Barkeeps shake, stir, and dispense celebrity-themed cocktails alongside a menu of deep-fried appetizers and entrees at Doohan's Bar & Lounge. Jeremiah Sweet Tea vodka is tricked out with lemon sour in the Dale Earnhardt ($12+). Faithfully reproducing bodily composition, the LeBron James contains Jack Daniels honey bourbon amalgamated with fresh pineapple, lemon sour, Citronage, and a crown of sugar ($12+), and the Peter Rose ($12+) shakes up Epsolon blanco tequila and Citronage with fresh squeezed lime and pomegranate juice. In the fish and chips entree, golden, beer-battered pollock rests on a mound of waffle fries ($12) . Cheesy spheres of macaroni bounce out of the fryer with crispy outer crusts, warm cores, and giggles of delight in the deep-fried mac 'n' cheese balls appetizer ($8).
Made almost entirely out of ice, Minus 5 features a frozen bar top, frozen glasses, and frozen couches covered in deer skin. The novelty never wears thin, though; a resident ice carver changes up the scene every 6–8 weeks, perpetually crafting new sculptures and furniture pieces. Upon arrival, guests are outfitted with the jacket, gloves, and boots they’ll need to comfortably enjoy the crystalline wonderland, which in Fahrenheit, measures 23 degrees above zero. After entering, patrons can sip on a cocktail served in an ice glass and pose with the seasonally changing sculptures as a professional photographer snaps photographs that patrons may purchase.
The Dispensary Lounge's bright red doors usher the bar's clientele into a tangerine space filled with hanging plants and furniture that reclines at easy angles. While the bar stays open all 24 hours of the day, the kitchen produces edibles from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. In that 14-hour span each day, patrons can gnaw on a texas barbecued cheeseburger slathered in homemade spicy western marinade ($6.95) or dip a baked ham-and-cheese sandwich into a tiny vat of the owners' special mustard sauce ($8.95). An angular, wooden bar transmits cool drinks ($4–$5) as patrons navigate the video poker games inset into the bar top. The Dispensary Lounge also hosts weekly drawings, and though winners do not have to be physically present, their body doubles must stand in to accept the prize.
Sprawling over 60,000 square feet inside and out, TAO is a place for the footloose, the fancy, and the free-spirited. Mingling Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai cuisines, the menu entices gourmands with exotic entrees, and the dimly lit dance floor throbs to big bass beats. Plush chaise lounges with luxuriously wide cushions flank the pool at TAO Beach, a great place to relax or get romantic while chicken fighting. TAO’s portrait of opulent pleasure is completed with grace notes such as a hand-carved, 20-foot-tall Buddha, a meditative indoor koi pond, and backlit floral screens overlooking the booths.
Located on the 50th floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino’s Masquerade Village, VooDoo Steak affords its guests a hawk’s-eye view of the city's skyline. The view isn't the only reason to come; according to VisitLasVegas.com, chef Honorio Mecinas' menu of steak-house cuisine, some of which is prepared with an in-house dry-aging program, is worth a visit. Substantial cuts of high-quality meat are a major focus, and choices include bone-in wagyu tomahawk steaks and Black Canyon filet mignon. The Creole influences that appear in the decor also show up in shareable dishes such as lump crab cakes or zucchini-boursin beignets. As an added perk, diners get access to the VooDoo rooftop nightclub for no additional charge.