Great Things on The Rocks

What’s making us happy this week.

Rocks, as in ice, that is.

Two skates on a large, solid rock. Because Canal Park on D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront was built in the 21st century, the park wasn’t simply popped into the vacant lots and historic site. The architects built green—electric vehicle plug-in stations, the use of sustainably harvested wood, and a 10,000 square foot ice-skating rink whose “rock” is made from storm water run-off. Canal Park has skate rentals. Get off at the Navy Yard Metro station.

Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes
Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes

In the rocks. At the Aviary in Chicago, prepare to drink boldly. For example, In-the-Rock. The cocktail comes to the table encased in a pinkish ball of ice that looks as precious and is as delightful as a Fabergé egg. When the Peychaud’s Bitters-and-water concoction is popped, the rye-based drink, known as the Vieux Carré, pours from the shell. This modern playground, the brain child of chef Grant Achatz and co-owner Nick Kokonas, introduces some original flavors and presentations.

Photo Credit: Christian Seel
Photo Credit: Christian Seel

Drinks on the rocks over the rock. This is double ice action. It’s a bar with an ice skating rink attached, or maybe it’s a rink with a bar. In any event, sports bar Ice House Tavern is an energetic extension of the Arcadia Ice Arena in Phoenix. A wall of windows overlooks the rink, where, depending on the day and season, hockey players might be whacking pucks or newbies might be wobbling on their blades. Actually imbibing while ice skating appears to be restricted to years gone by.

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