http://www.vegaster.com/vegaster7-lobby-barsRaising the Bar on the Lobby Bar.

The New Cromwell hotel has only been open a few months and it has already begun making waves.  Being a smaller sized hotel has allowed it to focus on the details that the bigger guys tend to overlook.  This includes the often forgotten about hotel bar.  At the Cromwell, you can forget about the revelry going on up on the roof, people are talking about what’s going on in the lobby.

Bound by Salvatore is a dark corner of the Cromwell’s lobby where famed mixologist Salvatore Calabrese is serving a book sized menu of cocktails ranging from the classic Breakfast Martini which includes a touch of orange marmalade for flavor, to the signature Cromwell Fizz.  Already being whispered that this might be the best signature drink in Vegas, the Fizz is a perfect combination of Macallan whiskey, lemon juice, orange bitters, egg white and honey.   Huh?  And then top that off with champagne?  But the combination works and Bound’s leather clad cocktail waitresses are serving them up by the hundreds every night.

True drinks here. The kind Michael Tipps would enjoy.

True drinks here. The kind Michael Tipps would enjoy.

Bound also has an exclusive espresso infused drink selection developed to keep the Vegas party going.  These caffeine based cocktails are served in a traditional Italian Moka Pot around the clock, just in case you need an extra boost for your buzz.

The sophisticated room demands that you sit down and chill out for a while with cozy couches and plush leather chairs surrounding the round bar where these curious cocktails are being concocted.  The sexy black and gold décor mixed with the carefully arranged furnishings give the feel of an intimate, yet uppity, London men’s club.  All that’s missing is Prince Charles, and he could use a drink.

Just 1 of the greats at Bound.

Just 1 of the greats at Bound.

One of Bound’s competitors for unique lobby bars is the newly refurbished Bond Bar inside of the Cosmopolitan.   The Cosmo went for a whole new theme and replaced the outdated lounge with a gaming pit, where your blackjack hand gets dealt by a dealer in a low cut black dress. Now that’s one way to get people to gamble in Vegas again.  Well, that and the go-go dancers that are gyrating behind you.  How’s anyone supposed to win a hand this way?

It's never this quiet!

It's never this quiet!

Before this change, Bond hovered somewhere between a hotel bar and nightclub.  With a DJ booth, loud music and now gambling tables and video poker, but still no dance floor, its distinction is even more of a mystery.  But the drinks are good and there’s plenty of eye candy so who cares?

If you are looking for a good, sophisticated hotel lobby bar where you can just relax and have a drink, well that’s at the Bellagio.  The Petrossian Bar has a piano, not a DJ booth and friendly bartenders, not blackjack dealers.  This is the bar where you can order a cocktail without having to ponder what they are putting in it.  Late last year, the bar menu was redesigned by master mixologist Ricardo Murcia to include a special mixology section.  The classics still remain, and are now served over diamond shaped iced cubes.

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The faces of the lobby bar changes in the same way that Vegas does.  What was here today will be different tomorrow.  Don’t overlook the allure of the lobby bar or think that if you have seen one, you’ve seen them all.  Each one is as distinct as the hotel that houses them.  

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