Friday, October 12, 2012

For Your Eyes Only: Hyde Bellagio

Last week at the Hyde Bellagio, I sipped a 2009 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir from one of the most coveted seats in Las Vegas. I was sitting at the Patio on what has been referred to as the 50-yard line of the Bellagio Fountains. The comfortable space is really not a patio -- it's an indoor-outdoor space that captures views of the fountains with floor-to-ceiling glass -- that was open. I sat in a glam wrap-around couch, so close to the fountains that I could feel the spray once they began their swaying. With 100F Vegas temps last week, that mist felt mighty good.

The center-stage Hyde Bellagio seats are a must-do for any Bellagio Fountain fan like me. Door opens at 5 p.m. for an early evening experience of pre-theatre bites and drinks. At 10 p.m. the space morphs into one of Las Vegas' hottest night clubs.

Insider's secret: once those fountains start swaying to the music of the likes of Frank Sinatra, the sound system within the Hyde channels up with the music of the fountains ... and you're in for a real surround-sound experience!

Next time I go, I'm ordering a Love Unit (as featured in the New York Times.) It's so pretty in the picture above that I have to try this little pretty -- mixed with Stolichnaya Elit vodka, Stolichnaya vanilla vodka, Thai basil/freshly pressed lime, grapefruit and hand-extracted bell pepper juices. Shaken, not stirred.

Stacey "Vagabonding Lulu" Wittig is a freelance Arizona travel writer based in Flagstaff, AZ. Watch for pictures of the sought-after table and view of fountains in her next Vagabonding Lulu travel column in the Winter 2012 issue of  Arizona Vines and Wines magazine.

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