When it is time for groups to get together, The Cosmopolitan’s special event venues will make attendees feel as though they’ve been whisked away to new whereabouts. That’s especially true at The Chelsea, a bi-level venue on property that is one of Las Vegas’ most avante-garde and adaptable spaces: Its “abandoned glass factory–meets–theater space” design is industrial and glamorous all at once—conjuring up the same vogueish vibes as Paris’ Olympia, London’s Apollo and Prague’s Estate Theaters.
In so many ways, this is a planner’s dream space: The Chelsea is not only on trend, but also completely transformable, tech-forward and turn-key. Plus, with 40,000 square feet of space, it affords plenty of space for groups to socialize safely, even while paying mind to social distancing guidelines.
Socializing isn’t all that The Chelsea works well for—but with built-in bars and loungy seating, it does stage modish meet-and-greets with near perfection. It also accommodates sporting events with aplomb, and—with features like private opera boxes—The Chelsea is an ultra-cool space for keynote speeches, presentations, and award programs, too.
What's New? Some Group Offerings
Tequila Tasting at Ghost Donkey or China Poblano: During this one hour private experience, up to 27 guests will learn the nuances of tequila and mezcal from an expert mixologist. Paired with small bites, including Ghost Donkey’s decadent truffle nachos, this intimate event will leave a lasting impression.
Dumpling and Taco Making Class at China Poblano: Guests can get behind the counter at China Poblano and learn how to properly make the restaurant’s famed dumplings and tacos from building a homemade torilla to creating the most delicious fillings. After testing their skills, guests will enjoy a sampling of tacos and dumplings made by the pros at China Poblano.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Tasting: For the ultra-adventurous group, this tasting will offer samples of Hattie B’s famous Nashville hot chicken, in a range of spice levels from Southern to Shut the Cluck Up, for the daredevils of the group. Hattie B’s hothicken is paired with splits of champagne for a refreshing “birds and bubbles” experience.
Paella Making Class at Jaleo: Roll up your sleeves for a hands-on, interactive paella cooking demonstration with Jaleo’s head chef. Select one of their delicious paellas to be enjoyed by the group, followed by dinner.
Donut Decorating at District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew.: Guests start with a rich donut of their choosing and create their own sweet treat with the help of the experts at District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. Create one of the shop’s signature creations, such as Chocolate Blackout, or curate a one-of-a-kind creation with an unlimited array of frosting and toppings.
Private Fitness Class: Try out unique group fitness offerings exclusively offered at The Chelsea Tower gym with a private instructor. Classes include Sweat60, a bootcamp-style high-intensity interval training session involving boxing, plyometrics, strength training and core stability exercises or stretch and tone with Yoga:Blend, combining elements from multiple disciplines of yoga. Guests will flow between passive and active stretching to provide a full body workout. Both classes are suitable at any stage of fitness accumen.
A Little Luster
Want everyone in a group to feel very VIP? Book a gathering at The Chandelier 1.5, a private and exclusive lounge space within The Chandelier Bar at large. In its architectural bravura and effervescent ambiance, this private and exclusive space is, simply, awe-inducing: 1.5 is enclosed by iridescent beaded curtains and seemingly suspended in mid air.
The cocktails created by The Chandelier’s mixologists, including a gorgeous color-changing libation inspired by the Alice in Wonderland tale, are not only worthy of such special surrounds—but also make for magical toasts amongst colleagues. Want to spoil attendees even more? Arrange for a group lesson on how they can create those signature cocktails at home, or stock a bar that beckons experimentation on their own.
Small group gatherings are safe and swanky in The Cosmopolitan’s chic and cozy reception suites. They have everything executive teams could possibly need to stay awhile and seize the business day: a full-size boardroom table, private bathroom, and kitchen to support both snacking and catering activity. These 1,050-square-foot spaces also easily accommodate easy-going evening chats with a large, casual seating area and wine cooler, too. Should anyone in the group need a place to take a rest after a red-eye, there’s also a full-sized Murphy bed conveniently incorporated into the design.
Something to Savor
Here’s a challenge: Find a hotel whose on-site culinary collection is more conceptually driven than that of The Cosmopolitan. Every single F&B outlet here, from those designed for quick grab-and-go to the dazzling restaurants of superstar chefs like David Chang and Jose Andres, has been curated to create an epic on-site epicurean experience.
Private group bookings that feed mouths and minds alike can be had at almost all of them, including a few that will take attendees by surprise. To get to the exquisite dining haven that is Beauty & Essex, they must find the hidden entrance behind a beguiling pawn shop storefront. Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails is a throwback to Prohibition-era polish that somehow still feels at the forefront of style. And in its spontaneous delivery of live entertainment, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is a restaurant that almost defies description.
Even “customary” catering is hardly conventional at The Cosmopolitan: This is F&B service that is current, creative—and completely customizable. Breakfast could include coconut chia parfaits or chorizo tostadas; lunch buffets can go Italiano in style or over to the islands with Hawaiian “Huli Huli” style smoked chicken and Lilikoi Tarts; and receptions can take on trends and travel the world, perhaps by way of an entire menu inspired by the best “street fare” all over the globe.
The icing on the cake? Catering at The Cosmo is also conscientious—“green” and “eco-minded” at its core—and charitable, too, with all excess eats donated to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool area is one of the city’s choice “places to be” with its chic cabanas, chill vibes, and sprawling water oasis in which to cool off. But beyond filling attendees’ free time with fresh air and festivity, this stylish spot is also an amazing and effervescent event space. There are two full levels and multiple tiers that can accommodate all kinds of get-togethers, from private music performances to mesmerizing meet-and-greets—all of which benefit from the space’s at-ease atmosphere and uninterrupted views of Las Vegas Boulevard.
It’s as important as ever that attendees invest in themselves, and at the Cosmopolitan it’s hard to resist the enticement. The scene will come together differently for all attendees—and that’s just the point. One group member may define indulgence as an endorphin high, courtesy of a Sweat60 boot camp class at the sleek on-site fitness center; while another takes a seat at Drybar for a blow-out that makes her feel fresh and fab. Another attendee will book a skin care treatment at the Sahra Spa, Salon & Hammam and come out glowing; and yet another will cozy up at the end of the day and call for Crème Brulee to be sent directly to the room.