The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip is now in “soft opening” mode, prior to its grand opening on 3 December 2016. It will be the first addition to the Nevada gambling enclave since the Cosmopolitan opened in 2010. Though a small venue by the Strip’s monumental standards, Lucky Dragon has a unique appeal: it draws on Chinese aesthetics and tastes, from its décor and food offerings to the gambling floor design – in case you weren’t tipped off by the name of the place.
Scenes familiar from Macau casinos are to be found here: signage is in both English and Chinese, and staff are trained to accommodate the languages and customs of the intended guests, namely, the Chinese. There are several Asian-inspired restaurants and a food court emulating Asian street stalls and markets. And because tea is the new wine, Lucky Dragon also has the only tea sommelier in town, curating an extensive list to be enjoyed at the indoor-outdoor “Tea Garden.”
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