by Andrew Crisp
Away from the din of Sixth and Main Streets, the long-awaited nightclub and venue The Ice Bouquet officially threw open its doors May 11. After a series of delays, the former home of the Blues Bouquet at 1010 W. Main Street is now officially open, according to long-time Rockies Diner manager and Ice Bouquet creator Nathan Gorringe.
"This is something I've wanted to do my whole life," Gorringe said. "We haven't forgotten our past. We event kept it in the name—it's really important that the Bouquet has stayed a part of what we're doing."
Inside, The Ice Bouquet features three separate bars, including an ornate wooden bar crafted in 1902, where patrons can find better draft options and classier cocktails. Toward the front of the space, a side bar affords views of numerous televisions and offers cheaper drinks and beers at a lower price point. According to Gorringe, on Monday nights that bar will broadcast ESPN and other sporting events.
Nearby a small "satellite bar" will also serve visitors during larger, ticketed events, offering them a chance to snag a drink as soon as they enter the bar. The large floor plan also includes a VIP seating area and a nearby dance floor.
Entertainment plans include EDM nights on Saturdays, a "Diamonds and Ice" ladies night on Wednesdays and Wild 101 will resurrect "Old School Friday."
"You'll know ahead of time—if you go out on Wednesday, this is the music or type of environment you can expect," said Gorringe.
On weekdays, The Ice Bouquet's happy hour will run from 4-8 p.m. and feature a rotating array of nightly specials, while a complementary catered buffet will be hosted from 5-7 p.m. This week, the buffet featured grub from Goodwood Barbecue Company.
The Ice Bouquet's hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. But on weekends, the spot will remain open until 4 a.m., with Rockstar energy drinks available for sale after last call.
Saturday, May 18, Arcane Dance Academy plans to host its official grand opening at the Ice Bouquet, featuring headliner K Theory and locals Dayne5150, DJ Skape, Manic and Dekay. According to the Facebook event, the night will also feature Velocity Pole Art dancers and Cairo Fusion belly dancers.