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Nightlife news & notes: Drink & Drag opens, Hyde’s Candy Carnival and more


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DJ Pauly D at Rehab’s Season 9 grand opening at the Hard Rock Hotel on Sunday, April 22, 2012.

The email from a coworker recommended this bash like so: “There’s candy! And boobs! The one-two punch.” Still not sold on Hyde’s April 29 Candy Carnival, part of its Vegas Sessions monthly event series? Try punches three, four and five: gumdrop bouquets, champagne drizzle and servers dressed only in sweets. For those worried about getting wild on a school night, Bellagio’s got your back: This delicious party starts at 5 p.m., so you can indulge in dessert before dinner. Plus, candy! And boobs!

Lady Shug wants to see you. So does Charlee Brown, Chi Chi de la Cruz and Elektra del Rio. It’s been about a week since new nightspot Drink & Drag dusted off the martini glasses, stuck on some fake eyelashes and welcomed Downtown in for a cocktail. The bar, created by the folks behind Krave, is staffed entirely by drag queens who serve cocktails, help out at the 12 bowling lanes and make every night a little more fabulous. Located at 450 Fremont St., D&D also features pool tables, dartboards, a “gaymers” room with Playstation 3 and, of course, DJs and dancing. Currently in its soft-opening phase, D&D is open 4 p.m.-4 a.m. for those age 21-plus.

Last weekend, I had one of those inevitable Vegas moments: To turn on the AC or not to turn on the AC? I voted to sweat it out, and so did the thousands of barely dressed partiers who packed four dayclubs having their grand opening bashes this past weekend. On Friday, Ditch at the Palms rolled out the towels with a performance by Kelis; Saturday brought Marquee Dayclub’s Day 1, featuring Avicii and blasts of dry ice; and Sunday delivered Encore Beach Club’s big bash with Tiësto and certified hottie Sara Underwood. Sunday also marked the inaugural Rehab of 2012, which started with a line in the parking lot that led to the massive pool complex where a tongue-in-cheek Pitbull took the stage, and blowout king Pauly D spun on a bedazzled laptop that sparkled like the Italian flag. No word yet on how Italy feels about the display.

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