Saturday, December 28, 2013

Vesper Bar @Cosmopolitan Summer 2012

Vesper Bar is a funky, eclectic bar located just past the check in desk lobby and immediately lets you know the type of experience you can expect to find at Cosmopolitan.  This place exudes cool and has frequently drawn comparisons to something you would find in a James Bond movie, which is exactly what they are going for.
The bar is covered in broken, reflective glass and has old school, Jetsonesque seating.  Mirrored, tile columns surround the lounge area as the retro-futuristic seating continues the theme as well as creates many public seating areas that still somehow feel intimate.  Even the light fixtures compliment the space and illusion.
But Vesper is more than pretty, it features a wooden liquor cabinet and a rotating menu of signature cocktails that can be best described as modern takes on old school classics.  For those of you intimidated, don’t be.  Those enjoying the lounge will have a hostess sit down and talk to you about the libation options as well as make suggestions based on your tastes.  The experience can make anyone feel like a high roller.  Everything about this place draws you to it and millions agree.  In a 2013 USA Today poll, Vesper Bar was listed one of the 10 best hotel bars in America

Vegas Mate Rating - 4/5 chips

Mark and Keren Rate - 4/5 chips

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Chandelier Bar @Cosmopolitan Spring 2012

Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan is a 3 level cocktail bar that is housed in a 2 million beaded chandelier that sets a new standard in striking elegance. Under the direction of award winning mixologist Meriena Mercer, each level is subtly different in style and drink offerings.

  • Level 1 - A high end casino bar that is the centre of the floors action
  • Level 2 - A great place for a quiet drink and the floor dedicated to the speciality cocktails that the staff are famous for. This is the floor to visit if you are an experienced cocktail drinker
  • Level 3 - A more relaxed area than the middle floor, with views out to the surrounding stores. This level is designed with a more feminine touch in mind.

Levels 2 and 3 are a great option for those who want a quiet drink without the constant smell of cigarette smoke as they are non-smoking. 

Location - Center of the Cosmopolitan Casino and accessible from level 1 & 2

  • Hours of Operation
    • Level 1 - Daily, 24 hours a day
    • Level 1.5 - Daily, 4pm - 4am
    • Level 2 - 11am - 11pm
Theme - A giant chandelier with DJs and live bands performing at level 1


  • Average price
    • Beer & Wine $7-10
    • Cocktails $10-15
Happy Hours - None

Vegas Mate Rating - 4/5 chips
Mark and Keren Rate - 5/5 chips

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Palms & the G Suite Fall 2013


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In 2001, the Maloof Family opened the Palms.  In 2002, attempting to grab the 21-39 year old market, 2002, MTV filmed a season of their reality show The Real World in the property. The results caused the off-strip properties popularity to explode.  Suddenly, it became THE place young celebrities went to hangout, party and be seen while simultaniosly reinventing Vegas into the place we know it today.

Quickly, Palms realized they didn’t have enough supply to suit the demand they created.  In 2005, at a cost of $600 million, the Palms opened the 458-foot tall Fantasy Tower adding 347 rooms to their inventory.  Attempting to take the experience to the next level and capitalize on the elitist culture the property cultivated, the Fantasy tower was built with 21 Fantasy Suites. 

Ranging in size between 1,500 to 9,000 square feet and offering in-room amenities such as bowling lanes, a basketball room and indoor/outdoor swimming pools located 40 stories up the tower, Palms become the benchmark by which Vegas cool was measured in Vegas.  These suites are designed for the ultra affluent, the cheapest being the Playpen suite costing about $1,500 a night all the way up to the 2 story Sky Villa running $35,000 + per night which, according to a 2012 CNN report, makes it the 5th most expensive suite in the world.

Vegas Mate Rating 4/5 chips

Mark & Keren  4/5 chips

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Senor Frogs @Treasure Island Summer 2012

Senor Frog's has long been famous as one of the premier party spots in Mexico and the Caribbean and has finally opened its Las Vegas location.  A 22,000 sq ft, two story bar and restaurant is located right on the strip.

This high energy hot spot is all about having a good time and the staff are there to ensure you do. If you don’t like being the center of attention, ensure you sit at the back or you may find yourself pulled on the dance floor by the wait staff or competing in a drinking contest.

The ground floor features the main dining room and plenty of bar seating. There's also a stage for live bands and karaoke. But what makes Senor Frogs, is the outdoor terrace and second level patio where you have a perfect view of the Sirens of TI show and the Las Vegas strip. 

Location – At the front of TI, facing the strip
  • Capacity - 600
  • Operating Hours
    • Restaurant
      • Daily 11am - 10pm
    • Bar
      • 11am - 4am
Music/Theme - TGI Friday's meets semi-Carribian, quasi-Mexican

Drinks – Features a huge range of rum and tequila drinks and an extensive shot list

Food/Nosh - You are gonna pay for the location

Reservations - If you feel you need reservations to this place you have some life choices you need to seriously re-evaluate.

Vegas Mate, Mark & Keren Rating - 1/5