Around the Scene: Nov. 10, 2011

NYNightlifeWe did a Q-and-A with the gentleman behind the @NYNightlife Twitter account a while back, and it appears his shroud of mystery has been lifted. A New York tabloid newspaper outed the account’s author as Matt Oliver, the current doorman at Simyone Lounge (SL) with a list of other nightlife jobs behind on his resume.


This Saturday, Jamie Mulholland will be celebrating the fourth anniversary of his venue, Cain at The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas. DJ Cassidy and Stan Courtois – a Parisian DJ – will man the tables while the jet-set crowd from Miami and New York parties the day away. Mulholland, who launched Cain Luxe in NYC to greatness in 2004 before opening GoldBar and The Surf Lodge in Montauk, N.Y., has also been hinting at a return to NYC with a new venue.

Oro Nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will have its grand-opening bash next weekend. The club, which is owned and operated by Dave Grutman and his Miami Marketing Group, has been in previews for a few weeks and the response has been positive thus far. Erick Morillo will take to the turntables for the launch festivities.

insomniac EventsAfter last year’s success, Insomniac Events already is in preparation mode for the 16th Annual Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on June 8-10, 2012. Early-bird tickets sold out in less than 36 hours, and the second tier of tickets won’t be released for purchase until Jan. 3, 2012. To purchase tickets or find out more information, visit and

This summer, Michael and Alex Gidewon, co-owners of AG Entertainment, opened two hot new clubs in Atlanta. Designed by Atlanta-based interior designer Michael Habachy of Habachy Designs, Vanquish and Reign debuted to rave reviews. The inspiration for Vanquish came from a safari-chic concept, making the space appear like a boutique hotel in Egypt. Habachy added contrasting elements such as animal prints, warm metallics, embossed leather, fur pillows and safari-inspired wall graphics. With a dozen VIP areas, guests feel as though they’re in a lavish albeit comfortable living space rather than an Atlanta nightclub. Reign, situated next door to Vanquish, draws from steam punk influence, adding a more modern touch to the 10,000-square-foot club.

Reign Nightclub

Reign Nightclub in Atlanta

San FranciscoOver the years, San Francisco’s club scene has faced a volatile situation with venues shutting down due to violence, not to mention shootings outside of clubs. Since then, legislation has passed that expanded the power of the Entertainment Commission, a seven-member commission with the mission to regulate, promote and enhance the field of entertainment in San Francisco, allowing the group to immediately crack down on clubs when issues come up instead of letting them linger. Since, then, things in the San Francisco nightlife scene have been much safer, with a 14% drop in violent summer incidents. To read more, click here.

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