The Shadow Bar at Caesars Palace was truly a product of its time. Planted on the edge of the casino in 2001—opposite the Colosseum before there was a Colosseum!—the swanky nightspot quickly became memorable for its seductive, silhouetted dancers behind the bar. Is she wearing anything? We could never know for sure.
Maybe the Shadow Bar lived longer than it should have. New restaurants and nightlife venues have poured in around it, most notably the recent addition of Hakkasan Group’s megaclub Omnia. So it’s no wonder Caesars charged Hakkasan with operating its replacement, Vista Cocktail Lounge, which opens this week.
Vista will be similarly driven by visuals, though ostensibly naked ladies aren’t on the menu. Patrons will be treated to any number of iconic cosmopolitan skyline views thanks to a variety of LED portals … as if Las Vegas isn’t already a breathtaking destination. A 35-foot bar layered with banquettes and communal tables provides varied lounge experiences, and yes, custom-crafted cocktails are on the way.
“We are aiming to set a new bar for cocktail lounges in Las Vegas,” Caesars regional president Gary Selesner said in a statement, pun likely intended. Take note that the property has also recently renovated its lobby bar and installed the Apostrophe Bar near Rao’s restaurant. “Our ambition is that not only will Caesars Palace be known for offering the best in culinary and entertainment, but also now for world-class nightlife.”
Vista Cocktail Lounge Caesars Palace, 702-731-7852. Daily, 5 p.m.-late. Opens May 15.