Ace Cider 21st Anniversary Tap Takeover at Velveteen Rabbit From apple and pear to pineapple and pumpkin, Ace’s crisp and refreshing ciders might be the best you’ll find on liquor store shelves and barroom beer menus. The Sonoma County operation celebrates the big 2-1 this year, and Thursday night its fruity and fermented suds—including a special, barrel-aged variety dubbed Blackjack 21—dominate the Downtown drinkery’s taps. February 12, 6 p.m., free entry.
Girls Night Out at Body English Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Hard Rock Hotel nightspot helps ladies “slip into something more comfortable” Friday night with a Heidi Klum Intimates gifting suite. DJ Koko supplies sound for the club’s recurring, female-focused fête. You just have to decide: Are you in or are you out? February 13, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women.
Big Ass Barrel Aged Beer Blowout Bonanza at Aces & Ales Tenaya Three Sheets. Ivan the Terrible. Tart of Darkness. The names alone let you know this tap takeover isn’t messing around with its featured beers. The brew menu boasts full-bodied, high-gravity pours from West Coast heavy hitters like Ballast Point, Big Sky and the Bruery, along with rare finds like Dogfish Head’s 2014 World Wide Stout. Cheers! February 13, 3 p.m., free entry, $10+ beer sampling.
The Weeknd at Drai’s Nightclub The Canadian R&B act has performed in Las Vegas several times over the past four months, especially at Drai’s. His February 13 mini-concert at the elevated Cromwell party spot is special, however: He’ll be celebrating both his 25th birthday and the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, for which The Weeknd contributed two songs. We hear Drai’s will be themed accordingly—maybe it will hand out glowing leather-tassel whips instead of foamsticks. February 13, doors at 10:30 p.m., $75+ men, $50+ women.
Black Heart Ball with Marilyn Manson at Hyde Shut out of the goth-rocker’s sold-out House of Blues concert? Here’s another option: The self-professed Pale Emperor will hold court at Hyde’s Black Heart Ball on the same night, his second hosting gig at the Bellagio ultralounge. The man in the booth: DJ Crooked. February 14, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40+ men, $20+ women.
Cupid’s Fetish Ball at Artisan The Artisan Lounge will become the Fetish Lounge on Valentine’s Day, courtesy of EPYK Entertainment. A trifecta of “erotic zones”—offering grown-up paraphernalia and interactive activities—will complement the main-room sounds, provided by DJs Michael Toast, Citron3, Cazztek, Genisis, Bombshell and Awry, with others spinning on the patio. For you fun, freaky types, costumes are encouraged. February 14, doors at 9 p.m., $10 men, women & locals free.
Halfway to EDC at Marquee Dayclub We knew when Deadmau5 released 4x4=12 that dance music and mathematics aren’t exactly a package deal. So while the annual party at the Speedway might be four months away (and not half the calendar year), we’ll cut teams Marquee and EDC some slack for this killer splash-bash lineup, which includes Dash Berlin, Borgeous Andrew Rayel, Audien, Firebeatz and Lema. Dust off those kandi beads! February 15, doors at noon, $75+ men, $25+ women.
Steve Aoki with Caked Up at Hakkasan Hakkasan presents a rare night of exclusively Vegas DJs this Sunday—which also happens to be the local date of a national tour. Steve Aoki is officially making the rounds with his Neon Future Experience, featuring on-the-verge Sin City trap duo Caked Up. While those two acts play the main room (with Mark Eteson), DJ Shift will preside in the Ling Ling Club booth. February 15, doors at 10:30, $30+ men, $20+ women.