Wed, Jun 16, 2010 (4:16 p.m.)
Photo: Scott Harrison/Retna/www.harrisonphotos.com
A lot’s changed since the first Playboy Club opened in 1960 in downtown Chicago. We’ve fought wars, landed on the moon, developed an Internet addiction and seen our first black president take office. The iconic Bunnies have changed, too. They’ve donned bow ties, taken to ski slopes, learned to deal blackjack and perfected a move known as the “Bunny dip.”
On June 10, the last remaining Playboy Club from an empire that once stretched from Lansing, Michigan to Manila, Philippines celebrated 50 years of satin-clad sex appeal with a blowout bash high atop the Palms. However, the Vegas-based Bunnies won’t be alone for long. Before the end of the year, Playboy is slated to open “multifaceted entertainment venues” in Miami, Cancun and Macau. Don’t call it a comeback; the Bunnies have been hot for years.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.