Squad Up and Head to Clique Bar & Lounge

Looking for a step up from your average bar minus the noise? This Cosmopolitan lounge is a must-see.

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Your Host: Brittany Bertich

As marketing manager at Clique in The Cosmopolitan, located on the casino floor, Bertich heads promotional efforts and programming. She describes the venue as a step up from your average bar, but without the extreme volume and flashy crowd of a nightclub. “If you’re looking to dance, have a good time and [share] great conversation, it’s the ideal place to go,” she says. “The vibe is fun, exciting and sexy, with a classic throwback feel.”

Drinks and Snacks

Of the 14 specialty cocktails and shooters on Clique’s menu, Bertich suggests the Benny Blanco. It consists of Casamigos Blanco tequila, pineapple chili shrub, Velvet Falernum, lemon and seltzer. She says that bottle service is available for wine and Champagne, but for spirits, Clique offers a tableside mixology cart where drinks are created for each customer on the fly. “We have our mixologist come over with the mixology cart, and they create the drink right in front of you. They explain the history of the drink and how the ingredients come together,” she says.

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As for the bites, Bertich says, “My favorite food option, without a doubt, is our Clique Signature Wings.” The lollipop-style wings come with tried-and-true favorites: celery, carrot sticks and blue cheese or ranch dipping sauce. Bertich also recommends Bill’s Spicy Tuna from the menu, which involves a yummy mix of crispy rice and ponzu sauce.

Mix It Up

The space isn’t just for tourists, either. Bertich encourages locals to come out with their “cliques” on industry nights to hang with other Vegas residents and enjoy well-crafted drinks and great company. She also points to Clique’s annual industry event, Master of Mixology, as a must-experience party. “We have mixologists throughout the city compete head-to-head to win a trip to [cocktail festival] Tales of the Cocktail, which takes place in New Orleans.” This year’s winner was Melissa Lybrook from Marquee Nightclub.

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Playlist

“Our format is open—anything but electronic or house. So it’s all ’90s hip-hop, ’80s classics, rock ’n’ roll, alternative and Top 40,” Bertich says. The venue hosts both DJs and live performers, depending on the night. Find DJ Stretch manning the decks or Rein Garcia putting his own twist on live music. Clique is the perfect spot for those looking to listen to music that’s different from the usual fare in the Strip’s big-room nightclubs.

Save the Date

#MyClique Mondays

DJ Stretch June 5, DJ Neva June 12, D-Miles June 19, Kid Conrad June 26

Unplugged Tuesdays and Thursdays

Wise June 1 and June 29, Taj June 6 and June 20, Rein Garcia June 8 and June 27, Cass Rios June 13 and June 22, Street Folk June 15

For the full events calendar, visit cliquelv.com/events

Clique Bar & Lounge

Inside The Cosmopolitan. Mon.–Fri. 4 p.m.–3 a.m. Sat.–Sun. noon–3 a.m., Food served from 4 p.m.–1 a.m. cliquelv.comfacebook.com/thecliquelvInstagram: @thecliquelv

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