The new joint, presumably still under the oversight of Cools, will serve up under the name of The Drink. Reader sammasseur confirms the golf and dueling pianos have already been removed. Sidenote: Is there officially a lack of originality when it comes to naming bars and restaurants these days? Sigh.
Fremont Street Bars suggests that if the.. ahem.. Drink can focus on hot waitresses and great drink specials without all the other clutter it will draw a crowd. We aren't as convinced as there are just so many better spots to get our drink on downtown. Within the Plaza alone the vibe at Oscar's, while more expensive, at least doesn't drive us to consider dodging Deuce buses.
In fact, the whole Plaza casino floor can be depressing. The half naked dealers are alright, but in our experience it's a sure bet at least one is stifling a yawn trying not to nod off right into the felt. In our humble opinion, the Swingers-Drink space would be better off converting into a gaming area and moving out in the center of the gaming area. Center Bars aren't revolutionary but they can liven up a floor atmosphere and people do like to see other people.
The Swingers Club closing reminded us that Cools has another biz inside the Plaza: the semi co-branded Exposed Salon, once the talk of a reality show pilot. We've never remembered to swing on by the salon during operating hours -- and we know it's there. We wonder how many others not only happen walk by, but actually venture in. Any readers out there that have gotten their 'do done by the women of Exposed? Tell us about your experience below or if you're
embarrassed shy drop us a private line.
While we're on the topic of Plaza deathwatch (we weren't?), we haven't personally seen the Plaza's new showroom extravaganza The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but this guy wasn't impressed and the lines we've seen going into the theater look more like packs of singles queuing up for a soup kitchen over groups or couples out for date night. Which leaves us guessing 99.9% of Whorehouse's nightly audiences are comps.
Don't get us wrong -- it's not as if we want to see the Plaza fail. We've kudo'd some improvements, raved about one restaurant that's popped up and had mixed feelings about another. But, as more changes come to the Plaza (resort fees for everyone*!), we start to get a warm Tropicanical feeling.
*Technically, Plaza's new resort fees aren't aimed at everyone. Just those who've booked after June 27. The early (reservation) bird actually does get the resort fee free worm in this case.
[Photos: VegasChatter; @hypnocools]