Danny Mahoney / XS
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 10:56 p.m.
More than 7,000 guests passed through the doors of XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore last weekend as the mega-club celebrated five years as one of the top nightclubs on the Strip and in the world.
EDM fans, locals, visitors and friends of the hotspot packed the indoor-outdoor venue Saturday night as Kaskade, the reigning America’s Best DJ and the only multiple winner of the annual award, led the celebration.
As the clock neared 1 a.m., XS came to a roar as Kaskade jumped onstage and let his music take over the dance floor as a balloon drop fell onto partygoers. Kaskade took photographs with the five executives who have been involved with XS since its doors opened.
Surrounding an XS-themed cake, the team was all smiles as they raised a glass: John Wood, senior executive director of VIP services; Ronn Nicolli, executive director of nightlife marketing; Jesse Waits, managing partner; Yannick Mugnier, executive director of nightlife operations; and Eric White, assistant GM.
The cake by Gimme Some Sugar included features at XS, including gold torso sculptures seen behind the bars and gold pillars. In its fifth year, XS continues to feature major EDM acts in residencies and is continuously noted as the top-grossing nightclub by Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100.
Waits talked with Sun A&E reporter Andrea Domanick before the fifth-anniversary night with Kaskade. Thanks to Danny Mahoney of XS for his photo gallery of the celebration.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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.