Looking to indulge this weekend? Get ready to step up to the plate! Nothing could be better than a poolside brunch for the person who loves food, booze, sun and water. We’ve scoured Las Vegas’ pool clubs and pool-view restaurants to find the perfect spots – where you’ll be able to enjoy all of these things. Here are 10 wonderful, water world-oriented brunches that serve up a modern and classic mix of breakfast and lunch favorites.
1.) Acoustic Brunch at Rumor
This hip boutique resort, located near the Strip at 455 E. Harmon Ave., hosts a fun brunch every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Note: Their brunch menu is also available on Sundays during the same hours.) In addition to the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, you can get bottomless mimosas for only $15. The fare ranges from traditional breakfasts with eggs to more unusual treats like BBQ shrimp and grits, seafood crêpes and bananas Foster pancakes. At the Acoustic Brunch, of course, the food and drinks are accompanied by live acoustic music – and you’ll take in a lovely view of the sparkling waters in Rumor’s elegantly curved pool.
2.) Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
Boasting contemporary design combined with the creative genius of classically trained chefs, the Bacchanal Buffet has upped the ante on the all-you-can-eat experience that is so beloved in Las Vegas. A whopping 500 different dishes are prepared fresh daily from more than 800 recipes. The facility is also divided into nine different show kitchens: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, seafood, pizza, deli (including soups, cheeses and charcuterie selections) and desserts. Every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the lavish Bacchanal Buffet presents a scrumptious brunch. It’s priced at $41.99. Among the items you’re likely to discover here are red velvet pancakes with cream cheese and fresh strawberry compote, chicken and waffles, and mini soufflés. Plus, there will be plenty of options to please vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eaters. Many of the seats in the Bacchanal Buffet’s 25,000-square-foot dining room boast views of the resort’s stunning Garden of the Gods pool oasis.
3.) Bagatelle Brunch at the Tropicana Las Vegas
The people from Bagatelle America and The One Group, who put together the most decadent brunches in New York City and Los Angeles, have brought their over-the-top creation to Las Vegas. The champagne-fueled, party-inspired Bagatelle Brunch is served in an open-air bistro/lounge that overlooks bathing suit-clad frolickers at the chic Bagatelle Beach pool club. On Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 11 a.m., you can sip on a glass of Moët or other refreshing cocktails, like the Pamplemousse and Bloody Margaux, while digging into French-inspired delights (try the croque madame) as well as American-style items, such as pancakes and Nutella French toast made on homemade brioche.
4.) Bare Brunch at The Mirage
Bare Pool Lounge has launched its weekly Bare Brunch on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. Devour delicious food in between sunbathing on the stylish teak furnishings, listening to DJ-spun music and taking a dip in one of the two pools on split levels that are divided by a mini waterfall. The brunch menu includes everything from healthy choices, like yogurt and granola parfaits, to more hearty options, such as breakfast burritos and waffles. There is also an open Bloody Mary bar.
5) Border Brunch at Border Grill in Mandalay Bay
This long-running brunch has been a staple every Saturday and Sunday (note: it will not be offered June 1 – 2, 2013) on the Mexican restaurant’s poolside patio, which affords a view of the 11-acre, South Seas island-themed Mandalay Beach. For only $35, you can order all the small plates you can eat – and for $8 more, knock back unlimited mimosas. Choose from inventive creations like green corn tamales, Peruvian shrimp and grits, Yucatan eggs Benedict, frittata tarts, sweet potato pancakes, lobster pancakes and brisket omelets. Border Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also includes guava empanadas and fresh fruit.
6.) Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
This restaurant known for having a rebellious attitude is no slacker when it comes to the weekend brunch. A special menu is featured on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’ve been up all night, you can continue to party with one of four fine breakfast cocktails – the Bacon Bloody Mary, the Last Man Standing, the Red Rooster and the Banjo Strum. Among the victuals is something sure to appeal everyone. Those with a healthy lifestyle can order the egg white scramble. The young and young at heart will adore the Cap’n Crunch-crusted French toast. Breakfast traditionalists can get an egg sandwich while the more refined should check out the smoked salmon hash browns. Although Culinary Dropout has an industrial décor, a 3,000-square-foot patio with vintage couches and fire pits is situated next to the hotel’s breathtaking Beachlife pool complex.
7.) Bubbles & Brunch at the Overlook Grill in The Cosmopolitan
Offered throughout summer every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., this is an extravagant daytime eating experience. Held near the resort’s Boulevard Pool, which is perched above the Strip, Overlook Grill’s sophisticated indoor/outdoor atmosphere is reminiscent of the French Riviera. At Bubbles & Brunch, you’ll while away the afternoon listening to live DJs, sipping champagne and sampling a menu of globally influenced items. The cost for the prix fixe menu is $40 per person, and it comes with the choice of a glass of Chandon Library, a mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Each table is set up with warm monkey bread, and three small plates are served from a rotating selection of dishes. Then you get to select an entrée from these options: blue claw crabcake Benedict, truffle scrambled eggs, chicken and waffles, Mediterranean chopped salad, chicken Caesar salad, chipoltle rubbed chicken sandwich, chicken Milanese, fish tacos, hand patty burger and turkey miso burger. Finally, the meal wraps up with a family-style dessert tray that is filled with individual-sized treats – things like a chocolate raspberry tart, a mango cream puff and a piña colada shooter.
8.) Heraea at the Palms
This hip, female-friendly restaurant was inspired by the Heraean Games, the first athletic competition for women in ancient Greece. There is a patio that looks out onto the Palms Pool. Those with elevated tastes will delight in the brunch menu, which is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With a twist on classic American food, you’ll have a range of options – from breakfast-oriented items to sandwiches and lighter fare like salads. Three standout items are the butterscotch pecan pancakes, the French toast sticks and the smoked salmon topped bagel.
9.) TAO Beach Brunch at The Venetian
There’s no better place to eat, drink and merrily soak up the sun’s rays than at TAO Beach, one of the city’s hottest daylife scenes. The Asian-themed pool club debuted its new Sunday brunch – complete with tables and umbrellas for the ideal alfresco dining experience – in mid May. Order the Fortune Waffles – topped with a fortune cookie – and you’ll be sure to have good luck in Las Vegas. Other items on menu are Kobe steak and eggs, the XO Omelet and Kung Pao chicken wings. TAO Beach Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
10.) Simon Restaurant & Lounge at Palms Place
Known as the “Rock ’n’ Roll Chef,” Kerry Simon helms this celebrity-frequented dining spot that boasts a breathtaking view of the pool and cabanas at Palms Place. On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a spectacular and inventive brunch is doled out. The prix fixe menu is $39.50, which includes unlimited food. You can pay an additional $20.50 for bottomless Bellinis, mimosas and champagne. Among the flavorful selections are a wide array of Benedicts (classic, Philly, pork and lobster Harvati), apple crunch pancakes, crêpes, sushi, paninis and wood-fired pizzas. One item you don’t want to miss is the Simon French toast, made with Frosted Flakes-crusted brioche. And if you can save room for dessert, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Simon’s Junk Food platter, which comes with old favorites like brownies, Rice Krispies treats, cream-filled cupcakes, cookies and cotton candy.