They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas right? However, The Knockturnal spent an incredible weekend at the luxurious Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and we can’t help but share!
On Friday, March 15 the highly popular, bustling resort welcomed a new establishment, The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails created by Clique Hospitality’s, Andy Masi and partners Ryan Labbe and Jason Craig. To celebrate the grand opening weekend, The Knockturnal was able to enjoy some of the many accommodations and dining the resort had to offer.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by the friendly and welcoming staff and escorted to the VIP check-in suite. I entered an intimate, cozy room with smiling staff who smiled and politely greeted me. There my accommodations were quickly assorted, and I was on my way to my room with my glass of champagne in hand, offered complimentary as a welcome gift. First impressions are everything and the hotel definitely hit it on the nail! My room was a generous size in the Chelsea Tower with a spectacular view of the Fountains of Bellagio and the extravagant Las Vegas strip. After getting settled and winding down, it was time to experience The Cosmopolitan’s nightlife!
We dined at Scarpetta, a modern Italian restaurant which also featured incredible views of the Bellagio Fountain water show. Dining family style is the way to go here because every option is too delicious, it would be impossible to stick to just one choice. While all the selections were truly phenomenal, we began with the burrata salad, diver scallops and braised short ribs of beef. Each dish was super favorable and light. The braised short ribs would just melt in your mouth. For the main dishes, we went a little wild and ordered the spaghetti, branzino, and short rib tagliatelle. While all options were amazing, the branzino was definitely a must! With no time for dessert, I had to rush over to the red carpet for the grand opening of The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails!
Many high-profile guests and celebrities came out to support the exclusive grand reveal! To the eye, The Barbershop is an ordinary barbershop for your grooming needs. However, behind a seemingly regular janitors’ closet, is the entrance to a Prohibition-era themed speakeasy bar! Guests can expect live performances, DJ sets and some of the best whiskey selections around. The iconic rock band, Bush led by lead singer Gavin Rossdale kicked off the opening night by performing some of their most popular songs as well as covering hits from Pink Floyd and Van Morrison. Day one in Vegas was most certainly a success and I was ready for day two!
Gavin Rossdale and Bush at The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails
It was clear where I needed to spend my time on a beautiful day in Vegas at the Cosmo, the pool! On a sunny day I expected to be overwhelmed with people trying to take in the sun but to my surprise, there was more than enough room for all the sunbathers, day drinkers, folks dining and those that just wanted to relax. I grabbed my cabana, ordered a yummy chicken club sandwich and took in the surrounding views of the strip. Once again, the staff were all very friendly and accommodating. While I could’ve stayed at the pool the whole day, I thought it only right to see what else the hotel had to offer. There is an abundance of options! From shopping to dining to the casino floor to simply people watching, there is so much to take in; especially the Chandelier Bar which is truly the most iconic and recognizable hotel bar in all of Las Vegas. With all there was to do, time can fly in Vegas and before I knew it, it was time for dinner!
I highly recommend The CliQue Bar & Lounge when in Vegas. The sophisticated bar has yummy bites and a grand selection of signature cocktails such as The God of Wine and The Icarus. If I could’ve tried everything on the menu, I would have. Night two I found myself back at the Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, this time to enjoy the house band, The 442s, comprised of guitarist Ben Carey with singers Justin Carder and Shawn Eiferman, bassist Eric Runquistand, and drummer Chris Lukes. All of whom are talented musicians who spent years touring with their respective bands of Lifehouse, Vertical Horizon and Savage Garden. Although it is difficult to catch some z’s in a city that hardly sleeps, my night came to an end and shortly after so did my time at the famous Cosmopolitan. The saying goes, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” and the Knockturnal was definitely smiling all the way home.
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