Nightclubs and LoungesMay 7, 2012 By: Andrew Sheivachman Travel Agent
|Bellagio’s Hyde Lounge affords spectacular views of the resort’s famous fountains.|
Pool season is upon Las Vegas once again, bringing nightclubs the opportunity to open to guests during the day and offer a brand-new experience. In addition, a number of hotels have been busy unveiling new clubs and lounges and upgrading other spaces, while a unique day club has opened with a bang. Here are some highlights.
One of the newest high-class nightclubs to hit the Strip is 1 Oak, bringing the classic Manhattan lounge experience to The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Within the 16,000-square-foot space are two separate rooms, each accommodating its own bar and DJ booth, that can be tailored according to small groups or a specific requirement. The space features original art from Roy Nachum along with cutting-edge lighting and audio by Avalon Sound. The creative team at Munge Leung worked on the interior of the club, bringing to conception a design chosen by The Light Group and The Butter Group. The club also features performances by world-class recording artists, such as Robin Thicke and Cee-Lo Green, on a regular basis.
In addition to its recent renovation of all guest rooms, Bellagio opened a new, upscale “early-evening lounge” next to the Circo restaurant. The 12,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor Hyde Lounge Bellagio that opened on New Year’s Eve offers floor-to-ceiling windows and a design scheme put together by Philippe Starck and Gulla Jonsdottir of G+ Design.
The club’s decor mimics that of an opulent Italian villa, replete with Italian marble, Renaissance art and even a hidden Tuscan garden. Cool Touch: Revelers have views of the Bellagio’s iconic fountains from the club’s terrace. In addition to award-winning cocktails, the lounge serves up a menu of small plates from Circo.
On a bittersweet note, the iconic Studio 54 club at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino closed in early January as part of the property’s “Grand Renovation” that will reinvent the 14-year-old nightclub space as a more contemporary nightlife experience, slated to open in December.
The newly refreshed Tropicana Las Vegas launched the RPM Nightclub on New Year’s Eve, but the hotel has since shut down the club and sold rights to the space to The ONE Group, which will bring a Bagatelle Champagne-branded party brunch experience to the club resort space. The ONE Group runs The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ steak staple STK.
“Following the successful opening of STK...we are extremely excited to expand our footprint here in Las Vegas with Bagatelle,” says Jonathan Segal, CEO of The ONE Group.
|Weaponry displays add a unique touch to the VIP lounge at Machine Guns Vegas.|
Upon opening, the venue will offer a full day club experience along with Mediterranean dining and beachside activities, including the iconic Bagatelle “party brunch” experience replete with daybeds and dancing. Come nightfall, the venue will offer poolside dining access to the new indoor nightclub highlighting world-renowned DJs.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more explosive for your client, Machine Guns Vegas opened earlier this year, combining a lounge-type experience with a firing range showcasing all types of classic and contemporary firearms. The ultra-discreet venue is located off-Strip, and features a private luxury van that brings guests into the facility.
If you think alcohol and gunfire are a combustible combination, Machine Guns Vegas shares your concern; alcohol isn’t allowed on the premises, guests are tested for intoxication and experts walk guests through the selection and gun range experience with extreme care. Packages include memorabilia such as T-shirts and hats along with a wide variety of guns. Guests can fire a wide array of shotguns, machine guns, grenade launchers, mob guns and even weaponry dating back to World War II.
The 10,000-square-foot building also features a private lounge area with energy drinks and a flat-screen TV—perfect for gaming or watching a flick while your friends shoot. The venue is extremely crowded on weekends and suggests that interested clients book well ahead of time, especially for bachelor or bachelorette parties looking for a unique daytime venue.
This reporter enjoyed the experience at Machine Guns Vegas, and found it a fun and refreshing twist on the typical culture at Las Vegas gun ranges.