Heading to Hakkasan? Here’s what you should know

Hakkasan at MGM Grand officially celebrates the opening of its nightlife venue during a ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday, April 18, 2013.

The MGM Grand’s newest nightclub opens tonight after more than a year of planning and construction.

The 80,000-square-foot, $100-million Hakkasan will be the world’s largest club. It will feature five floors of music, food and fun.

Planning a visit? Here’s what you should know before heading out:

    • The club

      Hakkasan’s nightclub will be open Thursday through Sunday, from 10 p.m. until “late.” Guests must be 21 years or older.

      Cover charge and table reservation prices vary. Online tickets for upcoming events begin at $30 for general admission tickets for women. Charges for men presumably are higher but aren’t listed.

      Reservations for the nightclub can be made at hakkasanlv.com or by calling 891-3838.

    • The restaurant

      The restaurant portion of Hakkasan -- a two-story Cantonese eatery -- opens May 3. It will serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

      The Las Vegas menu hasn’t been released yet, but the company’s other locations feature soups, small plates, seafood, meats, poultry, tofu and vegetables.

      Prices at Hakkasan’s New York restaurant range from $10 to $28 for appetizers and $18 to $888 for entrees.

      On the high end is a platter of Japanese abalone and black truffles that sells for $888 and an elaborate Peking duck and caviar dish that retails for $345. On the lower end, a crispy fried quail appetizer sells for $28, as does a dim-sum platter. Stir-fry lobster costs $59, while jasmine-tea-smoked chicken runs $26.

    • The music

      Hakkasan’s DJ lineup will include some of the biggest names in the electronic music industry: DeadMau5, Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki.

      Other artists include Danny Avila, Dada Life, Bambi and Quintino.

      But that kind of talent doesn’t come cheap. A two-year deal with just four of the superstar DJs cost a reported $65 million.

    • The drinks

      Hakkasan's Las Vegas drink menu, like its restaurant menu, remains under wraps, but judging from the brand's other locations, it will serve specialty cocktails and drinks with an Asian flair.

      At Hakkasan Miami, mixologists whip up Long Dragons made with sake, vermouth, lemon juice and ginger ale; Red Hot Passions made with white pomegranate, green apple, agave nectar and lemon juice; and Warm Tea Punch made with Reposado, lime, agave nectar, apple juice and lemongrass, served in a porcelain teapot.

      The signature cocktails cost $14.

    • The owner

      Hakkasan was created by 50-year-old Hong Kong restaurateur Alan Yau, who moved to England when he was 12.

      Today, he owns a chain of Thai restaurants and Chinese noodle bars, in addition to the growing Hakkasan empire, which has venues in London, India, the Middle East, Miami, New York, San Francisco and, opening this summer, Beverly Hills.

      Angel Management Group is a partner in the Las Vegas venture.