A high-energy dance club that focuses on the partiers rather than the posers.
At Luxor on the South Strip.
Mostly younger but without the kind of see-or-be-seen attitude you usually find at these kinds of places.
Typical. Figure $20-$30 to get in and another $20 for a cocktail when you figure in tax and tip.
Weekends, of course, if you want the biggest crowds.
Because you want a fun party vibe without the chaos of the bigger clubs.
A 2015 revamp made the place much more open and fun.
A hot dance club for those who don't feel like competing at a mega-club.
When LAX first opened at Luxor it came with celebrity backing (Christina Aguilera was an investor) and a certain caché that comes along with taking the place of what many consider to be the first major nightclub on The Strip (RA). It was successful, naturally, as almost all new clubs are, but for some reason, be it the far South Strip location or just that the competition got too fierce, LAX never really hit the pinnacle as THE place to see and be seen. It was a fun, party spot - the kind of place you'd go if the lines at the really hot clubs were too long.
I, for one, consider that to be a good thing. Whatever clubs happen to be the clubs of the moment can be prohibitively expensive and outrageously exhausting. Where's the fun in that?
They gave the place a makeover in 2015 and it has dramatically improved the overall atmosphere of the club but the good news is that they have not lost that fun, relatively low-pressure party vibe that those who just want to have a good time can still appreciate.
Everything in the club has been opened up, from the rotunda like entryway now featuring a big chandelier overlooking the VIP queuing area, to the main room where walls were removed, booths were realigned, and the DJ booth was repositioned to give everything a more airy feel.
You enter the party by descending a dramatic staircase that spills right onto the dance floor, something that might be challenging for those in high heels or those who have already had a drink or three. The two story main room has a long, relatively narrow dance floor that doesn't come close to the size of those at the mega-clubs but is still big enough for you and several hundred of your closest friends to get your groove on.
The VIP bottle service booths were redone and put on tiers so they have good views of the action and there are two bars on this floor so you don't have to walk far if you aren't sitting in one of the places where someone will bring you a drink. The DJ booth was moved back a bit so now there is something resembling a small stage overlooking the dance floor where lithesome beauties strut their stuff. These are not just your average go-go girls - instead they get professionally trained dancers, many of whom appear in some of the bigger shows in town, who do choreography and have a great deal of interaction with the crowd. It's a refreshing change of pace from the blank-faced hotties gyrating on the platforms of most big clubs.
Upstairs are more VIP booths and another bar, although they don't always have that open so they can keep the crowd focused on the main action.
The vibe was fantastic the night I visited - friendly, low-pressure, zero attitude, and just there to have a good time. It's mostly younger and a lot of tourists but it doesn't have the same kind of "I'm hotter than you" snobbery or aggressive bro testosterone that can often ruin a good nightclub. There were a lot of people there but not too many people - everything felt just right.
The music will vary, of course, but when I was there it was a heady mix of hip-hop, EDM, and old-school. How can you resist a segue from Tiesto into the Eurythmics? Naturally, I was one of the few people in the club who was alive when "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This" was first released, but everybody screamed when it came on so I guess the '80s live on.
Prices are high but no higher than the other clubs in town and, in fact, maybe even a little cheaper by comparison. The staff had a professional detachment, which you kind of need to survive working in a Vegas nightclub, but they were cordial.
I like what they've done here and hope that the club gets the kind of attention it deserves - but not so much attention that it turns into one of those overwhelming experiences that kills the fun.