Danny Mahoney / XS
DJ Avicii performs for a record-size crowd at XS on Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Encore.
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 | 11:57 p.m.
For the fifth consecutive year, XS at Steve Wynn’s Encore Las Vegas has been ranked as the top-grossing nightclub in the country based on $100 million-plus annual revenue in Nightclub & Bar’s new Top 100 list for 2015.
XS’ claim on No. 1 for the fifth year in a row is a first in industry history. Hakkasan at MGM Grand is right on its heels with $100 million in revenue.
Here’s the Top 10 with Las Vegas with seven of the largest-grossing nightclubs in America, with The Tao Group owners hitting $150 million-plus in revenue at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan, Tao in the Venetian and Lavo in Palazzo, although add another $30 million-plus from sister club Lavo in New York, and they come out the big dogs in the nightlife fight.
1. XS Nightclub, Encore Las Vegas, $103 million to $105 million
2. Hakkasan, MGM Grand Las Vegas, $100 million to $103 million
3. Marquee, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, $80 million to $85 million
4. Tao, The Venetian Las Vegas, $50 million to $55 million
5. Liv, Miami Beach, $40 million to $45 million
6. Surrender Nightclub, Encore Las Vegas, $40 million to $45 million
7. Lavo, New York City, $30 million to $35 million
8. Story, Miami Beach, $25 million to $30 million
9. Hyde, Bellagio, $25 million to $30 million
10. Lavo, Palazzo Las Vegas, $20 million to $25 million
XS has received numerous awards and accolades since opening, including the position as the top-grossing nightclub by Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 list in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and now 2015. It also was deemed New Club of the Year in 2010 and Mega-Club of the Year by N&B in 2010 and 2013 (N&B doesn’t allow honorees to win consecutively).
The award comes on the heels of XS revealing a $10 million technology renovation and residency roster with the world’s top DJ talent.
“We are so proud of how XS has thrived over the past six years, and to be recognized by Nightclub & Bar for a fifth time is a great honor,” said Jesse Waits, managing partner of XS and Tryst in Wynn Las Vegas.
“Being included atop this list confirms what we have always known; the combination of our deep roster of talent and incredible staff makes for an incredible nightlife experience.
“We are so thankful to our guests for their continued support, and we look forward to maintaining our position as Las Vegas’ No. 1 nightlife destination for many years to come.”
For more information on Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100, go to Nightclub.com.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Hakkasan Hakkasan is the new five-level 80,000-square-foot upscale restaurant, lounge and dayclub and nightclub in the MGM Grand that is opening April 18 in the space formerly occupied by Studio 54.
On the first floor is Hakkasan's main dining room, a Cantonese restaurant decorated with lattice cages. The eatery is set to open May 3 and will be captained by Chef Ho Chee Boon. It will serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The Las Vegas menu hasn’t been released yet, but the company’s other locations feature soups, small plates, seafood, meats, poultry, tofu and vegetables.
On the second level is a private dining room that will cater to diners with deep pockets. While the menu is the same, the room offers a panoramic view of the restaurant below.
The third floor brings the 10,000-square-foot Ling Ling lounge, an intimate nightspot that acts as a transition to the main nightclub upstairs.
Above that? Another club: Hakkasan’s main nightclub. Hakkasan’s DJ lineup will include some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry: DeadMau5, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki. Other artists include Danny Avila, Dada Life, Bambi and Quintino.
And above it, the Pavilion, an Asian garden with its own bar and DJ.
Hakkasan’s nightclub will be open Thursday through Sunday, from 10 p.m. until “late.” Guests must be 21 years or older.
Cover charge and table reservation prices vary. Online tickets for upcoming events begin at $30 for general admission tickets for women. Charges for men presumably are higher but aren’t listed.
Reservations for the nightclub can be made at hakkasanlv.com or by calling 891-3838.
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-212-8804
XS Designed with a European sensibility, XS is furnished in warm browns and gold. Tables with plush couches form concentric circles around a small dance floor, and a disco ball-inspired chandelier casts circles of flickering light onto the dark floor. Textures are everywhere – metallic snakeskin on the banquettes, ultra suede on the couches – and large pillars covered in mosaics of tiny mirrors reflect the space.
From the first steps inside, the club makes an impression. Along the entrance way the walls are rippled with the life-sized outlines of nude women. Pushing against the gold façade, they look as if they’re trying to fight their way out of the walls and into the party. Behind the bar, inverted female torsos, also in gold, highlight the walls while bartenders in shimmering corsets mix drinks in front.
When weather allows, the back wall of the club will open onto an adults-only pool for an indoor/outdoor party starting in the afternoon and continuing into the early morning hours.
Feel like toasting to your XS-sive experience?
You can go over the top with a $10,000 Ono cocktail. That's right, $10,000 for one drink. The cocktail comes with an 18-karat white gold necklace, with a Tahitian black pearl pendant. It's served in a jewel encrusted champagne flute and is a mix of rare Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, Charles Heidsieck 1981 Champagne Charlie, fresh-squeezed orange juice, Sence rose nectar and apricot puree.
3131 Las Vegas Boulevard S. Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-770-7171