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Palms announces closure of Moon Nightclub

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An interior shot of Moon Nightclub. Palms Casino Resort announced the nightspot’s immediate closure on April 2.
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Palms Casino Resort announced yesterday the closure of Moon Nightclub, which opened atop the property's Fantasy Tower on October 5, 2006.

Playboy Bunnies played host at the club's opening night with Hugh Hefner, and Moon's entertainment bookings remained decidedly celebrity-focused up until its closure—more recent celebrity hosts and performers include Chanel West Coast, Holly Madison and DJ Pauly D. And while the club's DJ bookings skewed toward the mainstream, a few experimental sets certainly stand out—ambient drum 'n' bass artist LTJ Bukem, techno/house legend Carl Cox and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke all supplied sound at the Palms danceteria. Moon also may have been the first venue to introduce EDM superstar Calvin Harris to a Las Vegas audience in 2009, and recently deceased house pioneer Frankie Knuckles even helped launch Moon's side room, the Satellite Bar.

According to the statement released, the shuttering is making way for a new nightlife concept, but Moon will occasionally open for private and special events until then. Social lounge The View, located one floor below Moon in the former Playboy Club space, began operating under similar circumstances this month. This concept is nothing new for Palms, as Rain Nightclub, which closed for regular operation in October 2012, also occasionally opens its doors.

Palms venues maintaining regular operations include the property's other tower-topper, Ghostbar, which opened with the property in November 2001 and underwent renovations in summer 2013; the casino's center bar, which opened anew as the whiskey-centric Social in January 2013; and cocktail bar Scarlet, which opened just off the casino floor in December 2012.

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