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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 | 1:01 a.m.
A new season of dayclub champagne and brunch parties exploded over the weekend, and to say they were outrageously wild and crazy would still be an understatement.
This wasn’t just girls gone wild because the guys were just as crazy. In the interests of my professional duties, I hit all three and still managed to remain hangover free.
In a no-expense-spared spending spree, magnums of bubbly popped everywhere one turned and discovered sexy femme fatales in mini-skirts, high heels and open-waist blouses all with bras, garter belts and fishnet stockings on display.
It was a full-force-throttle opening of Season 3 of Lavo’s Champagne Brunch at Palazzo. DJ Lema hit the turntables to set the vibe-dining scene as the party moved into high gear with closed curtains and glow sticks to illuminate the room. Cork popping, confetti blasts and costumed hosts heightened the bubbly bash as guests danced the day away.
One table was filled with top models from Best Agency, with “Fantasy” dancer Chloe Crawford from the Luxor show surrounded by the beauties. Actor Jacob Artist from “Glee” kicked off his 21st birthday festivities at the brunch, sharing cocktails served in oversized fishbowls. Provocative nightlife photographer Kirill was spotted experiencing his first Lavo Champagne Brunch.
Hundreds of dancing and drinking guests celebrated the return of Ghostbar Dayclub’s winter daylife party at the Palms with an over-the-top bash titled the Grandiose Opening.
Revelers took part in zany contests that involved beer bongs and big-wheel mini-car races while DJs Mark Stylz and Exodus hyped the crowd with Top 40 hits. GBDC, always full of surprises, had guests cheering when Derrick Barry, female impersonator from “Divas Las Vegas” at the Quad and “America’s Got Talent,” dressed as Lady Gaga in a flesh-covered bra and panties set embroidered with sparkling seashells and flowers, performed Gaga’s new hit “Applause.” (S)he returned later as Britney Spears performing her new hit, “Work, Bitch,” wearing a black satin bra with black glitter boy shorts.
The highlight of the event was when the gorgeous go-go dancers and lady stilt walkers surprised a group of uniformed Marines with a magnum of champagne to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.” Out came glow sticks and scorecard letters spelling out “T-H-A-N-K Y-O-U” topped off with confetti explosions and whimsical party favors.
The swank Hyde Bellagio turned into a through-the-night (5 p.m. to 3 a.m.) neon playground big-tent party for the resumed XIV Summer Sessions and attracted hundreds of costumed clubgoers Sunday night. Guests used neon to let inhibitions go as they transformed into clowns, circus animals, ringmasters, ventriloquists and other elaborately constructed outfits.
DJ’s D4N13L, Julien Ingrosso and Julian Nolen manned the wheels of steel as the ultra lounge’s stockinged models handed out ponchos and umbrellas as champagne battles raged. As Operations VP Mio Danilovic celebrated his birthday, partygoers at VIP tables purchased bottles of bubbly to spray at tables across the club — and naturally others volleyed back with more champagne.
The motto: “Save Water — Spray Champagne.” The November XIV will be a superheroes theme and for the holidays a Winter Wonderland theme. Some of the big-brand champagne names sell for more than $1,000 a bottle, and I heard of one guest who himself only drank tequila bought 200 bottles to spray everybody else. Before calling it a night, VIP guests even ordered pizzas.
Just because the summer pool parties have closed for the season is no excuse not to continue the party at these three hotspots.
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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