$12 - $15
There are some things we've come to expect with casino bars: drinks, video gaming and not much else.
Let's face it, every casino has their run-of-the-mill bar that includes clouds of cigarette smoke as an amenity. And iBar, located just inside the main entrance of the Rio, transforms the normal casino bar into a VJ-spinning, sultry-waitressing, cocktail-sipping island of debauchery.
You see, while smoke and video poker may work for some crowds, iBar is after the hip crowd looking to start their party off in style or make a night of it here.
The first thing that draws the male crowd in is the seductive waitresses. Sure, every bar in town has a hot staff wearing next to nothing, but iBar takes it a step further with servers in wraps that barely cover, yet leave some room for imagination. Well, that's until she walks away from your table with a sheer cover-up showing off a thong. But save your John Travolta impressions, she's heard that line a million times.
For everyone else, the power of a video jockey spinning Thursday - Saturday is enough to drum up some curiosity. VJs spin Top 40, hip-hop, rock and whatever else comes to mind, while the accompanying mix of videos plays on the flat screens overhead.
While all these enhancements sound good in their own right, this bar would simply be a beefed up casino bar if it weren't for the signature drink menu accompanying it. The list covers the entire cocktail spectrum from the "Naughty Intentions" (Skyy Infusions Raspberry vodka, peach schnapps, sour mix, fresh raspberries and Sierra Mist) meant to satisfy the fruity drinker to the "Chocolate Razz" (Godiva Chocolate liqueur, Absolut Vanilla vodka, Bailys Irish Cream liqueur, raspberry coulis and whipped cream) for the more sophisticated palate.
And because it is raised above the casino floor, iBar is an ideal spot for people watching.
-- Review by Justin Lawson
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