Seven new places to party in Vegas in 2013!

Las Vegas’ nightlife scene is exciting and ever-evolving. A wave of club openings is expected to hit the city this year. From She in Crystals at CityCenter, which debuted on New Year’s Eve, to Krave Massive, the world’s largest gay club, visitors can look forward to plenty of new partying experiences in 2013. Here are seven hotspots that are sure to sizzle in Sin City.

1) She
Where is it:
In Crystals at CityCenter.
When did it open: New Year’s Eve.
What’s it like: Creativity and contemporary expression come together in She. Located on the second level of a boutique steakhouse, this is a venue for music, fashion and theatrics. It transcends the typical nightlife experience by making you feel like you’re part of the evening’s entertainment. Tiers for seating encircle a custom-built stage with innovative sound and special effects systems – including 3-D projection mapping, rain curtains and cryogenic fog. During interactive vignettes featuring some of the world’s most talented performers, you’ll not only be immersed in surreal sights and music, but you’ll feel like you’re privy to something exclusive. Formerly occupied by Beso Steakhouse and Eve Nightclub, the new venue was relaunched by Morton’s in conjunction with actress Eva Longoria and her partner Tilman Fertitta of Landry’s Inc.

Rockhouse Las Vegas

The rollicking Rockhouse Las Vegas will reopen in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian this spring (photo courtesy

2) Rockhouse Las Vegas
Where will it be:
In The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.
When will it open: Late January.
What will it be like: If drinking, dancing and debauchery are your three main hedonistic pursuits, then Rockhouse Las Vegas will be the place for you. The ultra dive bar that was formerly situated in front of The Quad on Las Vegas Boulevard is moving into The Venetian’s luxurious indoor shopping center, but it will still have direct access to the Strip. Rockhouse Las Vegas was known for its sexy servers who regularly danced on the bar and poured shots into the mouths of patrons – and these traditions are certain to continue in the new digs. In fact, the 9,000-square-foot, two-room space will have the rowdy club’s signature tire swings and birdcages along with pool and beer pong tables. There will even be a mechanical bull. A laid-back party spot where guests of all ages and attire will be welcome, Rockhouse Las Vegas will also boast 83 flat-screen TVs for viewing sporting events and a full-blown menu of bar food.

3) Heraea
Where will it be:
In the Palms.
When will it open: Early 2013.
What will it be like: Taking over the space on the casino floor next to the pool area that once housed the Mexican restaurant Garduño’s, the female-focused Heraea pays homage to the Greek goddess Hera (Zeus’ wife). She inspired the Heraean Games, the first all-women’s athletic competition that was established in 6th century BC. Correspondingly, Heraea will be a sports restaurant and bar where, as the slogan says, “girls go to play.” It will feature deejays spinning diverse music daily as well as a stage behind the bar for live performances. Heraea aims to cater to both a young and older crowd who are drawn to a variety of sports and will enjoy an energetic atmosphere.

Hakkasan Las Vegas logo

Hakkasan Las Vegas will be unveiled at MGM Grand in spring 2013.

4) Hakkasan Las Vegas
Where will it be:
In MGM Grand.
When will it open: Spring 2013.
What will it be like: Hakkasan Las Vegas has taken up long-lived Studio 54’s former residence as part of MGM Grand’s frontage. While merging Eastern and Western cultural influences to create an eye-poppingly opulent interior, the already renowned restaurant brand (its flagship location is in London and there are others in Miami, New York City, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Mumbai) will enhance its offerings with a lavish club. Created by Hakkasan Ltd. and Angel Management Group, the goal here is to raise the standard for indulgence.  Spanning 75,000 square feet over five levels, a grand entrance will lead to a series of experiences ranging from dining rooms and indoor lounges to a decadent nightclub and outdoor terrace.

5) Light
Where will it be:
In Mandalay Bay.
When will it open: Spring 2013.
What will it be like: Creating a Cirque du Soleil experience for the nightclub world is what Light is all about. In collaboration with The Light Group, this creative 38,000-square-foot venue will be abuzz with world-class DJs and performers. Aspiring to foster a fresh dramatic concept with state-of-the-art staging capabilities designed by Moment Factory, it will attract artistic types as well as anyone who wants to sip something unique and immerse themselves in a spectacle-like atmosphere. Designed to play with your senses, the vibe at Light will be sleek, stimulating – and packed.

Krave Massive in downtown Las Vegas

Krave Massive will open at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas this year.

6) Krave Massive
Where will it be:
In Neonopolis.
When will it open: Spring 2013.
What will it be like: For eight years, Krave was an enormously entertaining and welcoming club for gay and gay-friendly partiers in Las Vegas. A fun-loving spot on Harmon Avenue, it’s made a move from the Strip to a bigger abode in downtown. Rebranded Krave Massive and billed as the “largest gay club in the world,” it has taken over the third floor of the Neonopolis entertainment complex in a space once occupied by Galaxy Theatres. Plans call for five dance floors, three bars, a VIP room, a movie/performing arts theater, a comedy room, a martini lounge and much more! Without a doubt, it will be a gigantic place to let loose – even if you’re straight! To keep Krave’s spirit alive while Krave Massive is being built, the club is hosting weekend parties in the Rio’s Crown Theater that will be the stuff of legend – and are likely to produce Saturday- and Sunday-morning hangovers!

7) Fremont Country Club
Where will it be:
At 601 Fremont St.
When will it open: Spring 2013.
What will it be like: Within the same brick building as the recently opened Triple B (short for Backstage Bar & Billiards) Lounge in downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Country Club will be a new live music venue that can hold nearly 1,000 people. Amid décor described as “Tex-Mex swanky chic meets space cowboy,” you’ll hear the sounds of rock, alternative, blues, country, swing and pop wafting through the air.


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