An Interview with Industry Inspiration: Eric Chine

 

Get to know VIP host Eric Chine, in the rare case that you haven’t met him, yet.

XS’ Eric Chine is about to add a new club to his roster: Intrigue at the Wynn. The new nightlife establishment will open on April 28 and will take the place in the Wynn Resorts’ nightlife family of the late, great Tryst Nightclub. Chine began working for XS/Tryst back in February of 2011 as a promotions host and eventually made his way up to a VIP host position. To do so, he says he, “pretty much worked my butt off. Every day I was on the Strip building guestlist, and every night after work I would visit other clubs and meet the promoters and hosts and just get myself recognized. I had a goal to make sure everyone in the industry would know who I am.” And if you don’t know him by now, here’s your chance:

How you move from there into your current position?

Pretty much worked my butt off every day I was on the strip building guestlist and every night after work I would visit other clubs and meet the promoters and hosts and just get myself recognized. I had a goal to make sure everyone in the industry would know who I am.

Where are your favorite tourist destinations near the Strip?

Chicago Joes Italian Restaurant downtown. The food is amazing and the place only has about 10-12 tables. It’s such a unique and delicious place to have dinner.

What do you suggest for a Vegas newbie to go see on their first trip to the Strip?

I always recommend seeing a show of some sort. The Cirque shows here are absolutely amazing. MJ One is amazing and Absinthe is one of my current favorites. It has everything you want packed into one show!

Where are the best pregame spots to go to before the club?

I really like Clique cocktail lounge located in Cosmopolitan Hotel. The vibe is always good and drinks are unique and delicious.

Where are the best afterhours spots or late-night food places to go to after the club?

For a nightclub: Drai’s After Hours hands down is the best and will always be the best. For a strip club: Spearmint Rhino is and will always be the best as well! For food spots: people love to hit Pho Kim Long, Kaizen Sushi, and the famous Oyster Bar at Palace Station for some yummy panroast.

Who are your favorite resident artists from your club?

Local Resident DJs: DJ Five, DJ Shift, Dave Fogg, and DJ Ikon. Non-local Resident DJs: Diplo, RL Grime, and Yellowclaw.

Do you have any tips for Vegas newbies for going to the club?

Always check the dress code online and step it up a notch from what’s listed! Never buy any club passes or wristbands off the strip. Most places do even ratio or better guest lists so don’t waste your drinking money. Even if you don’t make it on the list, it’s always better to tip a host at the door to skip the line rather than to pay some hustler on the Strip for potential fake passes. It’s the worst having to tell people the wristbands they bought are fake and don’t work.

What are your favorite shows on the Strip?

MJ One, Absinthe, and Le Reve are my top favorites.

How can a Vegas tourist make the most of their stay on the Strip?

Not to be cliché, but honestly by checking out the Jack Colton forums. There’s a ton of information and inside tips for all activities, especially for the nightclubs. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, then reach out to one of the listed hosts. And even if you’re not a bottle service customer we can always push you in the right direction for what your group is interested in!

Photo Credit: Jessie Koehler

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