Wynn’s new club has gained a reputation as a guest-friendly hideaway that is full of musical surprises—and a private room that lets celebrities and VIPs enjoy a social-media free interlude.
Heavy star power is what you’d expect from the newest Vegas mega-club, and Intrigue’s grand opening had it in spades, with Kate Hudson, Michael B. Jordan, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid all flocking to the red carpet. But Intrigue began revealing its versatility after the stars had been ogled and interviewed by the media.
Take one Saturday night just weeks later, when Seal took the small stage in the 14,000 square foot nightclub. Singing new songs from his deeply personal album, Seal 7, he stepped off the stage, walked across banquettes and danced with one fan. As he sat back down on stage for “Kiss From A Rose,” the room had a kind of art house, singalong intimacy – that is, if art houses were flanked with a glowing white patio and 94-foot waterfall. Or meticulous bottle service arrived at double-tiered golden vinyl booths endurance-tested for the stilettos that would dig into them, and thoughtfully provided with purse drawers below.
When Seal ended his set, the room almost immediately exploded into Intrigue’s Billboard Music Awards official after-party. Nick Jonas smoked cigars and drank Don Julio 1942 from the DJ booth; Justin Bieber arrived with Skrillex after his set at XS Nightclub; award show co-host Ludacris, Captain America star Chris Evans, and Andra Day packed into the club, which transformed into a riotous Vegas scene when a surprise choreographed pole dancing scene—a Wynn entertainment specialty—started.
This kind of surprise atmosphere is how Wynn’s executive vice president of business development Sean Christie – who started at Wynn’s Blush lounge and later conceptualized Encore Beach Club and Surrender – envisioned this latest incarnation of the space that had been Tryst. The idea, he said while Intrigue was still in its planning stages, was to give revelers a place to play but let VIPs sequester themselves at will in the Living Room, an 85-person capacity, 1,200-square-foot room with a strict no-social-media and no-pictures policy (it’s enforced). A photo frame sits right outside the unmarked door (a last social media touchpoint for those who may go into Instagram withdrawal once inside). For the small number of VIP members and celebs allowed in, this cream-colored hideaway—with its vinyl-only DJ booth and numbered private bottle lockers inspired by Louis Vuitton steamer trunks—grants a refreshing opportunity to socialize without seeing their every move in a tabloid the next day. They can either go into the main room once they’re ready for a few selfie opps (or the pizza that servers regularly serve around 2am), or slip out through one of the back hallways that connect, Goodfellas-style, to other Wynn venues like Lakeside restaurant.
And although the club was heavily touted from the outset as a break from the EDM festival headliner culture of the Las Vegas Strip (including Wynn’s own mega DJs), you’ll still see them – their takeover at the table or in the VIP room might just be an unexpected bonus. Intrigue isn’t holding itself to a single music format (after all, how intriguing would that be?). “Tik Tok” singer Kesha’s mini-residency saw her make a triumphant return to her adoring fans. Other names on the Intrigue calendar: “Hide Away” singer Daya, English electronic duo AlunaGeorge, Tinashe, Nick Jonas, and more. After all, the best surprises are the ones you don’t expect.