Intriguing evolution: Intimate Wynn nightlife venue Intrigue celebrates two years

The talent in this room is as big as it gets, and catching a huge dance music act in this compact environment seems too good to be true.
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There are two things I love most about Intrigue, and they both have something to do with the lavish Wynn nightclub’s size. First, even though it feels much more intimate, friendly and active than any of the Strip’s many megaclubs, Intrigue still offers three distinct atmospheres between the bumping main room, the luxurious patio space and the mildly muted, lavish Living Room. Second, the talent in this room is as big as it gets, and catching a huge dance music act like Diplo, Jauz, Marshmello or Afrojack in this compact environment seems too good to be true.

But it’s standard operating procedure at Intrigue, which continues its second anniversary celebration this weekend with Galantis on Friday and Dillon Francis on Saturday. The Chainsmokers kicked off the party during Wednesday’s weekly industry event, marking the first-time the Wynn Nightlife resident duo and chart-topping superstars performed in that venue.

“We Are Wednesdays at Intrigue is the anchor of our week with locals,” says Pauly Freedman, executive director at Wynn Nightlife. “Locals don’t get a chance to see Marshmello or The Chainsmokers on the weekend, because our industry people are all working. Booking great talent for Wednesdays has helped us take the venue to the next level.”

The DJ has been an essential part of the evolution of Intrigue since the venue transformed from its former version, Tryst. Intrigue was essentially redesigned, with a focus on creating a unique environment with an exclusive feel—a great party every night no matter who’s spinning. Those vibes are still present, but the music in the main room brings marquee names, an adjustment made to satisfy the audience.

“At the end of the day we heard what our customers wanted and we gave the people what they want,” Freedman says. “The genres our DJs play don’t put us into a particular lane. You can’t say we just play trap or progressive or tech house. We play great club music, and we’ve got great DJs.”

An intimate, upscale experience also has become less exclusive as the Living Room has been opened up to all patrons. The glowing golden club-within-the-club is sticking to its all-vinyl policy, and it remains one of the most in-demand nightlife spaces on the Strip.

“I think it finally has an identity now,” Freedman says. “The door is always open to come in and have a different experience and get away from the loud music. The Living Room is also about listening to what people want. Vegas is not that behind-the-velvet-ropes, closed-door thing. People just want to party and they want to have options.”

Options equal luxury. And after just a couple of years, Intrigue has found its rhythm and honed in on what it does best.

INTRIGUE 2-YEAR ANNIVERSARY With Galantis April 27 & Dillon Francis April 28, 10:30 p.m., $25-$45. Wynn, 702-770-7300.

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