• Nightlife

    Marquee

    At the playful and polished Cosmopolitan

    The stunning 62,000-square-foot Marquee nightclub, created by the Tao group and housed in the ultrachic Cosmopolitan Hotel in the City Center area, has something for everyone.

    The David Rockwell designed venue includes three rooms, each with a distinct vibe and music style, an extensive outdoor area with panoramic views and seven bars.

    Once guests step off the elevator, they have choices. They can meander right to enter the Boom Box, a small room with a dance floor, separate deejay spinning powerful hip-hop and top-40 tunes, all with a view of the Las Vegas Strip.

    To the left of the entrance is the main room, which boasts a 40-foot LED deejay booth, projection stage, go-go dancers, two floors and plush booth seating. Just outside the main room is an attached day club with two pools, eight cabanas with individual infinity pools, ten three-story bungalow lofts with living quarters and an open-air party deck with sensational views.

    Overlooking the main room is the Library, an intimate lounge with a fireplace and dark wood accents, billiard tables, R&B music, vintage books and plenty of leather seating areas.

    Equally enticing is the Cosmopolitan itself. Video-screen columns displaying original digital art greet visitors in the chic lobby. Across the gaming floor, guests can sip specialty molecular-based cocktails inside a three-story chandelier made of 2 million crystals. On the way to Cosmo’s 13 signature restaurants, guests will walk around 8-foot-tall sculptures of highheeled pumps.

    The reception, gaming areas and bars are located on the ground level with shopping on the second floor and restaurants on the third floor. The pools and spa are located on the fourth and fifth floors.

    Two towers house the 2,995 rooms, most with large walkout terraces offering dramatic views. The towers were originally designed as condominiums and offer a living space with a large couch, club chair and work desk, a kitchenette with a sink, fridge, microwave and stove, and a marble bathroom with dual sinks, water closet, a Japanese soaking tub and a huge shower.

    The Boulevard Pool overlooks the Strip with views from all sides and the Day Club Pool offers daytime partying and segues into a poolside extension of Marquee at night. The 43,000-square-foot rock-andstone Sahra Spa and Hamman features treatment rooms and spa suites, steam rooms, pools, saunas and a Turkish hamman.

    The variety of restaurants will satisfy any budget and craving with venues ranging from the casual burger joint Holsteins to the trendy STK steakhouse. STK Vegas is sleek and modern with semi-circle booths providing a view of the hip crowd at the bar area. The menu, spearheaded by Bravo Top Chef contestant Stephen Hopcraft, features small, medium and large steaks and a wide variety of appetizers, salads and fish. The metal skillet pan-bread is a must order.

    Sushi lovers will feel at home at the Japanese-American Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill, featuring sushi, sashimi, fried chicken “Blue Ribbon Style,” tempura, steaks and a variety of rice dishes.

    Although the resort sits on a small (for Sin City) 8.6 acres between Bellagio and City Center, it makes the most of its space with a combination of visual wonders, stylish rooms, celeb-chef restaurants, modern design and an ultra-hip nightclub.

    Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan is located at 3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Hours are Friday, Sunday and Monday, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.; covers start at $20.

    Shaena Engle