It’s difficult to resist a good pool party in Las Vegas. But tucked away inside Virgin Hotels is a perfect summer getaway with a different style from the big dayclubs on the Strip.
Kassi Beach House, a restaurant and lounge, creates seaside escape vibes with its terracotta arched entrance, beachy décor and coastal Italian cuisine. The patio area, equipped with misters to keep cool, offers views of the resort pool deck and is outfitted with loungers, cabanas and daybeds. There’s a serene overall ambiance, and the pool has a sand bottom, which adds to Kassi’s transportive feel.
Kassi offers poolside seating daily with a minimum of $300 toward food and drink. If you start off inside the restaurant, you can ask the staff to help you get set up at a daybed. This patio party stops short of taking you all the way to the club; there’s chill music but no DJ. Midweek programming includes the Kassi House Party every Wednesday night starting at 9 p.m., with specials like half-off pasta dishes, select bottles and featured cocktails, along with a local DJ lineup.
The food menu focuses on well-known dishes with a twist, and many selections are vegan or vegetarian-friendly. The mezze platter ($24), a shareable appetizer, comes with oven roasted puccia bread, veggies and three different dips—whipped eggplant, white bean dip with salsa rosa and whipped ricotta with honey.
For a brunchtime delight, ricotta cheese is poured into the pancake batter to create fluffy, rich cakes topped with salted caramel, maple syrup and bruléed bananas ($14).
While your plant-loving friends are welcome, others would surely opt for the soppressata pizza ($22), topped with cured pork, chili honey and mozzarella. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, and is nicely complemented by the calamari appetizer, served with a flavorful and light balsamic aioli instead of the typical tartar sauce.
There are plenty of party brunches to go along with the pool clubs in Las Vegas, but few venues combine great food with the relaxed rhythm and outdoor setting at Kassi Beach. Whatever you choose to eat will pair well with the bottomless rosé experience, which includes Fleur de Mer’s Côtes de Provence rosé and La Marca Prosecco every day starting at 11 a.m. ($45 per person). If you’re looking for a cocktail instead, the refreshing Kassi ($19) combines watermelon, citrus, Calabrian chili and a watermelon salt rim with your choice of tequila, vodka, gin or rum.
With extensive food and drink choices and a fun, bohemian atmosphere, Kassi Beach House has created a perfect relaxed outing for friends looking for different type of Vegas daylife.
KASSI BEACH HOUSE Virgin, 702-693-4000, kassibeach.com. Poolside daybeds: daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; brunch: daily,
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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