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Las Vegas club review: Haze Nightclub at Aria

Not what Haze looked like when I was there
Not what Haze looked like when I was there
Vegas.com

When Haze nightclub opened its doors on New Years Eve 2010 inside the brand new multi-billion dollar CityCenter, one would only expect to experience the very best in lighting, sound and atmosphere. In fact, Haze’s website promised both a “cutting-edge space where guests will be challenged to question their sense of perception and reality,” and a “nightlife mecca that will raise the standards of nightclubs around the world.” When I went to Haze January 9th to see John Legend, the only perception I questioned was whether I was actually at the same club I had heard so much about.

Expectations were high for Haze, and it was predicted to be a tough competitor to clubs like XS and Tryst. At Haze, I saw nothing as aesthetically pleasing as the waterfall at Tryst, or the luscious interior and patio space at XS. The inside of Haze was totally average at best, with nothing eye-catching or memorable enough to report. Believe me - I had a fantastic, unobstructed view of the inside decor, because the club was basically empty for the duration of my stay.

The night I went, my friends and I were told to meet a host at 9:30, which is early by most club standards.  We assumed it was because Haze just opened. We also assumed that since it was new, it would be packed. After all, it took us and about 50 other girls an hour to get in, while hosts ran around like chickens with their heads cut off, reassuring impatient ladies that things were “just really crazy.” I found this hard to believe once we set foot inside, seeing as the dance floor was completely empty, and only one table had been seated for bottle service. So here we were - 50 girls and one table of young, attractive gentlemen with copious amounts of alcohol in front of them. Who do you think all 50 girls flocked to? And who do you think that left on the dance floor?

No one.

The table of guys had definitely found their “mecca,” but those of us who prefer to be invited to a table versus scrambling to one were left feeling a bit underwhelmed. My friends and I left around around midnight, having wasted almost three hours at a club that failed to live up to its ultra-high expectations.  In those three hours, the dance floor became only slightly busier and the tables remained mostly empty.  Although we were on a host’s list and didn’t pay an entry fee, I don’t think I could bear the thought of giving this place a second chance.

Has anyone had better luck with Haze?! I'm curious to know if they've gotten things together since their first week in business.

Update: Went back, though not by choice, the night rapper Drake was scheduled to appear. Tons of people crowding the entrance, and staff was rude to us when we tried to explain we were joining a table.  Gave up and went to Tryst. 

Find it:

Aria Casino
3730 S. Las Vegas, Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone: (702) 693-8300
 

Comments

  • Yellow Deer 4 years ago

    Glad to have you back Maggie Bennett.

    The Haze sounds like a big bust! I'll take your word for it and NOT go out of my way to check it out! By the way, were the guys anything special or just a bunch of knuckle dragging-mouth breathers? That also tells a lot about a place.

  • Vegas Bound in March! 4 years ago

    I guess we won't be going to Haze when I am out in Vegas with you in March. Can't wait to read more of your reviews so you know exactly where we should go!

  • Dunja 4 years ago

    Hilarious and very honest description, but to be fair we may have to give it one more chance.

  • climate_keeper 4 years ago

    Just went to Haze this June. Was a GREAT experience! DJs were sick, hot girls everywhere, Kevin Rudolph performed and it was awesome. It must have gotten better since it opened because it was a great night. Definitely goin back next Vegas trip.

  • kat 3 years ago

    Honestly this is one of the worst clubs i have EVER been to, i went the other night with 7 of my girlfriends., we showed up around 130am.. and were all locals, and we all work in the industry. they tried to charge us $20 a girl. i know what that means, they were going to pocket it. anyways after raising hell we all walked in, it was so ghetto, the DJ was playing music from 2 years ago, you cant stand in one place more then 5 seconds without security on your ass telling you to move, and the club promoters are total tools. walking up to tables and getting wasted off of other peoples drinks, to say the least it was a shit place. never again. go to the pamls or other hotels.