When you picture Las Vegas pool parties, do you picture beefcakes and bikini models raging to electronic dance music as they’re soaked in a Champagne spray?
That’s the image of Strip daylife that we see promoted on billboards and our Instagram feed.
The Venetian-Palazzo had something else in mind when it launched The Aquatic Club in the spring. Tucked away on the north side of its massive pool deck—not far from the bass drops of Tao Beach Club—you’ll find a more reserved, refined experience, designed intentionally to mirror “the pool deck of an upscale boutique hotel,” according to Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Marchese.
“The size and the scope of The Aquatic Club gave us the unique opportunity to selectively curate every detail of this area, to reflect the sport-couture, lavish lifestyle that inspired it,” she adds. “We were particularly inspired by photos of aquatic, racquet and lawn clubs of decades past.”
It’s not so much a counterprogramming strategy (The Venetian already has Tao) as it is a reimagining of what daylife can be, coming from a resort that’s already undergone a bit of an evolution over the past year with the addition of Vegas Seven 2017 “Best of the City” winners The Dorsey and Chica.
Occupying two of the 10 pools in The Venetian-Palazzo complex, The Aquatic Club stands out with its retro cabana murals and signature navy and aqua blue color scheme. Marchese, who established herself in Las Vegas with the launch of The Cosmopolitan in 2010, describes the scene in two words: “timelessly cool.”
“We wanted to cater to adults who want a dayclub experience without the frenetic energy that is often associated [with daylife],” she explains.
Open Thursdays through Sundays, every day brings a different theme. So if you’re poolside on Friday, your mixologist might offer you a new drink during the “Connoisseur Series,” or you’ll vibe to tranquil electronica on a Saturday.
Poolgoers tired of overpriced chicken finger platters will be happy to know celebrity chef (and Las Vegas staple) Wolfgang Puck came on board to design the spread for The Aquatic Club. That means gourmet pizzas, sushi roll platters and nigiri samples, and a Puck twist on burgers, salads and other favorites.
Bottle service runs from the hundreds into the thousands—not unusual for the Strip. Among the most expensive are a $10,000 bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII and a $25,000 6-liter bottle of Dom Pérignon.
Photography by Tomo
The Aquatic Club stands out with its specialty cocktail menu, featuring classics such as the Prohibition-era Bees Knees and French 75. Marchese recommends the Rum Punch and Tee Time, served in freshly carved pineapple and watermelon, respectively.
The Calvin Harrises and David Guettas are already off the board, having booked residencies with other dayclubs. But they wouldn’t be on The Aquatic Club’s radar anyway, as the music programming—featuring everything from global beats to modern favorites and even acoustic performances—is all about finding the right mood.
DJs Mika Gold, Amanda Rose and Shy are among the residents who’ve performed in August, and The Aquatic Club has even brought in singer-songwriter and local favorite Patrick Sieben for a show.
It’s all about creating the “perfect fusion of revelry and relaxation,” Marchese says.
The Aquatic Club
11 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday–Sunday, venetian.com