Pinkies up! Time for afternoon tea in Vegas

Who doesn’t like the British? They gave us things like the Royal Family, The Beatles and fish & chips. They also gave us the tradition of afternoon tea – the sophisticated, refined way to have a snack in the afternoon.

If you want to indulge in classic afternoon tea you don’t need a passport. There are several places in Vegas that serve tea complete with treats like sandwiches, pastries and scones. Pinkies up!

The Tea Lounge, photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

The Tea Lounge, photo courtesy of Mandarin Oriental.

Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental

For one of the most elegant afternoon tea services in town (and the best view), head to the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental.

Besides fine teas from around the world, the Tea Lounge also serves coffee, juices, cocktails and sweets like English scones, cupcakes and macaroons.

Be sure to check out the classic English afternoon tea served from 1 – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and noon – 5 p.m. Friday – Sunday. You’ll sip on a selection of freshly brewed loose leaf teas and snack on pastries and tea sandwiches. There’s even the option to add champagne.

The Tea Lounge offers a wide selection of teas including  a mandarin orange blend, white tip Darjeeling, Golden Assam, organic lychee green tea, matcha tea and blooming teas.

Want to really relax? Try one of the health and wellness teas like the Peace through Water. The caffeine-free infusion of chamomile, lavender and lemon balm with herbs and flowers will totally calm you.

Rí Rá afternoon tea, photo courtesy of Rí Rá.

Rí Rá afternoon tea, photo courtesy of Rí Rá.

Ri Ra at Mandalay Bay

Rí Rá is an authentic Irish pub and if you want to do like the Irish do, you’ll have tea in the afternoon.

Every day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., guests can enjoy a tea of their choice with a selection of treats. Priced at $22 per person, the tea includes six finger sandwiches, two fruit scones, four desserts and a pot of tea for two.

Sandwiches include egg mayonnaise, ham and tomato and Irish cheddar and Ballymaloe relish. Sweets include freshly baked homemade fruit scones, served with fresh cream and raspberry or strawberry Irish preserve, as well as miniature desserts such as Napoleons, raspberry roulade, fruit tartlets and chocolate-dipped macaroons.

Champagne tea (an afternoon tea meal followed by a glass of champagne) is available for $30 per person. If you’ve got a smaller appetite, you can partake in cream tea, a freshly baked scone with cream and Irish preserve with tea for $8.

Rí Rá serves a variety of teas including Barry’s Tea Gold loose leaf, decaf breakfast full leaf, Republic Darjeeling black full leaf, Earl Greyer black full leaf, organic Assam breakfast black leaf and more.

Afternoon tea at Petrossian Bar, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Afternoon tea at Petrossian Bar, photo courtesy of Bellagio.

Petrossian Bar at Bellagio

The Bellagio is one of Vegas’ most luxurious hotels so it’s not surprising that they serve a sophisticated afternoon tea in the Petrossian Bar. We’re talking white linen tablecloths, china plates and a silver tea strainer. It’s served in a quiet, roped off section of the lounge so it’s nice and peaceful.

Tea service runs in the afternoons from 1 – 4 p.m. and includes a selection of finger sandwiches and open-faced sandwiches like smoked chicken Waldorf salad, smoked turkey and brie, classic egg salad and smoked salmon and caviar on pumpernickel bread. You’ll also get scones with clotted cream and beautiful French pastries.

The teas are imported from around the world and include loose and bagged varieties like Darjeeling, Earl Grey, English breakfast, vanilla rooibos, monsoon chai and long life green tea.

Veranda restaurant, photo courtesy of Four Seasons.

Veranda restaurant, photo courtesy of Four Seasons.

Veranda at Four Seasons

For a nice afternoon escape you can’t beat tea at Veranda restaurant. It’s tucked away back in a quiet, secluded area of the Four Seasons hotel with a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the pool. Tea is served Monday – Friday from 3 – 4 p.m. and a 24-hour advance reservation is required.

Tea service features sandwiches like smoked salmon, chicken apple salad and egg and dill salad. You’ll also enjoy scones with fresh Devonshire cream, lemon curd and house made strawberry preserve. Pastries include vanilla cheesecake, strawberry tarts and chocolate and candied mandarin velvet cake.

There are a variety of organic teas to choose from including orange pekoe, English breakfast, Russian Earl Grey and golden chamomile flowers. Champagne can also be added on.

If you prefer your tea in an alcoholic form, try the Zen Martini – Absolut White Tea vodka, lemon juice, agave nectar and green tea.

The tea room at Qua Baths & Spa, photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

The tea room at Qua Baths & Spa, photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace

This isn’t a traditional afternoon tea, but it’s so cool we wanted to include it.  Any tea fan will appreciate the tea room at the Qua Baths & Spa.

Imagine relaxing with some tea before or after your spa treatment. The tea room even has a tea sommelier who will whip up just the right blend for you. Whether you want to feel relaxed or energized, there’s a custom blend that’s just right. Try the Signature Qua tea blend, an organically grown loose leaf tea.

Access to the tea room comes with a purchase of any treatment at the spa. You’ll also enjoy fruit, juices, water, pretzels and other snacks.


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