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First impressions of Omnia: New club is one big moment after another

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Calvin Harris plays at Omnia during the new nightclub’s opening weekend.
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It might be the most Las Vegas nightclub in Las Vegas. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your tolerance for hyperstimulation and disco spectacle. But there’s no denying the wow-factor at Omnia, the 75,000-square-foot club at Caesars Palace that’s twice the size of Pure, the venue it replaces.

A few steps into the space and one quickly realizes that Hakkasan Group has outdone itself, even compared to its flagship, namesake nightclub at MGM Grand. There’s never a dull moment, never an eyebrow-raising sight more than five minutes from the next—never a time to catch your breath, frankly. Here’s a highlight reel:

The main room: Imagine the oval-shaped, multilevel layout of Rain, the luxe golden touches of XS, the LED paneling of Drai’s, the sardine-packed dancefloors of Hakkasan and Marquee, the aerialists of Light and Life and the wall of candles at Tao, all acknowledged at the same club—it’s almost like Omnia is paying homage to all its competitors, while trying to best them at the same time. And it’s absolutely bonkers.

The chandelier at Omnia, which opened its doors on March 12.

The chandelier at Omnia, which opened its doors on March 12.

The terrace: It used to be the class of Pure, and it’s even more so with Omnia; it’s the one area of the venue that’s subtle. But that’s not its most alluring feature. The main room can have its high-tech bells and whistles, but it can’t have that killer Strip-side view. And if the deep/tech house movement ever migrates to prime time in Las Vegas, it would make this lookout point even sexier.

The VIP lounge: Actually, this intimate room is the natural spot for any house music insurgence, but for now, the Heart of Omnia beats almost entirely for bottle-service buyers and celebrity hosts—the two demographics that ruled the same space back when it was Pure’s main room. Also dominating now: a 360-degree placement of LED screens.

The chandelier: Ah, yes, that thrusting Slinky of a lighting rig that dominated social media last week. It might be the Strip’s most impressive gizmo—and evidence that if Vegas nightlife’s reigning king isn’t Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt, it’s clearly Sigmund Freud.

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