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THEhotel/Delano

3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.

Las Vegas, NV 89109

702-632-9500

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Daily 5pm-Close

Ultralounge

B+

AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A sleek ultralounge offering fantastic views and expensive drinks.

Where is it?

At the tippy top of the tower at THEhotel/Delano.

What kind of crowd does it draw?

Mostly tourists and more in their 30s and 40s.

What are the prices like?

The good news is that the cover is only $15 on weekends (less if you are staying at the hotel) but the bad news is that drinks prices are as high as views.

When is the best time to go?

Go on a weekday night and there is no cover charge at all.

Why should I go here?

You want a room with a view.

What else do I need to know?

Even the bathrooms have amazing views... of The Strip through windows!! Get your mind out of the gutter.

What's the bottom line?

A really cool place to have a drink if you can afford it.

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FULL REVIEW

Mix Las Vegas is perched high atop THEhotel (soon to be Delano) tower at Mandalay Bay. Entry is via a dramatic (and head-spinning for the height-phobic) glass-elevator ride up more than forty floors where you are deposited into the virtually all black lounge side of the establishment, while the adjacent restaurant portion is virtually all white.

The all-black color(less) scheme has both positives and negatives. Yes, it's good to deemphasize the interior with black floors, ceiling, walls, and furnishings when you've got such amazing views from the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking The Strip, but even with those enormous windows it results in a distinctly cave-like feeling, enclosed and a bit claustrophobic (especially when you throw in dozens of people also dressed mostly in black). I found myself continually going to the outdoor balcony not only for the fresh air and dramatic vistas but just to feel a little less confined.

A steady stream of music comes from a live DJ - mostly hip-hop when I was there but they play all types of club-appropriate tunes I'm told. There is no formal dance floor but people are encouraged to shake their groove thing wherever there's room.

Drink prices are totally outrageous if you have any sense of perspective but not out of line with what you'll pay at most other clubs on and around The Strip. $7-10 for beer, $9 and up for well drinks, $13 and up for call. Oh, and don't order a bottle of water thinking you can get away cheap - it's going to run you $8. Yep - and $8 bottle of water. It comes in a pretty glass container though.

One cool touch - even the bathrooms take advantage of the unimpeded views by putting the urinals in the men's room and toilets in the ladies' facing giant windows. Just do me a favor and pay attention to what you're doing, especially if you're standing next to me.

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