LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas Weekly has partnered with Nightclub Hall of Fame to celebrate the nightlife and bar industry’s leading men and women. The two will host a series of unforgettable induction ceremonies, paying tribute to the true trailblazers that conceptualize and execute the city’s top party scenes.
Founded by industry veterans and bar experts Ryan Dahlstrom and Preston Rideout, the Nightclub Hall of Fame honors lifetime achievements and is the one of industry’s most sought-after accolades. The program will begin by honoring inductees Victor Drai (Tuesday, July 8), founder and owner of his namesake Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas, and Jesse Waits (Monday, July 21), managing partner at XS nightclub at Encore and Tryst nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas. Additional ceremonies will be announced soon.
“As Las Vegas’ go-to source for all things daylife, nightlife, entertainment and dining, Las Vegas Weekly is a natural fit to assist with our event programming,” said Dahlstrom. “These award inductees are the definitive influencers and innovators in the burgeoning nightclub and bar industry, so they deserve a proper recognition put on by the best.”
Tuesday, July 8 – Drai, a nightlife and entertainment entrepreneur as well as successful restaurateur, has been committed to Las Vegas’ scene for years with his distinctive style, innovation and unique vision. The nightclub mogul recently opened his 65,000 square foot nightlife/daylife rooftop multi-sensory experience, Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub; launched Liaison, the first gay nightclub inside a casino on the Strip; and re-launched his famed After Hours venue. His induction ceremony will take place during Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub’s weekly Yacht Club event. Tickets and table reservations can be arranged by visiting draislv.com.
Monday, July 21 – Nightlife impresario Waits is known for using his savvy and impeccable vision to successfully manage Las Vegas’ multi-award-winning, powerhouse venues XS and Tryst. Under his leadership, XS has been named the top-grossing nightclub more often than any other venue in the country, and he has been nationally recognized as a pioneer in developing the EDM movement within the city. Referred to as “Las Vegas’ dance music mecca” by MTV News and dubbed “the Yankees of nightlife” by Rolling Stone, XS will play host to Waits’ celebratory induction. Tickets and table reservations can be arranged by visiting xslasvegas.com.
For more information on Las Vegas Weekly’s and Nightclub Hall of Fame’s partnership, patrons can check out the Thursday, July 3 issue of the publication, which features an exclusive interview with Dahlstrom about the exciting, new venture.
About Las Vegas Weekly: Las Vegas Weekly is the authoritative newspaper of arts and culture for Las Vegas residents, and LasVegasWeekly.comis updated throughout the week with extensive, up-to-date listings and directories of restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment and more. Las Vegas Weekly is free and available each Thursday at newsstands, bookstores and select racks throughout Las Vegas and online at LasVegasWeekly.com.
About Nightclub Hall of Fame: Founded by nightclub industry veterans and bar experts Ryan Dahlstrom and Preston Rideout, the Nightclub Hall of Fame is the most-anticipated and highly-sought-after accolade in nightlife. It recognizes the most outstanding members of the nightlife industry, comprised of nightclub experts and impresarios, whose influence are redefining the art of nightlife. Dahlstrom, Rideout and Sancho Van Ryan recognize and celebrate outstanding nightlife achievements through annual Nightclub Hall of Fame inductions, award ceremonies, speaking engagements and global events.