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30 LasVegasWeekLy.com September 4–10, 2014 pete tong by al powerS; rebel republic by chriStopher devargaS NIGHTS There isn't a much more competitive market in the Las Vegas Valley than locals' bars, but Rebel Republic could stand out on multiple fronts. ¶ LA transplant Robert Susnar modeled his establishment after local chain The Bar. "It should be a comfortable place, the food should be worthy of eating—not come out of a freezer—and you should have a good choice of beer, not just Budweiser, Miller Lite, Shock Top, f*ckin' Sam Adams, and call it a day." ¶ The bar's distinct design includes cast-iron pipes for the 52 taps, recycled gym bleacher seats for the bar top, tables built by the Amish and a bohemian/industrial theme throughout, including corrugated metal and recycled barn wood. ¶ Susnar's beer list includes local products like Tenaya Creek, Bad Beat and Joseph James, as well as breweries from any state that borders Nevada and some of the current heaviest hitters. Choosing will be a snap, as all of the bar's 18 employees are level one cicerone beer servers (level three being the highest). ¶ But that Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale, Ninkasi Tricerahops Double IPA or Oskar Blues Old Chub Nitro could really use a food pairing, and for his small but potent menu Susnar snagged F.A.M.E. chef Bryan Emperor, who makes everything from scratch, including the mysterious "Rebel" sauce on everything from the pork cutlet sandwich to the tempura avocado. His Rebel Burger, made from fresh-ground top sirloin, is sure to get local foodies talking. ¶ And Susnar is serious about local sports, hence the name. A large chalkboard on one wall will feature college sports scores. "Every city will have a sports team you're proud of and a history you're proud of," Susnar says. "You have to immerse yourself in the culture of a town. That's the idea here as well." –Ken Miller Triple ThreaT New bar Rebel Republic focuses on atmosphere, lots of taps and 'worthy' food REBEL REPUBLIC 3540 W. Sahara Ave., Ste. E-1, 702- 538-9050. 24/7. Five ThoughTs abouT liFe NighTclub Boy, does it sound good: Dur- ing the August 31 party with recently reunited house duo Deep Dish and British DJ legend Pete Tong, I left my earplugs in my pocket for the first hour. The Funktion One sound system truly sings inside the space. It's all in the lighting: Even with the deep house soundtrack, you'd expect the lighting guys to assault your retinas. But Life's pros appropriately matched the watt- age with the darker vibe. At times, I had to squint to see the aerialists and dancers—which just added to the mystery. Even the hazy club entrance was evocative. About those dancers: They were either posing rather than dancing, or looked stuck in a K-hole. Dancing on beat shouldn't be a tall order, though the lack of twerking warranted a brow wipe. Given a wide berth: Even with a high occupancy, Life's layout al- lows for reasonable human motil- ity, which means none of the usual bottlenecks. I don't think my shoes were stepped on once. Keeping to the beat: Life brass had said Sundays would skew more slipstream, and its first operational weekend bore that out with Tong's subversive nu-house and Deep Dish's techno-groove swirl (and LA opener Jordan V's own deep thumpers). It was a peak-hour coup I can't wait to see repeated.—Mike Prevatt The recent announcement that Eric Prydz's techno alter ego Cirez D would launch SLS nightclub Life's new industry party on September 14 was a shock to discern- ing dance music fans in the valley. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. SBE Vice President of Nightlife Mio Danilovic tells the Weekly that Richie Hawtin, Art Department, Sasha, Seth Troxler (whose tour schedule lists an October 26 Life gig), Solomun and Jamie Jones, among others, will soon play Underground Sundays, which is not only the nightclub's new industry party, but also its dedicated night for house and techno. Those heavyweights loom large in Ibiza, London, Miami and New York City—but they don't fit into the commercial EDM parade currently dominating clubs on the Strip. Danilovic and SBE nonetheless had a vision for Life's industry night, which they sold to even the most reluctant DJs. "Some were like, I'm not sure I want to go to the Vegas market, I don't want to play in a room that's not packed," he says. "So we painted a picture of what Underground Sundays will look like, the theme changes, the promotion- al changes, who the client base is, and the fact that we will be very consistent and not just mix it up for big weekends." Speaking of mixing it up, British radio tastemaker Pete Tong's All Gone Pete Tong party will overlap with Underground roughly once a month, frequently featur- ing guest DJs. (Tong and Prydz are Life's only announced residents; reps say an official lineup announcement is forthcoming.) Danilovic sees Underground as a natural for its indus- try guests—and differentiating Life from the rest of the megaclub pack. "The industry support all the EDM stuff through the week. Why would they support another night with the same programming as everyone else? … We want to bring that Ibiza sound and start showing people that, hey, this is the next wave, it's cool. Let's not be afraid of it." liFe goes 'uNdergrouNd' For iTs New iNdusTry parTy sundays at the sLs club will feature house and techno giants by mike prevat t > THAT IBIzA SoUNd Pete Tong, a future resident DJ of sLs' Life nightclub, will be part of the club's Underground sundays industry party.

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