Saturday, December 28, 2013

360 Vegas Review: 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

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

    E-116: Antithetic Coupling

    Random Vegas
    The fountains of Bellagio are the 3rd most Instagrammed place in the US (@bellagio)

    Vegas Mate Review of the Week
    This week’s review is Gregory T’s Dec 17th review of Blue Man Group @Monte Carlo – 3/5 chips

    Twitpic of the week
    This week’s winner goes to @VdaraLV for a photo they shared of their property taken from what looks like the Panorama Condo Towers across I-15.  The photo captures the Vdara tower surrounded by a little bit of Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Planet Hollywood and Aria.  What I really like about this picture is how urban on modern it shows that the Strip has evolved into.  Specifically the Vdara and Aria tower look like buildings you would find in Tokyo or Hong Kong.  But that is also what I don’t like about this picture.  The Vegas strip shouldn’t look like any other place on the planet.  I don’t want to see it evolve into either of those places.  I like how antithetic one building looks to the next.  I want to stay in a pyramid and look outside my window at a colorful, cartoon version of a medieval castle.  Which brings me back to what I like about the picture.  Vdara & Aria represent how different the Vegas strip looks compared to other cities.  So in that aspect, this style of building has a place on the strip.  That being said, we don’t need anymore like them.  It also makes me excited to see the return of theme in what Resorts world has planned.  Fingers crossed, they don’t decide to be subtle.


    Coming Attractions

    Country Music Awards - 4/6   Billy Joel - 6/7
    Justin Timberlake - 8/8   Lita Ford - 1/10