New York, Las Vegas ... Sydney? Tao Group is set to open its first foreign venue, an Australian sister club to Marquee, on the top floor of über-hip hotel the Star in late March. And international announcements aren’t the only thing going on with Marquee this week. The Cosmopolitan club just unveiled a heavyweight list of new DJ residencies, including boldface EDM names like Hardwell, Ferry Corsten, Cedric Gervais and Dash Berlin. We’ve bookmarked our calendars for March 19, when DJ Mag’s current No. 2-ranked DJ (and four-time No. 1), Armin van Buuren, kicks off his Marquee residency. Don’t miss it.
Last week, Nightclub & Bar magazine released its 2012 Top 100 list, a revenue-based ranking of national nightlife venues that saw Las Vegas take eight of the 10 top spots. Marquee came in at No. 1, with a reported revenue of $70-$80 million for 2011, followed closely by XS, Tao and Pure. While the list certainly points to the success of our hometown venues, it’s worth noting that it was generated in part by a survey, so only venues that filled out the survey were eligible for inclusion. More than 800 venues reported back, with 70 percent showing growth over the previous year. Apparently, the recession goes better with Grey Goose. —Sarah Feldberg
Beat up the beat Saturday at Vanity, as Jersey Shore star DJ Pauly D takes the tables to launch his HRH residency, DJ Pauly D for President. Look forward to 2012 being full of fist-pumping debauchery and a campaign platform of hair gel, fake tans and flexed abs. Rehab is just around the corner, folks. —Mark Adams