Hyde Bellagio brings a metropolitan flair to Vegas nightlife, with old-world touches inspired by an Italian villa. Books, paintings, chandeliers and fine marble tiles are among the small, but plentiful details that give Hyde its upscale feel. Even the elevated DJ booth is class with an edgy touch, with a wall of turned-over pewter candlesticks behind the DJ, whose booth also serves as a fireplace.
For those looking to start their nightlife party early, the venue opens at 5 p.m., but only about half of the club is accessible before 10 p.m. After 10, things get kicking as the partition rises and the full nightlife potential of Hyde Bellagio is unlocked.
Hyde isn't a place for overly loud beats and shouted, half-remembered conversations. The venue's appeal lies in its subtle refinements and changes over the "typical" nightlife experience.
For starters, there is no dedicated dance floor, but instead, enough room in and around the booths and tables to dance.
Next, the venue's two bars follow a strict, high-end mixology program with bartenders that are as entertaining to watch as the libations are to consume -- but these aren't gaudy flair bartenders. The mixologists at Hyde prepare cocktails with an intensity and professionalism you can't help but admire, especially after taking that first sip.
Since every club needs a "feature," Hyde overlooks the Fountains of Bellagio, which are visible from almost anywhere in the venue. The balcony is perfect spot for an up close view. The VIP booth in particular, which lies closest to the fountains, is bound to be the hotspot within a hotspot, and envy of every other guest.
-- By Jorge Labrador