Kelowna Ice Room Experience


The Belvedere Ice Room

The Belvedere Ice Room in Kelowna is a unique vodka tasting experience for both connoisseurs and adventurous tourists alike. This will be the first ice bar in the city of Kelowna, and only the second in all of BC. It is exactly as the name suggests. It is an expertly crafted sub-zero vodka tasting room. The room maintains a temperature of around -10 degrees Celcius. The interior is entirely composted of masterfully crafted blocks of ice and snow.
Vodka is one of the few spirits that is meant to be ice cold. It makes for an incredibly smooth pour, just the way the Russians drink it. Ice melts quickly when mixed with Vodka, thus diluting the natural flavours and aromas, so keeping them in what is effectively a giant freezer maintains the purity while ensuring it is as cold and smooth as possible.
Individuals interested in sampling from the Belvedere Ice Room will be escorted to the room by a trained in-house Vodka Expert. Guests will be provided with goose-down jackets and mittens and toques in order to keep warm in the ice room. The tasting will consist of four ½oz samples of any Vodka from the room of the guests’ choice. Each Vodka is explained, noting particular tastes and unique facts about the Vodka prior to sampling. With such a diverse selection of unique Vodkas to sample, there is plenty of opportunity to visit the room again… and again…
$19.99 and receive four 1/2 ounce shots of vodka.

PROCEDURE

Guests interested in partaking in the Belvedere Ice Room experience start the process by inquiring with their server. Reservations for the room can be made in advance, but otherwise it is on a first come, first serve basis. The average time it takes for the entire experience depends on the guest, but can last from 8 – 12 minutes. Once a group’s turn has come to enter the ice room, the server will inform them to head over to the staging area just outside the room. There will be a rules list posted, and the host will go over the rules with the guests while at the staging area.

Standard Brewhouse Company Rules and Policies apply. There are additional rules for guests in the Vodka Ice Room that are intended for safety as well as enhancing their experience:

  • No outside liquor (from their table) inside the Ice Room
  • No dropping shot glasses – All shot glasses are to be placed in the collection bin
  • The Vodka Expert cannot drink with the guests
  • Be respectful of guest requests. If they want to hear about the Vodkas, educate them. If they don’t want to, give them the experience they are looking for. Guests must show the same respect to the Vodka Expert
  • Guests cannot get “extra” shots or have their shots topped up. This is why the rules are important to cover with them prior to entry.
  • No leaving the room during the sampling. The door must stay closed until the sampling is finished in order to maintain the temperature of the room
  • All jackets, mitts and toques must be returned as guests exit the room
“I believe if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…And try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” – Ron White (Comedian)