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XS, Hakkasan, Marquee, Tao Top Nightclubs In America

Steve Aoki At Hakkasan Las Vegas top nightclubs in Las Vegas

Steve Aoki At Hakkasan

XS, Hakkasan, Marquee and Tao were the top 4 nightclubs in America in terms of gross revenue in 2014. In fact, 7 of the top 10 grossing nightclubs and bars were in Vegas and 15 of the top 100. Not too shabby.

If you’ve ever wondered where to party in Vegas then here’s a good place to start. Below is a breakdown of all of the Vegas nightclubs and bars on the Top 100 list from Nightclub.com.

1. XS Nightclub, Encore
2. Hakkasan, MGM Grand
3. Marquee Nightclub, Cosmopolitan
4. Tao Nightclub, Venetian
6. Surrender Nightclub, Encore
9. Hyde, Bellagio
10. Lavo, Palazzo
17. Chandelier Bar, Cosmopolitan
18. Tryst Nightclub, Wynn
28. Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop, Paris Las Vegas
48. Ghostbar, Palms
55. Lagasse’s Stadium, Palazzo
66. Bond Bar, Cosmopolitan
67. Vesper Bar, Cosmopolitan
68. The Bourbon Room, Venetian

4 of the top 100 bars and nightclubs in America are at the Cosmopolitan. That’s not surprising because the Cosmo is my favorite bar on the Vegas Strip. Chandelier Bar (floor level) is one of my favorite bars to sip on a drink and hang out in all of Vegas. Last year they added video poker to this beautiful bar so you can get excellent comp drinks while you gamble. WIN!

What is surprising is that Chateau at Paris, Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo and The Bourbon Room at Venetian are in this list generating between $5 million and $15 million in 2014. To be honest I didn’t know Chateau was still open, I thought Lagasse’s Stadium was considered a restaurant and had no idea people went to The Bourbon Room en masse.

Live and learn!

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Nightclub Revenue In Vegas Will Shock You

Steve Aoki At Hakkasan Las Vegas

Steve Aoki At Hakkasan

I know casinos and Vegas but I’m not an investor. Sometimes when I see Motley Fool or other investing websites break out revenue in certain ways I can be surprised.

We all know that nightclub revenue is big for Las Vegas casino operators. What is surprising in this chart is seeing how much of the overall revenue nightclubs are for some of the casino operators.

Las Vegas Casino Nightclub Revenue

Oontz, Loot, Oontz, Loot

Hakkasan (MGM Grand, XS (Wynn) and Marquee (Cosmopolitan) are the Big 3 of nightclubs in Vegas. It comes as no surprise that their revenue last year was about the same (see full article for specifics).

Hakkasan revenue seems to be ahead of the pack this year. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Hakkasan is the largest nightclub with the most famous DJ’s and a marketing arm that will use landmarks like the Bellagio fountains to promote you (See Tiesto show).

Besides the percentage of overall revenue for nightclubs there isn’t much in the chart that’s a surprise. That said, it’s always interesting to see casino revenue examined in different ways.

Photo: Hakkasan 

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Johhny Manziel Living The Dream In Vegas. And Rolling Bills In The Restroom

Johnny Football Being Johnny Football

Johnny Football Being Johnny Football

Johnny Football is living the dream. Fresh out of college the 1st round NFL draft pick by the Cleveland Browns is visiting anywhere that will offer him a good time. Johnny Football’s destination on July 4th weekend was Las Vegas. HOLLA.

You might remember that Johnny Manziel visited Las Vegas when he turned 21.

John Football stayed at a suite at the Hard Rock (where he may have played 6:5 blackjack again), dined at STK at the Cosmopolitan and partied at XS at Wynn according to Norm Clarke.

There’s nothing wrong with any of that. The only questionable thing he did was get caught on camera in a public men’s room somewhere rolling a dollar bill. There are a lot of things Johnny Football could have been doing with a rolled dollar bill and none of them should be for public consumption.

As a public figure and possible NFL starting quarterback you’d think Johnny Manziel would be smarter than be caught in public doing questionable activity. We all do (or did) questionable things in Las Vegas when we were 21. Johnny Football, you do you. Viva Las Vegas!

PS: Go Jets!

Photo: Busted Coverage and the whole internet

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What A Night In A Vegas Nightclub Is Like

Flipping An Egg - "When Will The Bass Drop?" Saturday Night Live

Flipping An Egg – “When Will The Bass Drop?”

I haven’t watched Saturday Night Live regularly in a while but when they have a sketch about music they’re usually on point. Lonely Island (buy at Amazon) regularly made me laugh and with Andy Samberg hosting we were treated to a hysterical digital short.

When Will The Bass Drop?” really captures what a night at XS, Marquee or any other nightclub in Vegas has turned into. Clubs have changed in the past few years from places to dance and meet people to DJ concerts where they can be flipping eggs, playing MP3’s or maybe actually DJing.

Shout out to Lil Jon for being Lil Jon at the end of this video (Turn Down For What?)! Enjoy!

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Best Luxury Hotel Bargain In Vegas

The Venetian Las Vegas

The Venetian

Hotel rooms at The Venetian and The Palazzo offer the best prices among luxury hotels in Las Vegas according to the most recent Average Daily Room (ADR) information.

The property’s (Cosmopolitan) average daily room rate of $273 topped other high-end properties. For example, Wynn Las Vegas and Encore reported ADR of $258, while The Venetian and the Palazzo reported a combined ADR of $211.

Hotel room prices in Vegas are very flexible because they fluctuate between prices being advertised to the public and what’s offered to existing customers through players clubs. So you’ll see a wide range of prices for any hotel room in Vegas.

The order of these hotels makes sense if you look at their popularity by younger customers who are a little less discerning when it comes to price. If you’re dropping $1,000 for a bottle of Grey Goose at XS or Marquee why not spend the extra money to crash at those hotels too.

This is good news to me because The Palazzo is one of my favorite places to stay in Vegas for a lot of reasons.

  1. Suites – I love that all the rooms are suites. When I’m on vacation I love the extra room. I feel like I can actually sit in the room and relax as opposed to most hotel rooms which are about half the size. Also, 3 TV’s.
  2. Lagasse’s Stadium – Easily the best sportsbook in the world.
  3. Dining – The options for fine or casual dining are great and between The Venetian and The Palazzo there are almost 10 coffee places.
  4. Casino – The Palazzo isn’t the most popular casino so it’s usually not very crowded. Much like my hotel room, I like having space in the casino.
  5. Atmosphere – While The Venetian is overrun with families The Palazzo isn’t as crowded and there’s enough space where you never feel cramped. It’s one of the most relaxing hotel casino combinations.
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Want The Best People Watching In Vegas? Head To Encore

Las Vegas is great for people watching. There are fun, strange and interesting people everywhere from downtown Vegas to the Vegas strip. Recently my friends and I confirmed that our favorite people watching takes place at Encore.

One of my favorite nights playing blackjack happened a few years ago at Encore. Everybody at our table won, the cocktail waitresses were quick and that’s where we first noticed the fun of people watching at Encore.

While the focus of the Wynn/Encore complex is the Wynn casino I prefer Encore. Encore is smaller and quiet during the day while the nights are a little more action packed and more fun. Actually, both Wynn and Encore come to life when the clubs let out, but since the XS, Surrender and Tryst are all in Encore the fun begins there and dies out slightly with a walk through the Wynn Esplanade.

This is where the best people watching in Vegas happens. Whether you’re walking through the Wynn Esplanade between Wynn and Encore or just playing blackjack near the East Side Lounge at Encore you’re in for fun. A friend said that the best Las Vegas reality TV show would be watching the surveillance tape between XS and Wynn after 2am.

He may be right. Anyone want to make that?

No matter where you are people watching is at its best when people lose their inhibitions. This is the case by the time people are ready to leave the nightclubs. The condition of people leaving the clubs ranges from the designated driver to the friends that can’t walk to the heel rats walking barefoot through the dirty casino floor where its possible someone just vomited or peed a little.

The blackjack tables near the Eastside Lounge at Encore provide access to the best people watching in Vegas since it’s along the route to the cabs and parking garage at Encore. I have a short attention span and people watching serves as a nice secondary activity to playing blackjack. Sitting around watching people stumble around isn’t fun by itself.

Just be warned that, unless full, your blackjack table is likely to be infiltrated by people that don’t know how to play blackjack correctly. Dealers know this and deal slowly and offer help when appropriate. Thankfully, I don’t care. It all evens out in the end (see blackjack myths). If this bothers you, avoid this area at all costs.

Sure there are weirdo’s that are fun to watch all over but give me 3:2 blackjack and a variety of stumbling people late at night and you found me the best people watching in Las Vegas.

Photo: Flicker EricReplied

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End Of An Era

I’m not much of a nightclub guy, but I’ve spent a few awesome nights at Rain Nightclub at Palms. It’s lasted a long time, but it closes for major renovations after this weekend. It will re-open as something different in the future, but it won’t be Rain.

The casino and 9Group announced Monday that Rain Nightclub will close early Sunday to make way for a multi-million dollar renovation….Renovations begin next year. The Rain announcement follows the closure in June of the Playboy Club at the Palms — also to allow space for renovations. New tenants haven’t been identified.

Rain opened in 2001, which is shortly before I first started visiting Las Vegas. At that time Rain was the only club to go to. While I’d rather eat, drink and gamble I could always take a short break from the tables to hang out with the good looking and famous people in Vegas.

I’ve written about seeing Britney Spears at Rain before so I won’t go into it again but it’s needless to say I’m listening to Britney while I write this.

There are many places in Las Vegas that are tied to very specific memories that are amazing parts of life. Rain was a part of some of those Vegas memories that I’ll never forget and will always hold a special place in my heart.

Rain will probably reopen as something awesome next year, but it doesn’t matter to me. I still have those awesome memories. I can’t imagine that the new Rain will challenge Marquee and XS for the current title of best clubs in Vegas. We’ll see.

The audio in the video below is not good quality, but that’s about how close I was when Britney first performed at Rain. If you can stomach her audio the fan reaction is awesome.

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Santana Moves To Mandalay Bay

Santana moving from The Joint at the Hard Rock to House of Blues at Mandalay Bay wouldn’t really be something I’m normally interested in, but I am. As last year ended, Tiesto left his DJ residency at The Joint and moved to a more appropriate venue, XS at Wynn.

The Joint has a capacity of over 4,000 while House of Blues holds just over 1,000 and XS capacity is around 3,000. (UPDATE: I’m told XS has cap of 5,000+) The Joint is huge and was definitely too large for both artists. While a DJ, Tiesto, moving to a nightclub of a similar size and more appropriate venue for the music doesn’t say major failure, Santana moving to a tiny venue does seem like a failure.

House of Blues is a great place to see a rock show in Las Vegas but it’s much less than half the size of The Joint. House of Blues is being “reconfigured” (think made smaller) for Santana. Santana’s music doesn’t do much for me, but it doesn’t bother me. I just can’t imagine that tickets starting at $100 are going to sell very well. According to the press release Santana signed a two year deal but I don’t see this show lasting that long.

The press release touts the show as “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” If you’re a fan of Carlos Santana, and in Vegas, I recommend you get tickets to earlier shows. I’d also check the return policy if you buy tickets beyond the beginning batch of shows.

Photo (above): bmoorevisuals.com

Santana "Supernatural"

Santana "Supernatural"

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Wynn and Encore Win Me Over

Until my last trip to Las Vegas I only visited Wynn once and didn’t really enjoy it.  It felt like old money.  Cold and stuffy.  That feeling changed on my last trip.  My first night was spent enjoying a nice dinner at SW steakhouse.  The next night I gambled at both Wynn and Encore and had a visit to XS.

XS
Generally, I’m not a club guy but it’s always fun to check out a new spot.  I grabbed a drink and took a walk through XS and had a great time.  I can’t believe that people wait in lines half the night to get into clubs.  Thankfully, I know people and didn’t have to deal with the incredibly long lines.  We walked in and up the stairs into the club.  It was early (around 11pm) and they club was already packed with people drinking and dancing.

I took a walk around the perimeter of the club stopping at the bar for a moment before heading outside to have a waitress get a drink.  $14 for a Grey Goose & Soda feels like club prices to me.  One of the nice parts of XS is that the club is both inside and outside.  Being from the east coast, I didn’t feel cold outside like the locals.

After watching girls dancing on stages (some went commando) I looped around the club and headed out to gamble.  It was a nice quick trip through XS and I’m glad I took a spin.

After walking out of XS into the Encore casino my friends and I sat down at an empty $10 blackjack table.  It was a great spot – we were close to the drink station, close to a rest room and had a great view of clubbers leaving XS.

We played blackjack for about 4 or 5 hours and closed down the pit.  Everyone at the table had plenty of drinks and everyone at the table walked away with more money than they started with.  It was an impossible run.  Entire tables rarely win.  I think I finished up either $300.  The end of the night was fuzzy.  I was in the middle of the winners and I was happy for it.

This was a special night filled with tears of joy and vodka fueled laughter.  I had so much fun.  The dealers, pit bosses and cocktail waitresses were all fantastic.  I knew I had to start drinking water when I stopped at the urinal and took a picture of the antisplash above.  It’s the one photo I took that night and it’s the sole reminder of the laughs that night.

At Encore I learned that my earlier loss at switch blackjack (at Wynn the night before) was rare.  Evidently most people win at switch blackjack.  I’ll try switch again before I drink.  Unfortunately my gambling at Wynn was filled with losses and a small video poker victory.

My two nights at Wynn and Encore changed how I felt about Wynn.  I think the addition of Encore has added a little youth and energy to the complex that wasn’t there when Wynn first opened.

This is a good reason not to hold one visit against a casino/hotel forever – especially when hearing opposite impressions from others.  That’s something to keep in mind as CityCenter and Aria develop.

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