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After two decades, VooDoo’s spell stays strong at the Rio

Rio’s rooftop retreat: VooDoo Steak & Nightclub.

The Rio’s VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge has hit the 20-year mark and is celebrating accordingly this weekend. Known for amazing views of the Strip and unpretentious vibes, VooDoo is throwing it back ’90s-style with a night of hip-hop, pop, dance and R&B from that era plus a special performance by Tone Loc. The bar will also be serving ... wait for it ... ice cold Zima.

“We wanted to inspire grown-ups to play, and what better way than a theme party to throwback to the ’90s with the ‘Wild Thing’ himself,” said Eric Fox, the Rio’s director of food & beverage.

Not many Vegas nightlife venues have lasted 20 years, and even fewer have done it the way VooDoo has—without making wholesale changes. “With our unbeatable views, great service and fun atmosphere, we honestly haven’t had to change much to that equation over the years,” Fox says. “Being one of the first nightclubs with such an iconic view and a 20-year history in the city, we have a huge loyal following. It also doesn’t hurt that we have Chippendales right downstairs, and after the show the girls love to come to the lounge and keep the party atmosphere going.”

That’s not to say VooDoo hasn’t evolved at all. The restaurant has transitioned into VooDoo Steak, something of a hideaway with excellent cuisine. In addition to the club’s party, the restaurant will offer a special anniversary tasting menu on Saturday, highlighted by throwback dishes like coq au vin, lobster thermidor and strawberry trifle. It all comes together for what should be a night as memorable as those Vegas views. 20th Anniversary at VooDoo Steak & Rooftop Nightclub with Tone Loc, October 21.

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