While there’s no shortage of places on the Strip and downtown in which to have a genuine mixological encounter (think delicious run-ins with bitters, hand-chipped ice, rare spirits and sophisticated molecular mixology techniques), precious little of that is happening in the northwest corner of the Valley despite the considerable concentration of wealth there. Société Hotels & Resorts co-founding partners Andre G. Briley and Uri Litvak have a plan to remedy that situation with a prescription for what ails us.
Preparing for a mid-January debut, the Strand at Tivoli Village will offer “cocktail alchemy, gastro-tourism and real entertainment.” The 13,000-square-foot, two-story venue occupies a key corner of the new outdoor shopping and entertainment destination, and will feature small-plates dining, a variety of music formats and a bar program with an apothecary approach to cocktails inspired by Grant Achatz’s Aviary in Chicago. Mixologist Antonio Trillo, formerly of Nora’s Cuisine, has crafted drinks in categories such as Painkillers, Stimulants and Aphrodisiacs.
Envisioned by ABA Design Studio, “the Strand fuses architectural design details from a bygone era, coupled with seating and lighting elements that connote a timeless, Armani-esque look and feel,” Briley says. “Every room has a unique mood or personality.”
Those rooms include a large bar, lounge and dining room downstairs with traditional dining-height seating as well as bistro-height tables. Upstairs is almost entirely given over to the stage and a wrap-around patio with an indoor-outdoor bar. A whimsical private dining room called The Library is stocked with vintage books, modern technology, a convertible dining/billiards table and has its own balcony.
Entertainment will be curated by Alan Hills, formerly of Cirque du Soleil. The cabaret-style setup can accommodate touring headliners, local bands, big-name DJs. “We think this area has grown in a way that people really want this experience, but they want it without always having to go to the Strip,” Litvak says.
And a Summerlin-adjacent hot spot is just what the bartender ordered.