From Dust to Gold-en Cocktails: Inside the Redesigned Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas

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Right in time for summer – Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas reopened its golden, glass doors following a major $620 million renovation. With a collection of new top-quality restaurants and entertainment venues, completely remodeled casino floor and property-wide art program, guests will embark on a visual journey – literally. From fine art to fine whisky, they will find gold gemstones at every corner.

“We have curated a collection that is bold, relevant to today’s traveler and most of all a truly interactive experience,” said Jon Gray, General Manager of Palms.

Stroll Scroll through the Palms’ latest – this is winning in Vegas.

Scotch 80 Prime

Behind the beloved chef, Barry Dakake comes Scotch 80 Prime – the once N9NE Steakhouse. The sleek steakhouse cooks up carefully sourced USDA Prime Beef, certified Japanese Kobe* beef – priced $49 per ounce – chicken, chops and seafood, in addition to one of the largest Scotch inventories, including one that costs three million dollars, in the country. Led by Scotch Master Cody Fredrickson, the dedicated Whisky Program at Scotch 80 Prime has a sophisticated focus on rare and vintage marks from top producers in Scotland, including the Macallan Fine & Rare Vintage collection (which dates back to 1931).

“The whisky collection at Scotch 80 Prime is vast, yes, but we pride ourselves on being able to speak to the collection and help navigate it to find the perfect dram of whisky for the guest,” mentions Fredrickson. The collection is also approachable in that there is a whisky for ANYONE that visits Scotch 80 Prime. Our program encompasses everything from a 65-Year-Old Macallan in Lalique to many great whiskies under $20.”

Start with a tray of east and west coast oysters. Select Ardbeg 10 Year-Old Scotch for peatiness and smokiness. Slurp the brine from the shell, refill with the Scotch, and then sling it back. Expect intensity and levelness instantaneously. Call over the tableside cart for a custom Manhattan or Old Fashioned after.

*One of ten American chefs to bring Kobe beef to the kitchen.

Lucky Penny Café

Open since February, Lucky Penny has all your cravings covered. The 143-seat café offers a quirky menu of fresh American fare with flair, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you’re looking for a morning pastry, full meal or late-night snack, Lucky Penny fills that “empty space.” We’re talking cinnamon swirl pancakes, waffle-grilled cheese, pizza salad and “dirty” burger.

Absolutely indulge in a handcrafted, boozy milkshake. The Ex-Pressly Elvis is a fan favorite, a blend of peanut butter, banana, chocolate and vanilla with Dewar’s Scotch; piled high with whipping cream, chocolate shavings and chocolate-dipped bacon for a sweet and salty smack. Remind yourself

Unknown

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Don’t panic when you see a tiger shark sculpture from the main valet entrance. You’re just peering into Unknown, a dramatic new center bar surrounded by 40 new tables games (with charging outlets at many seats) and over 1,100 video poker and slot machines.

Designed by legendary British artist Damian Hirst, Unknown features a white marble bar circling a 13-foot-long tiger shark divided three ways and floating in separate steel tanks. Circling the bar are six new “spot” paintings from the artist’s “Pharmaceutical” series. Hirst also designed the cocktail coasters, matchsticks and swizzle sticks. You can find his spots on some gaming felts, too.

Among drinks and drawings, Unknown is the centerpiece of the casino.

Camden Cocktail Lounge

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We’ve been awaiting the Camden Cocktail Lounge for a while now. Well, it’s here, with mind-blowing cocktails delivered in a distinctive, overdramatic manner. Directed by Lead “Intoxicologist” Eric Hobbie, the vibrant cocktail lounge presents a theatrical spin on treasured classics and produces firsthand cocktails for guests to remember.

“Experiences are what we live for. At Camden, we want to be a part of your past and future. We want to create libations that touch upon old memories and create new ones. From playing with cotton candy to holding a cigar pipe filled with a cocktail – we are the creators of life long memories,” Hobbie explains.

Snag a charcoal, velvet bolster beside the “bookcase” and demand the bar to come to you – via tableside mixology. A classic cocktail cart will roll up, fully equipped with barware and ingredients. Order The Hef, a smoky, mezcal-based Manhattan with activated charcoal and chocolate bitters; shaken and poured into a glass cigar pipe, topped with a crisped Rice Krispy and presented over billowing dry ice.

“We will deliver in presenting the most playful and unforgettable experiences you will find worldwide,” Hobbie promises.

APEX Social Club

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Step onto the 55th floor of the Palms and gather greetings from bronze touches, unbeatable 360-degree views, and four 3,000-pound humanoid sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin. Situated in the former Ghostbar space, APEX Social Club serves stylish vibes through the 4,500 square-foot, open-air boutique nightclub powered by Andy Masi of Clique Hospitality and nightlife partners Ryan Labbe and Jason “JRoc” Craig.

A retractable glass floor-to-ceiling partition splits the club from the open sky on one side, while dim lights illuminate the bronze metal trim and midnight blue stone along the bar on the other.

Music choice? Top 40.

Special guests? Questlove – if you think he’s special.

VIP bottle service? Available – if you’re rolling high and deep.

Pearl Theater

The Pearl remodeled and reopened with an impressive “PEARL” mural by Argentinian-Spanish artist, Felipe Pantone, deluxe VIP box accommodations, and Las Vegas’ first-ever rock residency, cough, Blink-182. In partnership with Live Nation, the 16-show series kicks off Memorial Day Weekend with dates through November. Other acts: Zac Brown Band, Halsey and Charlie Puth, and more.

Coming Soon

Anticipate top-notch restaurants from award-winning celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Marc Vetri, debuting within the year. Come spring 2019 is TAO Group’s highly-popular Vandal restaurant helmed by Chef Chris Santos, plus the stellar 29,000-square-foot nightclub and outstanding 73,000-square-foot pool club, both developed in partnership with TAO Group – total game changer to the nightlife and “day-life” experience in Las Vegas.

4321 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89103, www.palms.com, @palms

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