At a Glance
What is it?
A swank cocktail room and nightclub based on the popular hot spots in Hollywood and Miami, with three levels of indoor/outdoor space overlooking the Bellagio Fountains.
Where is it?
At Bellagio on the Center Strip.
What kind of crowd does it draw?
This is definitely an upscale place so expect the pretty people with lots of cash to throw around.
What are the prices like?
When is the best time to go?
The place is a more relaxed cocktail room from 5pm until whenever on most nights and there is rarely a cover. Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday it becomes more of a nightclub from 10pm until dawn, with a cover charge and long lines.
Why should I go here?
You want to have a drink while watching the fountains go off.
What else do I need to know?
Don’t call it a lounge.
What’s the bottom line?
A nice indoor/outdoor space with a great party vibe late nights.
Taking over the space once occupied by the Fontana Lounge was a brilliant stroke for this nightclub. It has one of the coolest views in all of Las Vegas offering an up-close, ground level view of the Bellagio Fountains.
But they took more than just the locale from Fontana, they also adopted the idea that a nightclub can be more than just a place to go party until dawn. The club is open at 5pm daily with a much more relaxed vibe than the high-energy nightclub it becomes after 10pm on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. They don’t want me (or you) to call it a lounge so let’s just say it’s a really nice place where you can have a cocktail and relax.
The space is gorgeous and intimate with multiple levels offering a variety of moods. The concept is as if you are in someone’s (really fabulous) Italian villa, with the different areas evoking various rooms. The main “living room” area is filled with big cushy seating in the booths and a fireplace doubling as a place for the DJ to spin tunes. The upper bar area is a little more casual and the spaces nearest to the lake and fountains are like outdoor verandas. The most coveted spot in the entire club is the semi-circular booth that seems to jut out into the lake itself. Good luck on getting a seat there. The furnishings and decor are funky and modern without being too obnoxious about the whole thing.
There’s even a small retail store in case you need a diamond bauble or Hyde branded t-shirt while you are visiting. You can stop and shop or order from a menu at your table.
During the cocktail bar portion of the evening they pride themselves on mixology and have a variety of signature drinks using fresh, and often unusual, ingredients. I sampled the Love Unit (stop it) that included basil and red bell pepper juice. Interesting.
They also have a Bellini cart with eight different varieties and offer a tapas style menu that includes small bites from Circo at Bellagio.
Since this is not a hotel lounge, specifically, you probably shouldn’t stop in for a drink after a long day of sightseeing while wearing your “I Heart Vegas” t-shirt and neon-green flip flops. You don’t have to get dressed up necessarily but this ain’t no roadhouse saloon so try at least a little bit just so you don’t feel out of place. The good news is that the earlier evening crowd is more mature than the young and pretty set that populates the room after it turns into a nightclub on select nights.
And what a crowd that is. The late night weekend partiers certainly are an energetic bunch, packing virtually every single square inch of available floor space to get their groove on. Since there is no formal dance floor, it’s sort of one big booty shaking mass from the front door to the Bellagio Fountains. The interesting thing was that while the crowd was decidedly young and pretty, it had at least a smattering of more mature folks. That probably has more to do with its location at Bellagio, which draws a more grown up set to begin with.
Prices are as crazy high as you’d expect them to be at a Strip nightclub. Enough said.
I like the energy of Hyde in both incarnations, although I think most people will feel more at home during the less frenetic early evening version than during the crazy light night version.