The New Kings of Vegas

Nightclubs with unbelievable ambition are crowding the Las Vegas strip. How big can this party get?

Hakkasan’s bid to take over the Vegas club scene began when a wealthy sheik was denied a prize table at a hot night spot and resolved to build his own nightclub empire in revenge- or so rumor has it. What is certain is that the Chinese restaurant chain, led by Neil Moffitt, has spent two years and many millions to expand its footprint and snag some of the world’s top DJs. Bets are off on whether the gambit will ultimately succeed, but here’s a look at the state of play.