If we’ve learned just one thing about new nightclubs in Las Vegas, it should be that spectacular grand openings don’t correlate to the club’s overall success.
But, as the old adage goes: First impressions are everything.
And, wow, did Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas make an impression on the thousands who managed to make it in the club.
Chateau announced itself to the world with a thunderous roar, complete with a star-studded crowd and headlined by rapper Drake, who set the club ablaze the moment he and his entourage cut through the crowded dance floor.
The fervor to get into Chateau began well before the 10:30 p.m. opening time. By 11 p.m. the general admission/guest list line had zig-zagged out the door and onto the Las Vegas Strip. Even Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamunkong Suh had to wait in a crowd before being escorted to his table.
Once guests got past the ropes and ascended the marble staircase, they walked into a room bursting at the seams with revelers and accented with traditional French décor, with a modern twist.
From the entrance, guest have a couple options: jump into the masses to begin a night of dancing, weave through to the right or left to grab a drink at the bar or turn right and find one of the two doors to the right of the DJ booth that leads to the terrace.
Chandeliers hang overhead in every direction, some in classic crystal form and others appearing as oversized 19th century lamp shades. If you’ve ever wondered what happened with globes after the internet made them obsolete, Chateau creatively strung some together to make several worldly chandeliers above the two bars on either side of the club.
Aside from the chandeliers, dark tones contribute to the elegance of the club while red lights contrast to create an opulent atmosphere.
VIP booths are located just about everywhere at Chateau. During the grand opening celebration poker legend Chris Ferguson sat in a booth to the left of the dance floor and took some time out to pose for a picture with a fan.
To the right of the dance floor are two tiers of VIP booths. The bottom level is where Chateau’s go-go dancers, dressed as naughty French maids spend a lot of their time dancing as guests pass by on the way to the nearby bar. A second level rests elevated above the main level on both sides of the walkway. Wilmer Valderrama grabbed one of these booths after eating a meal at the newly-opened Sugar Factory American Brasserie.
Las Vegas nightclubs aren’t complete without big-name DJs and Chateau pulled through by nabbing Samantha Ronson, widely known as the former girlfriend of Lindsay Lohan. But Ronson proved to be more than TMZ fodder when she whipped excitement into the crowd with a heavy dose of ’80s and ’90s party music.
The party came to a near-halt when Drake walked in the room. The dance floor froze as guests furiously flashed cameras at the hip-hop star, who managed to part the crowd on his way to his VIP booth opposite Valderrama.
Other stars in attendance were New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, who was celebrating his 26th birthday; Nick Cannon, who took over the turntables at one point in the night; television and film director/producer Brett Ratner and San Diego Chargers defenders Stephen Cooper and Shaun Phillips.
Drake put the emphasis on the celebration when he jumped into the DJ booth to spin for the crowd. He followed up the mix by grabbing the mic and performing his hits “Up All Night,” “Over” and “Miss Me,” before turning the party back over to the DJs.
Throngs of people were left outside of the party, wishing to get in, but those who experienced Chateau’s grand opening were in no hurry to leave. They were already captivated by the club’s first impression and with a steady lineup of hosts and performances to follow, Chateau is certainly setting the right tone.