Megan Mack’s Latenight Excursions
The options in nightlife choices are endless in Vegas. Day clubs, nightclubs and afterhours spots are just the tip of the iceberg, but us locals take it to the next level. We have the whole week and weekend to partake in activities. When the typical weekend ends, ours is just beginning.
Itsy Bitsy: Ramen and Whisky debuted its first industry night, “Whisky Spout,” August 4th boasting half off menu items and an open bar from 8-9 p.m. for industry professionals. The menu seemed fairly typical for a ramen house, but nothing jumped out as a “must have.” As I did not partake in the open bar, I did order a few great cocktails. The Sugar Plum Fairy is delicious and refreshing, especially if you’re seated on the patio. Seating seemed limited, so I would suggest making a reservation and arriving early. Itsy Bitsy is located in downtown Las Vegas in the Ogden at 150 N Las Vegas Blvd #100.
Another great late night eatery is District One Kitchen and Bar on Jones near Desert Inn. This Asian-inspired restaurant has a great selection of craft beers that pair magnificently with the appetizers that hit the spot for any after hour cravings you might have. I indulged in the oxtail fries covered in gravy topped with a fried egg and washed it down with Rogue’s Sriracha Hot Stout beer. And with an added reverse happy hour, that place makes me one happy girl.
Now if I must partake in the nightclubs festivities, I always choose to frequent them on an industry night. Each nightclub, as well as day club, has their own day as to which they focus on the needs of the locals, particularly those who work in the clubs, pools and such. They get groups of us in, sat, and drinks in our hands quicker than any tourist will ever experience.
I attended XS’ industry night at the Encore Hotel and Casino. The experience was great as usual; a comped bottle for our group, drink tickets and energetic beats from Flosstradamus. His style of music is a clash of hip-hop, trap and house. You can’t help but smile and dance around because the crowd he brings is always so spirited. And before you leave for the night, don’t forget to get a selfie in the famous XS bathroom. Every local lady has one, it’s almost tradition. Sorry fellas, it’s a girl thing. Monday nights at XS are a guaranteed good time.
Thanks to ABSOLUT ambassador Raul Faria, bartenders and our “plus ones” had a grand time at the movies at the AMC Town Square recently. They bought out a huge theater showcasing Straight Outta Compton, the true-life story of infamous rap group NWA. Not only did we get free drinks and admission to the movie, but we were also able to attend a special after-party held at Herbs and Rye. Nectaly Mendoza and his crew made sure everyone was well taken care of with themed cocktails such as the “Ice Cube” and “Eazy-E.” They were all to die for.
Foxtail Nightclub inside the newly reclaimed SLS Hotel finished the weekend with a huge performance from Redman and Method Man. “MADE” Sundays is designed around the hip-hop crowd catering to the locals. The fifty-table venue was packed with industry and fans galore. They put on a great show for forty-five minutes, covering their classics from “How High” and “Cereal Killer.” They definitely brought back the nineties. Foxtail will continue to bring back the classics until the summer ends. They will be a Sunday hip-hop competetor for sure.
Now just as Memorial Day Weekend symbolizes the beginning of the Vegas summer, Labor Day Weekend brings it to an end. It is the last major weekend of the year in which every place has a killer lineup. Room prices skyrocket and industry staff becomes numb just hoping the weekend ends quickly and safely. You have more options than ever of places to go and huge performances, but unless you are working any of these events, most locals stay off the Strip. This weekend in September bids adieu to the scorching summer heat, reminds us not to wear white and allows up to hang up our bikinis for next year.
Upcoming worthy events September:
Labor Day Weekend 4th-7Th
Drake Hosted by Kevin Hart/ Hartbeat weekend at the Cosmo 5th-6th
I Heart Music Festival at MGM Grand 18th-19th
Life is Beautiful at Downtown Las Vegas 25th- 27th
Industry Nightlife Nights
Sunday: Foxtail, Bank
Monday: Marquee, XS
Tuesday: Drais, 1OAK, Hyde
Wednesday: Surrender, Chateau, LAX, Light
Thursday: TAO, Tryst