There’s no point in throwing out the cliché “How will they top 2017?” when it comes to MGM Grand’s Hakkasan Nightclub. For starters, Hakkasan turns 5 in 2018, and that’s going to be a helluva birthday party, so already we know the best is yet to come.
As the saying goes, it’s more fun to think of the future than dwell on the past. But allow us, for a moment, to reflect on everything Hakkasan got right this year.
The year started off all right, with resident headliner Tiësto receiving the key to the Strip for his birthday. Clark County also issued a proclamation declaring January 14 Tiësto Day, in a ceremony that included UNLV’s marching band and a bevy of cheerleaders. Hakkasan Group announced in December that Tiësto would remain a resident through 2020.
So many of the year’s biggest moments happened in April, starting with Hakkasan’s fourth anniversary bash, a four-night event headlined by Steve Aoki, Zedd, Tiësto and Above and Beyond. Among the celebrities spotted in the club: Victoria’s Secret models Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes, and unofficial Las Vegas mayor Rob Gronkowski.
On the heels of the birthday bash, Hakkasan hosted a tribute to women who call the shots in Las Vegas nightlife. The Woman on Top event treated the ladies of the evening to dinner at Hakkasan restaurant and a performance by headliner Julian Jordan.
And outside the club, the biggest news to drop in April was the ascension of Nick McCabe to Hakkasan Group’s chief executive officer. Previously the company’s president and chief operations officer, McCabe assumed command following Neil Moffitt’s departure.
Drake became the viral story of the 2017 Billboard Music Awards when he performed inside the Bellagio fountains, but the official after-party at Hakkasan became the FOMO event of the year. Those in attendance got to see Drizzy take the stage in front of a celebrity-packed crowd that included Kevin Hart and Vanessa Hudgens.
Athletes have been nightclub fixtures since forever, but 2017 became the year in which Las Vegas’ official home team, the Vegas Golden Knights, hit the club scene. Suddenly we’re seeing DJs wearing Golden Knights jerseys, just like Steve Aoki did when Brayden McNabb and fellow expansion draftee Jason Garrison hit up Hakkasan in June.
Did you even know Hodor was a DJ? Hakkasan rolled out the heavy artillery for Halloween weekend this year, with a guest appearance by Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn, a medieval “Beyond the Wall” theme and additional performances by Steve Aoki, Lil Jon, Kaskade and Above and Beyond. But seeing Nairn behind the decks was the weekend’s biggest treat.
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Steve Aoki turned 40 this year, and he celebrated the milestone with a post–Latin Grammy Awards performance at Hakkasan featuring celebrity guests Edgar Ramirez, rapper Residente and the great Luis Guzman. We would give anything to have Luis Guzman come to our birthday party. We would give anything to sell Luis Guzman a cup of coffee! Alas, if only we’d been at Hakkasan for Steve Aoki’s birthday.