Petrossian Bar

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What better place to people-watch than Bellagio? It remains one of Las Vegas’ top resorts and always seems to bring in a varied crowd, no matter the time of day. And Petrosian, located right off the hotel lobby and casino floor, offers a great view.

Some come for the afternoon tea, served from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, in the English tradition with delightfully delicate sweets, scones and such. Others prefer the nightlife, which runs until 2 a.m. most evenings.

Some are in search of the caviar tacos, the fish roe tucked into crispy potato shells alongside hamachi, lemon, chives and olive oil. Perhaps they want the Poof!, which brings a smoke-enshrouded glass of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, apple brandy and sweet vermouth paired with duck confit croquettes, or a Bellagio Martini, the vodka encased in ice and served with an Ossetra caviar cigar. Purists may opt for traditional caviar service, a cheese plate, some smoked salmon or a vodka flight.

One thing’s for certain: They’re likely enjoying the soothing strains of the baby grand piano, the ivories ticked by a roster of seven pianists that include David Osborne, who has performed for three presidents in the White House.

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