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    They’re super committed to the end of the alphabet. (Photo by Roman Mendez | SPYONvegas.com)

    Can you ever get enough DJ announcements? No. No you cannot.

    The annual shuffle continues, with Zedd committing to XS, Encore Beach Club and Surrender in 2014, after spending last year spinning for Light and Daylight. Zedd starts up January 31. In an unrelated story, we have yet to commit as a resident anywhere. We’re still fielding offers for our bleeding-edge “Just play a bunch of old Ministry and White Zombie CDs” night.


    Mr. Monopoly is just taunting you about how little money you have.

    There are two things you love: High-end champagne, and being out on the busiest drinking night of the year. There is one thing you hate: Money.

    XS‘ $1 million Armand de Brignac Empire Collection to the rescue! For a cool mil (well, $1,281,000 with tax and tip), you’ll score 18 bottles of bubbly, from 750 ml soldiers to a 30-liter behemoth, painted by graffiti artist Alec Monopoly. And then you’ll also get a trip to Armand de Brignac’s maison, complete with tour of the private cellars and the opportunity to meet their winemaker. This seems to be the return fire for Hakkasan’s $500,000 Armand de Brignac package.

    Or you could do like we do: Stay home and pound five bottles of Cook’s for like eight bucks, tops.


    The giant toy receipt is as much an annual nightlife tradition as sexy Santa parties. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    The staffs of XS and Tryst actually went out in the sun yesterday morning to round up $190,698 worth of toys for donation at the KLUC Morning Zoo toy drive. This is the eighth year of donating, and the largest haul they’ve ever brought in–up from $172,000 last year–with money raised from staff contributions and tips. Over eight years, they’ve donated more than $700,000 in toys.

    It was basically a reverse-Grinch at the Rainbow & Spring Mountain Wal-Mart, with employees emptying shelves and buying up all 250 bikes in the store. The total haul needed six semis to bring it to the donation site.

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    Nobody expects the Deadmau5 drop-in set. His chief weapon is surprise. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    That whole Deadmau5-leaving-Hakkasan thing? Looks like the Mau5 himself is confirming it with a legit surprise set at XS Friday night.

    While in town to play at a private function he stopped by Wynn to catch up with longtime friend and XS and Tryst managing partner Jesse Waits. Over dinner at Andrea’s, Zimmerman joked with Waits that he should book him to return to XS that evening. Waits saidd that while he would love to host the Mau5, he couldn’t pay him.

    As rumors indicated that he and Hakkasan mutually dissolved his contract–one that reportedly made him the highest paid DJ per show in Vegas, it’s not about the money for Zimmerman. True to that notion, he told Waits that he would play at XS for free. So after finishing their meal the pair walked in XS at 11 p.m. and Zimmerman hit the decks shortly thereafter to play a full, two-hour “warm-up” set for Wolfgang Gartner.

    Word of the impromptu performance quickly spread by social media and the club was quickly at capacity–something that few venues manage to do during the typically slower pre-Thanksgiving period. As for the set, multiple sources said it was upbeat, high energy and true to Zimmerman’s style and “one for the record books”–a sentiment shared by the surprised Gartner when he made his way to the booth to find his unexpected opener.

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    Lean in close to your monitor for a sample scent. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    Banner evening for people who really care about cologne and also have a Monday night free to party: XS is doing a launch party for Guess Night while Chris Lake DJs. Presumably while smelling fantastic. (more…)


    Pinkies up when Diplo rolls into town. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    We just had a Mad Decent Monday it seems like. But we suppose you can never have enough Mad Decent Mondays. If Diplo’s at XS, that means it’s time to play a round of What’s Diplo Tweeting Today?. Let’s get to it.

    My phone smells like fish

    — Champagne Guapi (@diplo) November 4, 2013

    i like to drink old water

    — Champagne Guapi (@diplo) November 4, 2013

    My birthday next week what u gonna get me?

    — Champagne Guapi (@diplo) November 4, 2013

    Fishy phones, stagnant water and straight-up trollin’ for birthday gifts. That’s What Diplo’s Tweeting Today. (more…)


    Nice of Diplo to duck out of the way of the camera with all that twerking going on. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    This is kind of disappointing. It’s Mad Decent Monday at XS, but Diplo hasn’t tweeted anything interesting, except to push the Reddit AMA he’s doing on Wednesday. So instead of playing a spirited round of What’s Diplo Tweeting Today?, we guess we’re going to have to play the first round of What Was Diplo Tweeting Yesterday?

    Rt if your ready to have half white babies with me

    — Daryl Dixon (@diplo) October 20, 2013

    I think @MileyCyrus is my spirit animal

    — Daryl Dixon (@diplo) October 20, 2013

    TW3RKLE TW3RKLE lil star

    — Daryl Dixon (@diplo) October 20, 2013

    Looking to further the number of mixed-race kids in the world, giving props to Miley and reimagining nursey rhymes? That’s What Diplo Was Tweeting Yesterday. (more…)


    There’s something disturbing about someone who’s always this photo-ready. (Photos by Erik Kabik)

    Yes, we’ve gotten to the point where even Saved by the Bell actors are in the throes of middle age.

    Mario Lopez and wife, Courtney, made their first big public outing since the birth of their son, Dominic, last month when they came out to celebrate Mario’s 40th.

    Lopez and a group of 10 friends started Friday night at Le Reve before dinner at Andrea’s. From there, they hopped over to Surrender for some Makers Mark. We like this crew’s style. Lopez got a boxing cake before he announced the Bradley/Marquez fight for HBO on Saturday.

    After the fight, the crew dined at Botero, then hit up XS for Afrojack.

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    Without a hint of embarrassment or shame. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    Nicky Hilton is 30 years old and basically has a job, which makes her the level-headed, responsible one and Paris the one who still playspop star dress-up.

    Nicky was celebrating her 30th at XS Friday night with a bunch of family and friends when the two of them made a grand entrance down the main stairs before settling in for Eric Prydz. And that doesn’t count the baccarat session with Johnny Chan.

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    All LeBron, all the time.

    Former XS managing partner Cy Waits, twin brother to current managing partner Jesse, is taking his next project to South Beach, so finally, Miami can have a nightclub of its very own.

    Waits, partnering with former Hard Rock Body English/Rehab/Vanity mastermind Cory McCormack, will do Adore inside the Boulan hotel.

    It will be unique and different,” says Waits, who expects to have a soft opening in time for Halloween and be fully operational by December. … “There’s no real theme per se,” says Waits, when asked about the design approach. “I always try to create something comfortable, sexy and warm that makes people feel at home.”

    As for the DJ talent, nothing concrete has been announced yet. But it’s not hard to envision talent in line with the current XS roster.