03.31.09 · 6:21 PM
First things first: An exclusive peek at First Food & Bar
Sick as we are of recession talk—gag—and ad nauseam prognostications about the economic climate—gag—we would be remiss if we did not at least point out the effect this economic downturn—gag gag—has had on Vegas’ late night dining options. The answer is that like giving a glass of warm milk to a rock star right before he goes on stage, this financial meltdown has had a coma-inducing effect on business. No stimulus here. So where then should we satisfy our post-club ... Read more...
03.31.09 · 4:20 PM
Partying under Ultra’s spell with 70,000 friends
As palm trees swayed to a light breeze in 80-degree weather, hordes of young electronic music fans paraded down the sidewalks of Biscayne Boulevard, a wide street in Miami lined with glass and steel skyscrapers. The street fronts Biscayne Bay, dotted by day with sailboats and yachts and at night with glittering purple lights from the bridge that crosses over into South Beach. The crowds were heading to Bicentennial Park, site of the 11th Annual Ultra Music Festival, where stages ... Read more...
03.31.09 · 3:37 PM
All tease, no sleaze tonight with the Babes in Sin
We used to have Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce, the recently shuttered burlesque club at Mandalay Bay that featuring skilled dancers with goddess bods stripping down nightly to the tunes of a live band, but the beaded curtain has descended on that throwback cabaret, leaving Vegas with nothing but strip clubs. So here’s Plan B: Tonight at the Beauty Bar’s weekly retro party, Underground-a-go-go, the Babes in Sin burlesque troupe will be shimmy shaking their round butts off until little remains ... Read more...
03.30.09 · 3:23 PM
Reaping a new harvest: Boutique performance space replaces Sugarcane Nightclub
Yes, Vegas just lost a nightclub. But in its place emerges the svelte, intimate 250-seat live performance venue called Sugarcane Live! (Think of Sugarcane, but now with padded chairs and a stage). You might be thinking this is one hell of a time to be opening a theater, but considering how many performance venues are closing (Forty Deuce, Folies Bergere, The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana …), Live! should actually be a welcome addition to the Strip. Sugarcane Boutique Nightclub ... Read more...
03.26.09 · 1:05 PM
Miami sound machine: Tracing a musical line between South Beach and the Strip
If Ibiza is the nightlife capital of the world, then Vegas is the nightlife capital of the United States. Or so claims Marc Jay, Vice President of One Global Events and sometime TV producer, whose resume is an impressive timeline of PR and media experience and whose Blackberry is stuffed with VIP contacts. And if Vegas can be equated to Ibiza, the Spanish island known for wild nights that stretch right past dawn, then anyone with stock and trade in ... Read more...
03.25.09 · 12:06 PM
Irreverence rules at the Rockhouse grand opening, only two and a half years overdue
Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub touts itself as a bridge over the gap between dive bar and nightclub. That should say something about what you will find inside the space that also bridges the gap between Las Vegas Boulevard and the Imperial Palace: mayhem, outlandish behavior, and a motley cast of characters doing things you can be assured their parents, significant others or bosses would not be too pleased about. Forget beer-fueled debauchery; insanity is what’s on tap nightly at Rockhouse. ... Read more...
03.24.09 · 6:42 PM
Miami vices: Words of cautionary wisdom for WMC 2009
“Even if you’re The Man or you’re going with The Man, it’s still a pain in the ass getting into clubs in Miami,” Josh Donaldson, Director of Marketing for house music events for Light Group tells me over the phone the night before I’m set to fly there for a week of partying. “For some of the real big parties I am on the list, but I still personally bought tickets because I don’t want to deal with it.” Josh ... Read more...
03.24.09 · 11:55 AM
Club World Awards ceremony canceled at WMC
While Vegas nightclubs were snubbed at the International Dance Music Awards last year, they’re not down for the count. However, they may be out of the spotlight. The seventh annual Club World Awards, which honor the best parties, DJs and venues, have canceled their awards ceremony and will be keeping a slightly lower profile this year at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. The only formal ceremony will be the International Dance Music Awards in which Pure Nightclub is in ... Read more...
03.23.09 · 6:27 PM
The writing is on the (bathroom) wall
With an army of attendants watchfully guarding the doors – and paper towels, and mints – in many Las Vegas bathrooms, you’re more likely to find a perfume testing lab in your local lavatory than a scrawled set of digits or an impromptu stall-wall sonnet. With the exception of a few off-Strip bars and clubs, bathrooms in this town are largely kept clean and devoid of Sharpie-d words to ponder while on the pot. Not so the case in San ... Read more...
03.23.09 · 12 PM
What would Bowie do? Xania rocks a mullet at Hair Wars 4
If I had any reservations about donning a fierce mink coat, war paint and a mile-high mullet-hawk for Hair Wars 4, I did my damnedest not to let it show while I snarled, bristled with attitude and danced up a storm (twice!) on the Moon go-go platforms. Xania had checked out for the night. Ladies and gentlemen, meet … Xanadu! It all started when a black car rolled up to Globe Salon inside Downtown’s chic SoHo Lofts. “This is a ... Read more...
03.23.09 · 10:50 AM
Upping the Ante: Pools sweeten the pot for local ladies this summer
Ladies, are you looking for a good reason to finally replace that California, Ohio or New York driver’s license with some sleek new Nevada identification? Just look at all that you would be entitled to this summer courtesy of Vegas’ hottest and wettest pools and pool parties! You might just find the hour—or hours—spent in line at the DMV to be time well spent. (Guys, don’t despair—now you know where the local ladies will be sunning themselves this summer! It’s ... Read more...
03.21.09 · 10:50 AM
The sweet, sweet smell of sleep deprivation
Friday, March 20, 2009. 4:14 p.m. I smell like a stripper. I’ve slept a maximum of five hours in the past two days. I’m pretty sure my friends are planning an intervention for my addiction/dependence on Amp energy drinks. But it was worth it to hear some good trance and house music. My original plan last night was to catch some zzzzs before checking out the new-ish Global House Afterhours party at Seamless and DJ Marlon Florez’s (aka Art Stylus) ... Read more...
03.20.09 · 12:39 PM
Q&A with Fedde le Grand
Spinning at Rok Vegas for 360 Sundays on March 22, Fedde le Grand found success with his chart-topping track, “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit.” The Weekly caught up with le Grand to find out more about the Dutch DJ and producer, his charity work and what’s in store for 2009. It’s been three years, but “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit” is still a very popular track in clubs. What is it like to have a successful single that ... Read more...
03.19.09 · 12:36 PM
DJ AM decamping from Pure, LAX?
Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, has his talented hands full these days. The lucky star is currently in litigation with Learjet and several other companies for $20 million for the role he says the plane’s manufacturer played in the September 19, 2008 plane crash in South Carolina that left AM and former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker critically injured and four others dead. But AM also clearly has business on his mind. The DJ has also been negotiating ... Read more...
03.19.09 · 12:24 PM
The Script calls for wine
Rock ‘n Roll Wine’s Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton announced yesterday that the headlining band for their next event will be none other than The Script. Fresh on the heels of their live performance on March 17 on The Today Show, The Script have sold more copies of their debut album in Ireland and the UK over the last year than any other new group. Catch The Script performing songs from their debut album live at Rock ‘n Roll Wine’s ... Read more...
03.19.09 · 12 PM
Got your tickets to the rhum show?
Located adjacent to BLT Burger and just a short stroll up the walk from the Mirage’s Las Vegas Boulevard entrance is the Mirage’s newest watering hole, a monument to rum of all kinds. Under the watchful eye and steady pour of lead bartender Kristen Schaefer, Rhumbar serves up a tasteful selection of rum-based cocktails complex enough to satisfy the confirmed rum—or rhum—snob and approachable enough for the guy behind me who dared to order … a white wine. Too eager ... Read more...
03.18.09 · 10:34 AM
Xania’s Hot Spots, the Guerilla Promoter Edition
The flier fairy hit my Honda again late Friday night, this time leaving behind only seven critical missives. Live music, drum and bass, and what would my windshield be (besides cracked) without a word from God?! She always gets that last word. Thursday 3/19 House of Blues: Blue October, live. 702-632-7600 for tickets. Also, Rockstar Energy presents AP Tour featuring The Maine on 3/26 and the Saints & Sinners Tour featuring Hollywood Undead on 3/29. Friday, 3/20 Krave: Skizofrenia goth ... Read more...
03.17.09 · 12:49 PM
St. Patrick’s Day off to a green start
While many across the city were celebrating Irish pride with a green beer, seven people at Hash House A Go Go celebrated with green faces Tuesday morning. The contestants participated in the first annual corned beef eating contest in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The contest, in which contestants tried to be the first to finish two pounds of cooked corned beef and a wedge of cabbage, was broadcasted live on country station KWNR. The winner received 52 $15 gift ... Read more...
03.16.09 · 11:51 AM
St. Patrick’s Day 2009 Party Guide
St. Patrick’s Day reminds fun loving partiers around the world that there are so many bars, so little time. Of course, you can throw down gallons of beer any night you want, but there is something about this holiday that brings out the party animal in all of us. Maybe it’s the green dye no. 6. Whatever the reason, people come out of the woodwork to put an O’ in front of their last names and pile into pubs chugging ... Read more...
03.16.09 · 8 AM
Wine away the hours: Introducing Rock ‘n Roll Wine Lounge
Vodka’s out. Wine is in! Oh sure, you can still get Goose’d at Lavo on Thursdays, but beginning March 26, bottle service will never be the same. For years, Rock ‘n Roll Wine founders Chris Hammond and Sonny Barton have been making wine tasting approachable for the masses, hosting events everywhere from Hammond’s living room to the Arts Factory downtown to top nightclubs and restaurants all over the Valley. Finally coming one step closer to their ultimate goal of creating ... Read more...
03.16.09 · 1:55 AM
To Bare or not to bare?: Musings from the first pool party of 2009
A trail of gingerbread crumbs in the form of Jack Colton’s business cards leads the way to Bare pool last Thursday. Actually, it was only one lone card on the Mirage floor, but it alerts me to the Weekly contributing nightlife writer’s presence and that of the first real pool party of the 2009 season at Bare pool. Sure enough, I run into Colton and crew as they wait for his table at Bare’s fortress of an entrance. The tops ... Read more...
03.14.09 · 3:02 PM
Big Boi talks big plans at Pure
Alternative hip hop sensation Big Boi is not a big man physically speaking, but his influence is huge – and so is the anticipation for his forthcoming album, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The disc was originally slated for release on February 24 of this year, but the date was pushed back. Now, Big Boi says it will be “coming out in two months, three months at the most. … Juneish, Julyish.” “I’m finished with it ... Read more...
03.13.09 · 6:14 PM
Christopher Lawrence loves our locals
“It’s one of my favorite clubs in Vegas,” said DJ Christopher Lawrence of Body English. Headlining on Wednesday for Godskitchen, Lawrence was back in Vegas to spin for a packed house. “The way the dance floor’s set up you can definitely connect with the audience,” he said before taking the stage. “It’s a club for clubbers… someone put a lot of thought into the design and interior decorating.” (The sound system isn’t too shabby, either.) As the current “America’s Best ... Read more...
03.12.09 · 12 PM
No fear: Friday the 13th is just a reason to party
You might want to avoid walking under ladders or crossing the path of black cats tomorrow: It is Friday the thirteenth. But there’s no need to wallow in paraskevidekatriaphobia (a.k.a. the fear of Friday the thirteenth) in solitude. Those who dread the occasion can face their fears in the intoxicatingly luxurious surrounds of Christian Audigier at Treasure Island. The club is throwing a special Friday the thirteenth party tomorrow night. The celebration comes one month after the twelfth and most ... Read more...
03.10.09 · 10:12 PM
Fleece blankets or beach towels? Vegas pools open in the cold
Nothing compliments a new swimsuit like a pair of gloves and a heavy winter coat. With temperatures in the Valley currently hovering at the “brrr-it’s-cold-are-we-really-in-the-desert?” range, most of Vegas’ hottest pools are still opening. Despite the chilly climate, the Palms Pool & Bungalows was first out of the starting gates this season and opened to sun worshipers last Friday, March 6. However, the hard-core parties have yet to start and the complete food and beverage menu won’t be available until ... Read more...
03.10.09 · 2:31 PM
Three’s not a crowd for Lindsay Lohan at Prive
When Samantha Ronson drove from LA to Las Vegas yesterday she brought more than her DJ equipment with her. Her girlfriend, sexy and oft-scandalous star Lindsay Lohan, also joined her. Later that night, when Ronson took to the turntables at Privé at Planet Hollywood, the 31-year-old turntable master mixed a little business with pleasure, as Lohan joined her in the DJ booth. Ronson truly offers bang for a club’s booking buck: Whenever she plays a show – especially in Vegas ... Read more...
03.8.09 · 7:24 PM
Daydream, believe it: An exclusive first look at M’s party pool
It felt like it took an eternity to arrive but it only took one moment for M Resort to become the talk of the town. Open just over a week, the sleek new resort at St. Rose and Las Vegas Boulevard has already made a name for itself as a locals favorite, what with the desirable price point (the most expensive entrée on property is just $48), the complimentary beverage stations throughout the casino, and the friendly design which allows ... Read more...
03.7.09 · 6:04 PM
Nightclub and Bar Convention was a swag bonanza
Not all swag is created equal, and not all trade shows have equally appealing swag, either. If I learned anything this week, it was that the Nightclub and Bar Convention is the Mecca of samples and swag. Even when compared to much larger expos, such as the epic Consumer Electronics Show, NCB is an alcohol-loving freebie fiend’s dream come true. The annual conference is the largest nightlife industry trade show of its kind and attracted club owners, bartenders, alcohol distillers ... Read more...
03.6.09 · 6:21 PM
Hung like a bad picture? Convention offers these remedies
If you noticed an abundance of people wearing sunglasses indoors this week, there was a reason for it: The annual Nightclub and Bar Convention was in town. The annual expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center is the largest nightlife industry trade show of its kind and attracted club owners, bartenders, alcohol distillers, and industry suppliers from around the world. While this year’s show was muted compared to the ones that came before, there was still a sufficient amount of ... Read more...
03.5.09 · 10:57 AM
“World’s Best Bartender” title stays in the family
After 365 days of playing second fiddle, Rodrigo Delpech is back at the top of his game. After losing to Dario Doimo at last year’s Legends of Bartending competition, the stout-yet-flashy barman rallied at LAX late Tuesday night to reclaim his title. “I won the first two rounds, and I feel pretty good right now,” Delpech said last night before the winners were announced. The star Argentine bartender has been slinging drinks, juggling bottles, and otherwise impressing thirsty clients for ... Read more...
03.4.09 · 5:40 PM
Around the Nightclub & Bar Show convention in 15 drinks (or more…)
Southern Wine & Spirits’ Francesco Lafranconi always says, “We’re not drinking, we’re learning.” Well, let the learning begin! Drink 1: Cruzan Guava mojito at the Beam Global booth. Served in a thimble-sized shot glass, this refreshing drop served as breakfast. Drink 2: The Fem-Bot Fatale, starring Svedka vodka, cucumber, white cranberry juice and lime. Svedka was the clear winner for best booth, going so far as to create a three-tiered, roofed enclave complete with house DJ and three go-go dancers. ... Read more...
03.4.09 · 2:14 PM
The Totally Unofficial Nightclub & Bar Show Booth Awards
While the buzz around the convention center on Tuesday, March 3 was that this year’s Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show was smaller, less lavish and less crazy than in years past, a number of booths still provided the boozy excitement that the show is known for. Fog machines blasted clouds into the air, light shows turned booths into mini-discos and countless shots were swallowed as nightlife industry workers from all over the country walked the trade show floor. ... Read more...
03.4.09 · 1:01 PM
DJ spin off and luxury vodka make a perfect mix at Studio 54
If you can’t afford to fly to Miami to see DJs compete at the Winter Music Conference at the end of the month, you can still enjoy a DJ spin off right here in Las Vegas at Studio 54. The MGM nightclub will host the Official Nightclub & Bar Show DJ Spin Off tonight where top caliber talent like Skribble, Irie, OB-one, Eric Cubeechee and Gusto will duke it out for the bragging rights. Even in Las Vegas, it’s not ... Read more...
03.4.09 · 9:51 AM
Sizzling happy hour launches at Rojo Lounge
When a hotel lobby bar becomes a destination for more than just guests, someone has done something very right. Rojo Lounge at Palms Place is set on achieving just that, and the sophisticated spot has a few tricks up its sleeve to help. There’s the décor, of course, the signature ruby red bar and the pretty, trendy people who rest on its sleek black banquettes in-between hitting the slots, Sunset Tan, Rain and Moon. But now there are more reasons ... Read more...
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May 15, 2013
by Sabrina Chapman
This Sunday, XS nightclub celebrates the grand reopening of its after-dark pool party, Night Swim. Along with the bash comes a new offering of signature cocktails served by the pitcher, ...