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Ice bars becoming popular at North Country inns

Wednesday, March 2, 2016  
Posted by: Emily Owens
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Ice bars becoming popular at North Country inns
By John Koziol

This time of winter, northern New Hampshire is known for its ice dams, an ice castle in Lincoln and, increasingly, its ice bars.

Following an example set by the Bedford Village Inn, both the Stonehurst Manor in North Conway and the Wentworth Inn in Jackson have offered guests elaborately carved outdoor bars made entirely of ice.

Dennis Hickey and Dave Soha are two chefs who have had first-hand experience with ice bars.

As chefs for the Courville Communities, Hickey and Soha are also partners in Ice Breakers, a Manchester-based ice-carving business whose clients in past years have included the BVI and, this year, Stonehurst Manor and The Wentworth.

The men said the demand for ice bars has “blown up” since 2011 with both commercial and private customers wanting to present something unique to their guests.

On Feb. 26, Hickey and Soha spent most of the day transforming 3,000 pounds of clear ice into a bar that The Wentworth will use, hopefully multiple times, to promote Stolichnaya vodka. A month earlier, they built an ice bar at Stonehurst Manor sponsored by Absolut vodka and Jim Beam whiskey. Read more from

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