There are bars, there are casinos and then there are bars in casinos.
These casino bars usually serve their purpose fairly well -- you're thirsty, you get a drink and then you head out for whatever plans you actually made for the evening.
It's a rare occasion when the casino bars are those plans. Or it was a rare occasion, until eyecandy sound lounge and bar busted onto the scene.
Laid out sprawlingly just off the casino floor inside Manadaly Bay, eyecandy is a bar and a place to hang out in its own right and, what's more, there's stuff to do that doesn't necessarily involve a Corona or a gin and tonic (not that your night can't include those things).
Now, the phrase "sound lounge" ranks right up there the phrase "ultralounge" (which, coincidentally is what eyecandy has been called in some circles) in that it's nebulous, confusing and potentially a little misleading. So to clarify, sound lounge in this context means there's a lot of things you can do with the sound in eyecandy.
But wait, you might say, things I can do? Isn't that the DJ's job? Well, yes, and it still is, but there's something thrilling about having a little hand in it.
Maybe before your plane trip to Vegas, you loaded up your iPod with the finest in club music to get you in the right mood (and annoy your poor, beleaguered seatmate). Normally you'd pack that iPod up for the duration of your vacation and see it again on the return flight. Not so fast there, chief. Bring it along to eyecandy and try to snag one of their three "iPod tables" (which are open seating, no bottle service required).
Once it's plugged in, you can "send" songs from your own iPod to the DJ to incorporate into his set or "reject," if maybe you tried to sneak some Creed in there.
There's also a sizable dance floor, which is just more than just some sad-looking tiles. Three levels of interactivity, including one in the ceiling, work with your hip-shaking moves to project, light up and generally make you look like a better dancer than you actually are.
It's worth mentioning that eyecandy is actually open all the time, but is not always in "party mode." The DJ starts at 10 p.m., which nicely coincides with when most people decide to go get a drink anyway. The music doesn't stick to standard Vegas-night-out fare and shies away from top 40 and house to a more eclectic mix.
Entrance to eyecandy is actually one of the least stressful things you'll encounter in town. There are several entrances and you just walk right through them, into the bar, no cover, no hassle, just you in the casino one minute and on the dance floor the next.
Basically, eyecandy takes all the stuff that works in clubs and puts it into a bar, but there's no need to tell everyone that. Just think how impressed your seatmate will be when you take off your headphones to regale him with tales of a "sound lounge."