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Igloo Party Bar Cooler

Igloo Party Bar Cooler Review

Last Updated by Brandon F. on January 15, 2020

This is our Igloo Party Bar Cooler Review. The Igloo Party Bar Cooler is a unique offering in that is a collaboration between Igloo and Liddup. Special features include LED interior lighting system, detachable base with locking casters, bottle openers, removable see-through lid, removable dividers, cool riser technology, and much more.

In addition, it comes with side handles if you decide to carry it conventionally. It is available in a 125-quart option, is silver and black (and also has a new brown model that doesn’t have LED lighting), and is comprised of a combination of metal and plastic. The asking price can creep up a bit, however, due to the added features.

Insulation Ability –

The intent of the Igloo Party Bar Cooler isn’t to prolong ice for days at a time. Being a “party” cooler, it is instead designed to be fun to use and capable of entertaining people during a party. And since most parties only last for an evening or a half day at the most, ice preservation isn’t a big priority here.

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And this is evident in the design. The lid offers up a cooler semi-see through feature but that comes at the cost of being extremely thin and not having anything in the way of insulation. In addition, the walls of the body are also quite thin and don’t take advantage of any sort of significant foam or plastic insulation. And the lid basically snaps on to the body which doesn’t form much of a seal. The result of this is cold air that can easily escape and melt ice rather quickly.

The big thing that this ice chest has going for it is its size. Being over 100 quarts of storage volume, you can fill it up with a lot of ice. And since you will typically have your items easily accessible towards the top, a lot of the base will be ice. This helps to prolong cooling performance a bit. Also, we appreciate Igloo including their Cool Riser Technology which lifts the base off the warm ground. However, even with the top closed and it filled to the brim with ice, don’t expect it to last any longer than a couple of days max.

Mobility and Durability –

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For being a larger ice chest, the Igloo Party Bar is actually quite mobile. The detachable locking casters mean that it can be easily rolled or removed for a size and weight drop and carried conventionally with the handles. It is also relatively light because of the thin structure. That being said, the thin qualities mean that it is quite fragile. The lid is very flimsy and you want to try to avoid rough treatment while being used. It is obvious that this is meant more for a showpiece rather than a tough cooler so if you don’t treat it as such the life of it will go down significantly.

There are some other really cool features included in this product. We really like the LED lights which help to illuminate the inside contents. In addition, you will find a bottle opener with a bottle cap catch tray attached directly to the cooler. Finally, the drain plug is well-situated and allows you to easily empty melted ice (and there will be a lot it!).

There is also a non-LED model now available that is cheaper as well. It is essentially the same in regards to toughness and performance but doesn’t offer the lighting.

Visual Appeal –

This is one of the coolest looking coolers on the market. The LED lighting looks great and it is really impressive to be able to see inside the chest to look at the contents without opening it. In addition, the exterior has a nice presentation with its corrugated silver and black accented finish. The new model (the non-LED one) comes in an attractive bronze color. This is the perfect cooler for the next time you host a backyard party. You are sure to receive a lot of compliments on it!

Cost –

This ice chest will typically fall into the intermediate price tier. It will be a bit higher than most Igloo products of this size and that can be primarily attributed to the LED lighting, removable casters, and overall unique design. However, the performance and toughness won’t be quite up to par. This is a really neat cooler but has a very specifically designed purpose.

Overall Rating –

The Igloo Party Bar Cooler Review earns 3.5 coolers out of 5. For party appeal, this cooler can’t be beaten. It looks great and the lights are actually quite handy when it is dark outside. Plus there is tons of room to fit drinks for your next get-together. The mobility aspect and built-in bottle opener are also nice touches.

However, it is a very flimsy cooler and does a poor job of keeping things cold for very long, so don’t plan on using this for an extended camping trip but rather for a fun night entertaining friends. Whether or not this product should interest you will really boil down to what you are after: an entertainment cooler or something to take out on a boat or to the campsite.

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  • No breakage or damage after getting dropped 3 times
  • Use and care information included
  • Easy to open and pack
  • Easy to clean; no staining
  • Wheels and handle make it easy to transport


  • Slight odor from onion and soda
  • Pricey

3.5 5

If you’re having a big backyard barbecue and need to keep the drinks flowing all afternoon, look to the Igloo Party Bar. You can load this mammoth 125-quart hard-sided cooler with ice and up to 211 cans. It comes with a removable lid for easy drink access and optional interior dividers. The four wheels are also attached to a removable base, so you can roll the drinks to the party and then take off the base to ensure it stays put. When night falls, you’ll love that there’s interior LED lighting to illuminate the Party Bar’s contents (and a built-in bottle opener)!

HOW WE TESTED: We evaluated each cooler’s ability to keep soda cans cold (maintaining a temperature below 40°F) when packed with ice over a 12-hour period in our climatology chamber at 90°F with 70% percent relative humidity. For ease-of-use testing, we evaluated each cooler’s manual, ease-of-opening and packing, cleanability and ability to resist retaining odors. We also looked at type and ease of transporting. Finally, each hard cooler was dropped from a height of three feet three times to check for durability.

Reviewed: June 2016

Price When Reviewed: $230.00

Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping Institute Senior Editor & Product Analyst, Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab Betty Gold earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Studies and Nutrition from New York University, and prior to joining Good Housekeeping, she worked with the James Beard Foundation and other leading food media brands like Bon Appétit, Food Network Magazine, and The Martha Stewart Show.

Igloo 49271 Party Bar Cooler – Powered by LiddUp


Party on from day into night with the Igloo Party Bar, featuring our exclusive LiddUp LED light system that sets the party mood and illuminates the cooler’s contents when darkness falls – letting thirsty guests find what they want quickly. With aesthetics that channel outdoor beer chests of a traditional Texas ice-house, this cooler anticipates your every merry-making need, from a removable lid and drink dividers to mobile-ready locking casters on a detachable base. Style, function, and easy clean up – the Igloo Party Bar is the light of the party. Operates on four AA batteries (not included). Some assembly required.
Fully insulated body for long-lasting ice retention
16 water-resistant, heat-free LED lights provide 360-degree interior lighting allows the party to continue when the sun goes down.
Heavy duty locking casters on a removable base makes it easy to move when full.
Threaded drain plug is garden hose compatible;Cool Riser design keeps contents cooler for longer by elevating away from hot surfaces
Handy bottle opener and cap catch bin