Las Vegas, Palms Resort Casino
By Jeremy Zachary
Why You Must Go: Palms Resort Casino is not probably but definitely the hippest, coolest, most happening hotel among any that you’d find on the Strip. Opened in 2001 as the brainchild of the Maloof brothers (owners of the Sacramento Kings, among other enterprises), the off-Strip Palms’ concept brought fantasy to reality. With 1,300 rooms and themed suites such as Hot Pink Suite, Director’s Suite, Erotic Suite and the Hefner Sky Villa you really can quench whatever fantasy you’ve come to Vegas to satisfy. Famed tattoo parlor Hart and Huntington Tattoo calls Palms’ home, as does the fabled Playboy Club, Moon Nightclub, Las Vegas’s most happening nightspot Rain and the ever-popular Ghostbar (with glass floors at 55 stories, as remembered from the Real World Vegas). When the need calls for a ‘big’ room, Pearl Concert Venue takes charge and plays host to concerts and events like those put on by Zuffa’s Ultimate Fighting Championship events. Playboy Club atop the tower offers amazing views of the Strip (for those underprivileged who can’t get into Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay)—with warm breezes, bumpin’ bass and bouncin’ booties, the Playboy Club balcony is the place to get your groove on.
Where to eat:Blue Agave serves up some of the finest Mexican around to compliment the Patron shots and Corona chasers. Little Buddha slices up fresh sushi daily to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. For late night grease, the 24/7 Café really is one of the best bargains in Vegas. Great prices complimented by large portions help soak up the Gin & Juice that’s still fermenting in your stomach at 5AM.
What else to check out: If you’re really feeling like a big baller, head over to Wynn to enjoy the finest the Strip has to offer. For the best of the best off the Strip head out 15 minutes over to Red Rock Resort and Casino. Nearby Red Rock Canyon sits in gorgeous view of this resort, unlike anything you’ll see at the Strip—unless you’re at Seamless Gentlemen’s club. Red Rock Resort also plays host to Salt Lick BBQ, imported directly from the outskirts of Austin, Texas. Nothing—and we mean nothing—comes close to authentic barbecue in Las Vegas like the great Salt Lick.