Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 | 11:57 p.m.
“Extra” host and actor Mario Lopez celebrated his 40th birthday in style with a weekend at the Wynn and Encore with wife Courtney Mazza Lopez, who also was toasting her birthday. The weekend was the first major public appearance for the couple since the birth of their son Dominic last month.
The pair and a group of 10 friends got the party started Friday night watching “Le Reve — The Dream” at the Wynn. After the performance, the handsome birthday hunk met the cast and posed for photographs.
Lopez and his party then dined at nearby Andrea’s in Encore, where they shared executive chef Joseph Elevado’s Asian fare, including sushi and sashimi, specialty rolls, chili shrimp tempura, tuna tataki salad, New York strip steak, miso black cod and more. He enjoyed Sinatra Smash cocktails, while the missus sipped on bubbly.
After enjoying an ice cream flight and cake pops for dessert, the group made its way to the adjacent Surrender Nightclub at 11:30 p.m. Seated in the prime DJ table, the entourage enjoyed Veuve Clicquot and Makers Mark.
Surrender’s cocktail servers and go-go dancers presented Lopez, in town to announce the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez fight for HBO Boxing at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, with a boxing-themed cake.
DJ Mighty Mi gave a shout-out to the birthday boy, and the group partied and danced into the early hours to the sounds of DJ Deniz Koyu.
On Saturday night, the group dined at Botero, the steakhouse at Encore. They were seated on the patio and enjoyed executive chef Mark LoRusso’s steaks, Dover sole and short rib ravioli and shared several sides, including chopped salad, baby beet salad, truffle mac and cheese and fries.
Post-Botero, Lopez and 15 friends gathered at XS to continue the weekend-long birthday celebration. At the stroke of midnight, it was officially Courtney’s 32nd birthday, and XS staff shortly after 1 a.m. presented her with her own parade of lights and confetti.
Grammy Award-winning DJ Afrojack took the stage for his set as the group danced and partied into the early hours. Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.
With world-class dining, shopping, spas, golf and entertainment, there's no shortage of things to do at Wynn. The resort’s aquatic acrobatic show, “Le Reve—The Dream,” a creation by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Franco Dragone and Steve Wynn, will leave guests wanting more with its breathtaking performances that conjure an imaginary world. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping experience with stores including Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and many more. Tryst is its signature nightclub, offering a secluded lagoon inside the club and spacious dance floor. Blush, the Wynn’s ultra lounge, draws swanky party-goers. Tryst, Wynn’s signature nightclub, is situated along a private lagoon under a 90-foot waterfall and plays host to some of the world’s most renown DJs.