No, you’re not channeling some sort of Being John Malkovich flight of fancy—there really is a floor called 1.5 inside the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan, and good things happen there. While tourists and amateurs mill about below on Level 1, and Marquee’s VIP hosts meet their charges for the evening above on Level 2, 1.5 is the address for locals to meet up for great cocktails. Chandelier GM/property mixologist Mariena Mercer serves up delicious cocktails from the most adventurous of her three bar menus there. Ever tried a Buzz Button? (Trust us: You’d know if you had.) Comfy chair and cocktail table groupings are semi-separated by gauzy fabric, which make for great seeing and being seen—you know, the typical Strip agenda. And there’s nothing quite like getting a text from someone to meet them for a scotch at 1.5.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.