Las Vegas Playboy Club hops into the sunset

8:05 AM, Jun 5, 2012   |    comments
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Hef and his "girls next door" were on hand to celebrate its opening, and he and his ex-fiancee celebrated his 85th birthday there last year.

Vegas high rollers and tourists came to the Palms Casino Resort to get past a red velvet rope and ride up the elevator to gawk at the Playboy Club's Bunny dealers, who served drinks with the signature hip-swiveling "Bunny dip."

The club closed with a bash Saturday night. According to columnist Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the closing-night party "included a buyout for half of the space" by a well-heeled local who is getting married.

"He said he's closing down two Playboys - - the club and himself," Clarke quoted George Maloof, who opened the club near the top of the Palms' Fantasy Tower on Oct. 6, 2006. It was the first Playboy Club opening in two decades.

Nightclub management firm N9NE (NINE) Group, which ran the Playbloy Club and operates other venues at the Palms, issued a statement Monday confirming the closure. There is no word yet about plans for the space. N9NE and Playboy had said in March they each were pursuing other options.

Joe Magliarditi, who now runs the Palms, told me Monday that the idea was to "re-concept" the Playboy space. The Palms has been making some changes, including unveiling a new sports book that incorporates poker tables, so players can hold and fold 'em while watching games and races on giant video screens.

Playboy clubs still exist in Macau, Cancun and London.


Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY

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