Nobody does summer like Vegas. It’s a twenty-four hour town with a twenty-four hour lifestyle. Everything you can do inside, you can basically do outside. Well, most things. And I’m specifically talking about eating, drinking, dancing, parties and bar hopping. But when you’ve had enough of the heat, and I for one have and we’re not even halfway through, I look for a cool unique place to hang. So I gladly welcome Beauty and Essex to fabulous Las Vegas and more importantly, to my list of “go-tos” to take friends and the occasional date. Sliding into the old Comme Ca space, it stands out along restaurant row inside The Cosmopolitan, perhaps due to its bold pawn shop front that even threw me off for a second, but I’m a pro at finding bars when needed. Run by Tao Group and offering a menu by Chef Chris Santos, it already has people buzzing about this restaurant and it’s only been open about a month.

Like I already mentioned, the restaurant front is a real operating pawn shop, adorned with guitars, jewelry and much much more. On the way out of my experience, I perused the glass cases some more hoping to maybe pick up a little trinket, but let me just say it’s a little too rich for my blood. Once through the semi-hidden door from pawn shop to restaurant, you walk into a cool jewel-toned hallway leading to the Mirror Bar adjacent to the DJ booth and lounge. The décor is stunning and glamorous. Both the cocktail list and menu are extensive, so you are bound to find something that delights you. So on this very hot day, I tasted a few cocktails with my favorite being the Emerald Gimlet concocted with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Basil, Lemon Nectar and Fresh Lime. Served up cold, it was truly refreshing and just what I needed. As for the food, I ordered off the raw menu. I chose the Orange Kissed Salmon Ceviche and the Yellowtail Sashimi. Both delicious and unique with orange being the main citrus in the ceviche and the sashimi having a barrel-aged Fuji apple ponzu. I really can’t wait to go back and experience the rest of the menu. The staff was kind and the vibe was cool, making this a stellar location for a pre-night out gathering. With locations in New York and one headed to Los Angeles, I’m happy to welcome them to my home.

Beauty and Essex

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas