The whole nightclub scene is sometimes not all that appealing. Perhaps it’s a symptom of aging, but some prefer not to stay up late, and (especially during these times), the idea of being cramped inside a crowded room sounds like the opposite of a good time.
But a recent trend that has developed that is very much to the approval of anyone who has ever subscribed to the early-to-bed-early-to-rise life plan is the day club. Day clubs are conceptually rather similar to night clubs with the important exception that they are (obviously) enjoyed during the day. However, they still offer a lot of what is expected in classic nightlife – the music, the dancing, the cocktails. But at day clubs, this experience is available during the day, usually outdoors poolside (or beachside) atmosphere.
As someone who is very much at the lounging aspect of my life more than the dancing in crowds stage, the ability to attend a sunny dance party while ordering lunch by the pool would be very much more my aesthetic, making the ideal day clubs those that not only have fun cocktails but also a good food menu.
Tao Beach Day Club, for example, which is located inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is known for its high energy music and exclusive feel, but really, for those who are just looking for lunchtime atmosphere with a lively backdrop, it’s all about the food.
Spicy Tuna Tartare on Crispy Rice
While spicy tuna on crispy rice has become something of a trend in recent years, TAO’s variation has always been a classic, with the kabayaki sauce being a perfect touch on these addictive light bites.
Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad
Lunch by the pool often involve salads, but sometimes the healthy approach can feel a bit boring or basic. With the blend of Thai basil, mint, nước chấm, cabbage, and peanut, this is a light and refreshing option that won’t make you feel guilty eating while wearing a bikini at a pool party.
Skirt Steak Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps have their share of fans, but many of us need them to pack a serious flavor punch to make up for the missing carbs. This one, with peanut sauce, spicy gochujang glaze, kimchi, fresh herbs, delivers.
Chicken Katsu Club
If those daytime cocktails pack a bit too serious of a buzz, this hearty take on the fried chicken sandwich, made with bacon, avocado, Japanese bbq sauce, with a side of chips, will absolutely rise to the occasion.
Why does a food menu matter so much when at a club? Well, when drinking in the sun, that’s a recipe for getting buzzed a lot faster than you may have planned. Drink tons of water to avoid dehydration, of course, but eating is a really good idea as well. And, as day clubs incorporate daytime hours, it’s a perfect excuse for brunch or lunch by the pool (or in a daybed or cabana, if you are lucky enough to be able to reserve one of those.)
The day club trend is something of a natural phenomenon these days, with examples popping up all around the country. If we can spend our day out in the sun eating good food and enjoying some great cocktails but then go home and to bed at a reasonable time…that’s the exact level of adulting some of us are ready for at this point in our lives.