ROSINA LOUNGE BAR NONE? BAR ONE. – By Stacey Gualandi Rosina…you had me at Mai Tai. With your divine drinks, artistic glamour and throwback Gatsby-esque vibe, Rosina Lounge inside The Palazzo Las Vegas feels like the roaring 20s re-imagined for today’s emerging classic cocktail culture. Described by Patrick Lang—vice president of global restaurant and nightlife development, Las Vegas Sands—as being “inspired by the jet set crowd of a different era” and designed to look like an elegant train car from the past, Lang is right about Rosina offering an experience rarely found in Las Vegas. It is the latest luxurious lounge to open its doors, following the success of The Venetian’s award-winning The Dorsey. Boasting fine-tuned, hand-crafted drinks created by the master of mixology himself, Sam Ross, from martinis to Manhattans, there is a passion behind every concoction. General Manager Lu Lopez says this intimate retreat (the “Crown Jewel”) will be interactive and tailored to individual tastes. “I want it to have a notorious reputation for offering something that you can’t get anywhere else,” says Lopez. The attention to detail in the cocktails is matched with the elegant Art Deco décor: There are crystal chandeliers above, gold-plated floors below and royal red-velvet booths in between. But Rosina also has a few hidden treats. Jonesing for a Julep? Ask for the secret Julep menu. Got bubbly on the brain? It’s but a push away with “Champagne Call Buttons” strategically situated throughout. And if you’re feeling the sky’s the limit, there are $125 hand-painted Japanese glasses specifically for Japanese whiskey…and, no, you can’t have your drink to go. Truly taken with the experience, it does prompt one to ask who is this Rosina transporting us back in time? Says Lopez: “She is just a legend. She can be anyone you want her to be.” As far as this writer is concerned, she’s my new best friend. Rosina images courtesy of Palazzo Las Vegas.
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