Las Vegas is a city where everyone tries to put on a show; half the fun of visiting the city is watching how people attempt to impress you. While most are content to present a magic show or perform in Cirque du Soleil, some would rather wow audiences with good old fashioned advanced technology, which is how best to describe Rino Armeni’s new bar, the Tipsy Robot.
The Tipsy Robot opens today, and as the name suggests, features robotic bartenders — two to be precise. These robots might look like they belong in a car factory, but they are fully programmed and equipped to serve almost any alcoholic beverage imaginable, albeit in a twelve-ounce plastic cup. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Armeni built this bar, located at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Holywood, to, “create a new trend so we can be ahead of time.”
The robot bartenders have access to over sixty kinds of liquors, various juices and sodas, ice, lemon, lime, and sugar; and are capable of creating a drink in seventy seconds or less. Armeni claims that the Tipsy Robot is, “the most high-tech bar in the world, as the robot can perform the duties of the bartender.” However, Armeni doesn’t use the robots to replace human staff and save on costs; he fully acknowledges that the robots are for “attraction and entertainment” (there is something fascinating about watching the robots in action), and the Tipsy Robot also includes a staff of sixteen people. Some of the human employees work at a second bar and fill out orders for customers who don’t like the concept of robots mixing drinks. Other employees, women who wear space-themed dresses and are called “Galactica Ambassadors,” are simply there to add to the experience. Since the robot bartenders are the main attraction, a technician is always on hand to make sure the robots function properly.
For those of you who plan to visit Las Vegas, the Tipsy Robot is located at the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance of the Miracle Mile Shops, and it is open 10 am to 11 pm, Sunday through Thursday, and 10 am to midnight, Saturday and Sunday. With luck, Armeni’s dream of the Tipsy Robot becoming a permanent attraction in Las Vegas will come true.