One thing Vegas doesn’t lack, and the list is small, is bars and lounges. So whenever a new local joint opens up, the industry gets excited. A new place to socialize, make memories and have some quality cocktails. With the oversaturation of nightclubs, my attention has turned to the pre-party rather than the after-party. If my night is going to consist of being jam packed at a table with options only of peach Ciroc or Don Julio with the usual accouterments, then I’d like to make the transition easier with a preclub cocktail of a higher caliber. So I welcome Clique Bar and Lounge to my local watering hole repertoire. As a local, I always have all of my favorite recommendations in my back pocket for whenever someone asks what they should check out while they are visiting and I will be pleased to now recommend this venue.

January 18th was Clique’s grand opening located inside The Cosmopolitan Hotel on the main level, replacing Book and Stage. Brought to you by Clique Hospitality, which already includes such establishments as Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar, Salute, and Libre Mexican Cantina, this group is no stranger to success. Teamed up with industry entrepreneurs Jason Craig and Ryan Labbe and head mixologists Michael Monrreal and Justin DeAngelo, this dynamic lineup is unstoppable, clearly evident by the menu and atmosphere Clique has to offer. Not only do they serve up artisanal libations and small plates, but they also showcase tableside mixology to bring the action to the party. This adds such a unique element to any group get together. I started my night with the Benny Blanco, consisting of Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Pineapple Chili Shrub, Velvet Falernum, lemon and seltzer. It’s bright, tart, yet surprisingly refreshing. Next, I had to try the Don Sandia shooters. I have heard about these from every person imaginable prior to my visit. It’s Avion Silver Tequila, watermelon, and lime served inside a hollowed out cucumber rimmed with Tajin. Absolutely smooth, delicious and dangerous. For food, I chose the Yellowtail Sashimi and Spicy Tuna, both satisfying and simple. Unfortunately I did not get to try the Miso Sea Bass lettuce wraps of which I’ve heard great things. Guess I’ll just have to go back? Poor me. And for dessert, not only do they have deep friend Oreos, but they are deep fried birthday cake Oreos. I ate all of them but one. It’s fine, I’ll do cardio tomorrow. The staff is inviting and very knowledgeable about all the cocktails. Gretchen, my waitress, went through the entire menu, explaining every aspect they had to offer. And the manager touched our table frequently to ensure our experience was a great one. It’s comfortable with an essence of exclusivity, but not pretentious. Price points are reasonable and they don’t require a cover. Everyone is welcome. I too, want to be a part of the clique.

Clique Bar and Lounge
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas