Vegas NightlifeAugust 3, 2009 By: Glenn Haussman Travel Agent
Hard Rock Hotel’s Wasted Space focuses on the rock ‘n’ roll culture and dubs itself an anti-club
It’s no surprise that Las Vegas continues to reinvent itself. And when it comes to nightlife, what’s hot today could be cold tomorrow. So, the pressure to excite and thrill partygoers with something new and innovative is constant.
Sure, Las Vegas offers plenty of nightlife options, but some of the most exciting are the multimillion-dollar mega clubs. Though not designed for everyone, they still attract lots of visitors who wish to “ooh” and “aah” at the spectacle. So next time, don’t hesitate to suggest your clients—who might never consider partying till dawn in a crowded club—check out one of these very cool venues. Also, advise them to reserve a table with bottle service; it’s a great way for a group to skip a line—especially a group of men—and get right to the party.
We unabashedly love XS at Encore, the hottest new mega club at the Wynn Las Vegas complex. Perhaps the most elaborate and well-designed club we’ve encountered, this is the place to be Fridays through Monday nights.
Created by Victor Drai—who has developed other concepts in town such as Tryst and the uber-popular after-hours hot spot Drai’s—this club is something this city has never seen before. Seamlessly grafting indoor and outdoor spaces together, XS has something for everyone. The dance floor, with its 10-foot rotating chandelier, spills outdoors onto a patio, which during the day doubles as the resort’s European-style pool. There is also an outdoor island bar set away from the craziness of the main club that features some casino games such as blackjack. Visit www.xslasvegas.com, or call 702-770-0097.
The Playboy Club, located on the 52nd floor of the Fantasy Tower on Palms, offers one of the most spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip
Lavo Restaurant and Nightclub at The Palazzo has been created by the same folks who created TAO Las Vegas, one of the most successful dining and nightlife venues on Earth. The restaurant serves classic Italian dishes earlier in the evening, and the 5,000-square-foot nightclub in the second story is highlighted by a domed ceiling above the dance floor and an elevated VIP area.
The nightclub opens at 11 p.m. (except Mondays) and at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For VIP table and bottle service reservations in the club, call 702-791-1818.
Lavo’s opening at The Palazzo coincided with the closing of Jay-Z’s 40/40 club. Though highly ballyhooed when the casino resort debuted in early 2008, it’s been closed to make way for a more casual sports bar-type concept. Emeril Lagasse is rumored to be taking over the food service here. The space is great and is filled with tons of TVs and a bunch of private rooms as well as a small casino.
Palms Las Vegas
We’ve written about Palms on several occasions with regard to its four sizzling nightlife venues: Moon, Playboy Club, Ghostbar and Rain. The first three are located more than 50 stories up and feature amazing views of the Strip as well as some awesome indoor and outdoor spaces.
The recently redesigned Rain features renowned DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) spinning hip-hop mash-ups every Friday night, while Saturday nights are home to Paul Oakenfold Presents: Perfecto Las Vegas featuring various cutting-edge design and visual art elements, including full audio-visual system integration, multi-screen content and computer graphics.
Palms has rolled out some really cool plans that allow you entry into all four clubs for one low price. On days it’s crowded, we suggest the $60 VIP All-Access Wristband Fri/Sat, which includes admission to all four clubs. If you think the lines won’t be too long, the standard All-Access Pass is available for $40 on weekends and $20 the rest of the week. We highly recommend this! The clubs are not open every day and passes, which are subject to availability, must be bought at the Stuff Store in the hotel lobby. For details, visit www.n9negroup.com, or call 702-942-6832.
The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas’ newest club offering, and a centerpiece of the resort’s ongoing expansion, is a small club by Las Vegas standards. Wasted Space, which concentrates on the art of rock ‘n’ roll, has been dubbed by its creators an anti-club, meaning it’s as much about the atmosphere as it is about the experience.
Wasted Space is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. with live music two nights per week and DJs spinning the other four nights. Check the website to see what’s coming up music-wise. Cover charges vary based on talent from about $10 to $25. For more information, visit www.hartswastedspace.com, or call 702-693-4040.
The redesigned Rain nightclub at Palms features cutting-edge visual art elements