US – The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod introduces new observation deckBy Phil - 22 July 2019
The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod has debuted a complete remodel of the iconic tower’s indoor/outdoor Observation Deck on the 108th and 109th floors, which includes the new 108 Drinks and 108 Eats by James Trees. Located in the SkyPod at more than 1,000 feet high, the Observation Deck offers 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip.
The 108th floor of the Observation Deck is indoors, with floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the entire 360-degree circumference. Food, beverage and retail offerings can be found on the 108th floor, including 108 Eats by James Trees, serving gourmet bites, homemade ice cream and sandwiches; and 108 Drinks, featuring craft cocktails and comfortable bar and lounge seating. The 108th floor also serves as the jumping off point for SkyJump, a controlled descent from 855 feet high; as well as a new box office for the thrill rides; and Exhilarate 108, a retail store for souvenirs and novelty items.
Stairs lead to the outdoor observation deck on the 109th floor, which offers 360-degree views of the Strip, mounted binoculars, plus access to two of the The STRAT’s thrill rides: Insanity and X-Scream. Big Shot is one level up, crowning the very top of the SkyPod at 1,149 feet tall.
Featuring the cuisine of celebrated local chef, James Trees, 108 Eats offers a menu of paninis and other sandwiches; artisan cookies; popcorn; chips; ice cream and sorbet; and coffee drinks. Artisan cookie selections include flavor combinations such as pretzel and butterscotch and peanut butter and jam. Bites include Calabrian spiked chips, root chips and chili cheddar popcorn. Panini sandwiches, served on fresh sourdough bread, include the mushroom and truffle, prepared with fontina and boschetto tartufo; and sliced meatball, prepared with basil ricotta and bianco pomodoro. Cold sandwiches, served on focaccia, include “The Chenz ‘We Up Here!,’’ made with Italian meats, fontina and vinegar slaw.
108 Drinks serves elevated craft cocktails to complement the thrills of The STRAT’s thrill rides. Signature drinks include the Big Shot, made with Patrón Añejo, a Grand Marnier float, triple sec, sweet and sour and lime; 360, made with Grey Goose, peach schnapps, cranberry and orange juice; and Pure Insanity, made with Cruzan rum, Myers’ float, triple sec, orgeat, pineapple and orange juice.
Both floors of the Observation Deck are available for private events, with options for groups of up to 1,000 guests, including complete buyouts. The Observation Deck’s private events are fully customizable and include the option to provide all guests with unlimited ride passes to Insanity, Big Shot and X-Scream. In addition to food and beverage offerings from 108 Eats and 108 Drinks, groups may select from catering menus provided by The STRAT’s food and beverage department, ranging from casual happy hour bites to elaborate, gourmet buffets and sit-down dining. Private event books are available for any time of day or night.