Whenever a Las Vegas nightclub celebrates an anniversary or other milestone, it’s always a fun exercise to hop in the “way, way back machine” and take a look at how far they’ve come.
Let’s do that for 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage, which celebrates its sixth anniversary on March 16. Six years don’t seem that long ago, but consider this: The first Avengers movie was still a couple of months away; The Bachelor was only in Season 16; and 1 OAK sixth-anniversary headliner Lil Uzi Vert was still in high school.
When 1 OAK first swung open its doors, Las Vegas was still getting over the recession, and the nightlife scene was still getting over its Ed Hardy phase.
Fortunately, both are buried in the past, where they belong.
1 OAK, arriving in Las Vegas via New York, had big shoes to fill (remember, this is where Jet used to be) but lived up to its East Coast rep by maintaining a level of intimacy and accessibility that you don’t experience at megaclubs around the Strip.
Go to a 1 OAK show and you’ll be so close to the performer, whether it’s Sisqo or Kanye West. The club has carved out a decent hip-hop niche over the years, which offers an alternative from Las Vegas’ EDM clubs and pulls in a lot of celebrities.
“I’m a big hip-hop and sports fan, so it’s great being able to meet some of my favorite performers and athletes I grew up idolizing,” says lead VIP marketing host Andreas Vasiliu, who has been at the club since 2015.
Ahead of the anniversary, Vegas Seven caught up with Vasiliu for a Q&A about his favorite one-of-a-kind moments.
Who are the biggest celebrities you’ve seen in 1 OAK?
Throughout my time working here, I’ve seen the Kardashians, Mariah Carey, Usher, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Jason Derulo, to name a few. Scott Disick has also hosted countless parties at the venue.
Who put on the best show?
One of the best shows I’ve seen at 1 OAK was Ludacris’ performance with Usher and Lil Jon [in 2016]. To see three superstars performing together is definitely a night I won’t forget.
1 OAK performers are so close to the crowd. Other than the dance floor, what’s the best seat in the house?
All performances at 1 OAK happen on our catwalk, which is directly in front of the Owner’s Row tables. This section is elevated and overlooks the dance floor, and is set behind the DJ booth.
What are the best presentations you’ve scene?
There’s nothing like a massive dragon brought to a table to help celebrate an engagement, or an oversized cake with a cocktail waitress ready to jump out for a customer’s birthday to pump up the crowd.
Lil Uzi Vert performs at 1 OAK’s sixth anniversary on March 16. Tickets can be purchased via the Hakkasan Group website.