. We would like to thank everyone for participating in this year's #SocialICE photo contest. Be on the look out for more online contests in the future.

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SocialICE Survival Guide issue 4: Best SocialICE Ever

Posted on February 18,2015

By now, we've given you some of the best tips and tricks to navigating your way to the best SocialICE ever. Now it's time to pull it all together into one neat little package.

  1. Getting around the city during SocialICE: Get from the Peace Plaza to other downtown bars and restaurants with FREE trolley service thanks to our friends at the Rochester Trolley Tour & Co. Service runs every 15 minutes, every night during SocialICE from 7pm - 10:30pm. Click for detailed schedule and stops.
  2. #SocialICE Photo Contest: Tag your photos taken at SocialICE on Instagram or Twitter with #SocialICE for a chance to win some huge prizes. First place prize is two airline tickets compliments of Rochester International Airport. Runner up and third place prizes are available too!
  3. Get to know the Ice Bars: There will be seven ice bars at SocialICE and each will be serving up signature SocialICE drinks. We also put together this nifty video for a sneak peak at some of the bars, their themes, and of course, their signature drinks!
  4. And finally...Download the official SocialICE 2015 Brochure: Click here to view the brochure.

 

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SocialICE Bars & Specialty Drinks Sneak Peak

Posted on February 11,2015

 

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Social Ice Survival Guide Issue 3: Ice Bars and Staying Warm

Posted on February 11,2015

SocialICE is just as much about the ice bars as it is about the activities! So we thought we'd put together this handy ice bar guide, so you can easily find your way to some of your favorite bars and restaurants that will be hosting them. (Skyway runs North and South)

Vote for Your Favorite Ice Bar

And while you're at it, vote for your favorite theme! This year marks the beginning of the first ever SocialICE Ice Bar Champions Cup! The ice bar with the best theme as chosen by the crowed will take home the SocialICE Ice Bar Champions Cup traveling trophy. Voting will take place at the information kiosk located at the east end of the Peace Plaza (east of the 1st Ave pedestrian crossing) near the Walk of Ice ice-sculpture garden.

Tips for Staying Warm

What’s the best way to stay warm at SocialICE? Keep moving and walk your way to all 7 bars, of course! But here's a few other tips and pointers to help you stay warm during Rochester Minnesota's Ice Bar.

  1. Layering – wear several layers of clothing. This will help to create air between the layers which will insulate and help ventilate your core.
  2. AVOID COTTON - cotton binds moisture and then has a chilling effect. Wool is your best friend during a MN winter.
  3. Bigger shoes – choose footwear that is a little roomier to allow for those cozy wool socks.
  4. Wind protection – a waterproof outer shell is key to guarding against any wind when amongst downtown buildings.
  5. Top it off – A good hat and is crucial. It should protect not only your head, but your ears, and neck. Gloves come in a variety of styles, but our favorites are the kind that you can use with your smart phone. #SocialICE
 

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Downtown Update with KROC AM: SocialICE is Feb 19 - 21 and Thursdays on First Vendor Applications Available today!

Posted on February 9,2015

Downtown Update with KROC AM radio show:

Get the scoop on Rochester's hottest and (coldest!) events with our monthly radio show thanks to KROC AM. Click to listen.

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Social Ice Survival Guide Issue 2: Ice Bars, Selfie sticks, and FREE airline tickets—Need we say more?

Posted on February 4,2015

Your vacation dreams are one snapshot away! 

Tag #SocialICE on Instagram & Twitter when you post pictures from the event, and be entered to win TWO AIRLINE TICKETS* from the Rochester International Airport! Don’t be worried about finding that perfect lighting or backdrop; there are seven unique bar themes to create that ideal photo opp. Need some photo assistance? We’ve got you covered—selfie sticks will be available for your use! Find them at the information kiosk. 

Enter in 4 easy steps!

  1. Go to SocialICE on Feb. 19, 20, or 21.
  2. Snap a photo at the event. 
  3. Post your photo on Instagram or Twitter using #SocialICE.
  4. Visit SocialICE.SeenMoments.com and click "Register" to enter—Registration opens Feb. 19

Double your chances- Find the Rochester International Airport ice-sculpture (located on the west side of 1st Ave.) and snap a photo or selfie with it to double your chances to win! Follow the same steps above to enter. 

Even if you don’t take home the grand prize, you can dream of a shopping spree with the runner up getting a $50 Downtown gift card, and third place taking home a $25 gift card.

*Tickets in the form of one airline voucher valued at $600 or two airline vouchers valued at $300 each. **Certain restrictions apply.
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SocialICE Survival Guide Issue 1: Getting around the city - Trolley style

Posted on January 27,2015

SocialICE is a can’t miss event for Minnesotan’s and visitors alike. But let’s be honest – we’re all explorers at heart, and we love to venture when we get the chance.

That’s why we want everyone at SocialICE to have the opportunity to enjoy all of Downtown every night! The Rochester Trolley and Tours Co. will be offering FREE trolley service to and from SocialICE to various downtown bars and restaurants from 7pm – 10:30pm each night! You can take in all the sights, sounds, contests, and cold temps of SocialICE knowing a welcoming (and heated!) bar or restaurant is less than a 15 minute trolley ride away!

Stops and Schedule:

Starting at 7pm: Board on 1st Ave SW outside Marriott & U.S. Bank Building. Service runs every 15 minutes. Last service boards at 10:15pm

 Pick Up  1st Ave SW outside Marriott & U.S. Bank Building
 Stop 1  Dooley’s Pub (Boards/Drop off at front door) 
 Stop 2    The Loop (Boards/Drop off at the corner of 1st Ave SW and 3rd St SW crosswalk)
 Stop 3  Kathy’s Pub (Board/Drop off at corner of Historic 3rd and Broadway)
 Stop 4  The Tap House/The Doggery/The Half Barrel (Board/Drop off in front of The Tap House)
 Return  1st Ave SW outside Marriott & U.S. Bank Building (Repeat route)

Need a ride to SocialICE from one of these locations? No problem. The Trolley runs every 15 minutes. Just hop on / hop off.

The SocialICE Survival Guide is a four part series offering tips, tricks, contests updates,and more -- helping you navigate your way to the best-SocialICE-ever! A new issue will be released each Wednesday leading up to SocialICE.

 

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