The surprise unveiling of the plush Juniper Cocktail Lounge at the Park MGM this week pushes the $550 million transformation of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino one step closer to completion.
The lounge, which opens on April 20 a short walk from the newly opened Moneyline Sports Bar & Book, sits on the north side of the casino floor. Patrons will step up into the lounge and enter a space “inspired by a garden pavilion.” Designed with floral motifs to match the hotel’s lobby and nearby Primrose restaurant, the exterior features an amber glow to help draw in customers.
Named after the essential juniper berries necessary to create gin, Craig Schoettler, corporate mixologist for MGM Resorts, is attached to the cocktail program. The lounge uses “house made juices and syrups” and places a special emphasis on gin creations. Customers can also expect “Champagne and bottle service.”
Opening hours have yet to be announced.
Elsewhere on property, both Los Angeles-based chef Roy Choi’s first Las Vegas expansion and the long-awaited arrival of Eataly have been upgraded to a promised “fall debut.” Still keeping details under wraps, Eataly is confirmed to include a “vibrant market with cafes, to-go counters, restaurants, a pizza spot and a bakery.”
Yet to be updated, details of what will happen to the site of the former Race & Sports Book, now vacant following its transition into Moneyline. One year ago, MGM Resorts chairman and CEO Jim Murren announced it would host the Library, a three-level, restaurant, and lounge inspired by the original found in New York’s NoMad Hotel.
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