Nips and Tucks You Have to See as the Aria Enters its 6th Year
Part of the City Center and off the beaten path of the strip, it’s easy to overlook the Aria Resort and Casino, until you visit it. All it takes is one drink, one dinner or one dance, and you are going to be hooked.
Barely five years old, the Aria has already set a higher bar in Vegas when it comes to comfort combined with elegance. On top of that is a flair for creating unique experiences in everything you can image. Yet this past year the Aria powers that be (MGM) decided it was time to have some work done.
Stop at the lobby for a sec and take a look around. Just a few months ago, Aria revamped its City Bar and transformed it into Alibi, a delightfully naughty bar that mixes top shelf liquors with unique ingredients. Hang out for a bit before heading out, or spend the whole night here. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. The addition of Alibi was a risqué change that has given the resort an air of mystery and intrigue.
Not only did Aria change its lobby bar in 2014, it shut down its nightclub Haze, with plans to open something even more innovative in 2015. The details on this new Aria venture have been kept well under wraps, but if Alibi is any indication of the direction this hotel is heading, you know the next club will be super sexy.
In the meantime, you can lounge about at The GOLD Boutique Nightclub which is cleverly reminiscent of old school Vegas when drinks, cigars and conversation defined the nightlife. Bedecked in red, black and gold (lots of gold) furnishings, The GOLD Boutique delivers on a 24 karat unique experience.
Then you have the High Limit Lounge. This exclusive gambling area for those with a Gold AMEX moved to the Deuce Lounge for now while it gets a facelift. Details are hush-hush like always, but expect it to re-open with a very sophisticated bang.
The one upcoming change that is being talked about is the opening of Bardot Brasserie possibly on January 16th. American Fish is now swimming with the fishes in order to make room for this new –upscale- French restaurant from Michael Mina. Word on the street is that the cuisine is going to transport diners to Paris with a modern twist on your typical Brasserie menu.
Speaking of menu, parts of the Bardot Brasserie menu have been released, and as expected is chock full of French treats with Mina tweaks. Some stand outs include a Foie Gras Parfait which Mina cleverly designed by combing foie gras and port wine gelee that can then be scooped up with thick slices of fresh grilled bread. He is a culinary genius, and with this latest Aria venture that is promised to shine.
The Aria is sustainable in Vegas, not only because it has its own style, but for its willingness to commit to change when it sees the chance to reach even higher. At the ripe old age of five, the Aria refuses to age gracefully. Instead, the resort keeps nipping and tucking its way to absolute perfection.