San Diego's Bassmnt Nightclub

San Diego Gaslamp District’s Bassmnt Nightclub


It’s no surprised that Bassmnt has been one of the hottest nightclubs in San Diego over the past few years. With its world class sound system and underground venue – hence the name “bassmnt” – the club attracts a who’s who of some of the biggest acts in electronic music. And thus, the combination of unique environment and amazing entertainment also attracts large crowds on the weekends.

San Diego's Bassmnt NightclubGiven the popularity of the club, people often ask the “normal” club questions…

“How much does bottle service cost at Bassmnt?”
“Does Bassmnt have dress code?”
“Is it really worth all the hassle?”

The middle question is easiest to answer. Wear normal club attire. Obviously girls can get away with showing plenty of skin. Guys…try to look presentable. You can usually get in looking more casual, but why test it. As the case with many popular nightclubs, it really comes down to a judgement call from the bouncer. So don’t give him any reason to not let you in (you don’t know what kind of mood you’ll find the guys in).

One of the common complaints about Bassmnt that you will find on Yelp is the bouncers can have a bit of an attitude. For those well-versed in the nightclub scene, this probably doesn’t come as surprise, as this is a pretty common occurrence.

In terms of bottle service….again, this depends. It depends on the size of the group, the event to which you are going, and in general how busy the nightclub is. Unlike a restaurant menu, bottle service “menus” don’t have set prices. So you’re really shooting in the dark if you show up and ask for service. Try calling ahead and making a reservation if bottle service is the way you want to go.

So the final question….after all is said and done…is it worth it?

This is extremely difficult to answer because the answer is really: it depends. The environment is clearly not for everyone. Some people hate it. Some people love it. And it’s obviously worth it to the swarms of people that attend the club each and every weekend.

The moral of the story is: you’re looking at a pretty typical popular nightclub experience when you head to Bassmnt in San Diego. And if you are prepared for this, you can have a great time in a great setting.



First Impressions of Omnia Nightclubs in Las Vegas

This article was written by  Mike Prevatt and first appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.

It might be the most Las Vegas nightclub in Las Vegas. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your tolerance for hyperstimulation and disco spectacle. But there’s no denying the wow-factor at Omnia, the 75,000-square-foot club at Caesars Palace that’s twice the size of Pure, the venue it replaces.

A few steps into the space and one quickly realizes that Hakkasan Group has outdone itself, even compared to its flagship, namesake nightclub at MGM Grand. There’s never a dull moment, never an eyebrow-raising sight more than five minutes from the next—never a time to catch your breath, frankly. Here’s a highlight reel:

The main room: Imagine the oval-shaped, multilevel layout of Rain, the luxe golden touches of XS, the LED paneling of Drai’s, the sardine-packed dancefloors of Hakkasan and Marquee, the aerialists of Light and Life and the wall of candles at Tao, all acknowledged at the same club—it’s almost like Omnia is paying homage to all its competitors, while trying to best them at the same time. And it’s absolutely bonkers.

The chandelier at Omnia, which opened its doors on March 12.

The chandelier at Omnia, which opened its doors on March 12.

The terrace: It used to be the class of Pure, and it’s even more so with Omnia; it’s the one area of the venue that’s subtle. But that’s not its most alluring feature. The main room can have its high-tech bells and whistles, but it can’t have that killer Strip-side view. And if the deep/tech house movement ever migrates to prime time in Las Vegas, it would make this lookout point even sexier.

The VIP lounge: Actually, this intimate room is the natural spot for any house music insurgence, but for now, the Heart of Omnia beats almost entirely for bottle-service buyers and celebrity hosts—the two demographics that ruled the same space back when it was Pure’s main room. Also dominating now: a 360-degree placement of LED screens.

The chandelier: Ah, yes, that thrusting Slinky of a lighting rig that dominated social media last week. It might be the Strip’s most impressive gizmo—and evidence that if Vegas nightlife’s reigning king isn’t Hakkasan Group CEO Neil Moffitt, it’s clearly Sigmund Freud.