Seventh Anniversary at Downtown Cocktail Room Seems like just yesterday that we were trying to convince our suburban friends to drive to a then-underdeveloped Fremont East to grab a drink. The classy, clandestine spot we shorthanded to DCR gave us all a great excuse to venture Downtown, listen to real house music and impress both our dates and our palates. We can score signature cocktails anywhere nowadays, but rarely do they please like the ones at DCR. January 31, 8 p.m., free.
Hofbräuhaus 10th Anniversary The beloved brewhouse celebrates a decade of stein-holding contests, ass-slaps from the Jägermeister lady and, of course, tasty traditional German beer. Raise a glass and prost the longtime Vegas institution Friday night, when Mayor Goodman will tap the honorary keg. Did we mention the complimentary beer stein cake? Bonus points if you show up in lederhosen. January 31, 7 p.m., free.
Juicy J at The Bank The hip-hop artist is all over the airwaves right now thanks to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” and soon we’ll have more of his rhymes to Stay Trippy to—Juicy J confirmed via Twitter that “#thehustlecontinues” in 2014 with a new album. Maybe he’ll test a track out Friday night, when he takes the mic at the Bellagio nightspot. January 31, doors at 10:30 p.m., $50 men, $30 women.
Skrillex at XS Ol’ Skrill worked his brill skillz on Light and XS: He’s made the two enormoclubs share him. On Saturday, the bespectacled bass boy returns to the latter after his defection to the former last year. What to expect? New stuff—dude’s got an album coming out this year, and its tracks must first pass muster on the dancefloor. February 1, doors at 10 p.m., $30 men, $20 women.
After at TW Theater The building at 3765 Las Vegas Boulevard South has been many things, including club institutions Utopia and Empire Ballroom. Their spirits will undoubtedly be felt at the Valley’s newest afterhours event, which—with the help of residents Black Boots and Spacebyrdz—will celebrate underground electronic music. Spot the incentivizing keyword: free entry to locals, free parking in back and freedom for the DJs. February 1, 3:30 a.m., $20, locals and women free.
Ryan Lewis at Surrender The producer scored big at the Grammys, taking home the Best New Artist trophy and a trio of rap awards with buddy Ben Haggerty. Find Lewis sans Macklemore at Surrender Saturday night, when the DJ makes his Wynn residency debut. February 1, doors at 10:30 p.m., $42 men, $22 women.
Tao Bowl Viewing Party at Tao Why settle for your buddy’s couch and a bag of Doritos this Super Sunday? Tao’s big game spread includes an open bar from 2 to 5 p.m. and the clubsteraunt’s Asian-inspired twists on traditional bar bites (think banh mi sliders and kung pao wings). Cheer on the Broncos or Seahawks in style! February 2, 1 p.m., $125 buffet and open bar, $65 open bar.
Martin Garrix at Hakkasan Like ’em young? Hakkasan sure does. Following barely legal Danny Avila’s successful 2013 run as the youngest resident DJ in clubland, here comes Martin Garrix from the Netherlands—where DJs are bred like beagles—who’s a few months shy of 18. He’s the guy who made last year’s number one Beatport hit, “Animals,” a remarkable feat not only for its creator’s age, but also its lack of vocals. Someone apparently told the kid that dance tracks could be instrumental. We hope he spreads the word during homeroom. February 2, doors at 10:30 p.m., $33 men, $22 women.