The interactive new lounge space Encore Players Club might feel like an accessible corner of Encore’s swanky casino, but it certainly maintains the Wynn standard of luxury. And its signature cocktail, the Dom-a-Rita, fits the bill, balancing fun with all-out indulgence.
The price tag ($1,200 for the Dom-a-Rita and $475 for the little brother Veuve-a-Rita) is more palatable considering this rich and refreshing concoction—think last season’s trendy punch bowls, but upscale—is meant to serve five people from a stunning crystal decanter. Each Rita is made with Patrón Silver tequila, tangy and traditional margarita mix and plenty of bubbles. An entire bottle of Dom Pérignon is used for the Dom-a-Rita and Veuve Clicquot for the Veuve-a-Rita.
These cocktails seem to come with an additional, unforeseen benefit: They put you in the spotlight. At least half a dozen passersby asked my group, What is that? What are you drinking? Can I take a picture? Imbibing in this manner also puts you in elite company; model Charlotte McKinney sampled it during Encore Players Club’s grand opening festivities, and it’s a favorite of UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste’s, as well.
Patrons have been sipping these Ritas while sitting at InteractivePro tables, playing blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette, billiards and shuffleboard with friends, watching sports and pre-gaming before heading to Wynn’s and Encore’s nightclubs since December. Encore Players Club also boasts a white-lacquer Blatt Billiards table shipped cross-country from Steve Wynn’s Manhattan penthouse, valued at $75,000. Now that’s luxury. Encore Players Club, 702-770-7300; daily 8 p.m.-4 a.m.