There’s no shortage of sparkly light fixtures in Las Vegas, but The Cosmopolitan features one of the biggest. A three-story chandelier houses a unique lounge experience on each level: high-energy hot spot, sophisticated cocktail haven and inviting lounge.
Conceived and designed by Rockwell Group, The Chandelier Bar combines more than 2 million crystals within one three-story space connected by a glass spiral staircase. “We wanted The Chandelier Bar to become the iconic center of this resort, so we designed it as a larger-than-life lounge and bar where people would feel that they were inside a fantastical chandelier,” said David Rockwell, founder and chief executive officer of Rockwell Group.
The most popular item served at The Chandelier is the Verbena cocktail, incorporating tequila, yuzu sour, lemon verbena leaves and ginger syrup, garnished with a Szechuan button flower that is meant to heighten flavor.
The bar attracts people from near and far, including Las Vegas native Brandon Flowers of The Killers, who performed there solo in 2010.
— Tyler Everhart
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Lower level, 24 hours daily; inside space, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily; upper level, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
DO THAT VOODOO
Have a drink made with panache by the “level-3 flair bartenders” at VooDoo Nightclub, on the 51st floor of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino’s Masquerade Tower. The club is famous for its circus-style bartending — including mixologists doing tricks while concocting specialty drinks.
The bar’s most popular cocktail is the Witch Doctor ($30), which epitomizes the New Orleans voodoo theme. The 32-ounce drink, meant to be shared by four, is delivered to the table with dry ice to create the illusion of a smoking cauldron.
VooDoo is an indoor-outdoor double-decker nightclub with a striking steel staircase that offers one of the best views in Las Vegas. Dancing is courtesy of the club’s house band and nightly DJs who keep the party going.
The club is located directly above VooDoo Steak, Rio’s signature steak house. Anyone who dines at the restaurant prior to coming to the nightclub skips the cover charge. The hotel is host to the Women’s Wear In Nevada trade show, so WWIN attendees are also admitted free with their lanyard.
3700 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: 9 p.m.-3 a.m.
Cover: Sunday to Thursday, $20;
Friday and Saturday, men $30, women $20. Women with Nevada ID, free.
In a city of opulent eateries, Honey Salt offers farm-to-table casual fine dining with a comfortable-chic decor. On the scene since October, Honey Salt offers seasonally changing family-oriented recipes inspired by owner Elizabeth Blau’s own kitchen and travels.
The space’s New England aesthetic includes a wall covered in photographer Bill Milne’s images of farmers’ markets in Cape Cod and Santa Barbara, Calif. Chandelier accents and a long row of booths create a relaxing vibe, and waiters’ outfits don’t match, thus avoiding the typical uniformed restaurant look.
Beverages run from fresh-squeezed juices to Honey Salt’s handcrafted cocktails, plus a full selection of beer and wine. Its famous buttermilk fried-chicken sandwich ($13) is a lunch favorite, but dinner guests can try the caramelized sea scallops with cauliflower puree ($30).
Children can choose from Cole’s Corner, the kid’s menu named for Blau’s son. Blau’s own favorite is grilled organic chicken with quinoa salad, avocado and dried cranberry ($15).
Summer’s seasonal dessert is peach pie, and fall will bring apple pie served with sea salt caramel ice cream.
— Sophie Elkus
1031 South Rampart Boulevard
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; Sunday brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
One of the first tapas restaurants in Las Vegas a decade ago, Firefly famously serves its bacon-wrapped dates ($5) and three-day marinated house-made sangria (glass $7, pitcher $28) at its two locations.
Its flavorful menu includes hot and cold plates in a laid-back, warm ambience meant to offset the extravagant restaurants of the Strip.
Rachael Ray called Firefly’s gazpacho “delicious and refreshing” and its artichoke toasts “just perfect” on Food Network’s “$40 a Day.” Chef John Simmons, also featured on Food Network while making it to the dessert round of “Chopped,” prepares crowd favorite serrano sliders ($7.50), mango ribs ($9.50) and manchego mac ’n’ cheese ($9.50). Wine is available by bottle or glass, as are fine brews and a list of signature cocktails.
For lunch or late-night grub, the larger Paradise Road location near the Las Vegas Convention Center stays open until 2 a.m. most weekdays.
The red and black decor is inspired by traditional Latin-Spanish culture, featuring eclectic artwork of flamenco dancers and bulls. Co-owner Tabitha Fiddyment recommends Firefly’s apple-mango salad ($4.50) and its new ceviche recipe ($8.50).
Firefly On Paradise
3824 Paradise Road
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
9560 West Sahara Avenue
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday,10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Spa at Encore, which earned five stars from Forbes, stands out among the many pampering options in town. Encore’s design by Todd-Avery Lenahan is a 61,000-square-foot space boasting 37 treatment rooms, including four double-occupancy suites and 14 naturally lit garden villas. Rich golden tones, remarkable tapestries and a warm color palette set the tone.
The atriumlike lobby offers a collection of sculpture, fabric and objets d’art from destinations including Asia, Africa and Europe. The spa also features relaxation lounges, hot and cold plunge pools, steam rooms and experience showers. Encore’s most stunning environment is the Tranquility Hallway, lit by Moroccan lanterns and featuring its Golden Buddha.
One of the signature services is the Encore Escape, a 105-minute massage using Thai poultice bags, heated stones and Hawaiian lomi-lomi techniques that ends with a scalp massage using Indian Shirodhara oil treatment ($375). Encore’s most popular treatment remains the Good Luck Ritual, based on the five Chinese elements and designed to encourage happiness, luck and prosperity using customized massage techniques (105 minutes for $375). Travelers spending their day exploring the Strip benefit from the Encore Foot Surrender (50 minutes for $180 or 80 minutes for $280).
The Spa at Encore
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC
A seemingly endless array of visual light effects and sensory overload is the hallmark of Light, Las Vegas’ newest club hot spot and the brainchild of Cirque du Soleil. Light showcases big-name DJ’s including Skrillex, A-Trak, Alesso, Alvin Risk and Bassjackers on its packed schedule of rotating artists. Club performers are Cirque du Soleil members who begin the show by running up the walls on bungee cords before performing a full act behind the club’s illuminated glass screen.
During hot Vegas afternoons, Daylight Beach Club, Light’s outdoor day club, offers a spacious pool with two shallow ends and multiple drink bars. Individual cabanas include a daybed, personal TV and minibar. Top DJs spin tracks poolside to create an energetic ambience, and beach balls and water guns are plentiful. Lifeguards are on duty and swimwear is required.
On Wednesday nights, Eclipse, Vegas’ first outdoor late-night pool show, runs from 10 p.m. to 3.a.m.
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.