Bagatelle’s VIP host goes the extra mile
By Kiko Miyasato
Before you think it’s all glitz and glamour for Melanie Ann, you better think twice—it’s also a lot of hard work and 100 percent dedication. “You always have to be reachable. It’s basically a ’round-the-clock job. My phone is always on and always in my hand,” said Melanie, a VIP host for Bagatelle Restaurant & Supper Club at Tropicana, which recently opened its doors.
But it’s nothing she can’t handle; being a VIP host is something that comes naturally, she said. Before Las Vegas and Bagatelle, Melanie, a Southern California native (and accomplished pianist), worked in the L.A. nightlife scene and also traveled back and forth to Asia, accompanying bands as manager and assistant during tours. Late nights, early mornings, large crowds, VIP service and nonstop partying are things Melanie has perfected handling throughout the years.
“(Bagatelle) offers something very unique in Vegas … you can sit down and have dinner and then stay at your table throughout the night till 4 a.m. and enjoy the kind of nightlife entertainment that we have,” she said. And the venue’s Champagne Brunch (famous at Bagatelle’s original New York location) on the weekends—“that’s the party we’re known for,” she said—is nothing short of opulent dayclub hedonism.
“Vegas has the glitter and the lights. People party here like it’s their first and their last night on Earth, and as a host that’s awesome that you can provide the party for them.”
Bagatelle’s well-known L.A. mixologist Zach Patterson created a menu of classy cocktails with delicious ingredients that are approachable and familiar instead of intimidating. The Bagatelle Sangria Rose is one of the most popular, mixed with Bertaud Belieu Rosé, Skyy Blood Orange vodka, crème de pêche, rock candy syrup and peach purée, served in a wine glass and garnished with fresh berries.