Las Vegas pulled a Titanic, sweeping this week's 2010 Nightclub & Bar Awards. Vegas' sinful sanctuaries took home all of the big wins and walked away with seven of the Top 10 sports and eleven of the Top 15!
There were more than 235 entries competing in fourteen categories at the 25th annual Awards sponsored by the magazine Nightclub & Bar. A panel of judges each had to select their top three choices from the lists which they submitted and were then relegated into the categories. There will be an official ceremony at Lavo in the Palazzo on March 5 to honor the winners.
Among the victors were Victor Drai and his managing partners Jesse and Cy Waits, who won both New Club of the Year and Mega Club of the Year for XS in Encore. Their other venture Tryst, located in the adjoining Wynn, ranked fifth in the Top 100 countdown. While fifth out of 100 may seem like a huge win, the club has moved three spots down from their runner-up position last year, making the ranking bittersweet.
Drai's other club, Drai's After Hours in Bill's Gamblin' Hall, on the other hand was named No. 16, which is six spots higher than last year.
Paul Oakenfold picked up an award as Resident DJ of the Year for his weekly Perfecto Vegas at Rain. Ultra Lounge of the Year went to Blush at the Wynn and George Maloof must be happy with the two awards he received with The N9NE Group properties at the Palms.
Best Single Promotion of the Year went to the Midsummer Night's Dream party at the Palms pool while Ongoing Promotion of the Year went to Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Owners Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg said of winning, "We are thrilled that Tao has received this award and are honored to be recognized among such a large field of competitors for whom we have a great deal of respect."
Below is the rundown of where Las Vegas placed in the Top 100.
1) XS at Encore. 2) Tao at The Venetian. 3) Pure at Caesars Palace. 4) The Bank Nightclub at The Bellagio. 5) Tryst at the Wynn. 9) LAX at the Luxor. 10) Jet at The Mirage. 11) Lavo at the Palazzo. 12) Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel (Now closed) 13) Moon at the Palms. 14) Ghostbar at the Palms. 16) Drai's After Hours at Bill's Gamblin' Hall. 28) Christian Audigier at Treasure Island. 31) The Playboy Club at the Palms. 32) Rumjungle at Mandalay Bay. 36) Rain at the Palms. 37) Blush at the Wynn. 45) Studio 54 at MGM Grand. 49) Krave at Planet Hollywood. 52) Stoney's Rocking Country. 94) Tabu Ultra Lounge at MGM Grand.