The Light Group, a leading hospitality management company famous for shaping the nightlife scene on the Las Vegas Strip, knows all about taking the party outdoors in summertime. Among its several stylish venues, including Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage and the soon-to-open Daylight at Mandalay Bay, Liquid lets you enjoy a club-like atmosphere poolside.
It’s located on Aria’s Promenade Level, which is packed with swimming pools of all shapes and sizes. You’ll discover the entrance to Liquid near the far back wall. Just look for the line of sexy, well-bronzed adults (you must be at least 21 years old to enter) waiting to get in. Like you, they’re seeking fun, sun and alcohol-infused refreshment.
Liquid appears small in size at 16,000 square feet but can actually accommodate up to 852 people at peak periods during the weekend. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., general admission starts at $10 for women and ranges from $20 to $40 for men.
Surrounded by towering trees, the scene here is usually laid back. Trellises with climbing vines and huge geometric pots with exotic-looking plants and bright red flowers are scattered about. In fact, Liquid gets top marks for being a sanctuary of sorts. It was designed to make a splash, thanks to the three sleekly curved dipping pools and a contemporary sense of style. Mattresses in warm neutral shades with turquoise pillows can be found atop hand-crafted wicker furniture by Janus et Cie.
There are 85 chaise lounges and 35 daybeds to accommodate guests. Eight grand cabanas are set back along the perimeter in two VIP areas. Equipped with modern technology, each of these cabanas also boasts a cream-colored privacy drape, two robes, a ceiling fan, a 40-inch flat-screen TV, a mini fridge and artwork (such as black and white photographs of naked torsos).
A stroll around the main triangular-shaped pool, which spans 1,200 square feet, wouldn’t ordinarily take long but with all of the sunbathing, mingling and partying people in your path, completing a lap is sure to be a leisurely endeavor.
Indeed, Liquid feels like one big social event. A DJ is on hand to pound out the beats, so be ready to get your groove on. The music is loud, but not so deafening that you can’t have a conversation.
A 50-seat, open-air restaurant and bar offers full food and drink service. The menu was created by Brian Massie, executive chef of The Light Group. Appetizers include things like chips and salsa, frozen fruit, shrimp cocktails and quesadillas. For those interested in lighter fare, there are Cobb or chopped Caesar salads. The breakfast burrito, organic chicken club sandwich, turkey panini and Kobe cheeseburger with Louis sauce are guaranteed to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. In addition, groups sharing a cabana will appreciate the party platter, which contains a “greatest hits” of assorted entrées.
Like the food, the cocktails are great – either twists on classic drinks or exclusive concoctions. Frozen beverages, sangrias and mojitos are available in an array of unique flavors. You can purchase them in a glass, a souvenir 32-ounce Liquid cup or a pitcher. One of the popular signature cocktails is the Liquid Fusion made with Skyy Infusions Passion Fruit, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, blood orange purée, fresh lemon juice and rock candy syrup. The Liquid Mai Tai – created by mixing Atlantico Plantino and Atlantico Reserva rums with orange and pineapple juices – is splendid too.
Here’s a tip for women: Arrive early because ladies at Liquid can indulge in free champagne at the bar until 1 p.m. Plus, Thursdays have been designated as industry days, so expect some drink specials as well as a strong local turnout then.
Sitting with your feet in the water, a pineapple mojito in your hand, a beach ball bobbing by and electronic dance beats blasting from the speakers, you’d have to agree that you’re in with the cool crowd. So whenever you need relief from the heat, head to Liquid – one of the can’t-miss afternoon party places of the summer in Vegas!