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Spiegelworld, the folks who produce Absinthe, have signed up to run the anchor entertainment for Rose.Rabbit.Lie which will be called Vegas Nocturne. Here's how Spieglworld's Ross Mollison describes it:
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The club that fought in court to stay open has closed, anyway.
Fitness / Conventions / Pearl Theater / The Palms / Mandalay Bay / Nightclubs / Movies / Celebrity Appearances / XS / Hyde Bellagio / Hakkasan / Olympia Fitness Expo / Healthy Vegas / Orleans Arena / → All Tags
Arnold. Lou. Jean Claude. Dolph. Sly. They didn’t even need last names. Back in the 80s, the biggest stars in the world were bodybuilders. Muscular action stars ruled the box office. Body-sculpting programs and contests were staples on ESPN. Even Diana Ross sang that she wanted muscles. Flash forward to 2013 and bodybuilding seems to have faded from public awareness. But, in truth, the sport and the culture surrounding it are alive and well. And, quietly living in Las Vegas.
This past weekend, 40,000 enthusiasts came to Las Vegas to participate in the Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and Mr. Olympia Competition. A record 10,000 attended the sold-out main event at the Orleans Arena on Saturday the 28th, and it was simulcast across the world via the Internet. But, who are these fitness devotees, and how has Las Vegas seemingly replaced Venice, California as the heart of bodybuilding? We put on our tank top, oiled ourselves up, and went to look for an answer.
Not content with having one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs (Marquee) or one of the most stunning bars (the three-story Chandelier Bar), The Cosmopolitan has announced a new "social club" called Rose.Rabbit.Lie. which will open in December on the second floor of the West End tower, adjacent to the Wicked Spoon food hall.
Duck, duck, goose, err.. we mean, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is promising a new take on nightclubs which, in Vegas, typically revolve around long lines to get in, expensive bottle service and high-wattage DJs. Here's how Cosmo announced their new venue:
Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is a modern twist on clubs of the night — a truly communal venue, where the experience lies not only with the power of production, but within the excitement of improvisation. The result is an entirely new genre that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and show to create a grand social experiment; one that uniquely arrives in spontaneous moments throughout the evening.
Details are pretty scant other than that, but if the picture above gives any hints, you can expect naked ladies pouring champagne on themselves. Kidding! (Maybe?)
Labor Day Weekend ended up being the last weekend for Gallery Nightclub.
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Ghostbar at Palms reopened with a fresh new design this week, and we swung in for a quick look. And, it was impressive. Ghostbar is famous for what is almost certainly the best view of the Las Vegas Strip in the city. Positioned on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower, Ghostbar features 14-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows, and also boasts a gorgeous sky deck where guests can party high above it all. The front of this patio still has a small section of clear glass where the pool can be clearly seen 55 floors below.
With a new color scheme of fuschia, black, and white and a revamped drink menu featuring rose cocktails and sugary martinis, Ghostbar is clearly targeting female clientele. That can be taken advantage of on Wednesday nights, when ladies get free admission until midnight and a complimentary rose champagne bar from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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We've already detailed for you what a night is like inside the massive new nightclub that is Hakkasan, now open at MGM Grand. But, to give you another idea of how big the 80,000-square-foot club/restaurant really is -- here's where the line for table reservations begins. A line for table reservations? Yes, that's a thing now in Vegas.
And, we're sorry to tell you that the line doesn't move fast. Or, at least it didn't for our Club Kid who previously reported:
We couldn't get enough of Hyde when it first opened at Bellagio last year. We especially loved the drinks served during the daytime hours of the club (5-10pm), but after a recent visit on a Friday night, it's clear the only way to enjoy yourself is to pony up whatever it costs for a table and bottle service. In other words, be prepared to depart with at least a grand.
We strolled up to the club just before 11pm and, by the grace of God.. ok, never mind, because we were two chicks in cute dresses.. we were able to get in without waiting in line and without paying a cover. Normally, you will have to pay $20-$30 and wait in at least a 20-minute line, but if you manage to grab the eye of one of the club hosts, he can help you get in quicker. As always, that only applies to girls.
Once we got inside, it took a few minutes to orient ourselves. The club was wall-to-wall packed and ridiculously hot thanks to the heat wave. But, before we could even locate the bar and strategize about the quickest way to get there, a bouncer was waving a flashlight in our faces, telling us to move on and that we couldn't stand around in the hallway.
So, we just moved forward. Then we moved backwards. Then we turned left, then right and, finally, through throngs of sweaty people, glimpsed the bar. We pushed our way forward and, in about five minutes, we were there. Then we had to wait. And wait. And wait. Twenty minutes later, we walked away with the worst-tasting vodka sodas ever. ($15 a piece.)
We tried to walk around and find a spot to people-watch and maybe bust a few moves of our own, but the problem with Hyde is that it is pretty much all reserved seating and tables. There is a very small section of the dance floor that is for the "general public," but as you can imagine, it's a tight space. You need to be both totally drunk and totally ok with strangers grabbing you in all sorts of places.
We showed you a tour of Mandalay Bay's Daylight Beach Club, now let's head indoors and take a look at LIGHT. A co-venture between the Light Group and Cirque du Soleil we've been very curious about their promise of a whole new spectacle. We'd also hoped, by now, to have read some independent online reviews. Because we wonder what others are thinking.
You name a place LIGHT, you better have the visuals down. They have. Based on our limited preview, we believe this is the best lighting set-up in town. Particularly if you have a short attention span. They do not stop moving.
The DJ stands in the middle. Video displays completely cover the huge wall behind them and digital screens are even on the ceiling. Add lasers, etc. and you will be blinded in a good way. The Cirque factor comes from aerialists and dancers behind the screens on the wall. They can also fly in over the top of the crowd. We've not seen that part.
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Bottle service at Vegas clubs is often not for the faint of
heart wallet, but reality TV star and Peepshow headliner Coco was even caught off guard by pricing at the newly opened Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
She Facebooked a photo of Hakkasan's premium beverage menu over the weekend with these remarks:
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We can probably all agree that clubs are filled with enough douche bags so here's our best advice on how not to be one of them. Got another tip to add to the list? Share it in the comments below!
Be Respectful To Your Host
Whether via email or text, communicate back in a timely fashion and be honest. Don’t tell him (or her) that you can bring 10 girls with you when in reality you can bring four. Or, that your party will be there at 10:30 when you know you’ll arrive at midnight. And if, at the last minute, you change your mind about going to the club, let your host know. Hosts get paid by the amount of people (more so, girls) they can bring in so keep that in mind before you flake out.
Don’t Lie Or Make Up Excuses
“The other girls in my party are still in the bathroom. Can you let us in, anyway?” “I’m best friends with Jesse Waits.” “He’s my designated driver, he doesn’t have to pay cover, does he?” It's all been heard before. And, it gets lamer every time.
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Our Club Kid Brandy Alxander is more of a prissy girl these days, but the opening of the 80,000-square-foot megaclub Hakkasan at MGM Grand compelled her to keep on those sexy heels for one more late night on the town. She weighs the pluses and minuses below.
DJs: Before Hakkasan, Angel Management Group (the company that owns Wet Republic, Pure, LAX, among other Vegas venues) occasionally booked a Hollywood heavy hitter or a hot R&B star like Jennifer Lopez and Miguel, but more often booked D-list reality stars (Snookie) or rappers nobody cares about anymore (Vanilla Ice and Fat Joe). So, it was surprising to see the A-list DJs they
poached booked for their grand opening weekend, Memorial Day Weekend and even long-term residencies. Given, you’ve probably already seen Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki at Wynn’s nightclubs already, but they’re worth seeing again as they put on a pretty rad show every time.