Located just off the casino floor of the Palazzo in Las Vegas is Rosina, an intimate and smartly designed cocktail bar with plenty of Jazz Age flair and expertly crafted classic cocktails from impresario David Rabin and mixologist Sam Ross. We had the opportunity to visit it at the Palazzo’s invitation during a recent trip to Las Vegas, and this place is quite a find.
Rosina is impossibly elegant, a jewel box designed in shades of gold, black, pearl, and burgundy. Its mirrored surfaces gleam, and crystal light fixtures and chandeliers hang above the onyx-colored bar and the U-shaped banquettes that flank it. There’s a wide variety of seating, including high-top tables with burgundy velvet chairs, low cocktail tables with pearl-colored leather chairs, and a couple round VIP booths with curtains. (If you come with a group, try to snag one of these.) The space is small but smartly-designed, seating about 65.
Taking a seat at Rosina certainly puts you in the mood for a classic cocktail, and the menu doesn’t disappoint. Instead of focusing on new creations (The Venetian has The Dorsey, also from Rabin and Ross, for that), the cocktail selection is almost exclusively retro: cocktails range in price from $18 to $21 and include classics like Tom Collins, daiquiri, whiskey sour, mai tai, gimlet, old fashioned, Manhattan, and French 75. We tried a handful of them, and these cocktails were about as well-made as any you’ll find anywhere, using top-shelf liquors, house-made juices and syrups, and high-end glassware.
Rosina is a cocktail lover’s cocktail bar, turning out expertly-crafted versions of the most classic cocktails in history in an elegant and sexy Art Deco-inspired space. It’s definitely worth a detour.
The visit that was the subject of this review was provided at no cost to the writer.