Red Square revamped and revisited
Wed, Apr 21, 2010 (6:34 p.m.)
- Red Square Ultra Lounge
- Every Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.
- Red Square
- 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S
- (Inside Mandalay Bay)
Remember the last time you went to Red Square? Have you ever been to the Russian restaurant inside Mandalay Bay? It's the one where all the fuss was made years ago because of a bird-crap-covered Lenin statue, the head of which now resides in a simulated block of ice inside the joint's vodka vault.
My first and only visit to the Russian restaurant was dinner before my senior prom. It's not that I don't like the place, I just never really had a reason to go. The Cavi-hour sounds cool, but I don't like caviar. I do, however, like cocktails. Free ones are even better. And that's what my friend Linsie and I got last Wednesday at the launch of the Red Square Ultra Lounge.
Yes, Red Square is still there. And it's gone nightlife-y.
"Almost everyone thinks it's a brand new spot that's opened up," says Larry Lynx Camacho of Blue Tie Entertainment Group. "People seemed to walk by and had never been in there."
Working alongside new management on the Red Square Ultra Lounge, Camacho says the venue is perfect for a late-night vibe. And it is. The existing space transitions well from restaurant to high-end lounge thanks to plush red banquette booths that line the perimeters of the split-level space. Resident DJ Supa James' music is loud enough to dance to on the upper level, but low enough that you can carry on a conversation around the free-standing high-top bars. Then there's the always-cool frozen ice bar and vast selection of spirits and infusions.
Red Square becomes the Ultra Lounge every Wednesday, and locals and those on the guest list are free all night. In addition, ladies receive a complimentary Cosmopolitan or apple martini from 11 p.m. to midnight. For guest list and table reservations, call 366-4731.
Red Square, a throw-back to the Cold War days of the Soviet Union, has undergone something of revolution under the direction of the Light Group's chefs Brian Massie and Chris Conlon. The new menu includes easy-to-share plates that include Tuna Tartare, Chicken Kiev with Bacon Brussels Sprouts and an impressive caviar selection. Las Vegas Weekly's Brock Radke says "Kubideh-style skewers of chicken, beef and lamb with warm pita and yogurt sauce are deliciously spiced, but the most addictive appetizer is the smoked salmon pizza ($18), a crispy tortilla layered with cream cheese, ribbons of luxurious fish, capers, pickled onions and caviar. After this restaurant perestroika, we can’t wait to see what else Light does at Mandalay." And you can still don a fur coat and toast Mother Russia with an icy shot at the Ice Bar and the private vodka vault. Red Square also features a wide vodka slection, signature cocktails, martinis and vodka infusions.
3950 S. Las Vegas Boulevard
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel, offering 424 rooms and suites; and the stand-alone all-suite THEhotel which will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas in late 2013.
Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise, featuring real sand, a wave pool and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city.
Other property highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants.
In 2013, Mandalay Bay will become home to a resident Cirque du Soleil production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.