Jason didn’t play poker yesterday, so he took me on a date. We went to a sushi place called Sen of Japan. According to him, it’s a favorite among the poker community. I could see why they love it so much. The presentation was gorgeous, and the rolls were delish!
Then we headed to The Rio so we could have a drink, and he could register for today’s tournament. I’ve spent A LOT of time in the Rio, but most of my time has been spent in the poker rooms. Occasionally I wander to the frozen yogurt stand, a restaurant, or the roulette table. But mostly I’m in the poker rooms. I’d almost forgotten about the best part of the Rio: The Masquerade Village! It’s quite cute: the bottom level is slot machines, a bar, and a stage and the top is lined with shops.
There’s also this creepy gypsy head hanging from the ceiling… with TV screens for eyes so that the irises scan the room. It’s not cute.
That part of the casino is where they hold their free show, The Show in the Sky. And it just so happened to start as Jason and I were walking into Voodoo Lounge for a cocktail. Somehow, I’d never seen it before, so we stayed and watched for a while.
It starts with a song and dance number on the stage, then moves to floats that weave their way along a serpentine of tracks in the ceiling. It’s quite a scene: people line the balconies and pathways beneath them, clamoring for bead necklaces. The gogo dancers writhe through the sky, somewhat awkwardly, considering they’re tethered to the float. I don’t know how I’d never seen it before! If I knew that we were going to see it, or what a spectacle it was going to be, I definitely would have brought my better camera (these photos are embarrassingly bad).
It was such a hoot, I had to share it with you! After seeing the third and final float, Jason and I headed up to Voodoo Lounge for a rooftop cocktail. It’s one of my favorite views of The Strip.
It was a fun night, and nice to spend some time together after a very work-heavy week.