Lunching Outside At Bagatelle Beach

Bagatelle Beach Club At Tropicana Las Vegas
Bagatelle Beach Club

Eating and drinking outside? I’m in!

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to have lunch at the new Bagatelle Beach at Tropicana. This was the soft opening and a great way to kick off Cinco De Mayo weekend before losing every bet I made on the Kentucky Derby. Since this was the soft opening I was among the first guests.

Comparing Bagatelle Beach to Encore Beach Club is only fair in that they’re the same concept but there’s nothing at Tropicana that’s done on the same level as Wynn so it’s really not a fair comparison. Besides I was at Bagatelle Beach for lunch outside and not to scope out bikini babes. Note: Every person serving lunch was a dude, the bikini waitresses seem like they are only for pool customers.

Bagatelle Beach is set up with separate areas for people who want to party at the pool and people who just want to grab lunch. There dining tables set up in a shaded are that are fairly secluded and above the action of the beach club. There are also a few booths closer to the pools with coverings providing shade as you can see below.

Lunch area - Bagatelle Beach Tropicana Las Vegas

Le Diablo - Bagatelle Beach Tropicana Las Vegas

Lunch began with a cocktail called Le Diablo. I don’t normally drink tequila but I usually enjoy a drink with fresh berries and ginger beer so I figured I’d give it a whirl. Since I was so early the fresh blueberries hadn’t arrived so they used strawberry instead. Both drinks were tasty but the original concept of the drink was much better. I always recommend sticking with blueberries when they’re part of the recipe. Additionally, ginger beer is probably my favorite mixer for cocktails.

Lunch - Bagatelle Beach Tropicana Las Vegas

For lunch I had a chicken and turkey club on a croissant. The sandwich was good but nothing particularly special.  At $12 (maybe $14) this was priced similarly to most restaurant sandwiches on the strip. Combined with the al fresco dining and drinks this made for a fine base of food for the day. I wouldn’t be upset eating this sandwich again but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Iced Coffee - Bagatelle Beach Tropicana Las Vegas

Since I had to drive after lunch I took it easy on the tasty boozy drinks and imbibed a few cups of iced coffee. I don’t look at a day/beach club as the kind of place that many people are ordering iced coffee so I was pleasantly surprised they had it available. While not the highlight of the day it was a nice way to close it.

Booth View - Bagatelle Beach Tropicana Las Vegas

I saw some friends dining out in the booths as I was winding down my lunch so I grabbed this sweet view of the entire Bagatelle Beach complex which comes complete with Hooters in the background.

Bagatelle Beach isn’t for everyone. The music is very loud since this is a day club and the DJ mix is today’s EDM (Deadmau5Calvin Harris) and hip hop (Lil WayneDoctor Dre). I enjoyed the music and thought it added to the vibe but it’s not for everyone.

I only visit the Tropicana a couple of times a year or so and this may be one of the few times I visit during 2013. The Tropicana isn’t a hotel many people I know visit so there’s rarely an excuse to stop by. Actually, most people I know don’t even stay on the south end of the strip unless they have a conference at Mandalay Bay.

I would return to Bagatelle Beach if someone else wanted to go there for lunch but probably wouldn’t go out of my way to return. I’ve already recommend Bagatelle Beach to a couple of people as a place to dine outdoors on that end of the Vegas strip.

Lunch was paid for by Bagatelle Beach but my thoughts and pictures are my own.

The Gambler Goes To Bonnaroo

Last week the music scene in Vegas was all about the Electric Daisy Carnival. Besides wind closing the electronic music festival early one night everything seemed to go off fine and everyone seemed to have a good time.

In Tennessee, there was a similar gathering of hippies at Bonnaroo. The difference is that these hippies prefer their music with instruments. Both festivals had hundreds of thousands of people attend, but because I follow way too many Vegas folks I missed out on some of the action.

This morning I was reading some quick hits from Bonnaroo at DoYou Hear The Music and saw a really interesting collaboration between Phish and Kenny Rogers. This may not be as hip as Afrojack and David Guetta hitting the decks together at Encore Beach Club, but what is?

Phish and Kenny Rogers got together to play a song everyone that likes Vegas, Atlantic City and Sports loves – “The Gambler”. Enjoy the youtube video shot from the crowd…it sounds better than it looks!

If you need more Kenny Rogers music, go here.
If you need more Phish music, go here.
If you need your own copy of “The Gambler”, go here.

Electric Daisy Carnival Didn’t Kill Anyone In Vegas

I can enjoy electronic music, but I’m not moved by watching a DJ spin live.  I can listen to a CD or download a set and get the same feeling.  That said, almost every tweet I read about the Electronic Daisy Carnival (EDC) this past weekend was positive and it seems as if everyone attending had a fun time in Vegas.  What I noticed were lots of girls wearing neon tutu’s and I’m fine with that.

The mainstream media covering the event goes a different route.  Instead of focusing on the good time most people had much of the mainstream media coverage seemed to touch on the fact that nobody died at EDC as the most important thing from the weekend.  I would think focusing on the great time would make a much nicer story, but what do I know.  I’m a cynic.

This article from the Hollywood Press, not only produced the sweet picture above but talks mostly about the music at the festival and only touches on the minimal crime.  There’s a movie due out later this year that will feature EDC.  I’ll wait for netflix to pick it up and stream it.  It seems as if it will be fairly visually stimulating in the way that “Transformers” movies are.  Check the Hollywood Press if you want to know more.