Las Vegas is a vacation destination where many escape to indulge in the feeling of luxury. This can mean living like the rich and the famous or just dabbling in their scene. If you’re looking for an evening of lavishness in Sin City you needn’t look any further than the five diamond rated Bellagio. This world famous hotel and hot spot has legendary amenities. You may not be able to afford to bubble bath in one of their opulent suites, but you can still hit the hotel nightlife and live large around those who can.
The Bellagio has more than a few fantastic places to eat dinner and one that is highly recommended is Olives. This Mediterranean-style eatery is a perfect spot to start your evening. It appears upscale but will not empty your bank account all the while offering delicious and hearty cuisine with a warm inviting ambience. An open kitchen, mosaic tiled floors and warm hued walls all bid a soothing atmosphere, combined with comfort food, it is a fantastic setting to cultivate great conversations long into the evening.
To make the most of your meal be sure to reserve seating next to a window or on the terrace for breathtaking views of the famous Bellagio dancing fountain. Seating on the terrace is especially pleasing in late summer when evenings in the desert begin to cool.
Try the delicious olive tapenades with warm flatbread -a crowd favorite. The crispy crab dumpling is also a sumptuous way to begin your taste experience. Popular entrées include the delectable flatbread pizzas, grilled swordfish and butternut squash pasta. Olives offers an impressive wine list and if you are not experienced with selecting wine, your server will be more than happy to enlighten you.
After a relaxing, hearty dinner at Olives you need only take a quick walk to Bellagio’s newest nightlife addition -The Bank. Created by the famous Light Group (made up of a brilliant group of entrepreneurs, real estate moguls, culinary masters and restaurateurs). You may recognize of few of their entertainment and culinary creations because many of them sprinkle the Las Vegas strip including Jet, Caramel Lounge, Diabalos Cantina and more).
The Banks famous grand opening was right before New Years 2008 and the hype hasn’t died down. Don’t be surprised if you see celebrity faces among the throngs of club goers dancing beside you.
The Bank still attracts large masses of people on weekends and holidays, so unless you arrive early you’ll most likely have to wait in a long line to get in. A way to side-step the wait is to reserve your own table for bottle service. The Bank prides itself in providing the utmost in European style bottle service in which you are given your own excellent service staff. This can be expensive but is a splurge well spent if you want to sidestep unnecessary hassle- and you are in Vegas!
The Bank’s main attraction is the glass encased dance floor that serves as the clubs focal point. Its state of the art sound system pumps music through its 8,000 square feet. Etched glass and a kaleidoscope of reflecting colors and lights give this club an elegant contemporary style.
The music becomes a part of the energy as the raised DJ booth sends out beats that move in synch with the pulse lighting. Go-go dancers entertain on four corners of the dance floor and keep the electric atmosphere going. Elegant VIP booths are tucked away from the party scene but provide excellent views of the dance floor. Those who are lucky will be invited to sit at a booth to observe.
If you get thirsty from boogying too hard there are fully stocked bars on both ends of the club that offer fine elixirs for anyone wanting. You will pay more here for a drink than at many other clubs but it is definitely worth the extra pennies if you are looking for a high class crowd. The bartenders are quick and will keep you prepared to enjoy the night of mixed up beats, high energy crowds and feelings of well spent extravagance. Before you know it, it’ll be time for breakfast!
What & Where
Bellagio (3600 Las Vegas Blvd., South; 702-693-7111)
The Bank (702-693-8300; Open Thursday – Sunday 10:30 pm – 4:00 am)
Helpful Hints: When on the dance floor at the Bank remember to cover your glass as confetti drops from the ceiling!
Nicole Marre is a graduate student and aspiring novelist living in San Diego California. She has worked as an editor and enjoys writing articles for lifestyle magazines. Between writing about topics such as travel, culture and food she travels the world for inspiration. She has been delighted by the sites of Asia, Europe, Central and South America as well as the undiscovered haunts in her own backyard.