Vegas Seven

2011 Nightlife Issue

  • Places

    The Total Package

    Of course, any nightclub can be made to look enticing in those glamorous press photos you see on the websites—empty of any actual patrons, free of bottle-service clutter and shot long before any drunken bachelorette has ever swung from the proffered poles. Surrender, by contrast, is a beautiful canvas that actually gets better with the addition of beautiful people.

  • The A-List

    Single and ready to mingle, the bootylicious and proud Kim Kardashian kisses the year goodbye at Tao. In the Venetian, 9 p.m., $200, TaoLasVegas.com. Vegas’ favorite bombshell, the always-perky Holly Madison, brings her buxom blond assets to lead the midnight countdown at Gallery In Planet Hollywood, 10 p.m., $75, GalleryLV.com.

  • Entertainment

    Top Up-And-Coming DJ

    If know you what’s up downtown, you know that DJ Teenwolf is the Las Vegan on the rise in the electronic dance music world. Bryan Orellana learned how to produce and DJ at age 17, and within a year was being flown around the world to perform at electro-house-loving nightclubs in Australia and Canada. After his bootleg of Rye Rye’s track “Bang” went to No. 1 on the top blog site Hypem.com, his popularity shot even higher as BBC Radio personality Annie Mac then featured his song in her show.

  • Back in the Day …

    By James P. Reza

    The history of Las Vegas nightlife—like Las Vegas history itself—is a moving target. Everyone has a version of when and where our nightlife scene began, and everyone’s memory is informed more by personal experience than public fact. To many, Las Vegas has always been a nightlife city. But much of our past was dominated by the typical Vegas experiences: dining, casino lounges, stage shows, titty bars and gambling. Sure, there were local places to drink, dance and meet Mr. or Ms. Right Now, but until the explosion of the late 1990s, nightlife wasn’t truly a scene.

  • Places

    Best Party Puddle

    Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Wherever she wants. And if that gorilla wants to frolic poolside to the live sounds of a top DJ, surrounded by swaying palms and thousands of her sexiest, scantily clad new best friends, she’s heading to Encore Beach Club. Today’s spendy partiers have arrived at a point where they want it all: surf, sand (well, land) and sound.

  • events

    Best Reason to Roadtrip

    There's something about the vibe in Southern California that can never be duplicated. While 2011 saw Insomniac Events' Electric Daisy Carnival make the move to Las Vegas, the company's longest-running event, Nocturnal Wonderland, continues to wow at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. Expanding to two days in September, the energy and fan base is incomparable, friendlier and full of hard-core fans who know—and worship—everyone in the lineup.

  • Places

    Center of Attention

    The Cosmopolitan reminds us of the Hard Rock Hotel of the 1990s: From the moment you arrive, you know something good is going to happen. A fantastic live music roster (much of it free) feeds a sceney restaurant collection, and a top-shelf cocktail program is administered property-wide. Sure, it’s stylish and sexy, but also authentically beautiful in spots (Chandelier Bar, anyone?). Fun like this isn’t free (cocktails range from $10-$14), but you can still scarf a slice and a well drink for less than $20.

  • Design

    Better Than a Go-Go Box

    Who needs a go-go box when you can writhe, performs splits and dangle from a 25-foot-wide black trapeze net suspended over a packed nightclub dance floor? That’s what the go-gos do at Gallery Nightclub. Their provocative performances enchant guests from aloft, all the while underscoring the club’s voyeuristic theme: They are watching you.

  • Live Performances

    Experience B.O.B.’s powerful performance and break in the New Year at LAX. In Luxor, 8 p.m., $100, LAXNightclub.com. The Hawaiian pop sensation who brought doo-wop back, Bruno Mars, performs his hits and counts down to 2012 at The Bank. In Bellagio, 10:30 p.m., $220, LightGroup.com.

  • Entertainment

    Best Female DJ

    Step aside, amateurs. A queen fox has claimed her throne. Unfailingly stunning and stylish, DJ88 (a.k.a. Bree Cohen) could easily be mistaken for a trend-setting patron at the club and not its DJ, but believe us when we say she has chops. The list of dance floors that 88 has conducted includes events for Alexander McQueen, The New Yorker and Miami Fashion Week.

  • Back in the Day …

    The Promoter


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    By

    Frankie Anobile is a nightlife legend who started DJing in New York City at age 14. He moved to Las Vegas the next year and spent the next 30 years building the nightlife scene here as a DJ, music promoter, club entrepreneur and producer, and developing clubs such as Studio 54 and Tabu Ultra Lounge. As a 16-year-old with a fake ID, he was a DJ at the Brewery on Paradise Road, relatively new to the scene and about to meet the pop-culture nightclub icon of the era: John Travolta, sans white polyester Saturday Night Fever suit, but with (almost) all the disco moves.

  • Places

    Biggest Loss to the Scene (Venue)

    Jet Nightclub’s Sept. 5 grand closing was more of a celebration of the club’s life than anything else. Just shy of six years, the old girl turned on the charm one last time for a packed house. The who’s who of the nightlife scene turned out in force. The highlight of the evening—other than the live performance by Fabolous—was a slideshow featuring Jet’s most loyal locals as well as celebrities and longtime fans Holly Madison and Floyd Mayweather.

  • events

    Best Reason to Sleep in Your Makeup

    Just because the pools are closed doesn't mean the daytime party has to end. Just ask the flocks of partiers that descend on Ghostbar Day Club each Saturday at the Palms. The 1 p.m. party is a perfect way to start your night early, or extend an epic all-nighter. The house-party-esque setting and encouraged debauchery is what sets "GBDC" apart from its daytime counterparts. Beer bong? Check. Forty-ounce beers in paper bags? Check. Giant piñata? Check. Now you just have to decide whether you're going to go home afterward or ride this one out.

  • People

    The Hardest Working Man in Nightlife

    If you were to ask Sal Wise what he does for Angel Management Group, his response would be “everything,” and the director of nightlife marketing wouldn’t be lying. Wise makes sure talent is booked, creative is completed, staff is in line and the night is a success at several AMG venues. In the spring and summer months, he tacks AMG’s pool parties onto his list, which leaves him working seven days a week, seven months straight without a break.

  • Design

    Best Nightclub Marketing

    It’s wasn’t just the massive undertaking of the High Society campaign and later the Ghostbar Day-club campaign. Nor the sexy, serial comic-book appeal of Moon’s Bang! ads. Not even just the time JRoc squeezed himself into a Playboy bunny suit. Or the Captains of Industry Christmas fliers and the hilarious avatars of the Snitch crew. But collectively, we bow to N9NE Group’s pool of talented graphic designers and marketeers who dazzle, shock and amuse the hell out of us with their advertising genius.

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