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Jesse Waits on Tryst’s Nightclub of the Year Award and fifth anniversary


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Tryst Managing Partner Jesse Waits and UFC legend Chuck Liddell on the red carpet at Tryst at the Wynn on Jan. 22, 2010.

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Criss Angel, Holly Madison, Jesse Waits, Paula Abdul and a friend at Tryst at the Wynn.

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Tryst at the Wynn in recent weeks has had two big reasons to celebrate: The hotspot with the ginormous waterfall celebrated its fifth anniversary, a lifetime in the nightlife world of Las Vegas, and the Nightclub & Bar Awards named Tryst its Nightclub of the Year.

Coincidentally, I wrote about Tryst when I was working as an A&E editor at The San Diego Union-Tribune five years ago and predicted its success. Here’s my unabashedly self-serving link to that story (with a lede the editor of the newspaper reportedly loathed).

Tryst Managing Partner Jesse Waits answered five of our questions (Waits answered my questions in the aforementioned story five years ago, too).

Don Chareunsy: Congratulations on Tryst’s win as the Nightclub & Bar Awards’ Nightclub of the Year. Are you surprised amid a field of strong competition and newer nightclubs?

Jesse Waits: Tryst is a constant in the Las Vegas nightclub industry. It’s an incredibly beautiful venue, and I still believe that when you turn the corner and enter the club, that first glance of the waterfall will stop you in your tracks. We’re bringing in exciting new residencies like DJ Spider and the Manufactured Superstars and continuing to evolve with what is in demand from our guests. After five thriving years of business, it’s great to see that we are still recognized as one of the best spots in town.

DC: Even after five years, what sets Tryst apart?

JW: First and foremost, the level of service at our venues sets us apart from competitors. We want each and every visitor to feel like they’re receiving A-list celebrity treatment when they walk through our doors.

DC: What has remained the same at Tryst in five years? What has changed?

JW: We’ve tried to bring in exciting artists and DJs to keep on track with what’s popular over the past five years, but not much more has changed. Our level of service and attention to detail will always be a constant at Tryst. It’s definitely what we pride ourselves on. We truly believe Tryst is a timeless venue and it continues to prove that to the industry and us.

DC: Are you surprised that XS, last year’s big winner, was shut out this year?

JW: The Nightclub & Bar Awards actually had a new rule this year that if you had won the previous year, you were ineligible to be nominated again until 2012. XS is a driving force in the nightlife industry, not only in Vegas but also worldwide, and we have no doubts it will be up for the top honors again next year. They actually just announced this (Monday) afternoon the Top 100 list, which is based on annual revenue, and XS placed in the No. 1 spot again this year.

DC: What are you looking forward to in the New Year -- at Tryst and in your nightlife career?

JW: It’s a very exciting time for the nightlife industry, especially in Las Vegas. As an avid house music fan, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the DJ movement continues to explode. For Tryst particularly, I’m most excited about the entertainment we’re bringing in this year. We’re especially going after events and artists to spice up The Affair on Thursdays and continue to give locals and industry professionals something to revel in.

For myself, personally, I feel honored to be a part of two of the best nightclubs in the world and working with such a renowned resort in Wynn Las Vegas.

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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