The MintNovember 18, 2011
Nightclub of the Year Entry
Name of Club: The Mint
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ownership/Parent Company: Muse Lifestyle Group
Square Footage: 11,500
Open Date: May 24, 2011
Part restaurant, part ultra-lounge, The Mint occupies a 7,000-square-foot space that was previously a bank, giving inspiration to the name. In a nod to its past, The Mint’s centerpiece is the original vault door, while updated touches evoke a Hollywood Regency design influence. With every detail carefully considered, the interior features rich materials including dark woods and Cohiba marble to create booth seating, fireplaces, a luxurious 30-foot bar in the main room and a specialty champagne bar in the co-ed bathroom. The interior space is highlighted by a state-of-the-art retractable lighting system that shifts the mood from intimate to expansive as the night evolves from dining to nightlife.
The above bar 6 by 6 custom fixture displaying 32,000 LED lights with video, logo, word and photo playing capabilities in 1 million colors. Weighing 1,000 pounds and emitting 9,900 watts, this one-of-a-kind installation was built specifically for The Mint.
Audible pleasures progress throughout the evening with eclectic house and pop fostering energy as the day fades to night. Big-name DJs like EC Twins, Manufactured Superstars, Miguel Migs and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz’s new group Black Cards have performed at the ultra-lounge.
If fresh air is your fancy, The Mint boasts the largest restaurant patio in Old Town Scottsdale; 4,500 square feet dedicated to al fresco drinking and dining, resort-style cabanas, in addition to traditional arrangements. Indoor and outdoor combined, The Mint’s three unique bar experiences will invite discovery and ignite excitement.
The menu, crafted by Executive Chef Johnny Chu, offers reasonably priced tastes of gourmet pan-Asian cuisine, artfully presented on small plates. The tapas menu highlights Chef Johnny Chu’s novel creativity with traditional Asian dishes through items such as; Loganberry Shrimp with a spicy peanut dipping sauce; Wasabi Sliders with charcoal grilled beef marinated in onions, peppers, curry seasoning and topped with pickled wasabi; Flash Fried Sugar Cane Pork with pineapple ginger sauce; and Japanese Green Tea Cheesecake. In addition to Asian delights, diners have perfect pairings available with an extensive wine and sake list. For the experience seeker, handcrafted cocktails are available infusing local ingredients such as the Queen Creek Olive Mill Dirty Martini.
The Mint is the brainchild of Dean Slover, an established Valley restaurateur who has recently seen great success with Scottsdale nightlife/dining concepts that include Sandbar Mexican Grill and RnR, as well as concepts in Las Vegas.
VIP areas include:
• The private dining room, complete with ensuite bathroom, features enclosed dining table seating for up to 10 people as well as additional couch seating for up to six guests. The room is capable of full dining and/or bottle service, and includes a personal flat-screen HDTV, access to the main dining area and a private exit onto the east patio.
• Four raised DJ lounges overlooking the venue and DJs are available to accommodate 6 to 8 guests with full dining and bottle-service capabilities.
• Four semi-private cabanas/flats equipped with personal flat-screen HDTVs and ceiling fans throughout are available on the east patio to accommodate 6 to 8 guests with full dining and bottle-service capabilities.