Body English picks up right where it left off
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 (10 a.m.)
Let’s clear things up: Body English isn’t going through an awkward reacquaintance phase with Las Vegas. The recently reopened nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel has the same decadent party vibe it had when its original incarnation closed in 2010.
Last Friday night’s birthday bash for Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi served as a fair showcase for the club, whether you missed it the first time or were a regular back in the day. Valensi spun an indie- and electronic-laced set for the crowd, with DJ Christopher Kennedy (the DJ nom de guerre of actor Christopher Masterson) putting on the follow-up.
The venue remains pretty much as you remember it: two stories, with a bar and swanky VIP booths taking up most of the top level and the club’s iconic staircase guiding your descent into a hedonistic rockstar’s personal party den, the dancefloor.
The floor is surrounded with plush leather booths and jet-black Greek columns, with crystal chandeliers above and dark wood flourishes on pretty much anything that can take it. Even the dancers and cocktail servers are a bit … extravagantly done, clad in spiked leather bikini tops and big feathered shoulder pads that must have been left over from an unauthorized X-rated version of Mad Max.
Off in one corner of the downstairs is the Parlor Room, equipped with its own bar and DJ booth for private VIP events or a more intimate DJ set as an alternative to the main room. On Friday night, that meant hip-hop cuts in contrast to EDM-heavy main sets, but you never know what you might encounter.
The cool factor doesn’t feel stuffy or forced, and the crowd, so far, seems to be going along with it. Effortless excess is the name of Body English’s game, and that rakish charm is infectious. If the club can keep this up, it might just become a local favorite once again.
Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.
Though masculine in lines and furnishings, there are sensuous feminine touches to be found within Body English's black leather upholstered walls and oversized booths.
Guests walk down a long flight of stairs which leads to the main entrance of the club. The first focal point that catches the eye is a larger-than-life million dollar, color-changing crystal chandelier that hangs over the main dance floor, offering a touch of elegance while simultaneously offering just enough lighting to create an intimate ambiance.
Around the perimeter of the upstairs level are the main bar and a number of VIP godfather booths, ideal for elite groups. On the main dance floor, additional VIP booths made of elegant black leather circle the room, giving guests the best view of all the action. Complete with its own DJ booth, bar and waitress staff, the room known as The Parlor, which is adjacent to the main dance floor, also offers an intimate experience for separate parties.