It's hard to know what to expect from a place called Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
But that's part of the fun. Dubbed "a grand social experience," every night is offbeat to say the least, but also chaotic and exhilarating.
Be aware that there's a dress code at Rose. Rabbit. Lie., which is described as "casual elegant." Basically, collared shirts are recommended for men. You should not show up in athletic wear, tennis shoes, flip flops, shorts, T-shirts, hats, baggy jeans and jeans with holes because you might not be allowed in.
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. consists of a maze of lavishly decorated rooms -- in several of them, there are musicians or performers doing outlandish things. You'll feel like a modern-day Alice exploring a wonderland of sorts.
The evening, which will have begun much earlier with two full-length, formal presentations of "Vegas Nocturne" in what are called "cantos," is evolving into its third canto at midnight. Held in a ballroom, much of the earlier theater-style seating has been removed and replaced with small tables for bottle service.
A stage that's shaped like a segmented runway, with portions that lift, lower and rotate, is in constant flux at this time of the night. A shorter presentation of "Vegas Nocturne" gets underway as the clock strikes 12 for the standing-room crowd.
Performers run the gamut. You may see tap dancing twins, contortionists, a high-wire artist or a magician in a dragon suit with a small dog. But as the minutes go by and the night unfolds, these performers disappear into the crowd. Go-go dancers appear on some portions of the stage while guests start dancing atop other portions.
Like the entertainers, the music played spans a wide variety of genres. A DJ is on hand spinning, but you'll often hear live music interspersed with recorded tunes.
There are two bars near the entries to the ballroom and other bars are located throughout Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Cocktail waitresses also abound. A selection of specialty cocktails -- like the gin-based Monkey Gland, Survivor and Down the Rabbit Hole -- cost about $16 - $20.
With Rose. Rabbit. Lie. fully transformed into a club, canons often fire. Things like confetti, ping-pong balls and popcorn regularly rain down on the crowd. And this kind of messy, seemingly out-of-control fun continues into the wee hours of the morning.
-- Staff Report
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