LAS VEGAS: Hakkasan, Body English & Pure Receive High Honors

Given that nightclubs are a dime a dozen in Sin City, we are very appreciative of the work that Vegas Seven has gone to in identifying the best and the brightest. This week they have announced their annual Nightclub Awards, providing locals and visitors alike with a guide to the hottest clubs, best DJs, and where to get your dance on. Twenty-four categories spell out in detail where you should be spending your hard-earned dollars on some fun. So what are you waiting for? Read on and plan your next foray to Vegas, baby!

Best New Club: Not surprisingly, Hakkasan took this award and probably blew away its competition. Opened on April 18th of this year, the MGM spend 400 days, employing 300 workers to build this five-level, 80,000 square-foot “super” club. Level 1 holds the upscale restaurant; the 2nd level is a private dining area overlooking the main restaurant; Level 3 belongs to the Ling Ling Club and Lounge, a more laid-back cultured experience for cocktails and schmoozing. The raucous nightclub resides on the 4th level, featuring dance floor with surrounding VIP booths, floor-to-ceiling LED screens, and elevated DJ booth. Adjacent to the nightclub is the outdoor pavilion with Strip-facing patio featuring pool, Garden Bar, and a two-story water feature. High atop, on Level 5, is the intimate VIP environment for larger parties in semi-private rooms. A little something for everyone.

Best After-Hours Club: For those of you who like the late-night action, the renovated Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel takes top honors. This subterranean club lets you get your party on until the sun comes up in the morning (Friday, Saturday, Sunday only). DJs spin underground, indie, electronic and new school hip hop, letting you get your groove on in between drinks.

Best Club When You Don’t Have Bottle Service: Not everyone can pop for bottle service—which is usually a minimum of $350—but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Top dog in this category is Surrender Nightclub at the Encore with its eye-popping decor. This club combines the indoor with the outdoor, with over 60,000 square feet of space, including pools and patio. High-profile DJs rock the house, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only.

Lifetime Achievement Award: If you want the tried and true, the cream of the crop for almost a decade, then Pure Nightclub at Caesers is tough to beat. This year’s Lifetime Achievement winner sets the bar high, from its plush venues and gorgeous Strip views, to the celebrity partygoers and multiple awards it has received. It’s one of those places that should be high on your Las Vegas bucket list.

For the full list of award winners with descriptions, check out the Vegas Seven Nightclub Awards page here.

LAS VEGAS: Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties

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December is now upon us and it’s time to get serious about where you will be celebrating New Year’s Eve. Las Vegas is always rockin’ with a party on every corner and rooms fill up fast, so do not delay. The choices abound, but we’ve whittled down the list to a more manageable 5, to make travel planning even easier.

Here are some of our favorite choices to ring in the New Year:

COSMOPOLITAN
The Cosmopolitan has several events going on but the celebration at The Ice Rink is where I’d want to be. You’ll be high above the Strip in a winter wonderland, skating your cares away and listening to Bruno Mars in concert on a marquee made of 65 digital panels. (He’s performing live downstairs at The Chelsea.) Tickets include cocktails.
Where: The Ice Rink, Cosmopolitan
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cost: $99 – $150 (Must be 21 to attend)

DOWNTOWN/FREMONT STREET
The Fremont Street Experience hosts one of Sin City’s biggest NYE parties, spanning several blocks, under the light canopy (which will be displaying a special light show that evening). This year’s party theme is “Rock in the New Year” and will feature 9 hours of live music on 3 stages, including Vince Neil (of Motley Crue) and Loverboy. The midnight countdown includes a dazzling fireworks display and revelers can duck into any number of casinos to warm up, try their hand at a game of poker, or freshen up their drinks.
Where: Fremont Street
When: Gates open at 6 p.m.
Cost: $40 (Must be 21 to attend)

ARIA
The Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge inside the Aria hotel is throwing a NYE Countdown hosted by JabbaWockeeZ, winners of America’s Best Dance Crew (and currently entertaining guests at their new customized theater at the Luxor). In addition to the drama and dance of this high-energy group, The Bangerz will deejay the event. First two hours feature an open bar, people, so don’t be late!
Where: The Ice Rink, Aria
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $75 for gents; table reservations start at $1,200 (Must be 21 to attend)

CAESARS PALACE
Pure Nightclub at Caesers recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award in the annual Vegas Seven Nightclub Awards and on New Year’s this plush venue with gorgeous Strip views will make you a believer. This is the cream of the crop and always deserves a visit no matter what time of year you visit Las Vegas. Known for hosting celebrities on a regular basis, you can hobnob with the best at this venue. Open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Where: Pure Nightclub, Caesers Palace
When: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m..
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $100 for gents; Tickets here

PLANET HOLLYWOOD
How about a “Bottomless New Year’s Eve” at Koi Ultra Lounge? Planet Hollywood is set dead center in the middle of the Strip, giving you a bird’s eye view of all the revelry and fireworks along Las Vegas Boulevard. Tickets include an open bar and party favors.
Where: Koi Ultra Lounge, Planet Hollywood
When: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Cost: $40 for the ladies; $60 for gents;  bottle service $150 – $200 Tickets here

NOTE: The Las Vegas Strip will be closed to ALL auto traffic after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, so plan appropriately.