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Caesars Palace

3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-776-3200

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Sun-Thu 5pm-2am

Fri-Sat 12pm-4am

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A swank champagne bar operated by Elton John's husband David Furnish.

Where is it?

At Caesars Palace on the Center Strip.

What kind of crowd does it draw?

A grown-up crowd looking for something a little more sophisticated than a party-til-dawn nightclub.

What are the prices like?

Not cheap but not any more expensive than most bars on The Strip.

When is the best time to go?

The place is small and gets crowded late; go early so you can get a prime spot.

Why should I go here?

Because you want a cool atmosphere and really good drinks.

What else do I need to know?

Check out the artworks from Elton and David's personal collection.

What's the bottom line?

Las Vegas needs a place like this and so do you.

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FULL REVIEW

Right next door to the Caesars Palace Colosseum where Elton John performs regularly is this small slip of a champagne bar created by his husband, David Furnish. What has been accomplished here is nothing short of revolutionary: a grown-up bar that still manages to have a contemporary attitude and fun atmosphere. In a town that delights in one outrageous bit of spectacle after another and has tailored pretty much every place that serves alcohol to the young party crowd, a place like Fizz is practically a relief.

Which is not to say that the young party crowd wouldn't be welcome here if they wanted to come in but they might be a little freaked out by the fact that the music is played at a volume that allows for actual conversation instead of requiring you to text the person sitting next to you.

The room is small but gorgeous, with dramatically high ceilings that alleviate any notion of claustrophobia and a design scheme that evokes the swinging 60s without being obnoxious about it. The walls are lined with artwork from Furnish and John's private collection of photography of famous, nearly famous, and the not famous at all that are stunning and will provoke lots of discussion and perhaps a spirited debate about which one is the coolest. Take some time to wander and appreciate. There are only a handful of cozy booths and some stools at the bar so get there early to claim your spot, although even if you have to stand in line to get in or stand once you do it'll be worth the effort.

They manage to do a lot with the small square-footage. There's a DJ booth and they even manage to squeeze in bands on occasion, but as mentioned aove they never turn up the volume on any of it so high as to require ear plugs. This is a swank place and they go to great lengths to insure it stays that way.

Upstairs is a private VIP suite overlooking the main room where you might find Elton hanging after the show. If you can talk someone into letting you sneak a peek it's worth it - this is what it feels like to be in the 1%.

But all of this would be pointless if they served boring booze but that is certainly not the case here. Champagne and sparkling wine are the focal points here with dozens of options ranging from a $9 glass of Domaine Chandon Brut to a nearly $3,000 bottle of Cristal Rose 2005 and beyond. Don't worry if your idea of champagne is limited to what you swig back in a plastic stem glass on New Year's Eve; the staff here knows their stuff and can guide you to the right option for your taste and budget.

Specially crafted champagne cocktails are especially noteworthy, with options like Le Fizz with Grey Goose vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur, and egg whites; the Fizz Noir with cherries, lemon juice, vodka, and Trader Vic's Rock Candy Syrup; and the Fizz Fraise, made with strawberries, lemon juice, strawberry liqueur, and gin. The latter is literally the best cocktail I have ever tasted - sweet with a touch of tart and some fizz. Delicious.

Contemporary and "Dessert" cocktails like a peanut butter and jelly and chocolate/coconut concoction fill out the specialty list but there's a full bar offering anything you can dream up plus a big wine list.

A short menu of small plates is available, all created by Elton John's personal chef (1%, remember?). Canapes, caviar, panini bites, and a few deserts are very tempting.

Prices are decidedly in the "not cheap" category but not significantly more so than pretty much every other club in Vegas and certainly not out of line for this level of an experience. The champagnes come at lot of different price points but the bulk of those listed on the menu are in the $20-$40 per glass range. Specialty cocktails are all $18 and the food is mostly in the $12 and under range except for the caviar of course. The cost of the drinks is ameliorated by the fact that they don't charge a cover.

This is the kind of place that Las Vegas has been needing for a long time now: a genuinely sophisticated nightlife option that still feels casual enough for all tastes.

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