By club standards, Tryst is like one of those aging Gen-Xers that remembers how great things were when EDM was called Techno and Digweed ruled the scene—even though it’s still young enough to be a child by the standards of most other businesses. Having witnessed the rise and fall of other clubs that maybe tried too hard or not enough, Tryst has proved that the key to success is a strong work ethic and an eye for the alluring—starting off with your own personal waterfall doesn’t hurt either.
Heading down to Tryst can feel like you’re falling into one of those afterthought clubs that pop up in strange places and never seem to last long. But the truth is far more beautiful. Down the steps that might be marble but are eloquent regardless, you find yourself in a lounge that’s both intimate for being set into the floor and still open for having a significant amount of space visible from above. It’s the ultimate place to scream “look at me” with your body language as you silently judge everyone who descends. But that’s just the outer lounge. You’re there for the club.
Tryst’s interior is a red heaven where everything about the shades and the shape seems arranged to contrast the cool breeze that’s coming off the waterfall. With the DJ booth set just across the dance floor that greets you as you enter, it can actually take a split second before you notice that the back wall in the outside area is a real—and exquisite—waterfall. And no matter how many times you see that magnificent sight it can be hard to remember that Las Vegas Blvd. is just twenty feet away on the other side.
If you can possible score it, grab the table in the little cove just next to the waterfall. Insiders agree it’s one of the most sensual club spots in all of Vegas. If it’s taken, or out of your price range, the rest of the patio and space around the small lagoon are romantic and soothing as well. And, though we wish we didn’t have to say this, don’t jump in the water. It’s 15 feet deep and you will have to swim to get back out. It’s not worth how much trouble you’ll get in.
Back inside, Tryst has a layout that’s worked so well over its tenure that the best parts were used as inspiration for the layout of XS, Wynn/Encore’s younger sister to Tryst. The centrally located dance floor allows for everyone to have access. The middle set VIP tables give plenty of room to see and be seen. And the spacious bar areas on either side of the main entrance have enough room to queue up for a drink without stepping on people’s toes. It may seem like insignificant architecture when you’re in the throes of a party, but it’s that arched design that lets you party so freely. And it’s one of many things about Tryst that have made it a Vegas club mainstay for so long.
Its clientele may have gotten just slightly older, and it may have a smaller total number than XS, but Tryst is still one of Vegas’ hottest clubs and consistently maintains its draw against new and tough competition. Whether you find the design, the music or the waterfall to be the best parts, one thing is certain: Tryst is a club that knows its identity and is just waiting to be copied.