The arctic is coming to West Loop.
With the pandemic-induced indoor dining restrictions last winter, many bars, and restaurants impressively resisted the notoriously harsh weather and customized outdoor spaces providing warmth with heaters, fire pits, and all sorts of windproof shelters. One West Loop bar, however, went the extra mile and decided that if we’re dealing with polar problems, why not pay heed to the pioneers of the polar regions?
The folks down at PB&J in the West Loop thus embraced the winter chill with an arctic-inspired life-size igloo made entirely from fresh ice and an accompanying ice bar.
After huge success in 2021, this year the PB&J’s owners, The McCahill brothers, are once again turning their West Loop watering hole into an icy paradise only this time they’re going bigger and better.
This year “PB&J on Ice” will feature an ice bar of over 40,000 pounds of ice and an array of spectacular ice sculptures including two ice thrones, a polar bear, an ice drink luge, and an ice beer stein.
“We loved the feedback we received from our Ice Bar last year, so this year we just wanted to go bigger,” says Co-owner Matthew McCahill, “This year we wanted the Ice Bar to be an open-air experience that everyone can attend and have a great time, with indoor restaurant seating available as well.”
If you’re familiar with PB&J you’ll know all about its menu loaded with Neapolitan pizzas, delicious sandwiches, draft beer, and, of course, some exquisite craft cocktails. The entire outdoor area of PB&J will offer an interactive ice bar experience with all the crowd-pleasers of their much-loved menu.
Guests can enjoy the ice bar’s open-air experience from January 20 every night from 5 pm to 10 pm until the bar melts. Please note that guests will be required to present vaccine cards to enter the restaurant. You can head to pbjwestloop.com for their menu and more information.
Scroll through photos of the ice bar in construction below: