PLAINS TWP. — In preparation for the fall opening of the $50 million Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs hotel and convention center, the venue will open the casino’s newest bar tonight at 5.
Meant to be the first thing hotel guests see as they enter the casino portion of the property from the lobby, M Bar opens in an area that had been used as a decorative alcove with a lighted water wall. It’s still decorative, and there’s still a water wall, but now the wine, spirits and beer are flowing in addition the water. The wall also features the name of the bar etched in granite.
With only six high-seat bar stools and not much standing room, the space is not designed to be a stay-a-while kind of place. Instead it’s meant for a quick nightcap before guests leave or a “meet-and-greet” area before heading into the casino, said Kara Fox-LaRose, the property’s assistant general manager.
The hotel, which could open as early as mid-October, will have seven floors, 238 hotel rooms, a bistro, a 4,150-square-foot Spa Sapphire, an indoor pool and fitness center and the 20,000-square-foot convention center able to seat 850 people for dinners and other events. It also will be able to hold entertainment events for 1,500 people.
The bar’s name was the result of a contest held among casino employees. Table games dealer Rania Nedoff chose M Bar to signify the dominant “M” used in Mohegan Sun.
Starting Saturday, the bar will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. There are four beers on tap and a fully stocked bar with two flat-screen televisions and one bartender. The casino already has about a dozen other bars between its own offerings, such as Breakers and the Sunburst Bar, and those inside tenants such as Bar Louie.
Fox-LaRose spearheaded the newest attraction and said she always felt that space needed something more and the construction of the hotel seemed like a good time to change things.