America's First Robot Bar Opens In Vegas: "Perfect Pours Every Time"

Tyler Durden's picture

Here’s a headline that should send a chill through the spine of every bartender and server in America: “Bionic bartenders deployed at Las Vegas Strip bar.”

As we reported last week, Cowen analyst Andrew Charles calculated that McDonald’s “Experience of the Future” strategy  could allow it to replace 2,500 cashiers with “Big Mac ATMs” by the end of 2017 – and another 3,000 in 2018.

Now, in a hint of what’s to come for the nightlife industry, the Las Vegas Sun reports that the a bar relying solely on robot bartenders – the first of its kind in the US - will open on Friday.

Here’s the Sun:

“Tipsy Robot, a 2,500-square-foot bar to open Friday at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, boasts two robotic bartenders ready to make your favorite concoction any way you like.”

The bar is being run by Rino Armeni, the chairman of a company called Robotic Innovations, who said he decided to open the first robot bar in Las Vegas to give the city a leg up on other nightlife hubs like New York City and Miami.

Here’s how it works:

“Customers place their order on one of the dozen tablet stations in the bar or through the Tipsy Robot app on their smartphone. They then pay with cash or credit card and enter their email address.

 

A QR code (barcode) is sent to the email, which the customer places above various windows available. The barcode is scanned and the drink is entered into the system. Patrons can see where their drink is in the queue and are alerted when their order is up.

 

Each robot has access to more than 60 kinds of liquor, and drinks can be mixed and poured into a 12-ounce plastic cup within 70 seconds.”

Armeni stressed that the robots are meant to be a novelty, and that he believes Technology that carries out human jobs ultimately won’t replace human servers.

“We have a human bar on the side, and the robotic bar is mostly an attraction and entertainment,” Armeni said, “It’s no different from the fountains at Bellagio and the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.”

However, if the robots’ performance lives up to the description provided by the Sun – well, let’s just say that bartenders who were hoping to make a good living in Sin City might want to consider a move.

“Ice, lemon, limes and sugars are stored behind the wall of the robots. Juices, sodas and liquors are housed above them.

 

Aside from perfect pours every time, Armeni said the robots don’t spill and don’t waste any ingredients.

 

“They work to perfection, so everything the robots make is perfect,” he said.

Tipsy Robot’s location at the entrance of the Miracle Mile Shops on Las Vegas Boulevard was chosen because of its heavy foot traffic, Armeni said.

“We wanted to find a place where there was a lot of people coming through,” Armeni said. “At this location, there is an average of 24,000 people coming through a day, so that was what sold it to us.”

In addition to the robots, the bar will employ 16 humans, including what Armeni calls “Galactica Ambassadors,” women dressed in space-themed metallic silver dresses – they’re basically a squad of hostesses. Technicians are also on hand to tend to the machines should problems arise.

The techs also ensure the robot's self-cleaning system is working properly because unlike bartenders and other servers – whose hygiene habits are largely a matter of trust – these robots automatically clean their robot “hands” between each drink.

Now, if two robots, whose only associated costs are the initial investment, maintainence costs, and the electricity required to operate them, can perform the exact same job as a human server, ask yourself: How could anybody justifying being paid $15 an hour to perform the same job - but not as well - as an oversized electric back-massager hooked up to an iPad?
 

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MagicCooler's picture

Next to come will be the "Robot Hand-Job Palace" right next door...

Manthong's picture

 

They've already got that.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/12/robot-handjobs-vr-tenga_n_42611...

..but

“they even wash their hands..."

That’s important, especially before they leave the can.

 

ghengis86's picture

I could really go for a Starbucks!

(The future is almost here!)

Zero Point's picture

The time is coming when being served by a human will be seen as downmarket.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

This is old news. We all know that Vegas will be the first to introduce robot bartenders. Robot whores too! The real news is recreational weed is legal there so I'll really start to  worry when a robot can roll the perfect joint.

It's gonna take them years to perfect that.

fattail's picture

I bet they won't slobber all over it.  

playit's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... www.jobproplan.com

inhibi's picture

What a shit bar!!!!

First of all, much much better to have a hot bartender than a robot.

Second of all, plastic cups? Really?

Third, why the robot arm? You could simplify even further and just have the bottles hanging over a conveyor with glasses. Or just simply have tubes running from the bottles that have electronic valves with a purging system to clean the tubes after every drink. Probably 10x faster and 10x cheaper.

This is way too gimmicky.

E5's picture

with extra whip

 

i like money

takeaction's picture

There is one of these bars on the last cruise ship I was on.  What I don't understand is why these things are so FUCKING slow.  If youare going to do it...DO IT RIGHT.  THese things should be able to slam out drinks in a matter of seconds.  It looks like old ass analog programming....FAIL.  The gimmick is cool...until you realize how long you have to wait.

Watch this thing sort pills.....This one will make you a drink.  THis would be impressive...I just showed my wife this one...she said "All Pharmacy jobs...GONE"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCaMY4UfXa8

.

or this one from 2012.....THis one will make you some DRINKS....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJljigQGWSM

The_Juggernaut's picture

To be fair, I've seen some incredibly slow bartenders, too.

Zero Point's picture

I've seen some pretty fucking fast, excellent ones too.

tmosley's picture

That's what I was thinking. 70 seconds!? For what, a lemon drop?

Ought to be spitting them out in 7 seconds.

wisehiney's picture

I am so sorry that Chuck Leavell lived to see this.

 

Spine of Ruprecht's picture

It would be nice to order a Vodka Martini for once, shaken and strained; three olives - without the bartender having a fucking hissy.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

You shake vodka?

You phillistine!

All you are asking for is dilution so I really think what you need is a hard cider or a Mike's Hard Lemmonade.

You clearly don't have a taste for spirits. And that's why you like the olives. I think what you really want is a nice fresh salad.

Save the booze for those of us who drink it straight. A shot of single malt or Grey Goose is best accompanied by tobacco.

Silver Savior's picture

My favorite drink in the bar is a Coors light. I get away with paying very little for the whole night. You guys pay out the ass then have too much alcohol in your systems.

Conax's picture

Will the robots be able to swipe bills off your drinkin stack with a straight face like my favorite barkeep Alice?

Would they efficiently pour strychnine cocktails if some terrist switched out the bottle?  Get these issues sorted out then get back to me.

CaptainObvious's picture

Point 1:  If robots do all the work and nobody earns a wage anymore, who will be able to afford to purchase the service?

Point 2:  When you enter your credit card and e-mail, you are giving the advertisers a first class peep at your personal drinking preferences and you will be positively deluged with advertisements on your phone trying to convince you to drink their brand.  And you are also handing Big Healthcare a good reason to deny you care, and Big Insurance a reason to raise your rates.  And you're alerting Big Law Enforcement/Revenue Generation to stakeout the area in which you're drinking in the hopes that they can catch you and hit you up with some mega DUI fees.

Point 3:  Just use the scantily-clad women.  That is no-shit-sherlock-guaranteed to drive more traffic into a bar than some fucking drink-mixing machine.  Because yeah, blenders have been around for a while, and adding neon lights and self-measuring capabilities to them doesn't make them an attraction.

Overfed's picture

I pay cash whenever possible.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Looks like one less profession unavailable to college grads- what will all of those surly, tattooed douchebags and STD-ridden whores do now?

Conax's picture

Teach gym class and drive school buses. I've seen it.

Juggernaut x2's picture

HS gym class teachers pull down $100K+ a year here in IL 

Juggernaut x2's picture

You couldn't pay me enough to teach the priveleged little shits in today's High Schools - I would have choked 5 of them with their cell phones before lunch on my first day.

CaptainObvious's picture

That's not surprising.  Toilet scrubbers and horse-meat-serving school lunch ladies earn 70k a year in IL during their working years, and 105k a year when they retire.

Zero-Hegemon's picture

Better be fake tits on those robots or NO TIPS

Twee Surgeon's picture

Spare me the fucking idiotic robot videos, the next big buggaboo is the fucking Robot ? I think not.

Fucking Mc Donalds is replacing workers with Robots ? My fucking arse, they are. A Fucking Vending machine in 1973 would sell you a cup of shit coffie for Ten pence and then tell you Thank you. Not exactly SkyNet taking over the world. We Operate a business that uses a self sevice kiosk, the fucking thing is worse than a two year old child, it needs full time supervision by actual humans that have a clue what is going on and when we get a power surge the whole fucking thing takes a crap.

Then we get an E-Mail of apology have to talk too some arrogant I.T. people at Hq, 2000 miles away and you get to talk to Kanisha who is a customer Satisfaction Representative  or some shit who knows jack shit about nothing and she call Treyvon who knows fuck all and you might get a proper reply in 3 weeks from some dude who has a clue . I'm not talking about C3PO or some actual robot, just some time saving Kiosk thing that takes Credit cards and shit like that.

Every Robot thing creates 10 jobs. Entropy. A mechanic, a micro mechanic, A machine to computer interface mechanic, a data to banking system trusted babe like my little fat wife who can wipe the dust of forest fires out of the slidey thing that grabs the cash and a cunt like me that's pretty good with Slidey thing's.

The Hopium of the Robotium world is the cheesy realm of the wishful thinkers. Dream on.That is not how shit works, forever. Vending machines and Robots are two different things.

Twee Surgeon's picture

Thank you, I do like a nice rant, particularly when my rant is true or close to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyH9xPDDy80

anarchitect's picture

Yes, reminded me of the guy droning on in Monty Python's travel agency sketch.

E5's picture

But did we provide you with excellent customer service?

you my friend eperienced the vindaloop

Spine of Ruprecht's picture

My favourite 70's covfefe machine also dealt a poker hand with every cup.

Toonces McGraw's picture

How would a robot stand up to the ridicule when they fuck up my Old Fashioned? Bartenders are fun to pick on, especially when they can dish it back.

The_Juggernaut's picture

"There's a place down the street that loves to serve assholes like you " ;-)

Toonces McGraw's picture

Well done sir. An asshole is only an inch away from being a cunt.

Spine of Ruprecht's picture

With a Multi-Bar-Bot, you get the complimentary Bouncer algorithm.  Complainers are tazed.

Silver Savior's picture

The human bartender is the REASON to go to a bar. That and the music. Yeah man I wanna go to a place to stare at a fucking machine arm. The world is getting so fucked. It's getting pretty bad. You just have to admit it. Pathetic!

HRClinton's picture

A robot can shake that vodka martini, but it can't shake it's "moneymaker".

Show us some cleavage, show us those ta-tas, darling. Wiggle those hips, baby. What's your phone number?

AlexCharting's picture

Okay, you can pay 10$ for your human made drinks, while I pay 5$.

Blackhawks's picture

Why pay $5. If you can't afford or are too cheap to pay for a drink by a bottle and drink it from a bag and your drink costs pennies.

Silver Savior's picture

Well considering all I drink in the bar is Coors light at $3 a bottle you are still going to pay more to the arm my friend.

Nona Yobiznes's picture

At this point, why don't they just replace the dancers with dancing robots. Perfect moves every time. 

Yen Cross's picture

 NOW, that's Coyote UGLY!

tribune's picture

part of the reason you go out is to transact with another human being. i bet you robot bars will fail. patronage will move to human bars

The_Juggernaut's picture

Yep.  Robot batenders don't overpour.  Fuckem.