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Yuliya Kamenshchuk talks cocktailing in Eve

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Tiffany Brown

Eve cocktail server Yuliya Kamenshchuk

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If the night ends upstairs at Eve, there's a good chance it began at the steakhouse downstairs, where the Raspberry Beso is that restaurant's signature cocktail. Served in a sugar-rimmed, long-stemmed martini glass, the cocktail sports a sweet, fruity mix of Belvedere raspberry vodka, Briottet creme de cassis, fresh lemon sour, fresh raspberries and just a kiss of Red Bull.

There are shafts of natural light shining through the windows of Eve nightclub on a gorgeous afternoon in the middle of March, and in a sense it's the perfect complement to cocktail server Yuliya Kamenshchuk, a native of Odessa, Ukraine, who moved stateside seven years ago.

Despite a job that almost requires her to be that steely kind of hot, that icy, untouchable hot, Kamenshchuk is bubbly, friendly, perfectly natural.

"You know how sometimes you go out and the waitresses are too good for the place, like 'Here's your bottle, see you at four when I'm ready to check out'?" she said. "We actually like to spend time with the customer, just chit-chat with them a little bit, make sure they have fun."

When it opened Dec. 31, Eve was just the latest entry in a city teeming with nightspots, the brainchild of actress Eva Longoria Parker and the companion piece to Beso, the restaurant located downstairs in CityCenter's Crystals shopping center. In a few short months it's transformed into a dynamo, thanks to the refreshing personalities of Kamenshchuk and her co-workers, whom she credits as being the best part of her job.

"You can have fun everywhere, but our service is exceptional. We're very personal," she said. "It's not that big of a space; therefore, we can pay attention to our tables more than any other club can."

— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine

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