WORTH THE DRIVE: Reach new heights by dining in these rooftop igloos

Credit: Orcun Turkay, GM of AC Hotel Columbus Dublin

Credit: Orcun Turkay, GM of AC Hotel Columbus Dublin

Ever dined in an igloo? Yeah, we thought so. Just within the past few years, dining in igloos has become incredibly fashionable all around the world, including in Ohio.

Here are two places you can try it just a short drive away:

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For the second year year in a row, Vaso restaurant, a popular rooftop establishment in Dublin, is bringing ancient architecture to their outdoor space.

Atop the AC Hotel by Marriott Dublin at 6540 Riverside Drive is a whole new dining experience inside temperature-controlled igloos. Each igloo is made of PVC pipe and seats six, according to a Columbus Dispatch article.  Customers can be certain they'll be toasty as they dine on small Spanish plates and signature cocktails, as the domes are heated and the fur-covered chairs are draped with blankets.

Vaso’s outside seating is normally closed during winter months. However, the igloos give visitors the chance to enjoy the Scioto River from above until the end of March.

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Reservations are $100 per hour Sunday through Wednesday, according to General Manager Orcun Turkay, unless the table spends at least that amount on food, drinks and bottle service. Weekend evenings, Thursday through Saturday, are twice as expensive, at $200 an hour. The table must be on one check and there is a gratuity of 20 percent applied to every bill.

Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 614-698-2525 or online here.


As it turns out, another location in Ohio is embracing a similar ambiance in their outdoor space. The AC Hotel at The Banks in Cincinnati is offering a unique dining experience inside four of its transparent, heated igloos on its rooftop patio bar. Each igloo can accommodate up to eight people.

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Inside the igloo, each guest can enjoy chairs with cozy blankets, music, lights controlled by a remote control, and yes, heat.

For two hours inside of the igloo (and a choice of hors d'oeuvres and drinks), eight or more guests will have to fork over at least $250. Currently, igloos are available to reserve Tuesday through Thursday from 5-10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4- 11 p.m.  View the special igloo menu here.

If this price tag is too steep, there is the option of admiring the igloos from the communal fire pit on the rooftop deck.

Reservations can be made by calling 513-744-8802 or by visiting www.acupperdeck.com.

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