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Nightlife News & Notes: Hakkasan Group’s upcoming expansion, a big weekend at Drai’s and more

The Weeknd at Drai’s Nightclub in February 2015
Photo: Chase Stevens / Kabik Photo Group

Hakkasan Group might have unloaded a few of its Vegas venues, but the global hospitality goliath isn’t slowing down one bit. In 2016 it will bring its Michelin-starred Yauatcha restaurant brand to the U.S. with locations in Houston and Honolulu, while expanding into Indonesia with two restaurants (Hakkasan and Sake no Hana) and a nightclub (Omnia), located in the Alila SCBD Hotel. These developments follow recent openings in Shanghai, Mykonos, LA and London, and here on the Strip, Hakkasan is set to open the Herringbone restaurant at Aria later this month.

Mirage's Center Bar and Parlour Lounge feature cocktail lists created by Food & Wine’s “Best New Mixologist” Liz Pierce of Chicago.

Change continues at the Mirage, and we’re not talking about 1 OAK, though that club remains high on the list of most-rumored-to-be-switching-up venues. There’s a new combo spot in the middle of the iconic casino, Center Bar and Parlour Lounge, featuring an amber-hued, open atmosphere, a Steinway grand piano in the lounge, a proprietary beer from local brewer CraftHaus that pays tribute to the resort’s tropical theme, and cocktail lists created by Food & Wine’s “Best New Mixologist” Liz Pierce of Chicago.

Drai’s is starting off the new year in a big way with a doubleheader from resident artists Chris Brown on January 1 and The Weeknd on January 2, followed by the Drai's debut of A$AP Rocky on January 3.

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