Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 4:02 p.m.
Summer has officially arrived today as far as our dayclub pool party people are concerned because inhibitions are shed as bikini tops are tossed to the wind.
It’s opening day of the new summer pool season for Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria and Tops Drop at Bare Ultra Pool adult pool in the Mirage.
Friday is opening day for the renovated Wet Republic at MGM Grand. Still to come this month to put it into full swing are Spring Break and March Madness parties.
NEW BRASSERIE: Venetian execs this morning officially confirmed my reports that celebrity chef Daniel Boulud will open his new contemporary French restaurant DB Brasserie in May, with previews starting the last week of April. It’s one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year as Daniel returns to the Strip. His original foray was at the Wynn.
DB Brasserie seats 280 diners and includes two private dining rooms, plus, a casual bar and lounge with the centerpiece an expansive faux-skylight reminiscent of those in classic Beaux-Arts train stations.
“DB Brasserie will have all the elements,” said Daniel. “It will buzz with people enjoying charcuterie, shellfish, my favorite French dishes and fine wines. It is a very French feeling, the Brasserie!”
With a menu created in collaboration with executive chef David Middleton (Alex, Marche Bacchus), the Brasserie will stay true to Daniel’s signature French-American cooking and modern dishes. His wine program will feature 300 global selections, with special attention given to his French traditions and new, exciting U.S. wine regions.
STUCK WITH THE BILL: Every customer knows the agony of being stuck with the bill, and at Las Vegas nightclubs, where you put one credit card on hold that could be subject to a bill in the thousands, that could be a painful sting. Now comes a new Las Vegas-created app — PartyPetition — to solve that problem with its “split-payment” function. It makes it easy to divide the payment among multiple credit cards, eliminating the hassle of playing credit card-style Russian roulette.
Say you book a table via PartyPetition at a hotel’s mega-club or ultra lounge with three bottles of Absolut for $2,000, and your party includes three friends. At the moment you book bottle service on the app, each person’s credit card is charged $500, and you’re all set — including tax and tip.
It’s Priceline for nightclubs. A user can send a bid to as many as five nightclubs and make a choice depending on which offers are accepted. So rather than calling around to clubs for pricing, the clubs are competing for your business. Check it out at the Apple store and go to PartyPetition.com. It’s the first merger I’ve heard of with modern technology and the nightlife industry.
‘LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND’: The premiere of the Swedish House Mafia film “Leave the World Behind” was at the SXSW festival in Austin on Wednesday night, but fans of the Las Vegas regular DJs, who’ve split and have embarked on solo careers, get to see it tonight at Brenden Theaters in the Palms. It will screen simultaneously in London, New York, Stockholm, Amsterdam, L.A. and Sydney, with a wide release soon.
The documentary follows the breakup of SHM and their subsequent “One Last Tour,” which was the largest in history, selling more than 1 million tickets in one week. Director Christian Larson captures SHM as they call it quits to save their friendship and seek closure by going on their dream tour.
MONSTER BOOK: A book weighing 88 pounds that includes autographs of all Formula One world champions living in 2006 is on display at Bauman Rare Books in Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, and it should be of great interest to NASCAR fans still partying on the Strip after last weekend’s back-to-back wins by Brad Keselowski.
“The Official Formula One Opus Champions Edition” is considered the definitive work on the history of Formula One and is one of only 100 printed. The oversized and impressive 852-page book is a first edition signed by Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti and, sadly, the now-comatose Michael Schumacher, among others.
A second celebrity chef benefit dinner to assist the continued recovery of seriously injured Las Vegas food writer Max Jacobson is set at Tacos & Tequila in the Luxor with three courses paired with tequilas for $100 per person.
Congratulations to Lily ultra lounge at Bellagio celebrating its fourth anniversary.
Let the summer pool season begin at Liquid and Bare. On Friday, it’s all about Wet Republic.
SHM’s “Leave the World Behind” screens at the Palms.
College basketball championship games continue at MGM Grand, the Thomas & Mack Center and Orleans Arena.
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade gets underway with the 48th Annual Sons and Daughters of Erin in Henderson.
And Andrew Dice Clay drops many an F-bomb in his return to Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel.
It’s a big, bold Las Vegas weekend as Brooklyn Bowl officially opens at The Linq with Elvis Costello & The Roots, and New York-New York execs unveil its new open-air plaza stores and restaurants with the fountains for Lady Liberty bathed in green for St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll have the full Royal Robin Rundown of Irish celebrations, plus, Kenny Rogers, Bill Cosby and Kathy Griffin.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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