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[First Sip]

Lucky Dragon’s Cha Garden brings something different

Cha Garden Pool & Tea Lounge is a peaceful indoor/outdoor oasis built around refreshing cocktail service.

Since opening last fall, the Lucky Dragon at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip has quickly established itself as one of the most unique casino properties in the city’s diverse tourist corridor. The trend continues with the arrival of pool season and the new Cha Garden Pool & Tea Lounge, a peaceful indoor/outdoor oasis offering a one-of-a-kind experience built around refreshing cocktail service.

Flanked by oak trees and a mosaic dragon mural and fountain, the pool’s the perfect place to escape from the typically wild pool scenes of the Strip. Dial up the relaxation by reserving a private tea cabana and taking advantage of bottle service, hi-def TV screens, tea-centric specialty cocktails and a menu of small bites that includes sandwiches, salads and bao.

“We’ve used a modern take on traditional recipes to create the ultimate refreshing, satisfying summer menu,” says Blaire Dela Cruz, Lucky Dragon’s vice president of hospitality. Cocktail highlights include the Green Tea Margarita, where the tea and fresh lime juice smooth over Patron Silver; the Lucky Tea-Ni with Belvedere Peach Nectar and Créme de Cassis; the Jade Cooler with Chivas Regal and house-brewed green tea lemonade; and the Taichung Sparkle Punch, a crowd-pleaser made with Mount Gay Eclipse rum, Cointreau, Chandon Brut and fresh strawberries.

Select specialty drinks (including that persuasive punch) are available as pitchers or punch bowls, amplifying the social experience. With such refreshing relaxation on tap, Cha Garden is worlds away from the typical. Cha Garden at Lucky Dragon, 702-889-8018; Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

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