M Life Spring 2014 : Page 80
NIGHTLIFE Lift Bar, ARIA prime PEOPLE WATCHING B Y P J P EREZ Petrossian Bellagio The View: Adjacent to both the extraordinary Dale Chihuly ﬂoral glass sculpture-adorned lobby and the casino ﬂoor, the raised terrace allows for a panoramic snapshot of just about everyone and everything coming and going at Bellagio. The Vibe: Reﬁned and upscale, Petrossian oﬀers expertly crafted cocktails and live music played by pianist David Osborne, who has performed for multiple U.S. Presidents. The menu not only features delectable appetizers, but also a European-style afternoon tea service from 1-4 p.m. daily. Most cities have a main post where you can take in all the action and, even more importantly, scope out the crowd. No matter where you are, there’s always plenty to see – and many ways to be seen – whether relaxing with a cocktail at a chill lounge in the heart of a bustling casino or enjoying a meal with the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip as the backdrop. We’ve rounded up the top spots where you can have access to prime people watching. So sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the view. The Verdict: A luxurious must-stop for those wanting to see and be seen. AGUA Rum and Tequila Bar, MGM Grand Detroit 80 | M life
Prime People Watching
Most cities have a main post where you can take in all the action and, even more importantly, scope out the crowd. No matter where you are, there’s always plenty to see – and many ways to be seen – whether relaxing with a cocktail at a chill lounge in the heart of a bustling casino or enjoying a meal with the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip as the backdrop. We’ve rounded up the top spots where you can have access to prime people watching. So sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the view.
The View: Adjacent to both the extraordinary Dale Chihuly floral glass sculpture-adorned lobby and the casino floor, the raised terrace allows for a panoramic snapshot of just about everyone and everything coming and going at Bellagio.
The Vibe: Refined and upscale, Petrossian offers expertly crafted cocktails and live music played by pianist David Osborne, who has performed for multiple U.S. Presidents.The menu not only features delectable appetizers, but also a European-style afternoon tea service from 1-4 p.m. daily.
The Verdict: A luxurious must-stop for those wanting to see and be seen.
The View: Located at the edge of ARIA’s gaming floor, you’ll be within arm’s length of the buzzing casino action.
The Vibe: Decked out in royal purples and gold, the atmosphere is refined and relaxing. Grab a custom cocktail – including special “morning after” recipes – and bask in comfortable elegance 24 hours a day.
The Verdict: Nestled between the casino and the hotel guest elevators, this provides the perfect crossroads to get a glimpse of ARIA’s guests and visitors, regardless of the hour.
The View: Throngs of people streaming in and out of MGM Grand and welldressed crowds waiting to dine and dance at Hakkasan are all in sight.
The Vibe: Urban with a hint of sci-fi, this lounge is both set apart and just within reach of the casino and nightclub action outside its circular walls. Its central bar features multiple flat-screen Tvs, color-changing spires and an inspired cocktail menu, while the outer area offers plush seating and a comfortable space to enjoy your bottle service.
The Verdict: An excellent spot to keep an eye on the beautiful people as you begin an epic night.
The View: From the outdoor patio in front of The Mirage, soak up all the magic of The Strip – day or night – complete with a glimpse of the majestic landmark, The Volcano.
The Vibe: Featuring a modern purewhite indoor lounge and a Caribbean resort-style outdoor patio, RHUMBAR is a chic setting in which to enjoy tropical drinks. Its impressive rum selection, hand-rolled cigars and flavorful hookah are paired with a lively scene at night. The atmosphere is enhanced by Djs and live musicians that will have you feeling like you’ve escaped on a tropical getaway.
The Verdict: A sexy spot to sneak away but still be part of the hype.
The View: Panoramic vistas of The Strip from first- and second-floor patios right in the heart of the neon lights.
The Vibe: Part Mexican restaurant, part nightclub and part concert venue, Diablo’s features two floors of nonstop food and fun with multiple bars, a stage for live entertainment and a second-floor balcony offering al fresco dining and dancing.
The Verdict: Whether for food, drinks or music, this is an open-air experience enhanced by the energy of The Strip.
Nine Fine Irishmen
New York-New York
The View: Party people on the inside, the entire south end of The Strip on the outside.
The Vibe: Victorian-era Irish pub meets modern Vegas party bar, where energetic live bands entertain and guests enjoy Irish-American fare and an impressive selection of draft beer and whiskey inside cozy nooks or outside on one of two expansive patios.
The Verdict: From fellow revelers to Strip-side passersby, there’s always a bustling backdrop to a meal or celebration.
The View: All of the excitement of Luxor’s casino floor, including scoping out the revelers entering nearby LAX nightclub.
The Vibe: Chill but ready for anything.Featuring Vegas-themed specialty cocktails such as the Hustler and Sin City, sporting action on multiple flat-screen Tvs and in-bar video poker, Centra is a hip, modern destination all its own, replete with optional bottle service.
The Verdict: Its central location provides the perfect place to take in all Luxor has to offer while plotting – or making – your next move.
The View: Both separated from and open to Beau Rivage’s casino floor in Biloxi, MS, here the attention is as much on the people inside its red curtains as those outside.
The Vibe: Equal parts romantic and lively, this elegant setting is great for drinks with friends, an intimate rendezvous or a quick stop in between dinner and a show. With signature cocktails, luxe booths and nightly live music, this is an oasis among the busy nightly scene.
The Verdict: Great views and good times no matter which direction you look.
AGUA Rum and Tequila Bar
MGM Grand Detroit
The View: Open Friday and Saturday nights, this rum and tequila paradise is positioned right between MGM Grand Detroit’s valet entrance and V Nightclub, making it the post to catch clubgoers coming and going.
The Vibe: Bathed in soothing blue light, the bar lives up to its name, offering an aquatic aesthetic and a cool setting for meeting and making friends while tasting selections from a collection of more than 20 tequilas and rums.
The Verdict: With late-night hours, tasty cocktails and a convenient location, this is a relaxed-yet-upbeat atmosphere to both enjoy the scenery and make a scene of your own.
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