Located just across from the Zarkana Theater, Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge at Aria is ideal for pre- or post-show cocktails, dancing to some great house tunes or just winding down with good company.
The 1950s-inspired lounge lives up to the name, joining modern design with gilded touches that will remind you of extravagant performers. The exterior is bedazzled in an unusual pattern of golden monkeys, harkening back to the unusual, but somehow stylish taste of past performers like Elvis.
On the inside, you'll see lots of black and gold touches, mirrored surfaces and leather seats that maintain the flair of times past, without particularly making the place feel dated. Think "rock star mansion's den." Not that Gold Lounge doesn't pull it off -- it most certainly comes together somehow, and they're all the better for it.
Seats are made of high-end Italian leather and even without knowing that fact, they certainly feel luxurious. Since bottle service is available, you can kick back with a group of friends and appreciate these fine touches.
It's a modestly sized room, with a long bar at one end and well-placed seating scattered around the lounge. There's a small dedicated dance floor, as well as a DJ booth/performer stage that is tucked away just enough not to disturb the general floor space. Since this isn't a megaclub with expendable space, having that is a tremendous asset.
Since Gold opens in the evening, it gradually transitions from a chill vibe to a bit more of a full-on nightclub party atmosphere over the course of the night, with the playlist (and DJ) reflecting that throughout the evening.
Whether starting or ending the night at Gold, there's plenty going on here no matter what your definition of 'nightlife' is -- and that's what makes this place shine.
-- Review by Jorge Labrador