Danny Mahoney / XS
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 1:59 a.m.
If you’ve won the coveted Stanley Cup twice in the past three years, you’re entitled to party here and there and everywhere on the Strip, right?
Ice-hockey royalty the Los Angeles Kings did just that last week ahead of Tuesday’s 2014 NHL Awards at Encore Theater in Wynn Las Vegas by celebrating with the Stanley Cup at new restaurant Crush and new nightspot Beacher’s Madhouse, both at MGM Grand, and up the Strip at mega-club XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Less than one week after their big win over the New York Rangers — they were victorious in the series 4-1, with two of the wins in overtime — the Kings were welcomed into the nightclub by light wands as they descended the stairs.
The teammates were escorted to a table centrally located and overlooking the dance floor as VIP hosts held signs proclaiming them C-H-A-M-P-S and confetti rained down.
Kings defensemen Jeff Schultz, Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin and Alec Martinez (who scored the goal in OT in Game 5 for the victory), center men Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis, left wing Tanner Pearson and goaltender Martin Jones took turns showing off and proudly holding the shiny Stanley Cup above their heads for nighttime revelers to see.
Once settled into their booth, the champions popped a bottle of bubbly, poured it into the trophy and imbibed throughout the celebratory evening. The ice-hockey studs partied into the early hours while DJ Avicii kicked off XS’ 2014 Electric Daisy Carnival Weekend lineup.
Thanks to Danny Mahoney of XS for his photo gallery of the NHL champions at XS.
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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.