Best. Party. Ever.
AFAN’s Black & White Party is the next best thing to Studio 54 circa 1980
Wed, Aug 25, 2010 (3:59 p.m.)
Photo: Nikki Villoria
I won’t mince words here: AFAN’s Black & White Party at the Hard Rock was the best party I’ve been to in Las Vegas.
Mime-faced stilt walkers, walking cupcake tables, top-hatted disco balls, ice penis shot slides (courtesy of Montecristo Rum), disposable wooden plates, complementary Fiji Water—this party had everything.
I blew bubbles with Female Magician of the Year Arian Black, skateboarded with Rufio—well, the guy looked like the leader of the Lost Boys from Hook, but was actually a Rain Cosmetics makeup instructor—and watched the Men of X cast engage in a dance off against a Michael Jackson impersonator.
After the annual benefit, I finally get Studio 54, circa 1980. I’ve seen the golden ratio of young/rich/performer/drag queen, and it was a beautiful thing indeed.
Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.