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Escape to Vdara’s Vice Versa for a cutting-edge cocktail

Vice Versa at Vdara.

Stylish Vdara lobby bar Vice Versa is one of the great new hideaways on the Las Vegas Strip. Perfectly positioned at the chic, casino-less hotel between Aria and Bellagio, the lounge and patio provide an ideal escape from the often hectic pace of the Boulevard. It’s a lovely spot to relax with a nosh and a sip.

Given these surroundings, Vice Versa’s cocktails are edgier and more interesting than they have to be. The menu offers a mix of classics and signature creations, starting off with the Vdara Mule, a refreshing treat appropriate in any season. Fresh ginger, lime and soda blend beautifully with your choice of vodka, tequila or rum. If it’s whiskey that works for you, Sinatra’s Manhattan mixes the complex, memorable Jack Daniels Sinatra Select with bitters and sweet vermouth.

If you want to move in a more modern direction, the Smoked Peach utilizes Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon with peach puree, lemon and nutmeg, while the Vdara version of Pumpkin Spice means El Dorado rum complemented with old fashioned bitters, pumpkin syrup and burnt cinnamon. These are unique flavors designed to match a one-of-a-kind destination. Vice Versa at Vdara, 702-590-2030; Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

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