Tropicana continues image overhaul with Ambhar Lounge
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 (6 p.m.)
Photo: Justin M. Bowen
Tequila! At the Tropicana? In May we told you about the legendary Nikki Beach coming to the property in 2011 and how the hotel-casino built in the 1950s continues extensive renovations to attract the attention of the next generation. The Trop’s latest effort? The Ambhar Lounge.
Partnering with the award-winning tequila that first launched its brand right here in Las Vegas, the Trop has begun Phase 1 of overhauling the former Celebration Lounge. The ultra premium, five-time distilled tequila officially premieres the new lounge on December 1 with updated furnishings handpicked by Trop CEO Alex Yemenidjian, new swanky little black dresses for the cocktail servers and a fresh approach to tequila for the bartenders on staff.
“They’ve had mixology classes with master mixologist Bobby Gleason,” says Todd Kunesh, director of food and beverage at the Tropicana. But anyone can get in on the Ambhar action; the elite spirit will open a mixology contest to the public in hopes of finding additional signature cocktails to add to its menu. The preliminary contest will take place at Southern Wine and Spirits on November 29. Six competitors will advance to the finals during the Ambhar Lounge grand opening.
“Everyone has a crazy tequila story,” Ambhar’s Jennifer Hanson says. “I want people to see you can enjoy it beyond your basic shot or margarita—you can enjoy it in a cocktail.”
Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.The Tropicana's five-acre pool complex stretches throughout the center of the the hotel/casino and remains it's most recognizable feature. It features swim-up blackjack during the summer months, a swim-up bar, dining areas and a wedding chapel. The Tropicana is also home to Brad Garrett's Comedy Club. For pre-show dining, take advantage of one the casino’s dinner and a show packages or just head over to Cafe Nikki, Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine or Bacio Pasta & Vino.