Très chic, très hip, très sexy! This weekend will be a huge one, not just due to citywide celebrations for Cinco de Mayo, but because a brand new, super fashionable place to party is officially debuting in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Bagatelle Beach, aspiring to be a St. Tropez-like experience, is set to elevate the daylife scene in Las Vegas with self-indulgence and style.
It’s housed at the Tropicana Las Vegas and operated by Bagatelle America and the New York-based ONE Group. The nearly two-acre pool scene, which is accessed through a special entrance near the resort’s northeast parking lot, has truly come alive by replicating the joie de vivre attitude found in the south of France.
Utilizing a design that is minimalist – but far from plain and simple – the look and feel here are very sleek. Bagatelle Beach is packed with plush sea blue daybeds and “lilypads” (i.e., a playful circular version of the daybeds). Some are covered in white flowing draperies for added allure. Plus, for those with deep pockets, there are beautiful wood plank-accented cabanas furnished with ceiling fans, mini fridges and flat-screen TVs.
Guests will be able to spend their afternoons sunbathing, taking dips in two elegantly curved pools, sipping on refreshing frozen and specialty cocktails (try the Pamplemousse, which blends Tequila Avión with fresh grapefruit and pomegranate juices) from two full-service bars, and indulging in an array of good food. A poolside menu is comprised of casual favorites like chicken fingers, big bowls of traditional or sweet potato fries, chips and salsa, platters of fresh fruit and more. There’s also a bistro-style lounge for more formal dining that overlooks the whole water wonderland. It features delectable cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. Some standouts are the fresh snapper ceviche, Thai steak salad and blackened mahi tacos.
As is a staple for all Bagatelle properties around the world, including those in New York, Los Angeles, St. Barts and Sao Paulo, Brazil, this new beach club flaunts a high-energy vibe complete with entertainment – ranging from music spun by resident and guest DJs to live concerts. In fact, a raised 1,500-square-foot stage equipped with a 25-foot-by-9-foot LED screen was constructed for just this purpose. During performances, the pools can be covered and flexible seating brought out around the perimeter to accommodate more than 4,000 people.
Designated as the Kickoff Opening Weekend, the revelry properly gets underway on May 3 with DJs Ikon and Karma, who will be mixing all kinds of tunes for guests. A local celebrity volleyball tournament is also scheduled to be held on Bagatelle Beach’s two regulation-sized sand courts. Special entertainers have been lined up for Cinco de Mayo weekend too. You can enjoy music from singer/songwriter Skylar Grey on May 4 and B-Real of the hip-hop group Cypress Hill on May 5.
In addition, on May 5, the alternative newspaper “Las Vegas Weekly” is launching a series of monthly summer pool parties. The first one, a fiesta loca in honor of Cinco de Mayo, is to take place at Bagatelle Beach. Called “Beaches Be Crazy,” it will feature special cocktails, activities, giveaways and photo opportunities.
Last but not least, the Bagatelle brand is known for introducing the world to the ultimate champagne-fueled brunch. Kicked off in New York’s Meatpacking District, the supercharged extravaganza of food and fun is now out here on Sundays. As you’d expect from this place, upscale haute cuisine (from an à la carte menu) is complemented by top-notch mixology and the grooviest of beats – delivering nothing less than all-out debauchery.
So when it comes to a favorite destination for trendsetters and partiers, Las Vegas and Bagatelle Beach are a match made in heaven.
Bagatelle Beach at the Tropicana Las Vegas is open Fridays through Sundays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. General admission is $20 for women and $30 for men (click here to purchase tickets). Local women are admitted for free. Call (702) 701-0200 for pricing on daybeds, lilypads and cabanas.