A Sneak Peak at Marquee Las VegasDecember 9, 2010 By: Leigh W. O'Quinn
Three rooms. A Dayclub. 60,000 square feet. This is Marquee, the newest venue in Vegas from the TAO Group, set to open at The Cosmopolitan on New Year’s Eve with resident headliner DJ/Producer Erick Morillo. But you don't have to wait till then to get a glimpse.
Ascending one of three elevators up to the club on the newest Strip resort’s sixth floor, guests are greeted by the first of multiple bars; rich purple, gold and dark accents dominate the club throughout. The main room is to the left; on the right, stairs lead to the Boom Box room (but we’ll get to that later).
The DJ is the focal point of Marquee, as previously reported in Nightclub & Bar's Nov/Dec 2010 cover story, and I can see why. Music is certainly the main attraction of Marquee, where a 40-foot video wall designed by V Squared Labs Inc. will have resident and guest DJs spinning in front of custom visuals, while sound pumps through the Funktion One system and SJ Lighting plays off the walls. Though the dance floor is intimate and surrounded by VIP booths (think Lavo), an elevated second bar area is behind that, plus another dance floor and movable furnishings to adapt to the club’s needs on any given night.
As go-go dancers in mirror-lined boxes work their magic, views of the Las Vegas Strip make up the back wall of windows. Off the main room is access to the Dayclub area where, though still under construction, elements will include outdoor gaming, a performance stage, two pools and eight super-cabanas, each with individual infinity pools, plus deluxe three-story bungalows where guests can party and stay the night.
Then there’s the Boom Box room. Similar to Noir Bar at LAX (side note: Angel Management Group will be remodeling Noir Bar and reintroducing it as Savile Row on NYE) with views of the Strip that will wow those behind the DJ booth. Over the centrally located bar, liquid silver mirrored ice cube-like fixtures are suspended as an alternative format of sound takes over (i.e. if there’s house in the main room, the Boom Box room will focus on hip-hop and vice versa).
The final space in Marquee is the Library. Walking behind the LED wall of the main room and through doors, one will find it to be more lounge than mega club, a la Drai’s. The Library incorporates a fireplace, a billiards table, antique books from Strand Bookstore in New York City, and even a food menu will be part of the intimate space. A heavy mixology focus will be another feature of the room, which shies away from bottle service to focus on craft cocktails. Again, movable furniture will allow the Library to be customizable on any given night with appropriate tunes reflecting that vibe.
Details on hours and days of operation are still under wraps, but rumor has it Marquee’s Boom Box room will be open on Thursdays, the entire club on Fridays and Saturdays, and Mondays will possibly be industry night.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and check out www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/explore/nightclub.aspx for additional updates.