Abby Tegnelia

Skyfall, Lavo Casino Club, & HRH Center Bar: What’s In, What’s Out in Vegas Nightlife!

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Las Vegas is always reaching for the next glittering latest and greatest – especially when it comes to nightlife. So while I’m sad that some of my favorite hot spots have shuttered their doors, I get pumped to see Sin City in reinvention mode. Do you like to indulge in cocktails and dancing on the world-famous Strip as much as I do? Then book your next trip today, because these new bars and clubs are worth the plane ticket. Plus: RIP to a few oldies but goodies that finally signed off for good – and some insider info on far-off plans to keep you in-the-know.

Top Openings

Skyfall at Delano

Skyfall Lounge Patio

Photo Courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Mix, with its breathtaking views from the 64th story of THEhotel, was always my go-to on nights I wanted to go out but wanted something at a level just under nightclub. Now that THEhotel has re-opened as the Strip version of South Beach’s famous Delano, my favorite sky-high lounge also got a makeover. Skyfall (love that dreamy name) will offer cocktails and DJ from 9 pm to close – plus those same to-die-for views.

Lavo Casino Club at Palazzo

I’m a super-fan of anything having to do with Tao Group, and that includes Lavo, my favorite nightclub-that-could. The space has had more makeovers than any starlet in Hollywood and is now forging ahead as a blackjack-slash-VIP-table combo. Yup, nightclub-style bottle service while you gamble. Plus, Lavo has mouth-watering Italian fare to keep you fueled. Packages include family-style apps or a full dinner via the executive chef – plus VIP entry into sister club Tao if you want to continue the party.

New Center Bar at Hard Rock

New Hard Rock Center Bar

The center bar at Hard Rock is legendary – and now it’s got a snazzy new look. Smack in the middle of the party-hearty Hard Rock casino, this spot is laidback and comfy. So kick back with draft beer, cocktails, or even bottle service.

Center Bar and Parlor Lounge at Mirage

Love this new old school-style lounge – the dark wood-paneled Parlor room is armed with a slick Steinway grand piano. Also up its sleeve: celebrated Chicago mixologist Liz Pearce, who has whipped up some yummy libations for the new hot spot. She loves playing with small batch spirits and unusual ingredients, so have some fun with Chareau Aloe Vera Liqueur, Angel’s Envy boutique bourbon, Nux Alpina walnut liqueur, Aylesbury Duck vodka infused with green bell pepper, Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, and pomegranate molasses. Not sure what to make? She has a stellar house cocktail list to get you started. Center bar is open daily 10 am to 5 am, and Parlor Lounge opens Tuesday through Saturdays 6 pm to 2 am.

Most Notable Closings

Tryst nightclub at Wynn – all good things must come to an end, and locals are mourning the shuttering of this stunning boutique club. But at the big closing bash, came an exciting announcement: a brand-new nightlife concept called Intrigue will be opening in its place.

Beatles Revolution Lounge at Mirage was Cirque du Soleil’s first foray into nightlife and provided a fun place for tourists to pop in and grab a drink before catching Cirque’s stellar Beatles homage, Love. But as the performing arts powerhouse decides to focus just on its killer, breathtaking shows, Revolution must come to an end. Clique Hospitality is on tap to remodel the space. Plans have been announced for the space to re-open as The Still, a rustic man-cave/sports-bar complete with food served from the kitchen of an Airstream trailer and an extensive selection of craft beers.

In the Future

JEWEL Nightclub at ARIA

Rendering of Jewel Nightclub Courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Haze at Aria was such a popular nightclub that people were shocked when it closed in 2014. But don’t fret – Jewel is on its way and is sure to be just as hot.

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