Marquee Dayclub (like The Cosmopolitan itself) smacked us across the face the moment we walked through the entrance. Our collective response was something akin to, “What was that, and may I have another?”
A smash hit from the get-go, Marquee still commands the attention of the “curious crowd” that The Cosmopolitan brilliantly defined as its core audience when it opened in December 2010. The greatest task facing management is staying ahead of trends that come on fast but sometimes hang around Las Vegas longer than they deserve to.
“Obviously EDM was the biggest thing for, geez, six years straight,” says Larson Legris, Marquee director of customer development and VIP services. “What we’re seeing now is there’s really a newfound love for hip-hop. [For me] personally, it never left, but in regard to what you see throughout the city, I think, everybody wants something a little bit fresh.”
Just because you’ve found the pool at The Cosmopolitan doesn’t mean you’ve found Marquee. The dayclub is on the 17th-floor pool deck of the hotel, surrounded by cabanas and domed during the offseason from October to April.
Even with more than 22,000 square feet, it tends to get a little crowded. If you find yourself accidentally rubbing up against a stranger, Legris says that’s all part of the plan.
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“There’s a rhyme and reason why our dayclub seating [is] closer together,” he says. “The closer [people] are to one another, it just creates energy.
“So at first it might seem like the space is a little limited, but there’s a reason for it. Because once everything gets going, once you have a drink and the music comes on, all of a sudden you’re like, ‘God, this energy is fantastic.’”
Creating that closeness meant keeping the stage within “selfie distance” for partygoers. Lamenting the fact that other dayclubs have their DJ booths elevated and “non-approachable,” Legris says being within four feet of a personality such as Dash Berlin is enough to “seal your weekend.”
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Champagne is not just pricey but tends to get a little sticky when you’re spilling it all over yourself while dancing to DJ Mustard. You could go all in with friends for a $30,000 6-liter bottle of Ace of Spades, or you could stay refreshed with Marquee’s cold-pressed juice menu.
“I always veer toward something that’s light,” Legris says. “The watermelon mint lemonade, I swear by it. It’s fantastically refreshing.”
Corporate executive chef for Las Vegas Marc Marrone is responsible for Marquee’s dining menu, and is described by Legris as a “nerd scientist” in the kitchen. If you’re hungry, Legris recommends the Wagyu Beef Burger.
“I will put it up against In-N-Out or Shake Shack any day of the year,” he says.
Artists rotate headlining gigs between Marquee and its sister nightclub (also named Marquee), so there’s a good chance that if you miss Austin trance duo Tritonal onstage at the dayclub, you can catch them a day or two later in the nightclub.
Keeping a finger on the pulse of the next big thing is difficult, Legris says, because artists have gotten so expensive.
When selecting this season’s lineup of poolside acts, Marquee went looking for talent on the verge of breaking out.
“It might not be a household name like some of the other names throughout the city, but you can bet that you’re gonna know who they are in a year or two,” he says, singling out 27-year-old Los Angeles DJ Ghastly as a prime example.
“He’s a really young guy that just kind of came on the scene, and he’s fantastic,” Legris says. And the biggest performer of this season?
“DJ Khaled,” he answers. “He is this fun, energetic, charismatic guy, and then he put out [his] new album—it’s perfect because he’s riding this wave.
“It just really, really worked out in our favor.”