$10,000 for a table, $250,000 on Champagne and $100,000 to party with Kim Kardashian: How to blow half-a-million in a single night at Vegas's hottest club
21:54 GMT, 4 September 2012
Las Vegas has long been a mecca for high-rollers to splash their winnings. But in the wake of Prince Harry's debauchery in the city last month, there is fresh interest in the over-the-top antics that the super-wealthy can afford to indulge in.
Now, an article in the new issue of GQ reveals the staggering amounts one can spend on a single night out in Las Vegas.
At Marquee, Sin City's most popular – and highest-grossing – nightclub, 'there are people who… drop $500K in a night and not feel bad about it,' the article reveals.
Strictly high rollers only: Guests pay up to $10,000 for the privilege of partying at one of the dancefloor-side tables at the Marquee club in Las Vegas
Indeed, a table alone can set one back up to $10,000. Of course that does afford a guest some privileges.
Those prepared to splash out such a sum
can escape the hordes outside by entering the 60,000sq ft venue via a
special, shorter line, and are escorted to their dancefloor-side spot in
a private elevator, the magazine reveals.
$100,000 for 20 minutes Kim Kardashian didn't spend long at her birthday party at Marquee last year
A bodyguard is on hand to protect the party's table from uninvited hangers-on, and, as they are more often than not a group of men, help select pretty girls to join them.
But that is only the start, it seems. The table has its own mobile bar and waitress, who will serve drinks from a bar menu that starts at $950 for a bottle (yes, a bottle) of Grey Goose vodka.
It is served from a movable bar unit, which the writer describes as 'a two-tiered
silver tray for cut citrus, several carafes of mixers, and finally, a
bowl of ice embedded with glowing battery-powered ice cubes,
carried by a man with an LED flashlight in his mouth to further
illuminate the thing as if it were bearing the Heart of the Ocean (from
Those who really want to show off
will order a $250,000 melchizdek of Champagne – that's a 30-litre bottle –
and share it with the assembled strangers (women) deemed attractive and fun enough to join their party.
Should they care for some stardust, well, the chance to party with Kim Kardashian is just a snip compared with a melchizdek- a mere $100,000. Don't expect the reality star to hang around for long though.
At her birthday party last year – Marquee is believed to have been paid Miss Kardashian the six-figure sum to host it there – a waitress reveals: 'She came an hour and a half late, and then she left after twenty minutes.'
But why, exactly, are people prepared to spend such vast amounts of money
Co-owner of Marquee, Noah Tepperberg, tells GQ: 'The people who go [to Vegas], very few are from
New York or LA or even Miami, where they have great clubs.
VIP service: Table guests get a bodyguard to protect the party's table from uninvited hangers-on, and, as they are more often than not a group of men, help select pretty girls to join them
they have clubs like the ones they have in Vegas They have mini
versions of them in New York and L.A. But those don't exist in the other
forty-six states. You can find it, but you have to go to Vegas. That's
what's happened to Vegas. It's become kind of the nightlife capital of
THE COST OF A NIGHT IN VEGASA dancefloor table at Marquee: $10,000
A bottle of Grey Goose vodka: $950A magnum of Dom Perignon Champagne: $1,150
A 20-minute appearance from Kim Kardashian: $100,000
A melchizdek (30-litre bottle) of Champagne: $250,000
Limo ride home: $100
Of course, partying at such a venue is strictly the privilege of the super-rich. Describing some of the guests, waitress Nikki Bee, 25, recalled: 'There was the prince from Indonesia who
would spend, like, $90,000 a day at the club, for weeks at a time.
lived in the bungalows out near the pool, and he'd come to the club in,
TGI Fridays and Wendy's franchise owner Brad Honigfeld, 53, is another regular at Marquee.
'Another bottle, another thousand bucks!' he said to GQ writer Devin Friedman, remarking on Marquee's profit margins.
But the eye-watering cost of a night at Marquee does not seem to put people off. The writer observes that there were near 2,000 people milling outside on the Saturday that he visited, all desperate to get in.
However, unlike the clubs of New York or LA, one owner told him, they are genuinely at capacity: 'We don't do a door-hold just for the sake of doing a door-hold, so we can look busy.'