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December 21, 2014

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Inside the Strip’s rowdy party with Melinda Lee

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Rockhouse cocktail waitress Melinda Lee

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Monday, all day and all of the night, just like Ray Davies sang, is the time to pick up one of Rockhouse's signature shots. This one has enough sweetness and enough of a kick, too, making repeat trips to the bar a necessity for both sexes. Girls love the pink X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, peach schnapps and pineapple juice, while guys have no problem with the Absolut vodka — or asking the bartender for a Money Shot.

You may have seen, or at least heard, a small club while walking the Las Vegas Strip at night — bumpin' music, line out the door, packed inside — and wondered what was going on in that place called Rockhouse.

Cocktail waitress Melinda Lee let us in on the action.

"It's different from a lot of places," she said. "You come in, you're allowed to dance on anything, you're allowed to do whatever you want and you can wear whatever you want. It's a very party type of place."

A native Las Vegan, Lee presides over one of the rowdiest nightly parties on the Strip, where bottle service is cheap, beer pong tables are aplenty and the mechanical bull in the corner just beckons to be ridden into the morning light. And if you think she's content just to pour drinks and look pretty, well, try again.

"Tire, cage, tables, stage, everything — I'm on it all," she said.

Even with the cool winter air rushing in, Lee stays sexy in fishnets, bikini top and Rockhouse tank top. She says that she doesn't mind the cold, and we believe it, given that she's often having as much fun, if not more, than her customers.

"It doesn't even feel like I'm working sometimes," she said. "You're dancing, you're hanging out with people — it's fun."

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