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Ready to shine: Jewel is poised to redefine nightclub intimacy

Hakkasan Group brings Jewel Nightclub to Aria in May.

Those who dwell in the details and faithfully follow the fast-paced Vegas nightclub scene couldn’t be more excited about Jewel, the 24,000-square-foot venue opening May 19 at Aria. The reason is simple: After conquering the Strip with Hakkasan and Omnia, Hakkasan Group is ready to show us what it can do with a more intimate venue.

We’ve seen Jewel, in a recent hard-hat tour, and the new club’s inspired design (by the Rockwell Group) truly lives up to its name. Guests will enter through a series of mirrored doors that double as a reflective wall, then ascend a dramatic staircase covered in LED screens displaying abstract and themed images.

Shawn Sullivan, partner and studio leader at the Rockwell Group, said his team wanted to weave first-of-its-kind technology and unique production pieces into the architecture, and that results in Jewel’s centerpiece, a central dome ceiling pulsating with visuals via more than 1,400 square feet of LED ribbons. Partiers on the dancefloor will be hypnotized, but eyes will also be drawn to the five exclusive, themed VIP skyboxes, each utilizing custom furnishings and finishings. You’ve never seen anything like these signature spaces in any other club in Las Vegas.

Another surprise: The mezzanine-level drink rail directly in front of the DJ booth/stage might be the best spot in the house to take in all the action, and it’ll be reserved for GA, not tables. Even a few weeks before the opening, it’s clear guests will be the center of attention, and that’s the whole idea. With a capacity of just under 2,000 and the sleek, sexy rotunda design of the mezzanine level, Jewel puts everyone within reach of the performance, the party, and what’s sure to be an unparalleled experience.

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