Just Opened: A New Party Destination
WHAT: Zouk Nightclub
IT’S: A new nightclub with big-name performers and groundbreaking tech features
OPENED: September 17, 2021
WHO’S BEHIND IT: Zouk Group (Executive Chairman Hui Lim, CEO Andrew Li, Las Vegas Vice President of Marketing & Nightlife Ronn Nicolli), Resorts World Las Vegas, Genting Group
FUN FACT: It took six weeks for a team from Barcelona’s Ledscontrol to reassemble the Mothership, a custom-designed LED chandelier above the dance floor.
LOCATION: Resorts World (3000 Las Vegas Boulevard South)
HOURS:Thursday to Saturday | Doors open at 10:30 p.m.
WEBSITE: See who’s appearing this weekend and book a table.
INSTAGRAM: These parties look insane!
Why We Love It
When it comes to Vegas nightclubs, you’re only as good as your latest headliner. Zouk Nightclub immediately made its presence known in the Strip nightlife scene by signing big-name EDM stars Tiesto and Zedd — an announcement that came months ago while other nightclubs were still operating at limited capacity during the depths of the pandemic. In a town where the latest toy usually gets the most attention, Zouk Nightclub took it’s time to make the right impression. The venue is the top party destination at Resorts World, but opened months after the property’s grand opening. The payoff is a stylish nightlife mecca with dramatic tech features and a floor design where every table has a clear view of the stage.
Five Things That Make it Awesome
The layout: Zouk Nightclub spans 36,000 square feet and holds 2,160 people when full, but still feels relatively intimate. The main room has a small-for-Vegas general-admission dance floor, surrounded by VIP tables, including two for high rollers flanking the DJ booth. Empire is a second space that works seamlessly as an extension of the main room or can be closed off as a smaller club-within-a-club. Zouk is next to sister venue Ayu Dayclub and opens up toward the pool for a more expansive festival feel.
The headliners: Tiesto and Zedd each have their own portfolio of hit singles and a well-established history of drawing sell-out crowds to nightclubs in Las Vegas. Yet the two DJs are just a small part of the lineup, which also includes Becky G, Disclosure, DJ Snake, G-Eazy, Madison Beer and other entertainers.
The Mothership: The centerpiece of the main room — the Mothership — is a dramatic LED-enhanced chandelier above the main dance floor. The extravagant decoration can travel over the crowd, change color and even tilt at an angle of up to 40 degrees to project a beam of light toward the evening’s headliner or a specific table during bottle service presentations. The Mothership is complemented by a series of rectangular LED panels that dangle underneath the ceiling and are enhanced with custom graphics.
Craft Cocktails: Say goodbye to the same old Vodka Cranberry. Zouk has an usually strong craft cocktail program for a nightclub, served by the Capital Bar, which sits outside the main room with a 360-degree counter and LED video displays. The Cheeky Carajillo Martini mixes Grey Goose vodka, Licor 43 and Zouk’s own Cheeky Grind cold brew coffee, serving up a kick of caffeine to keep you going all night long. Beam Me Up is almost like a sparkling negroni with Botanist gin, Campari and Fever Tree grapefruit soda. The cocktails are also available at other bars within the nightclub, served in acrylic “glassware” that doesn’t break.
Mobile Ticket Kiosks: While most nightclubs will cut off ticket sales after doors open and shift to a point-of-entry admission model, Zouk allows digital transactions throughout the evening with mobile ticket kiosks. Walk up and just a few clicks later, you’ll be armed with a QR code to enter the club. Zouk still has a ticket window available for in-person cash sales if preferred.
General admission begins at $30 and VIP expedited entry begins at $100. Specialty cocktails are $23. Contact Zouk to inquire about bottle service prices and VIP table minimums.
As the newest high-budget nightclub on the Strip, Zouk had a lot of leeway to go big in every way. But instead of a cold, cavernous space, the club succeeds on style and a certain degree of coziness. The main dance floor has limited space, which means the general admission ticket holders will often find themselves toward the back of the club in the Empire room. Still, the synergy with Ayu’s outdoor areas, the inventive nature of the cocktails and that crazy Mothership chandelier all help elevate Zouk above most other nightclubs in Las Vegas.
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