Las Vegas’ newest hot spot offers clubgoers a nightlife experience they’re sure to eat up.
Hakkasan Las Vegas resident DJ Tiesto performs for the crowd on Sept. 15, 2013 — Photo courtesy of Al PowersSome of Las Vegas’ most popular nightlife venues have their own restaurants attached, so it should come as no surprise that the hottest new nightclub on the Strip evolved from one of the world’s most recognized names in dining.
A project that was in the works for more than two years prior to construction beginning in February 2012, the 60,000-square-foot Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub opened its doors inside MGM Grand on April 18, with the adjoining restaurant opening its doors on May 3. Encompassing more than 80,000 square feet of space over five levels, Hakkasan Las Vegas marks the globally renowned dining group’s first foray into the nightclub business.
“Las Vegas is known for having the best nightlife and entertainment destinations, and we knew this would be the perfect location to introduce Hakkasan’s first nightclub,” said Alex Cordova, vice president of marketing at Angel Management Group. “Hakkasan is a globally renowned dining group, and we felt that taking the fundamental elements of the brand and evolving them into a nightlife experience would set a new standard in the Vegas market. Under one roof we offer modern Cantonese cuisine from our Michelin-starred chef as well as a truly unique nightlife experience.”
With resident DJs Tiësto and Calvin Harris providing the beats, along with featured artists like Steve Aoki and Questlove, it’s no wonder Hakkasan has already welcomed numerous celebrities to its club, including Jennifer Lopez and Kate Upton. While guests never know who they might see, there are plenty of other reasons to keep one’s eyes peeled while visiting.
The nightclub at Hakkasan Las Vegas is known for its breathtaking production aspect — Photo courtesy of Angel Management Group“The production aspect is incredible,” Cordova stated. “On any given night guests will see a number of different performances put on by our renowned choreographed dancers and aerialists, as well as lighting effects that are simply mind-blowing.”
Let’s face it: your neighborhood pub has nothing on Las Vegas’ bar scene. The Strip’s many watering holes offer guests so much more than just Bud and Bud Light. From live entertainment to extensive spirit selections, there’s sure to be a bar for every taste and budget.
For guests who want to soak up some of that desert sun, RHUMBAR boasts one of the most stylish patios in the city. New bar on the block PRESS is also home to one of the Strip’s most picturesque patios, overlooking the hotel’s private pool.
For those who want to cool off, Minus5 Ice Bar is one of the coolest spots in town, as guests can enjoy a selection of ice-cold vodka cocktails in its -5-degrees Celsius ice environment. Red Square Restaurant & Lounge also offers its own cool experience, with a private ice-cold vodka vault guests can enjoy their drinks in.
If you really want to let loose, check out The Bourbon Room, which offers guests a blast from the past with its ’80s music videos and Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers. When you’re done shouting at the devil, head on over to the boisterous Bar at Times Square where you can sing (or scream) along to your favorite songs while the dueling piano players play them.
So next time you want to whet your whistle, check out our list of the Strip’s 10 best bars. You’re sure to find someplace you won’t forget–no matter how many drinks you down!
Named for the process of pressing coffee for the perfect cup, the hot pressed Panini sandwich and the production of wine by pressing grapes, PRESS serves up fun food and drink offerings morning through late night. Guests can mingle bar-side or on the patio, which features a sleek, neutral color palate, two gas fire pits and comfortable sofa seating. Additional outdoor design highlights include a trellis system with misters, customized lighting, ceiling fans and heaters. In addition to draft beer, hand-crafted speakeasy cocktails and 20 wines by the glass, guests can indulge in a tasty array of small plates inspired by seasonal American favorites and a variety of yummy desserts. Be sure to visit during Social Hour from 5-7 p.m. daily for half-price martinis and draft beer.
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Named one of AOL.com’s top Las Vegas patios, RHUMBAR is a highly stylized cocktail and cigar lounge inspired by the cool mood of the Caribbean. The plush outdoor patio, which is able to accommodate up to 300 guests, is reminiscent of a tropical retreat offering a picturesque location for guests to mingle, sip cocktails and smoke cigars. The intimate interior is predominantly white with touches of cool greens accentuating the sleek décor. Abstract white mint leaves adorn the 20-foot-tall glass walls, luring the thousands of people walking by to take a peek inside. Must-try libations include the Killer’s Kiss, made with Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Soho Lychee Liqueur, pomegranate syrup and a wedge of ruby red grapefruit, and the Spanish Trampoline, featuring tangerines hand-muddled with mint, pure cane sugar, lime and a healthy dose of Leblon Cachaça.
GILLEY’S SALOON, DANCE HALL & BBQ
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Bringing some honky-tonk to the Vegas Strip, Gilley’s has been one of the city’s most popular bars since it opened at the Frontier in April 1999. When the property closed in 2007, it seemed like another Vegas favorite had gone with it, but thankfully the spirited dance hall and saloon reopened at Treasure Island in 2010. Home to the famous Gilley Girls (sexy servers donning bikinis, chaps, cowgirl boots and cowboy hats), guests can grab a genuine leather saddle seat at the long polished bar and unwind with an ice-cold beer or the saloon’s signature drink, the Rattlesnake–a mix of 90-proof Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, fresh lemon sour, simple syrup and rhubarb bitters mixed in an anise-rinsed glass–as they enjoy some genuine southern hospitality. After you’ve had a few drinks to boost your courage, do-si-do on over to the dance floor or take a ride on the mechanical bull.
THE BOURBON ROOM
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One of Las Vegas’ newest bars, The Bourbon Room inside The Venetian truly offers guests a blast from the past. Inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in the hit Broadway musical “Rock of Ages,” The Bourbon Room lets guests enjoy the finest collection of bourbon and spirits in Las Vegas–including three single-barrel signature bourbons made exclusively for the bar–as they’re entertained by music video flashbacks of nostalgic rock music from the ’80s. VJs get the party started nightly at 8 p.m., spinning classic rock hits and music videos, while leather and lace-clad cocktail servers perform high-energy dance routines to such iconic songs as “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” During the day, guests can sip on classic bourbon cocktails or even a Bartles & Jaymes flavored wine cooler while watching sports or playing slots at the bar.
BAR AT TIMES SQUARE
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Located in the heart of New York-New York Hotel & Casino, great drinks and dueling pianos are the focus nightly at this boisterous bar. Guests can request and sing along to their favorite choruses while enjoying a cocktail from the cutting-edge beverage menu. Those who visit during the daytime can watch their favorite sports on one of 14 flat-screen TVs, play bar-top games and take advantage of the four hour-long Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. featuring Heineken drafts, house wine and select shooters for just $5 from 3-7 p.m. Table reservations are available nightly starting at 8 p.m.; locals always get in free (standing room side only).
RED SQUARE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
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One of the city’s coolest bars, Red Square Restaurant & Lounge is famous for its frozen ice bar and private vodka vault, featuring an incomparable vodka selection. With any vodka purchase, the staff recommends guests try the restaurant’s vodka vault to enhance their experience. While it may provide an immediate relief from the scorching triple-digit temps outside, fur coats and warm hats are provided so guests don’t get too chilly while enjoying their drinks. The restaurant and lounge also features an intriguing list of signature cocktails, martinis and vodka infusions created by the Light Group’s team of master mixologists, creating the perfect nighttime destination.
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Not surprisingly, one of the city’s most striking bars is found in one of the city’s most talked about resorts. Conceived by renowned design and architecture firm the Rockwell Group, The Chandelier is an architectural wonder that combines more than 2 million crystal beads (the largest quantity of beads used in one installation in North America), three luxurious bars and exclusive music all within one three-story space inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Each floor houses its own unique bar experience where guests can enjoy interactive light shows along with their signature cocktails. The bottom floor offers a high-energy atmosphere that merges seamlessly with the surrounding casino floor; the heart of The Chandelier offers a more swank and sophisticated experience; and the top of The Chandelier offers a lively environment complete with festive concoctions overlooking the casino below.
Offering an experience unlike any other bar or lounge in town, Level 107 Lounge is the perfect place to go when you want to impress someone special. Located on the 107th floor of the Stratosphere Tower, it boasts expansive city views that are complemented nicely by an extensive appetizer, dessert and cocktail menu. Feast on the surroundings as you dig in to such sumptuous fare as the heavenly Roasted Tomato Fondue or sip one of the lounge’s signature cocktails. On a budget? Not to worry; Level 107 Lounge has a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. featuring half-price appetizers and 2-for-1 cocktails as well as a late-night happy hour with 2-for-1 cocktails from 10:30 p.m.-close. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s DJ entertainment nightly from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Why go anywhere else?
MINUS5 ICE BAR
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The perfect place to chill (especially during those scorching summer months), Minus5 Ice Bar is a unique ice-themed experience where guests can enjoy a variety of ice-cold vodka cocktails in a -5-degrees Celsius ice environment. For a nominal entry fee, guests are given use of Minus5 parkas, gloves and boots to help keep them warm, or they can upgrade to a faux fur coat package for a little added luxury. Once inside, they’ll be greeted by an assortment of ice sculptures, as well as ice tables, ice seating (covered with faux fur pelts) and an ice bar. Even the glasses the drinks are served in are made of pure ice! A state-of-the-art sound and LED show rounds out the frigid but fun experience.
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Located on the 23rd floor of the non-gaming Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Mandarin Bar is one of the city’s most sleek and sophisticated nightlife venues. Guests can drink up the stunning Strip views courtesy of the bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows while imbibing one of its expertly crafted cocktails. In addition to a menu of creative alcoholic concoctions, the bar offers a variety of fine wines and delicious light bites, making it the perfect place to kick back and relax before or after dinner. Be sure to try the Tea-Tini, one of Mandarin Bar’s specialty cocktails. A refreshing mix of Bulleit Bourbon, chilled Jasmine Pearl tea, apple juice, agave nectar and lemon juice, the tasty cocktail is truly one of the best in town!