Deciphering Bond, the Cosmo’s less-traveled nightlife venue
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 (5 p.m.)
“We should go to Bond! Passion Pit is DJing!”
When I hear this, I am one of 4,000 Adele concert attendees inching my way out of Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan on Saturday night. I want to ask the lady whether she’s ever been to Bond, but figure now is not an appropriate time for small talk with strangers. I just want to get out of this can of sardines alive. She answers the question for me anyway, by continuing to babble to her friend about where she thinks the bar is located.
She hasn’t been there, and she’s not alone. In the spectrum of Cosmo’s nightlife offerings, Bond often gets lost in the shadows of Book & Stage with its free concerts, Marquee with its party-rocking, big-name DJs, Chandelier Bar with its, well, chandelier and Vesper Bar with its first-class cocktails.
So what and where is Bond?
Answering the latter part is easy. Bond is squeezed into the corner of Cosmo, situated between a restaurant called the Henry and the casino floor, facing Las Vegas Boulevard. Bond feels a bit narrow and squished; likely because, when the bar is packed, patrons spill out onto what is essentially a casino walkway.
The first question is a little more difficult. Bond falls into that gray area between a bar and a club. There are fewer mini-dresses and fake boobs, but the people are still by and large attractive. Loud, thumpy music is present (club!), courtesy of a DJ booth where guests like the celeb dudes from Passion Pit can do their thing, but there’s no dancefloor (hotel bar!). The people who aren’t lucky enough to be behind the rope with bottle service (club!) just stand at the bar and talk loudly over the music (bar!).
Similar vibes can be found at places like the Artisan, the Lady Silvia or Blue Martini. And for some, this mix works. It’s the club for people who aren’t club people, or the bar for bar people who like electronic music. For some, it won’t. But, hey, if Bond doesn’t work for you, well, there’s always Vesper ... or Marquee ... or ...
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.