Sunday, May 19, 2013 | 3:34 p.m.
Superstar Prince joined a party of nine, including his three bodyguards, for late-night eats at Society Cafe in Steve Wynn’s Encore. He enjoyed tomato soup and Pellegrino as the 2013 Billboard Music Awards weekend kicked off with music glitterati dining and partying at the Wynn and Encore.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart, in town filming “Think Like a Man, Too,” partied in a bungalow at Encore Beach Club to check out the launch of Above and Beyond’s “Group Therapy” DJ residency. Also in the bungalow: cast members Adam Brody and Romany Malco.
Singer Chris Brown, who is performing at tonight’s BBMAs, and E! News anchor Terrance J stopped by. In front of the DJ booth: “NFL on Fox” sportscasters Jay Glazer, Michael Strahan and Curt Menefee. Strahan, also co-host of “Live With Kelly and Michael,” was having so much fun, he sent out his first-ever Vine video. The group enjoyed Tanqueray, Grey Goose and Don Julio Blanco.
Dining at next-door Andrea’s on Saturday night: “NFL on Fox” analyst Howie Long in a group of 14 that included Luxor headliner comedian Carrot Top. The table shared executive chef Joseph Elevado’s miso black cod, soft shell crab, pot stickers and an assortment of sushi.
Also dining at Andrea’s, at a separate table, New York Islanders’ Colin McDonald and John Tavares before heading to Surrender and partying at a VIP table. And also at Surrender: Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas in a bungalow before moving toward the DJ booth to check out DJ Diplo’s set.
Thanks to Amanda Nowak for her photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.