Status: There's food and games, but Greektown Casino’s newest amenity comes in the form of an ultra lounge.
Joining the ranks of MotorCity Casino's Amnesia and the MGM's V, Eclipz, on the second floor of the Greektown Casino, offers gamers an escape from the tables. Unlike Amnesia and V, there's no cover for this diversion.
Temporary walls give the brand new venue a look of completion, but there’s more to be done, says beverage supervisor Janel Stone. "We are undergoing construction for our amphitheater (above one side of the lounge), which will showcase boxing fights (and) concerts. Our new buffet will open mid December."
A VIP area is also coming soon. Eclipz is open daily from 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Gear: Attractive servers wear pantyhose under thigh grazing one-shoulder dresses with a black asymmetrical bottoms and shimmery bronze-colored tops. The hostess welcomes you to the open lounge wearing a simpler, but equally short, black dress.
There is no dress code at Eclipz, but most people Friday night went with the basic jeans-and-shirt combo.
Mood: Despite what may seem like an awkward combination, purples, reds and oranges unite flawlessly to create a modern '70s retro design. Bold circular patterns make up the contemporary carpet, and the circle theme is subtly carried throughout the lounge by way of red velour and purple-leather ottomans, tables, curved-purple chairs and chrome floor lamps topped with cream lampshades.
Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Greektown, and a dramatic art piece made up of glass globes hangs from the 60-foot ceiling at one end of the lounge.
At just three weeks old, it’s too early to tell what kind of crowd Ecpliz will ultimately attract, but Friday night drew a younger crew around the 11:30 p.m. mark with a few 40-somethings thrown in for good measure.
“We don’t want to delegate the room to one type of crowd and just limit ourselves,” Stone says. “The crowd will depend on the talent.”
Pick me up: A stunning elliptical bar with a glossy wood face is, without a doubt, the centerpiece at Eclipz. Rows of translucent globes are suspended above the granite-topped libation station, and silver poles leading up to the floating bar top hold all the liquid courage you could need.
Happy hour specials run all week from 5-7 p.m. with $2 beer, well drinks and house wine, and the cigar selection includes Fonseca Vintage (a mile woody cigar that tastes of coffee and spice) for $8, Macanudo Hampton Court ($10), Romea & Julieta Churchill ($10), a medium bodied cigar with hints of a dark earthy taste, and more.
Specialty cocktails include the Chocolate Cream Martini ($10), Pear Blossom ($9) and Passion Margarita (Corzo Silver, mango and lime juice - $15).
“We don’t have a full kitchen right here,” says Stone, but they do offer a small bites menu that includes typical offerings with a fancy twist like cheese, chocolates and boutique popcorn. The menu is expected to be expanded soon.
Entertainment: On Fridays and Saturdays acoustic musicians like Tony Lucca, Curtis Peoples, Brandon Calhoon from "Rock Star: INXS" and Frankie D'Angelo will take the floor, but there will also be a mix of DJs (Mike Scroggs who is scheduled to spin with host Jevon Hollywood, Godfather, Donovan Tate, Ryan Richards) and Motown music. Paradime and Marco Lollio from "Bridge" are also expected to make appearances, Stone says.
Different themed nights will take over the week -- Industry night on Monday with select $2 drinks and singles night on Wednesday where patrons will be given beads (red beads mean don’t talk to me, yellow means ‘I’m casually dating’ and green means come talk to me) “that way nobody’s getting disturbed,” says Stone who’s working out the details. Ten dollar hookahs and complimentary tea will be held Thursday.
A pajama party will be held from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Nov. 21. Arrive in pajamas or lingerie and enter the "Best PJ's" contest for prizes. You’ll also receive $2 on well drinks, house wine and domestic beers all night. Eclipz girls will be in their hottest lingerie, Stone says.