Hakkasan Grid is an Eye-Opening Wonder of Science and Art

If Vegas knows anything, it’s dazzle, and the new Hakkasan Grid at Hakkasan Nightclub takes dazzle to a whole new level.

The multi-million dollar light installation made its debut during EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival, May 17-19, 2019), and delivers on the promise of a sensational new reason to visit Hakkasan inside MGM Grand.

Hakkasan Grid

You’re going to wish you had more eyes.

The Hakkasan Grid is a marvel of technology. The ceiling light installation is made up of 57 individual triangles that can be turned into a virtually unlimited number of shapes, colors and configurations.

Here’s a look at some of the technology involved in making the Hakkasan Grid such a stunner.

Hakkasan Grid Las Vegas

Only slightly less complicated than brain surgery.

The overhead display undulates and pulses, intensifying the impact of the music, creating an ever-changing visual feast for nightclub-goers.

Hakkasan Grid

The 57 triangles are moved using 169 winches, which is 2.964912280 winches per triangle, which can’t be right, but we are a blog, not a mathematician, so let’s move on.

Yeah, you sort of have to see it in action. Behold the Hakkasan Grid.

It’s like a space ship, a kinetic sculpture and a neon factory had a threesome and the Hakkasan Grid is the offspring.

The thing is straight-up amazing, and we aren’t even a nightclub person.

If you’re a light installation nerd, it’s worth noting the Hakkasan Grid is 30 feet wide, and each of the triangles was custom-designed and 3-D printed. The display features pixel mapping and color-mixing technologies as well.

Hakkasan nightclub Las Vegas

Hakkasan is a Japanese word meaning, “You have no chance with that girl, so stop pestering her, you big dope.”

Hakkasan opened in 2013, making it 104 in Las Vegas nightclub years.

Given its substantial investment in the new light installation, Hakkasan clearly isn’t resting on its laurels and intends to stay relevant as the nightlife landscape continues to evolve in Las Vegas.

Hakkasan nightclub Vegas

The exterior of Hakkasan got some digital mapping since your last visit. You need to get out more.

The venue boasts world-class DJ talent, including Tiesto, Zedd, Steve Aoki and others. Such residencies are the bread-and-butter of nightclubs, but it can’t hurt to have a mind-blowing light show in the mix as well.

Hakkasan Grid Las Vegas

Hakkasan it the place to let your geometry freak flag fly.

We’ve added the Hakkasan Grid onto our list of must-see attractions in Las Vegas, right up there with the Bellagio fountains, the new Eiffel Tower light show, the Viva Vision canopy on Fremont Street, the Mirage volcano and us in a thong.

That’s weird. People usually don’t read this far. Good luck unseeing that.

9 thoughts on “Hakkasan Grid is an Eye-Opening Wonder of Science and Art

  1. Argosy314

    Assumed the grid was always at the club, but clearly the website schooled me on that. It was pretty mesmerizing.

    That being said, it was my first ever visit to Hakkasan this past Friday; last time I was at a club was when it was Studio 54 and MGM still wasn’t generic looking but had the retro Hollywood theme going on.

    When I was at Hakkasan….made me feel old, longing for the days of the old lady snorting coke on the dance floor and hanging out with Halston….oh wait that was the real Studio 54 which was before my time, but I digress. It was loud, packed to the point where you couldn’t move on the dance floor, and it seemed most people were just standing around being dazed millennials. Studio 54 seemed to have a wide age range, enough space to move around, and music you could hear rather than it being so loud you could barely hear yourself think. Am I complaining? No, I just am surprised that the Vegas club scene has evolved into this.

    1. KurtT

      Agreed, Hakkasan is my least favorite club in Vegas. The hallways to get upstairs/downstairs get so packed that you you will loose the friends you came with the moment you get in to the place. lol
      Its got such a weird layout. The drink card is worth it though if you do plan on going to skip the line. I stay away from this place though 🙂

  2. Andrea

    Being 46 years old I really doubt I’ll ever want to see it person,i’ve been to LAX, Study 54, Rain…did my fair share of clubing time. I’ll do my best in my ’20ies during my reincarnation, I promise.

    1. Eddie

      I’m 48 and can’t wait to check it out! Haven’t been to Vegas in 12 years and I know a lot has changed but I still like to go out. Planning on doing this on a Friday, Omnia Saturday and Kaos on Sunday. Yeah, I’m returning on Tuesday back to NC!

  3. Boulder Steve

    When I see the name Hakkasan, I immediately know it’s a story I have no reason to read. I know, Hakkasan is really important to some Vegas folk, not everything is tailored to me. I’m not complaining, I’m grateful I get to bypass this story and read the comments. I’m obviously not the only one who isn’t the target market for this stuff.

    Long live Hakkasan!

  4. Lew Moore

    I love the image of the bizarro/ugly casino carpet running up to the really cool architecture/design of Hakkasan.

    1. Argosy314

      Speaking of carpet……
      The patterns that the hotels picked always seemed to intrigue me. Casino carpet used to be less generic looking (pretty much is the same) and MGM had tons of rainbows and even the lion icon as part of the pattern not to mention Circus Circus with pink and clowns which couldn’t have been great if you were hungover.

      Stayed at Bellagio last week and seems like they are having an identity crisis….the carpet doesn’t match the drapes, literally. Or perhaps they just decided to go cheap and use leftovers from Mandalay Bay. Blue/green colors (in place of the tan/yellow/gold) contrasting with white walls and opaque lighting fixtures.

      And no I don’t have a carpet fetish….just interests me to see how the resorts evolve over time to keep up to date.

  5. krhsnow

    Most of the clubs in Vegas are mind blowing, to bad the clubs pack you in like sardines. long lines to get in, $40 – $50 cover charge, $15 drinks and $200 – $500 to get a table. No thanks I’ll stick to the lounges!

    1. Argosy314

      Is the cover charge standard or is it more of who you know or who comp’d it? Only reason I ask is because there were people on the street that were offering free admission to clubs….granted I took it to be a scam, but upon arriving at Hakkasan and discussing this with one of the bouncers they were like oh yeah its legit, he’s one of the guys that works for us. So I kind of took it to mean that there are many ways to get the cover charge waived and the clubs make up for it in the cost of drinks.


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