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.
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.