I network all over Las Vegas to build up the brand that I am representing. I am always looking for different places to go that are upscale, luxury and eclectic to attract the right clientele
For the last six month's I have made it a point three times a week to hit the Mandarin Oriental Bar on the 23rd floor. This is probably one of the most modern, impressive and hip bars the Vegas Strip has to offer because of a few key factors. They have the most breathtaking views of the Strip as well as modern furniture and large glass window's mixed with comfort where you can get lost in a corner with friends and no one would ever know you were there. At night the lights of the strip illuminate parts of the bar and make you feel like you own the town because it's literally in your lap.
What makes a bar besides the booze, the bartenders do! The head bartender, Michael Lapenna who is and Italian Jewish guy from New York and open to any color and race, has the most amazing cocktail recipes ever. Before you know it, your ass is firmly planted exactly where it was 4 hours prior because Michael has done his job well with making you the most amazing drinks while you are surrounded by some really interesting people who have a lot to say. Michael has a specialty drink that's going on the new menu that he shared with me called the Green Monster. Go figure, he named it that considering he is probably a Yankee's fan, but it works for me because I am a die hard Red Sox fan. So what exactly is in a Green Monster? Here are the ingredients
honey & basil
muddle with belvedere
maraschino cherry liqueur
ginger infused simple syrup
This drink ain't cheap, so be prepared to spend the $20 you would pay for a lap dance for this drink. You may not get an erection but you will get buzzed and it will last longer. To be honest my favorite cocktail at the Mandarin Oriental is the Old Fashioned made by my other favorite bartender Anthony. This is a healthy pour that's not too sour or too sweet and doesn't knock you the fuck out! The Mandarin Oriental bar is not for those who want two for one drink specials, its a classy establishment without the dirty rift-raff, great food, better service and probably the best room with a view in Las Vegas.The only part that sucks is that the bar closes early at 1 am on weekdays and two am on the weekends. For more information on this incredible hotel and bar, please click here