Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 | 12:05 a.m.
The Bunny Tail, created by N9NE Group mixologist Dave Herlong, was an instant hit when he made it for Hugh Hefner's 83rd birthday in April. The drink starts with limoncello and fresh lemon in a large snifter, then comes the ice, then the piece de resistance: a tuft of cotton candy. From there, it gets interactive, with the guest pouring a mini bottle of Le Tourment Vert absinthe on top, melting the cotton candy, and filling the rest of the glass with San Pellegrino Limonata sparkling soda.
Before it closed in 1986, the Chicago Playboy Club was a focal point for kids like Rico Romano, who gazed up at the famous logo on the side of 1960 North Lincoln Park West knowing that, even if he were of age, he probably would never see the inside of the exclusive bunny den.
"Here it's a little different," said Romano, now the general manager of the only Playboy Club in the world, on the 51st floor of the Palms' Fantasy Tower. "People can come in and they can get that same experience they could've gotten 20 years ago, but (now) it's open to everybody."
Romano, who joined the Playboy Club team after stints at Rain, Ghostbar and the Palms Pool, plays an active part in upholding the Playboy tradition of being both sexy and classy — not always an easy task when one of your venue's biggest assets is women with, well, big assets.
"When people see a woman in the Playboy uniform, it's like adults in Disney World," he said. "Kids want to take a picture with Goofy; adults want to take a picture with the Playboy bunny."
They've already crowned Miss Playboy Club of the Year 2010, and Romano says there's a lot more in store for the coming year.
"2010 is going to have a lot of surprises for the Playboy Club. Some of them I can't divulge just yet, but I ask that you stay tuned. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised."
Playboy Club You’ll never make it to the Playboy Mansion. Sorry. But you can gawk at bunnies right here in Vegas and play a few hands of black jack while you’re at it. Located in the aptly named Fantasy Tower at the Palms, Playboy Club combines all of Vegas’ guilty pleasures into a cozy, impeccably adorned suite of rooms. Beautiful women outfitted in Roberto Cavalli-designed bunny suits deal cards under Baccarat crystal chandeliers by décor guru Phillipe Starck. A glimmering bar built out of 10,000 diamond-shaped crystals beckons visitors to come down a martini or two, and the updated men’s club atmosphere pays homage to Hef and his logo at every turn. Even the bathrooms have gotten a scandalous makeover, with collage wallpaper featuring every centerfold from the last 25 years. Just remember: This club isn’t for the faint of wallet. If you want to party like the original playboy, you’d better arrive well funded.
4321 West Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas,
NV 89103 702-942-7777
— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine