Archive for May, 2011

Out of Night Comes Day

Posted by    |    May 27th, 2011 at 4:35 am

Summer is finally starting to heat up and what better way to cool off then with the official start of pool season? But, wait… other than the one off pool party hosted by Ghostbar at Cirque and the alright weekly splash over at The Joule where can we go?

The obvious answer is Las Vegas, where a pool culture has been cultivating for years. Certainly, the war for supremacy here is ever raging but, Encore Beach Club (EBC) by all accounts is the reigning king. With 60,000 square feet of palm tree lined and shower pole decadence; this venue has literally been built for one giant party. It is visually one of the most stunning daylife environments anywhere and that allows it to attract an equally gorgeous crowd. Rather than just offering de rigor cabanas and daybeds, EBC has lily pads – which are basically beds in the water! Their cabanas certainly feature prime views of the party but, also boast balconies overlooking the strip. Once more, they offer eight 350 square foot bungalows (as big as a standard hotel room) which include private bathrooms and infinity pools. What should not surprise fans of the Wynn is that the service here is on par with what can be found at the Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental. Though cabana attendants mist guests every 30 minutes with Evian and the venue is stunning, this would be lost if the entertainment quotient was not in place. You can rest assured it most certainly is. Last year Kaskade held court most Sundays giving EBC instant cred. This year the residency list is simply out of control with Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Deadmau5 and a whole lot more being thrown into the mix. To give you an idea, here is what’s going down this weekend: (more…)

Wide Awake With Insomniac

Posted by    |    May 7th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Courtesy of Insomniac Events

By: David Morris and Raha Lewis

David Morris is a freelance travel, nightlife and food writer. Raha Lewis is an Associate Editor at the LA Times Magazine and Editor in Chief of the lifestyle blog Am I in

It’s no secret that recently there has been an insurgence of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) in mainstream outlets. Vegas nightspots such as XS (at Encore Las Vegas), Vanity and The Joint (At Hard Rock Hotel), were among the first to recognize its appeal to Vegas consumers. XS has tapped Deadmau5, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, and Grammy-award winning Afrojack to transform the exotic party pen into a dance frenzy. Likewise The Hard Rocks’ The Joint plays hosts to arguably the world’s most famous DJ, Tiesto, each month. (more…)