So after a pretty full on day at the pool party and not getting back until about 7pm, it is more or less straight out again after a nice shower and chill out time in the room as tonight on the guest list for Steve Aoki and as with all the guest lists you need to be there early. The only pain with them, especially if it is a bigger name playing the lists get busy quickly. Catching up with the kiwi lads Harrison and Sean who I met in the USA Hollywood Hostel, I am also able to get them in for free plus get myself a free drink. They are staying quite far from MGM at the Hard Rock Hotel, so they end up running a little bit late, but still manage to get in by 11pm and squeeze in a pre drink at the Sports bar in MGM.
Inside Hakkasans it is quite impressive set up of lights and lasers plus quite a big club too, with a few floors although we end up just staying on the main floor all of the night. When we first arrive it isn’t to crowded as quite early in, so chill out in the main area for a bit before heading to the dance floor to get a good spot for Aoki, as it doesn’t take long for it to fill up. After awhile we are more like sardines as everyone has same idea as us since the DJ booth is so close to the dancefloor so good position to see him up close. But since we are in there so early, we have to wait about 3 hours for Aoki to come on and it just gets too crowded so move back to the more around the open bar area. Not as good a view for seeing him, but still good enough since Aoki is always dancing on the DJ booth (rather than playing) and so easy to see anyway.
When he does play it looks pretty cool, with cold air blasting out and the light show going on so he does know how to put on a good night. His music does get a bit repetitive and heavy towards the end however, so about 3am we decide to hit the casino and try a little roulette in New York New York hotel.
With only a $10 (£7) bet, I get lucky as they don’t have any $1 chips so have to play two $5 and both times they get lucky and win me $50 (£35). One win for a quartered number and one win for black. The games after I’m not so lucky loosing $30, but spreading them out so I can get a few of the free drinks the hostess come round with and holding out so I can take my winnings of $70 (£48). Harrison does well considering it is his first time playing Roulette and quickly gets up to more than hundred winning big chips back, but then ends up having a bad run as a few zeros come up (which throws everyone!) so decides to call it quits and still walks away with $70 – enough to pay for the night. It is good fun on the table and there is a good group of people playing, so the banter is entertaining mainly coming from a guy from San Fran, who likes to call me Miss London, telling everyone jokes (which I don’t get half of). A long day what with the pool party, but definitely fun.
12th June 2016