Tipsy Robot’s Automated Bartenders Are a Riveting New Diversion on the Las Vegas Strip

A pair of robotic bartenders have created some serious buzz since a new bar, Tipsy Robot, opened inside Miracle Mile Shops at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas resort.

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“Kuka” is a German word meaning, “Bow before your new robotic bartender overlords.”

Tipsy Robot is billed as the “first land-based robotic bar.” There’s another pair of robot bartenders on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas cruise liner, but these are infinitely better, because Las Vegas.

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You can’t spell “tipsy” without “tips,” and, ironically, robot bartenders don’t accept those.

As marketing gimmicks go, this is one of the best we’ve ever seen, and crowds were gathering to watch the robots mix drinks even before the venue opened to the public.

We were utterly mesmerized as the dynamic duo deftly delivered drinks. See for yourself in our hastily slapped-together video.

That adorable little dance, though.

So, here’s all the Tipsy Robot skinny.

Guests place orders via one of 33 tablets. There’s a robust list of 18 signature cocktails, but guests may order custom-built drinks, too.

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Park it at a tablet and make some mechanical mixology magic.

For an existing drink, it’s just a matter of making a selection and providing a name and e-mail address.

For custom drinks, guests can choose from virtually unlimited options, from the kind of liquor (Tipsy Robot boasts 172 bottles, or 59 different brands) to exact proportions of liquor and mixers and ice.

There are 14 “portions” in all. For example, we ordered a rum and Coke with two parts rum, six parts Coke and six parts ice. We really like ice.

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Tipsy Robot serves Captain Morgan Silver. We’re trying to get past it.

Once an order is placed and paid for with a credit card (drinks are $14 for a standard drink with one shot of alcohol), it goes into a queue. That’s a fancy European term for “line.”

The robots take anywhere from a minute to 90 seconds to prepare a drink, so the virtual line moves quite quickly.

A fun part of the process is that video displays keep track of where your order is in the queue, and you can tell when your specific drink is being made.

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Analytics! See where you are in the queue, the most popular drinks being ordered and trends related to the consumption of various drink categories. You are officially a world-class nerd.

While a drink is being prepared, an e-mail is sent to the address given when the order was placed.

The e-mail contains a QR code which, when scanned, “unlocks” the drink. This ensures nobody can abscond with a cocktail.

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Set your drink free with your QR code. QR codes are like bar codes. Emphasis on “bar.”

That’s it.

The robots prepare drinks element by element, grabbing ice from a dispenser, extracting liquor from bottles hanging overhead, slicing fruit, shaking up the drink and pouring the cocktails ever-so-carefully into plastic cups.

What don’t the robot bartenders do? They don’t take breaks, they don’t accept tips and they don’t provide straws.

There are attendants in space-aged uniforms to handle the straw thing.

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The robot helpers are called “Galactic Ambassadors.” Just play along.

During our visit, we chatted up Rino Armeni, owner of the 2,500-square-foot Tipsy Robot and Chairman of Robotic Innovations. He said, “I’m very proud that Las Vegas finally has something different, new, and most importantly, ahead of its time.”

Armeni is a charismatic Italian whose enthusiasm is contagious.

“In food and beverage,” Armeni says, “I think we’ve been asleep at the wheel lately. It’s been a matter of recycling, rather than being inventive.”

Yes, he actually said “sleeping on the wheel,” but we know what he meant.

Armeni continues, “We want to be almost like the fountains of Bellagio, the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. We want people to come and experience this kind of entertainment.”

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Owner Rino Armeni greets Tipsy Robot guests, assuring them he’s never heard the word “Skynet” before.

Armeni is careful to point out he considers the robot bartenders entertainment, rather than a replacement for actual bartenders.

In fact, Tipsy Robot has a “Human Bar,” with humans serving up the libations.

The robot bartenders aren’t fully autonomous, of course. A human being is still tasked with replacing the liquor bottles.

When we asked an insider how much the robots cost, the answer was along the lines of “a metric ass-ton.”

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Humans and robots have many things in common, including an ongoing need for lubrication.

Tipsy Robot is looking to crowdsource the names of the robots. Siegfried and Roy leap to mind. Find out more on the Tipsy Robot Facebook page.

Tipsy Robot is open from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10:00 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Here’s another look at these modern marvels. You may not be able to tell these robot bartenders your problems, but you’ll always know the precise size of your pour.

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26 thoughts on “Tipsy Robot’s Automated Bartenders Are a Riveting New Diversion on the Las Vegas Strip

    1. Photoncounter

      Yeah but the sheeple will gladly part with their rent for opportunity to post a narcissistic selfie (doubly redundant) on useless social media so other narcissists can go “Ooooh!”

        1. Photoncounter

          When I was growing up doing a selfie in public got one arrested and labeled as a Level I sex offender. Now the term has been hijacked by narcissists and their iPhones. Being shunned by them is an honor. However, if you have to deal with one, be sincere, even if you don’t really mean it.

          1. Manybar Goatfish

            LOL. Good rant! Especially the part about being sincere, even if you don’t really mean it. I probably couldn’t pull it off, though. I can’t even get away with a simple lie. See what I mean? You knew that was a lie, didn’t you?

    2. Manybar Goatfish

      Since you put it that way, I’m starting to understand why I’m going to be destitute in a month from now.

  1. Coop

    OH no…. Comp drink trackers now robot bartenders. Could robot marketers be next. Sorry Scott we are all doomed. They just may end up with robot customers if their not more caring about the Human experience!!

    1. Bouldersteve

      This should be a wake up call to the Culinary union. Mc Donalds has already started with robot cooks

      1. Photoncounter

        And robot kiosks too. Many fast food restaurants are going that way, can’t afford the $15 minimum wage and still make a profit on a $6 transaction.

        Look how popular the robot craps, baccarat, blackjack and three card poker have become. Look for more and more of that to hit the casino floor. Same odds, high initial capital cost (which can be depreciated), some maintenance (which is expensed) but very little labor (cleaning, security, maintenance). We are headed to a robotic gambling floor.

        Wonder if those ‘bots will have disco balls?

        1. Bouldersteve

          I also have noticed how little casino floor space is reserved for table games now. Every year it gets smaller. I don’t think there is much future in being a dealer.

          1. Photoncounter

            Do the math. A penny slot generates, on average, about $225 per day profit for the casino. Take 10 blackjack tables. With the pit area and chairs included I bet that’s enough real estate for 100 penny slots or $27.5K per day. BJ has about the same real payback (90%) that the penny slots do (ignore the true math, add in side bets, bad decisions, booze). Betting $10 a hand the dealer can deal $60 in hands every 30 seconds. Playing a penny slot if all machines are occupied (rare) and all are playing max bet (many do) $3 is bet 15 times a minute ($45), per machine! So, if half the seats are taken by BJ players (60 seats) betting $10 twice a minute that’s $1200 a minute. A 10% net on that is $120. If half the 100 penny slots seats are taken (50) and all are betting $3 a spin, 15 times a minute that’s $2250 a minute. A 10% net of that is $225. (The actual reported number is closer to $280 a day, varies by casino. Simple math just for argument purposes).

            If I was a casino executive I wouldn’t put more real estate into card games, I’d sucker more people into playing slots by making them fun, interactive, playing on social media themes, their childhood, old movies…. Well, pretty obvious that’s why casinos are the way they are. But the big bucks aren’t in the slots. It’s in the $5.50 bottle of water they sell five or six times over in the convention space. They pay $0.15 cents for a bottle of water and Catering charges $5.50 but at the end of the day any waters, sodas, etc that are not consumed are put back to cool again and be resold. The meeting is not credited. Coffee is $50 – $100 a gallon! Meals $40 and upwards per plate. Pretty obvious why they keep increasing convention space.

            If the Central Banks stop buying stocks the market crashes and we are in a deep recession. The Strip will get hit harder than anywhere in the USA. Times are good for them now. Could be interesting soon.

          2. Bouldersteve

            One of the first things companies cut back on in tough times is travel and conventions.

  2. RustyHammer

    Lots of technology used to pour a drink. Wow, I’m dazzled. (cough)

    Impressive effort, but not one to go out of my way to see. Should I be dazzled by the drink prices? We are not a millenial, we don’t understand paying a metric ass-ton for a cocktail. And yet $14 seems reasonable by today’s strip prices.

    OK, the ambassadors are a nice touch.

  3. Manybar Goatfish

    The robotic motions are surprisingly enjoyable to watch. I could watch that all day. It certainly beats watching the human arm of a blackjack dealer rake my chips into his chip tray time after time.

  4. Bouldersteve

    Serious buzz at $14 a shot?..thats going to cost a lot to get that serious buzz.How much liquor is in a shot? 1 ounce or is it 1.5 ounces. Does not really matter since any serious drinker would not pay for this but it would be fun to watch while drinking my comp from the casino.

    1. Manybar Goatfish

      A spilled drink or two is child’s play. If the robot software was hacked into, those two robots could destroy the entire bar and then light the place on fire. I imagine a lot of people would be spilling their drinks at that point. That would make a good starting place for The Hangover 5.

    1. Manybar Goatfish

      Artificial intelligence will figure out, but don’t bet a martini on it happening by tomorrow.

  5. Alex

    Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t think getting a drink should involve giving out my email address or needing to use my cell phone.

    1. Manybar Goatfish

      You make a solid point, Wally. Our primate cousins developed a taste for alcohol tens of millions of years ago (give or take a year). Looking back at this “stupid” alcohol delivery gimmick in ten million years from now will certainly provide evolutionary scientists a good laugh one day.


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