Published Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 12:57 p.m.
Updated Friday, March 13, 2015 | 2:27 a.m.
Lavish, beautiful and plush! That’s the description being lauded on the new indoor-outdoor Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, which will be formally opened today with a 6 p.m. red ribbon-cutting ceremony and followed by the first night of DJ Calvin Harris’ residency.
Pop prince Justin Bieber will celebrate his belated 21st birthday there Saturday (he turned The Big 2-1 on March 1) with DJ Martin Garrix as the main room headliner. (Check back Friday morning for A+E Senior Editor Don Chareunsy’s latest Q+A with Martin.)
Eleven months of preparation and a whopping $107 million (some reports have it as high as $125 million) have gone into the double-the-size transformation from the old Pure nightclub to the new Omnia. You won’t recognize any of the old; now it’s all new. Omnia from Latin is defined as “(the sum of) all things.”
The grand opening is set for next month, but The Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner will cut the ribbon today. This 75,000-square-foot, multilevel behemoth is an interactive nightlife experience for explorers of luxury conceptualized around opulence, classic design and modern technology.
The old Pure space was expanded by taking over the adjoining poker tournament room. Omnia has been created by the global Hakkasan Group and is set to rival its 80,000-square-foot flagship Hakkasan at MGM Grand. Omnia includes the seductive and VIP Heart of Omnia ultra lounge, high-energy main club and balcony and a breathtaking, redesigned outdoor terrace showcasing panoramic views of the Strip.
In a sense, call the Heart of Omnia a mini-nightclub with special DJs inside a nightclub with super DJs. Whatever sound or genre you want, you will find it inside Omnia because with a wide variety of musical talent, it’s “all things” in their world of the unexpected.
“The unveiling of our second-to-none talent lineup is just a taste of what Omnia will continue to bring to Las Vegas,” said Alex Cordova, Hakkasan’s executive VP of marketing.
He told me: “It’s been more than 10 years since I opened Pure at Caesars Palace. We were fortunate enough to build that brand to being one of the most significant entertainment venues in the history of Las Vegas. That chapter in my life has ended, and I’m happy a new one is about to begin.
“Omnia opens, and we have grown the space from its previous 34,000 square feet to what now stands roughly over 75,000 square feet. It’s truly one of the most impressive venues that I have ever seen. From our take on a modern-day opera house in the main room to the Heart of Omnia that will re-create the Las Vegas VIP scene and the terrace with its stunning views of the Strip, every aspect of the venue has been meticulously thought through to create the best nightlife experience in the world.”
Justin will party Saturday into Sunday in the Heart of Omnia with DJ Ruckus. In addition to Calvin and Martin, the other top DJ sensations on duty this first weekend include Questlove, DJ Irie, Chuckie and Nervo. Other star names lined up for the early months include Afrojack, Krewella, Nervo, Armin Van Buuren and Nicky Romero.
All get their own stage setting, rather than a traditional DJ booth, with state-of-the-art production and stage design. Concert staging experts Willie Williams and Tait Towers were hired to create the new effects.
“We are pleased to welcome an unprecedented lineup of award-winning global artists providing our guests with an entertainment experience that is unmatched in Las Vegas,” said Neil. “The caliber of artists planned for Omnia, combined with the nightclub’s seductive design, state-of-the-art sound, lighting systems and technology, will take guests on an immersive, ever-evolving and unforgettable journey.”
Alex added: “Calvin and Afrojack were among our headline artists who added their input to bring in the production elements taking their sets above and beyond any average nightclub set. This goes way beyond a conventional DJ booth — unlike anything ever seen before in a nightclub. Our guests won’t just be watching the DJ; they will feel like they’re right in it.”
The Omnia aura begins upon entering the lavish space. A colossal lighting system, which looms over the expansive dance floor, sends cascading light throughout the main club. Guests under the four-story roof will be showered with beams of changing colored lights revealing layers of architectural wonders. VIP party people have an even grander view from the private booths perched in the mezzanine above the dance floor.
Guests of Omnia are greeted by beautifully lacquered gold-ticketing kiosks surrounded by plush purple velvet walls. A multi-armed chandelier and elaborate art installation bring guests to the main corridor sheathed in stone tile. Liquid-crystal display (LCD) portals embedded in black one-way mirrors on all four sides of the walkway create an ever-changing environment through interactive technology as guests enter the main club.
The main club boasts a dramatic 65-foot-tall ceiling dome that encompasses a 22,000-pound kinetic chandelier. The grandiose centerpiece of the main club consists of eight concentric rings featuring production elements including theatrical lighting effects, video projections and light-emitting diodes (LED) choreographed to evolve throughout the night.
Also located in the main club are the Opal and Velvet bars, each offering guests prime views of the performance area. Two ascending grand staircases lead guests to the balcony, with 12 opera boxes and two grand skyboxes for premiere seating with views of the dance floor below. Also located on the balcony level is the Mirror bar featuring facetted iridescent mirror displays.
Atop Omnia sits the terrace providing views of the Strip. Architectural LED strips embedded into the flooring and walls, etched glass light fixtures and cantilevered lampposts provide a soft glow after dusk. The space includes a dance floor, 50-foot-long main bar, tiered cabanas, plush sofas and DJ booth for guests looking to enjoy the energy of the Strip under the stars.
Heart of Omnia features a palette rich with dark woods, bronze crocodile-embossed leather banquettes and LED screen arrangement. Envisioned as a seductive lair, the ultra lounge features private seating areas, a bar and DJ booth.
The biggest question in nightlife circles here is if Omnia will have the same success or better of the Hakkasan revitalization of MGM Grand as a nightclub destination. And will Omnia, which holds 3,500 revelers, cannibalize the blockbuster business that Hakkasan rakes in?
Caesars Palace executives are confident that Omnia will be a huge winner. I was told: “With Omnia, its lineup of superstar JDs, the imminent return of Celine Dion and the lineup of megastars in the Colosseum, it’s going to be a very good year.”
Omnia will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sundays starting at 10 p.m.
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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You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.