Anyone with even a quarter Jewish heritage or with any environmentally-absorbed Jewish culture in them knows the true meaning of Christmas Eve for the Jewish people—Chinese food and a movie! But for young Jews—especially those on the make—there’s an even better option, a hotter and somewhat boozier one. Whether it’s the Bagel Ball, the Matzo Ball, simply The Ball or what have you, every Jewish organization worth its Kosher salt is getting in on the Christmas Eve singles-party phenom. With more parties to choose from this year than any in memory, Vegas’ Jewish locals and tourists can get their schmooze on at any of this season’s hearty parties (all December 24):
Blush: Jdate and letmypeoplego.com present The Ball, the nation’s biggest Jewish singles party, from 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at letmypeoplego.com. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.
Lavo: JCC, Southern Wine & Spirits and EQ Energy Drink present the Bagel Ball, 8 p.m.-midnight. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, raffles, gift bags and other special surprise activities. Bring a $5 grocery gift card for the Jewish Family Service Agency Food Pantry and receive a free raffle ticket. For tickets call 794-0090. $25 in advance; $35 at the door.
Privé: The Society of Young Jewish Professionals presents the Matzo Ball from 9 p.m.-2 a.m., with complimentary appetizers from 9-10 p.m. and drink specials. Get $5 off admission with promo code LV122401 at matzoball.org.
Plus, you can get a jump on all the boozin’ and schmoozin’ on Thursday December 18 with the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas’ sixth annual Vodka Latka, Vegas’ premier adult Hanukkah celebration, at Moon from 7-9:30 p.m. Please bring a nonperishable food item for the Jewish Family Service Agency Food Pantry. Your $55 per person ticket gets you complimentary entry to the Playboy Club, cocktails by Jewel of Russia Vodka, gourmet latkes and hors d’oeuvres as well as prize drawings. Tickets are available at jewishlasvegas.com.
It beats moo shu beef and stadium seating any day.
Oh—as they say—snap!
Downtown is getting a new star behind the bar! Not that entertainer/legendary drag queen Toni James is in any way a newcomer, but—hold on to your wigs, kids—Toni will now be bartending. In drag.
Debuting on Monday, December 29, at Beauty Bar’s annual holiday bash, James will host, tend bar and no doubt entertain himself as well as the masses. The following Monday, January 5, kicks off the bar’s new karaoke night featuring a live band—the Toni James Jammers, of course!—and somehow, by the grace of something, James singing, hosting and bartending simultaneously. If you miss it that night, fear not, as the event will be held every Monday thereafter. And if that weren’t enough, you can catch James bartending mid-week in Beauty Bar’s tricked-out backyard trailer during live band performances.
Wet in dry-dock
If you were hoping to avoid the Strip this New Year’s Eve and hit up the new Wet Ultra Lounge & Bar at Neonopolis during your reveling on Fremont Street, it’s time for a new tactic. Owners Matt and Elizabeth Meagher’s plans to complete construction for a mid-December opening have been put on hold until after the New Year. According to Matt, it was Neonopolis’ landlord who put the breaks on, that decision being directly related to the current economy. However, Meagher believes construction could resume as early as January. Even so, he now projects Wet may not open until April or May. Mayor Goodman’s martini in celebration of the Neonopolis curse having been lifted is going to have to wait.
A liquor license—kinda important
It looks like there will be no more partying like it’s 1999, ’89 or ’79 … Polly Esther’s four decade-themed rooms and 26,000 square feet have been sitting empty inside the Stratosphere for a few weeks. According to a former club promoter, multiple issues plagued the venue, but losing their liquor license was the final blow. DJs and employees also reportedly went without payment, and rumor has it underage patrons caused additional headaches. Official word is that Polly Esther’s is closed “indefinitely.”
You can scrap, too, any plans to go to Puff, as that hookah den and bar will also remain closed through the holidays. Citing “licensing issues,” co-owner Abdi Nasr tells the Weekly the venue is only temporarily closed. “Hopefully we’ll be back at the end of January.”
Team Hangover is seriously considering partying at home this New Year’s. At least we know there will be available parking …