Las Vegas Opening: Bagatelle Beach

Life is a bagatelle. And a beach. And those artful cultivators of all that is fabulous and famous–Remi Laba and Aymeric Clemente–will be unveiling both this coming Cinco de Mayo weekend. The new and anxiously anticipated Bagatelle Beach will be an amphibious extension of the brand’s lavish restaurant-cum-nightclub at the Strip’s legendary Tropicana. Where inside is all dazzling lighting design and glittering chandeliers, its littoral spinoff emphasizes mellow poolside lounging in private cabanas, or on stylishly designed loungers and, um, lily pads. Or just float on out in the pool, drinkie in hand. With a white sand beach and exotic foliage, it’s a little slice of St Tropez chic in Vegas. Of course, it’s all just a fantastic excuse to launch a new edition of Bagatelle’s already storied champagne brunch.

Since this is Vegas, it’s all big, bigger, and biggest at Bagatelle Beach. A 4,000-capacity performance venue is attached, complete with 1,500 square foot stage and massive LED screens beaming the entertainment throughout. There are also two regulation sand volleyball courts, for those groups looking to recreat their own Top Gun moments. Since it’s a Bagatelle, eats will not be an afterthought. Executive chef John Zamarchi serves approachable cuisine, including fresh snapper ceviche, Thai steak salad and blackened mahi tacos. This being Vegas, there is also something called a Hangover Helper (bacon, egg, cheese on a croissant).
 
On the cocktail tip, order an Ice Axe (Belvedere Lemon Tea, peach liqueur, house brewed mint tea), a Mojitelle (Bacardi rum, mint, lime juice, sparkling wine, simple Syrup) or a Sangri-Le (Ciroc Peach, ginger liqueur, wine, weasonal fruit). Totally beaching!
 
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