Pavan Pardasani

Executive Director of Nightlife, Hakkasan Group


Before moving to Las Vegas in 2013, Pardasani consulted for leading nightclubs in New York City and the Hamptons, including the Pink Elephant. He simultaneously started his own company, where he produced top-tier events for prominent clients, including BCBG, Saturday Night Live and Esquire. Later, with EMM Group, he oversaw operations for a number of successful venues. And now, with Hakkasan Group, Pardasani uses his diverse background to lend his nightlife expertise and management skills to new projects on Hakkasan Group’s horizon.

Best New Face in the DJ Booth

In my time in the industry, I’ve never seen a DJ with the career trajectory of Martin Garrix, who is our newest resident at Hakkasan. At just 18 years old, the kid is playing all the top major festivals, was just ranked No. 4 by DJ Mag’s Top 100 list, and headlining the main room of Hakkasan when he’s in Las Vegas. It’s no surprise that Scooter Braun is the brains behind this act, demonstrating that his hit-making abilities extend into electronic music as well.

 Best Club Gear for Gentlemen

The best advice I can give to any of our guests is to make sure they dress the part. Nothing gets the attention of a door staff like a well-dressed gentleman. John Varvatos (in the Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-6370) has a way of offering up style that’s edgy, but classic and appropriate to get you through any door
in Las Vegas.

 Best Base of Operations for Taking on the Town

There isn’t another property in town that makes you feel like you’ve “arrived” quite like Bellagio. The hotel speaks to luxury the moment you step on property, with great restaurants such as Jasmine and Prime Steakhouse, a pool that rivals any on the Strip and the signature fountain show that captures the awe of locals and tourists alike. If you imagine yourself as George Clooney in Ocean’s 11, this is the right place for you.

Best Place to be Anonymous

The Mansions at MGM offer some of the best real estate in Las Vegas, but it’s the element of privacy that attracts our top clients these days. At a time where social media is so pervasive, features such as the Mansion’s dedicated driveway and atrium, 24-hour butler service, private pools and discreet entrance to the hotel’s high-roller room, make it ideal.

Best Hangover Meal 

On Saturdays and Sundays in particular, I drag myself Downtown and wait patiently for a table at the no-reservation Eat (EatDTLV.com) on Carson Avenue. The cinnamon biscuits are a must, and you can’t go wrong with the iced coffee to kick things back in gear. Another plus is that Eat is service-dog friendly, which means I can make a day out of it and explore Downtown with my Yorkie, Savannah.

Story by Xania V. Woodman

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2014 Nightlife Awards