Category Archives: Nightclubs

Zedd Confirmed as Resorts World’s First Resident DJ

Resorts World has confirmed what you’ve known for months because you follow us on Twitter, ahem, Zedd will be a resident DJ at Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub.

Zedd Las Vegas

Zedd’s real name is Anton Zaslavski. The shorter name saves him a ton because his business cards are smaller.

If you’re asking, “Who or what is a Zedd?,” you’re old and are not living your best life.

That said, we also have no idea who Zedd is. Hey, we don’t have to know things to share scoop about them! Two months before Variety and Billboard and the Las Vegas Review-Journal and such.

Zedd Tiesto Resorts World

Q. Do we have to make everything about us? A. Do you know anything about this blog at all?

Anyway, Zedd is a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist, DJ and producer.

Translation: He’s expensive AF.

Which makes it awkward, because nobody’s really sure this business model for Las Vegas nightlife works anymore.

If you follow Las Vegas nightlife at all, you heard about the implosion of Kaos at Palms. The venue paid approximately one bajillion dollars for Marshmello, and while the DJ drew crowds, the casino lost money.

Cardi B was reportedly paid $300,000 for each of her 15-minute performances at Kaos. Unsustainable.

It’s worth noting one of the guys involved in Kaos, Ronn Nicolli, will now oversee nightlife at Resorts World. There’s already chatter about some behind-the-scenes drama. Red flags abound.

Resorts World nightclub

Vegas is about to get Zouked.

Beyond Kaos, a number of other Las Vegas nightclubs have closed in recent years, including Intrigue at Wynn, Hyde at Bellagio and 1OAK at Mirage.

Genting Group, owners of Resorts World, has deep pockets, but how deep?

Tiesto is expected to be another resident headliner at Resorts World. Again, Tiesto can pull crowds, but he earns an average of about $290,000 per show.

That said, Resorts World will certainly benefit from pent-up demand as Las Vegas rebounds from the pandemic, at least for awhile.

Competition is going to be fierce for those nightlife dollars, and hopefully Resorts World can use headliners like Zedd and Tiesto to entice guests to the resort, then keep them around with other amenities like restaurants. (Exactly what didn’t happen at Palms, which we believe won’t open again under the current ownership, Station Casinos.)

Resorts World will not be lacking in restaurants. Learn more.

Here’s Zedd making Selena Gomez famouser.

Unconfirmed, but Resorts World is expected to open July 4, 2021 with a soft opening about a week prior.

Setting aside any business concerns, we are ready to “oontz” and twerk and spend way too much on bottles of Gray Goose again, or whatever the kids are doing now! Let’s go!

We’re rooting for Resorts World to be a huge success, and nobody can say they aren’t swinging for the fences.

Rumors: Tao Group Buys Omnia Nightclub, Could Acquire Hakkasan Group

The Las Vegas rumor mill has been working overtime, and Sin City nightlife will never be the same.

We recently shared rumors Tao Group could be acquiring Hakkasan Group. Indications are the deal is moving forward, and the companies have entered the due diligence phase of the sale.

Tao and Hakkasan are two of the biggest nightlife players in Las Vegas, and once the deal is officially consummated, we’re looking at one of the biggest Las Vegas stories of 2021. You’re welcome.

Hakkasan Grid

We are not a nightclub person, but very much love this light thingy at Hakkasan.

It’s worth noting Madison Square Garden (MSG) is majority owner Tao Group. Madison Square Garden Co. paid $181 million for a 62.5 stake in Tao Group in 2017. Tao Group operates a slew of nightlife venues, including spots in New York, Las Vegas and Sydney.

MSG has been hard hit by the pandemic, although its MSG Sphere entertainment venue continues to make progress at Venetian.

The acquisition has yet to be confirmed, but our scoop about the departure of Hakkasan’s President and CEO, Michael Ryan-Southern, from his post has been. Confirmed, that is. Please try and keep up.

A new rumor seems to support the acquisition chatter: An insider has shared Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace has been purchased by Tao Group.

Omnia

Thanks for the clarification, lawyers.

The deal is said to include all Hakkasan assets, including restaurants around the world, a coup for Madison Square Gardens (Tao Group).

In layperson’s terms: This is yuge.

Following the sale/merger, Tao Group will have a virtual monopoly when it comes to operating dayclubs/nightclubs, excluding Wynn’s popular venues.

Omnia

Possibly related: Omnia should never have scheduled Calvin Harris on Friday the 13th.

The Las Vegas nightlife scene has been shaken to its foundation by the pandemic, with nightclubs closed since March 18, 2020.

A couple have tried converting to lounge concepts, but have been hobbled by strict capacity limits.

Tao

Everyone pronounces it “tou,” but it’s “dow.”

The Las Vegas nightclub realm was already shaky, even prior to the pandemic.

A string of nightclub venues have shuttered, including Intrigue at Wynn, Hyde at Bellagio, 1OAK at Mirage and the grandaddy of all nightclub implosions, Kaos at Palms.

It seemed inevitable there would be consolidation in nightlife due to the pandemic.

Tao

We were honestly just looking for any excuse to share this photo of the restrooms at Tao.

Many Las Vegas companies are using this “downtime” to envision what their industries will look like when things return to normal.

We keep forgetting to put quotation marks around “normal.”

It seems clear Las Vegas nightlife will never be the same, and the rumors swirling around Tao Group and Hakkasan Group will be fascinating to watch should they come to fruition.

Update (1/9/21): A source familiar with the situation says the Tao Group takeover of Hakkasan Group has entered the final stages of a sale, although there has still been no official announcement or confirmation. The source says popular clubs Wet Republic, Liquid and Jewel will now be fully owned and operated by MGM Resorts after Tao Group (MSG) buys Hakkasan Group.

Resorts World Drops New Renderings of Pool, Nightclub and Restaurants

Resorts World continues to titillate with sweet renderings of the Las Vegas casino resort opening in summer 2021.

This time, we get a glimpse of the $4.3 billion resort’s dayclub, Ayu.

Resorts World dayclub

Damn it, never should’ve sold that Ab Roller.

As you know, “Ayu” means “beautiful” in Javanesse.

And as you also know, Javanesse is the language spoken by people at Starbucks.

Next up is the entrance to Zouk Las Vegas nightclub.

Zouk is a well-known nightlife brand in Asia, with high profile venues in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, none of which we would be able to locate on a map.

Thanks a lot, public education.

Resorts World nightclub

Behold the newest place in Vegas to get your recommended allowance of oontz.

To the credit of Resorts World, they went outside the usual suspects to manage their nightclub.

The state of nightclubs in Vegas has been in flux for some time, with the closure of several Vegas fixtures, including Intrigue at Wynn, 1 Oak at Mirage, Hyde at Bellagio and others. The most recent implosion was Kaos at Palms.

New blood may be just what’s needed to shake up the town’s nightclub formula.

Here’s a shot from inside Zouk.

Resorts World nightclub

Zouk is a kind of dance music from the Caribbean. It’s also the sound your withdrawal slip makes when it goes up the vacuum tube at your bank.

There’s also Fuhu restaurant. According to the official Web site, “Fuhu is a vibe dining restaurant, conceptualized by the team behind the world famous number three nightclub in the world, Zouk Singapore.”

Nightclubs and restaurants? Echoes of Hakkasan and Tao up in here.

Resorts World Fuhu

Fuhu means “lucky tiger” in Mandarin. We like it, despite the whole “vibe dining” thing.

Among the new renderings is RedTail, which we’re pretty sure needs a space in it, but we’re going to play along.

Speaking of play, RedTail is a “social gaming bar,” where guests can mingle and playing games like beer pong, darts and pool.

Oh, stop judging, that idea has got to succeed at some point. Somewhere. Maybe even in Las Vegas. At some point. Have you seen the numbers at Dave & Buster’s? Neither have we, but you see our point.

RedTail will have hooch, which is really the important part, so there’s that.

Resorts World RedTail

We’re ready to get some consensual RedTail.

The renderings are sexy, and the rooms we saw in the sales center at Resorts World were appealing as well.

Bringing 3,500 rooms to The Strip when visitation was already on the wane in Las Vegas prior to the pandemic means Resorts World will face some challenges.

The resort will also rely heavily on conventions (near zero in Las Vegas right now), nightlife (nightclubs and dayclubs are closed) and entertainment (no headliners are currently performing on the Las Vegas Strip).

Resorts World seems to be using a tried-and-true playbook for Las Vegas megaresorts. The question is whether that playbook actually works anymore, especially in light of recent world
events and the proliferation of legal gambling across the country.

Resorts World Las Vegas

The size and scope of Resorts World has been fluid since it was first announced in March 2013. This is about what it will look like on opening day in summer 2021.

Resorts World is hoping pent-up demand will draw visitors to its shiny new destination on The Strip.

We’re rooting hard for Resorts World. Let’s hope science, visitor confidence and good luck align to help make this new Las Vegas casino resort a success.

1OAK Nightclub at Mirage to Close Per Sources

It seems the days are numbered for 1OAK Nightclub at Mirage, as a source says employees have been told the venue’s last day of operation will be March 28, 2020.

1OAK Nightclub opened on New Year’s Eve 2011.

1OAK nightclub closing

Not a bad run, 1OAK, when 80% of nightclubs close in their first year.

Prior to 1OAK, the space was home to Jet Nightclub. Jet closed Sep. 6, 2011.

1OAK joins a string of nightclubs to shutter in Las Vegas recently, including Intrigue at Wynn, Hyde at Bellagio and Kaos at Palms.

Here’s a fascinating interview on KNPR about the changing landscape of nightlife in Las Vegas, and we’re not just saying that because we were the one being interviewed.

1OAK Nightclub covers 16,000-square-foot and has a New York theme. As with all 1OAK nightclubs, artist Roy Nachum designed the space.

The club is operated by The Butter Group. While 1OAK stands for “one of a kind,” there are others, including in L.A. and New York City.

No official announcement has been made Mirage, or its owner MGM Resorts, about future plans for the 1OAK Nightclub space.

If you’re bored, check out our 10 Surprising Things About Las Vegas Nightclubs.

Update (1/25/20): Our scoop has been confirmed officially.

Kaos Dayclub and Nightclub Closes at Palms

In the biggest Las Vegas implosion since the Riviera, Kaos dayclub and nightclub at Palms has closed.

Palms officials announced the closure following months of drama surrounding the venue that’s been bleeding cash since it opened in March 2019.

Here’s the official statement.

Kaos closed

“Taking time to reassess.” Otherwise known as “the last words you hear before somebody breaks your heart.”

Kaos was part of a $679 million renovation of Palms, an investment we personally consider to have been “a smidge on the batshit crazy side.”

The reasons for the failure of Kaos are many, but ultimately it was simply a matter of math.

The venue paid ungodly amounts of money for talent, and even on its busiest nights, Kaos failed to make a profit.

Marshmello, for example, snagged a deal for $60 million. Cardi B was paid $300,000 for each of her 15-minute performances. Simply unsustainable.

Kaos closed

Fun fact: We broke the news Kaos would be named Kaos. Which doesn’t seem all that much fun now for some reason.

Frank Fertitta, CEO of Red Rock Resorts, the company that owns Palms, said nightclub customers “did not have spendable money, we didn’t see the crossover into the casino.” Read more.

We are not an economist, but we’re fairly sure businesses prefer, and often require, the spendable kind of money.

Red Rock Resorts is writing off $28.2 million in losses from Kaos, with more on the way. Over the next six months, it’s expected they’ll have to write off another $16 million to $22 million.

The Kaos debacle has resulted in the ousting of a number of high profile executives. Recent departures include Jon Gray, G.M. of Palms, and Las Vegas nightlife heavy hitters Ryan M. Craig and Ronn Nicolli.

One twist to this story, generally not mentioned in coverage of the Kaos closure, was that time Tao Group bailed on a partnership to manage the nightlife at Palms in late 2018. It was a big red flag at the time, and entirely possible Tao Group saw the writing on the wall.

Had you been following us on Twitter, you would know all this because we’ve been chronicling the whole Kaos debacle in excruciating detail for months. We’ll wait while you follow.

Waiting.

Kaos Tweets

We like to think of Twitter as our quicker, snarkier “blog.”

What’s next for Kaos? As mentioned in the official statement above which you didn’t read completely because it was boring, the venue will be used for private meeting space and special events, “in addition to everyday resort pool operations.”

Most costly collective cringe, ever.

What does the Kaos saga mean for nightlife in Las Vegas? Nobody knows!

What other heads might roll at Palms? Nobody knows!

Is this the end of the bad news out of Palms? Nobody knows!

Are we just asking questions because we can’t think of a clever way to end this blog post? Absolutely!

We’ll close by saying we hope the folks working at Kaos find gainful employment elsewhere quickly, and we continue to root for Red Rock Resorts to win its gamble on Palms despite it being a longshot.

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.