Now, the team behind Las Vegas’ Tipsy Robot robotic bar is hoping a hefty investment in automated bartenders will drive customers to the already bar-saturated Strip.
“I’m a big sci-fi guy,” says Rino Armeni, who won’t detail the robots’ price tag.
Armeni’s a food-and-beverage industry veteran who now operates Tipsy Robot, what’s being billed as the first “land-based” robot-staffed bar. (A cruise line previously offered drinks made by robots.)
Customers who enter the 2,500-square-foot, 117-person-capacity Tipsy Robot bar, located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, are greeted by hostesses, a.k.a. “Galactic Ambassadors,” who direct them to one of 30 ordering tablets placed around the bar. Customers choose their drinks, type in their credit card information and email address, and receive an email confirmation with a QR code and wait time.
The two robot bartenders – they can shake, measure, muddle, chop, pour and, yes, dance – assemble the drinks from ingredients stored in the ceiling before sending the finished glasses down one of the mini conveyor belts to its owner.