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Victor Drai Celebrates 20 Years in Vegas

Victor Drai has managed what seems unattainable in VegasVille. The nightclub icon has maintained his mystique over two decades while operating in the same hotel, surviving several ownership changes and a move from the cellar to the penthouse.

Dubbed Drai’s After Dark, the chic nightlife hideaway at The Cromwell notched its 20th anniversary on Sunday night. Dressed loosely in a white shirt, jeans and navy-blue jacket, the club’s founder and deacon accepted a Key to the Strip from County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (impressive) and a hug and handshake from Michael Gaughan (even more impressive).

An icon among resort operators who today owns South Point hotel-casino, Gaughan owned The Cromwell in 1997 when it was known as Barbary Coast. Drai’s opened that year, a then-curious pairing of high-end restaurant and pulsating nightclub underneath street level on the Strip. Drai’s quickly developed a reputation for randy behavior that stretched until dawn, helping establish the late-night, nightclub culture in Las Vegas.

Among other distinctions, Drai’s was one of the first clubs to charge premium prices not only for cocktails and bottle service but for bottled water ($7 in the late-1990s, if memory serves). Club-goers often spilled onto the Strip at 4 a.m., wincing under what was known as “God’s Flashlight.” The activity was often reckless, but Drai the businessman was sharp and smart, turning a robust profit and engineering a groundbreaking partnership with Steve Wynn to develop Tryst and XS at Wynn/Encore.

After a fleeting but profitable three-year partnership, Wynn eventually bought Drai out of those clubs in 2010. But Drai continues to thrive high atop the corner of Flamingo Road and the Strip.

Holding his commemorative key, Drai said he has not felt that single epiphany that made him realize he’d made it as a top nightclub figure in Vegas.

“I don’t think that way,” said the Moroccan-born Drai, who turns 70 next month. “I’m always moving. I’m not looking back, and I’m really not looking too far ahead. I am in the present. If you do things right, good things will happen. And even when you fall, especially in this business, you need to get up.”

“I don’t think of success or failure. I just think of the doing.”

No doubt of that. With its 70,000-square-foot nightclub space, Drai’s Nightclub remains a coveted destination for nightlife dwellers, offering indoor and outdoor enclaves high atop on the roof of The Cromwell. During the day, partygoers dance away the Las Vegas Summer at Drais Beach Club. The club offers 150 VIP tables, dazzling LED screens and, eight pools, and 10 real palm trees that stand 35 feet high. Drai’s reps have frequently, and cheekily, thanked Wynn for developing the Fountains of Bellagio, in full splendor from the club’s pool deck.

Drai’s live entertainment has kept pace, too. The list of headliners in residency in the Drai’s Live series have included Chris Brown, Trey Songz, G-Eazy, Jeremih, Migos, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd.

Drai has pulled back his schedule and allowed his top-level executives to run Drai’s at The Cromwell. Those who joined Chris G. in honoring Drai at the club on Sunday included Drai’s son, Dustin; Drai’s After Hours General Manager Marc Snanoudj; Drai’s Las Vegas managing partner Brian Affronti; and president of Drai’s Management Group Michael Gruber.

This group will lead Drai’s into the next nightclub frontier, whatever that might be.

“The team I have is like family. They don’t need too much out of me,” Drai said. “We have changed with the times. Whatever the next trend is, we will find it.”

Best Sunday Parties in Las Vegas

If you’re one of those people who quickly escapes Vegas Sunday afternoon after two nights of rage, this post isn’t for you. If you’re a thrill-seeking partier who can “hang” and continue partying, then keep on reading.

Some of the best Las Vegas nightclubs are open on Sunday, and provide some of the best variety in EDM and hip hop. For the most part, Sundays are considered an “Industry Night,” so you will see a lot of locals and fewer tourists in attendance.  So you can count on a good crowd.

Drai’s Nightclub

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Better know as “SunDrai’s,” this rooftop party will have you on your feet all night, while enjoying hip hop music by resident dj, DJ Franzen or a live performance by artists such as Tyga, 50 Cent, and Fabolous. Click here to read the Official Guide to Drai’s. 

Hakkasan

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Sundays at Hakkasan are Industry Night.  Besides a great crowd, you can also expect to see some top djs such as Tiesto, Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki and more.

The Bank 

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Located inside the Bellagio, The Bank Sundays are known for their Sunday parties. From industry events, Champagne Showers, to live performances and guest DJs, The Bank does it all, and is one of our favorite Sunday parties for open format and hip hop music. Click here to read the Official Guide to The Bank.

XS

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Located at the Encore, XS Sundays have a lot to offer.  During the summer the club hosts an outdoor pool party called XS Nightswim with djs such as David Guetta and Avicii.  The rest of the year the party is moved back inside, and just as wild as a Friday or Saturday night. Click here to read the Official Guide to XS.

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