I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published November 20th 2011
It is very easy to find yourself in Crown Casino's Velvet Bar at 1am on a Sunday night. That is, is you are on leave from work and partying with friends from interstate. The person who created this floor plan is a genius, as it's a seamless transition from the main gaming room into Velvet Bar.
It is a casual, inviting bar, with plenty of room to sit and enjoy a drink, with not-too-loud TV screens playing popular music video clips for background music. The only interruption to your night may be the sound of ice being shaken violently in preparation for a cocktail or the gasps of disbelief at the size of some cocktails here. If you're brave, try one of the alcoholic "slushies" served in 30cm high vases or fish-bowl sized martini glasses.
My friend and I decided to share a strawberry daiquiri while our two male friends looked extremely un-masculine as one sipped a banana (filled with black banana seeds, which was impressive considering we assumed it would be flavouring) and the other a watermelon flavoured slushie.
My disappointment in the drinks was the lacking taste of alcohol. I like to know I'm drinking something strong but it felt like drinking a fruity slushie from 7-11. I believe that given the novelty of the glass size, it would cost a lot more and be dangerously potent if they put enough alcohol in it to be able to taste it. Also, unless you drink it quickly, the drink can melt easily, leaving you with layers of watery slush. The alternative is sucking it quickly through the straw, which will guarantee you head freeze (and this is the only way to drink it, given nobody's going to raise a glass that big to their mouth!).
Anyhow, it's an entertaining way to pass a few hours, whether you're celebrating a win or drowning your sorrows from the pokies.