Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 | 7:01 p.m.
“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” So wrote Ludwig van Beethoven. He didn’t know centuries ago that his quotation would become truer than ever at the new SLS Las Vegas, which officially opens its nightclubs and playgrounds of pleasure this weekend.
“Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” That seems to be the rallying charge at SLS. On Wednesday, we ran down the remarkable restaurants at the new north-end Strip hotel remembering Federico Fellini’s admonition, “Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”
And Life is the 20,000-square-foot nightclub at SLS. You can get the noodles across the SLS casino at superstar chef Jose Andres’ Ku Noodle. SLS is all about the music and the food at prices locals are sure to like.
Tonight, the five-day Labor Day Weekend party at SLS gets underway with the official grand opening of The Sayers Club with Swedish pop star Tove Lo. She’ll christen the iconic Hollywood music venue’s stage with raw lyrics and candid performances including “Habits (Stay High)” from her new EP “Truth Serum.”
Life promises diverse music styles, and its September lineup includes Fatboy Slim, Borgore, EDX and Chris Lake. Plus, Eric Prydz kicks off his residency at Life on Sept. 13.
Three bars there will serve 1,800 party people with 70 VIP tables around the dance floor under a giant LED screen of what was the former 60-foot-high theater where Don Rickles delivered insult comedy for years but more recently illusionist Rick Thomas regularly brought his tigers to dazzle.
It played host to members of The Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. — way back when. On Friday, Laidback Luke fires up the turntables for LDW and is followed Saturday by Dirty South (check back Friday for an interview with him by A+E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy) and Deep Dish with guest Pete Tong on Sunday.
Mio Danilovic, who is the vice president of nightlife operations for the hotel’s management company SBE, penned a guest column for us just ahead of the SLS opening last weekend.
On Saturday, Foxtail nightclub celebrates its opening weekend with Afro-Norwegian music sensations Nico & Vinz, whose hit “Am I Wrong?” is at the top of the charts. The Foxtail indoor-outdoor nightspot is 8,000 square feet and luxurious with upscale chandeliers and shimmering drapes with gold and silver on black. Foxtail leads directly onto the SLS pool with its center island bar and is ringed with cabanas.
L.A. transplant Jason Scoppa, who is the creator and curator of the intimate The Sayers Club from L.A., serves up a clever mix of lounge, music venue and nightclub. The patio overlooks the Strip. He’s hoping that just like in L.A., headline performers will drop in for impromptu performances. He’ll feature live music and sets more often than canned music and DJs.
My personal favorite of all during the grand-opening weekend party was the Life Beach rooftop dayclub. It is the perfect sun-tanning and splash spot for high rollers. Small enough to be intimate and exclusive and large enough to be super luxurious. The cocktail servers in their tight short pink cocktail dresses look as if they are direct from a “Charlie’s Angels” screen test.
From food to fun, SLS has gone all out to ensure that everyone’s tastes are catered to — and owner Sam Nazarian and his staff are hitting all the right notes.
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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