Nightclub & Bar Presents the 2014 Las Vegas Award Winner ProfilesMay 13, 2014 By: Mary-Kate Dunphy
A nickname like “Sin City” is not given for normality which is exactly why Nightclub & Bar sets aside a category specifically for Las Vegas nightclubs. The nightlife scene in Vegas is simply unparalleled to anywhere in the world and these clubs are the best of the best. Nightclub & Bar is proud to present the 2014 Las Vegas Award Winner Profiles.
Cocktail Bar of the Year
Laundry Room @ Commonwealth
The Laundry Room is one of Las Vegas’ best kept secrets. Guests must pass through the Commonwealth Nightclub to get to the entrance of this speakeasy hide away; a bar within a bar. The ‘rules’ of The Laundry Room are similar to those of Fight Club, you do not speak of the Laundry Room; the secrecy gives the lounge a more intimate, mysterious feel. Now for the good stuff, the cocktails; Laundry Room is a cocktail lover’s wonderful dream. There is an extensive cocktail list that comes in booklet form; each drink is listed with the year it was created and a picture of its presentation. If a guest cannot decide which cocktail to go with, from the array of potions offered, they can tell the bartender what they are partial to and they will shake up a one-of-a-kind libation personalized for that particular guest. Laundry Room does not serve beer or wine, they focus all of their time and energy into creating the perfect cocktail for each and every guest, which is why they are our Cocktail Bar of the Year.
Dayclub of the Year
Encore Beach Club
In 2013, Encore Beach Club continued their reign as the Las Vegas Strip’s dominant luxury adult-pool party spot. At 55,000 square feet, the opulent dayclub is world renowned for its sophisticated beach club ambiance, fun themed parties and the sounds provided by the world’s top electronic dance music DJ’s. Encore is sporting three large pools, 26 cabanas, eight bungalows; the VIP enclaves feature private bathrooms, infinity pools, shower, lavish furnishings and a temperature controlled cooling and heating system set to each guest’s preferences. Frequented by celebrities and VIP’s drawn to the upscale party scene, supreme service and music programming that is second to none, 2013 was a record breaking year in attendance for Encore Beach Club with “sold out” signs frequently posted outside throughout the season.
Lounge of the Year
Ghostbar, the posh ultra-lounge located on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower at Palms Casino Resort has been a must-see in Las Vegas since opening its doors, drawing celebrities and tourists alike to experience nightlife at its finest and unmatched views of the Las Vegas Strip. In mid-August 2013, Ghostbar debuted a sexy and sophisticated remodel as part of the $50 million renovation underway at the property. With a new, alluring atmosphere, an impressive selection of hand-crafted cocktails, and outstanding entertainment programming, Ghostbar has elevated the standard for guest experience. With a capacity of about 300, Ghostbar maintains a sense of exclusivity and intimacy; it is a place to escape the chaotic crowds that can be found at megaclubs in Las Vegas. Ghostbar has solidified a reputation for being a must-see in Las Vegas which makes them perfect for this year’s Lounge of the Year.
New Concept of the Year
Light is the first ever nightclub turned on by Cirque de Soleil. This club merges cutting edge creativity with electric music to create an unforgettable guest experience. Headlining DJs and artists lead the party while exclusively built performance elements and visuals, innovative video mapping, lighting, sound and special effects enhance the overall performance. Customers walk into Light and are blown away due to the uniqueness of their venue. Cirque de Soleil provides amazing aerial shows that leave crowds wanting more and the nightclub inspired by Cirque de Soleil is no exception. This new and exciting concept leaves customers coming back for more so there was no question that we would honor Light with New Concept of the Year.
Nightclub of the Year
Hakkasan Las Vegas is a five-level restaurant and nightlife mecca located at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The highly acclaimed Hakkasan Nightclub represents the bold evolution of the prestigious global restaurant brand into an all-encompassing nightlife experience showcasing a unique convergence of dramatic design, world-class mixology and exclusive collaborations with in-demand artists across numerous genres. The DJ lineup for Hakkasan is simply unmatched; with top names such as Calvin Harris, lil’ Jon and DJ Carnage in the mix, it becomes nearly impossible to compete. Hospitality is second nature to the employees at Hakkasan; the cocktail waitresses are just as beautiful as they are helpful. The club itself is simply spectacular and when you add in the stunning dancers and bumping beats, it makes for the perfect Vegas night out. Hakkasan is this year’s Nightclub of the Year!
Promo, Party or Event of the Year
Summer Lovin’ with Kaskade @ Marquee
In 2013, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub presented Summer Lovin’ with Kaskade which resulted in a monster overall attendance of more than 100,000 people, the Summer Lovin’ residency was historical. With Summer Lovin’ Kaskade invited partygoers to his unparalleled night and daytime residency in Las Vegas' most mind-blowing club. For twelve weekends, from May through August, he brought his signature euphoric sound to Marquee. Dance music devotees could begin on Saturday night and go all the way by continuing into Sunday afternoon, poolside. Each performance featured an enhanced, all-new custom visual experience, creative performances and extensive décor both day and night in the only Las Vegas club built specifically for the electronic dance music genre. The residency kick off also marked the start of a summer-long promotion that gives fans an opportunity to win the chance to soar in a hot air balloon with the famed DJ himself. Additionally, the fully immersive experience was extended into VIP “All Summer Long” packages to those looking to dance with Kaskade all summer long that included front-of-line privileges for all dates and a commemorative mailed ticket package.
Resident DJ of the Year
Innovative American DJ, producer and songwriter, Diplo, brings his chart-topping hits and addictive rhythms to Surrender Nightclub and XS Nightclub in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Consistently delivering high-powered sets to a sold-out house, Diplo’s superstar status and wide popular appeals earned him quite a pristine reputation. One of DJ Mag’s “Top 100 DJs of 2013” Diplo has headlined several major events at the clubs in 2013 including Surrender’s wildly popular Wednesday industry night and the coveted New Year’s Eve billing. One of EDM’s biggest stars and the most in-demand producer in popular music, creating beats and producing tracks is what Diplo does best which is why he is this year’s Resident DJ of the Year.