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Nightclubs / Drai's Nightclub / The Cromwell / Victor Drai / Ryan Craig / Total Rewards / Drai's Beach Club / Drai's After Hours / → All Tags
Drai's After Hours club at Bill's Gambling Hall was both infamous and legendary. Let's put it this way. If you ended up at Drai's during your trip to Vegas, you had a very good time. (Wink, wink.) That, and you didn't get any sleep.
While Drai's After Hours club is set to eventually reopen in the basement of The Cromwell (it's currently housed at Bally's), Drai and his team are focusing first on their rooftop venues, Drai's Nightclub and Beach Club. Both of which will open over Memorial Day weekend.
We spoke with Managing Partner, Ryan Craig, who's been working the Vegas nightlife scene for over ten years, starting as a busboy at the now closed Tabu inside MGM Grand before working his way up to host and then eventually to director of VIP services at Wynn's nightclubs.
Craig is a good-looking, thirty-something dude with dark hair that ends just above his shoulders and which he tucks behind his ears. He speaks with a calm, steady and assured voice. And, perhaps, most advantageous to his career, he has an easygoing smile. A smile that says, “sure, order another bottle. No problem.” His unassuming manner flips the stereotype of a fast-talking, gelled-up, pinky ring-wearing club promoter on its head and now he's looking to flip the DJ-dominated Vegas club scene on its head with Drai's Nightclub.
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It’s not about creating another Vegas nightclub; it’s about fostering a movement that rebels against the one-dimensional norm that has come to define nightlife. For far too long, the party has been about just the entertainment and LiFE defies that convention, knowing the real essence of the party is its people.
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While Vegas is doing its best to wreck year-end awards by cramming December with a whole lotta new, we wanted to take a moment to pour some out for the Vegas that is no more. From the end of long-running attractions to the closing of restaurants, shops and more, here are some of the most notable endings of 2013 as well as a few things that came to an end even before they began.
○Peepshow (Planet Hollywood)
○Superstars of Magic (Plaza)
○Phat Pack (Plaza) *Now at Bally's
○The D* Word (LVH)
○iCandy the Show (Saxe Theater)
○Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in Soul2Soul (Venetian)
○Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show (LVH)
○Marshall Sylver (Planet Hollywood)
○Stars in Concert (Boulevard Theater)
○Louie Anderson's Big Baby Boomer (Palace Station) *New show at Plaza
○Stripped the Play (Saxe Theater)
○American Storm (DB's Pong and Pool in Miracle Mile)
○Broadway Theater (New York-New York)
○Big Al's Comedy Club (Gold Coast)
○Anthony Cools' Strip Comedy (Palms)
○Lorena Peril in FANTASY (Luxor)
○Show In The Sky (Rio)
○Gallery of Fine Art's "Claude Monet: Impressions of Light" exhibit (Bellagio)
○"Da Vinci - The Genius" exhibit (Venetian)
○9/11 Memorial (New York-New York)
○Mob Attraction (Tropicana)
○Flightlinez (Fremont Street)
○The Chuck Jones Experience (Circus Circus)
○Las Vegas Zoo (off Strip)
○Goretorium (Harmon Corner)
RoseRabbitLie / Spiegelworld / The Cosmopolitan / Openings / Nightlife / Nightclubs / Entertainment / Absinthe Show / → All Tags
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:
Closings / The Act / Palazzo / Venetian / Nightclubs / → All Tags
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.