Mix’s bartender is taking care of business
By Kiko Miyasato
There are definitely some interesting components that make up Elvis Rivero, bartender at Mix at Mandalay Bay, where he says he’s “having fun, being upbeat, talkative and pouring drinks.” He’s worked behind the bar at Mix since the lounge opened in 2004, and he’s been with the MGM Resorts corporation for more than 20 years.
Is Elvis his real name? Yes. When his parents immigrated to Las Vegas from Cuba, his father was a roulette and blackjack dealer in Cuba and continued his profession here. “He met Elvis Presley at the old Castaways (hotel) in 1969, right before I was born. Elvis sat at his table all night and played cards and was so nice. (My father) told him, ‘If my baby’s a boy, I’m going to name him Elvis,’” Rivero said.
Want to know even more about this bartender? “I have six kids, and one grandchild! My kids—the oldest is 21, the youngest 9 months.” Unbelievable, he doesn’t nearly look old enough! Another thing about Rivero? He’s a black belt in martial arts. And one more thing to fit in: He’s obsessed with sports and is a huge Yankees fan. “I was born a Yankees fan. In Cuba, the only radio station that they picked up was from New York. That’s why a lot of Cubans are Yankees fans.”
In addition to Rivero’s personality, there’s another draw for visitors to Mix—the incredible view. “It’s awesome,” he said. On the 64th floor, it is one of the best views in town, especially when enjoying a cocktail on the balcony.
Many drinks have come and gone on Mix’s cocktail list, but the Violet, on the menu since day one, has been so popular that it’s become one of the lounge’s signature drinks. Served martini-style, it’s mixed with Absolut Raspberri, Hpnotiq, Chambord and pineapple juice. “It’s close to a French martini. It’s really smooth and sweet tasting,” Rivero said.