Around the Scene: September 1, 2011

Eater reported that chef Michael Mina's Los Angeles restaurant and bar XIV, which hosted a weekly carnival-style club brunch, has closed. Those in the know are attributing the closure to a number of issues from the concept to the lack of trendy clientele, despite being situated right on Sunset Boulevard.

pangaeaMichael Ault is bringing his nightclub-meets-African-safari themed Pangaea concept to Singapore, Haute Living reports. The 6,000-square-foot venue is set to open in September inside the Marina Bay Sands resort, just in time for the major F1 racing weekend. Access to the club happens courtesy of an underwater tunnel within the resort, and once inside, revelers can expect more bespoke furniture and African masks, courtesy of Ault’s private collection.

The New York Times ran an interesting story about underage drinking in the Hamptons at haute spots like SL East and South Pointe. The most fascinating facet of the piece is that while all the owners vehemently denied that minors are imbibing within their walls, their own promoters — some of whom are underage themselves — readily admitted to the issue being both real and pervasive. The article also pegs the underage boozing and admittance of youths to the venues through these exact promoters who are selling out their bosses.

As a way to create and eco-conscious and green business, Temple Nightclub in San Francisco installed a sustainable dance floor, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. When the clubgoers dance, energy is produced and converted to electricity, creating an interactive dance floor. Dancers can watch the energy meter move up and the lights change as they move faster.

Temple Nightclub

Kicking off Labor Day weekend, HAZE Nightclub inside Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas will introduce its new weekly event, “In the House,” which will feature world-famous DJs every Friday night. The September lineup includes Serge Devant, Arno Cost, Eddie Thoneick and Bass Jackers and Nicky Romero.


After much speculation, The Light Group announced that in partnership with The Butter Group, it will be opening 1OAK at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The club, which will take over JET nightclub's space, is set to open New Year’s Eve of this year.

Bundle, a New York-based company focused on helping people save and spend better, created a list of the United States' most expensive clubs, looking at average bar tab amounts at clubs around the United States from June 2010 to July 2011. The top five most expensive clubs include: Lily Pad, now SL East in East Hampton, N.Y. ($474), Provocateur in New York City ($445), Club Nikki at Tropicana in Las Vegas ($434), Dune in Southampton, N.Y. ($356) and Dream Nightclub in Miami Beach ($306). For the complete list, click here.

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