Surrender NightclubNovember 20, 2011
Las Vegas Mega-club of the Year Entry
Name of Club: Surrender Nightclub
Location: Las Vegas
Ownership/Parent Company: Wynn Las Vegas and Las Vegas Nightlife Group
Square Footage: 60,000
Open date: May 30, 2010
When Steve Wynn and nightlife impresario Sean Christie opened Surrender Nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend 2010, it was immediately a game changer for nightlife on The Strip. The groundbreaking and expansive 60,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor venue is a stunning setting for one of the most exciting upscale nightlife experiences in town and, from day one, has been a dominant force in Las Vegas’ electronic music money-making boon. Christie, Surrender’s co-owner and managing partner who was early to recognize the emergence of electronic music in the American nightclub scene, has created entertainment programming that features superstar DJs and producers and surprise impromptu performances by chart-topping acts.
Music Director and Resident DJ Steve Aoki headlines his weekly Friday night party “Aoki’s House” which features live DJ sets by Aoki, as well as other exciting world-renowned DJ talent. This past season “Surrender Your Wednesday” — by far the most dominant Wednesday night in Las Vegas — and “Surrender Saturday” saw sets by such big name DJs and producers as Grammy-winner Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Lil Jon, Nervo, Skrillex, Wolfgang Gartner, A-Trak , and Sidney Samson, among many others. Ne-Yo, Kelly Rowland, and Mary J. Blige, are among the R&B stars, which surprised revelers with performances. The sensual venue flows between different experiences; the inside offering a traditional premium nightlife environment with plush and quite spacious (for Vegas standards) VIP tables surrounded by go-go dancers and the club’s signature back bar 90-foot metallic snake. Outside, 26 extravagant cabanas offer flat-screen televisions and private balconies overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard, while the eight decadent bungalows provide private bathrooms and lavish furnishings in addition to luxurious amenities. Directly across from the interior of Surrender is the gaming pavilion where guests can try their luck at blackjack or craps. European bottle service includes a selection of premium liquors ($465-$16,000) and Champagne ($495-$50,000) while white wine ($465-$495) and red wine ($525-$700) is also available by the bottle.
Additionally, a selection of specialty cocktails ($15) and infusions ($15) give patrons a wide range of options. Surrender’s cocktail servers, arguably among the most beautiful, friendly and professional in town, are taken through extensive spirit knowledge training as well as Champagne training. They are trained and tested throughout the year. Several individual bartenders are seasoned mixologists and compete in area competitions. The ever-important holiday weekends paid off big for Surrender in 2011, with a record setting Memorial Day weekend and another record shattering Labor Day weekend.
Given Surrender’s sublime setting, professional and friendly service, extensive bottles/drinks menu, and music programming with talent on the
level of what is found at top international music festivals, Surrender is an excellent value to the nightlife patron because it delivers on every front.