We’re still waiting to get a glimpse inside Clique Hospitality’s new venues at the Palms, but we did get a sneak-peek taste of Camden Cocktail Lounge last week inside the resort’s Real World suite. Lead barman Eric Hobbie (formerly of Giada and the Dorsey) and chef Lanny Chin (formerly of PKWY Tavern, Chow and Lucky Foo’s) unleashed a barrage of tasty beverages and snacks upon a small, impressed audience. Hobbie—who predicted Camden will be the standard for avant-garde cocktailing in Las Vegas—mixed up fresh flavors including the rum-based Green Goblin, with nitro-muddled herbs and lots of lime, and the Patron and Midori blend Pinkies Up, with cool diamond-shaped melon ice cubes and lemongrass sugar. Chin’s kung pao chicken meatballs and Buffalo rock shrimp hand rolls might be your new favorite bar bites. Camden opens in May in the lobby-adjacent space where the Palms lounge resided.
Australian indie alt-dance trio RÜFÜS DU SOL has joined the Wynn Nightlife roster and will debut June 9 at Encore Beach Club’s Nightswim party. “We don’t often get the chance to DJ in big rooms and push that element of what we do, because we’re so focused on touring the full band show,” says member James Hunt. “We’re going to have a lot of fun.”
ICYMI: Vegas club veteran Zee Zandi has returned to Wynn Nightlife as executive director of artist development and strategy (she served as director of nightlife entertainment from 2011 to 2013). “I always knew I would return to Wynn someday, and that day has now arrived,” Zandi said.
Place on 7th, Downtown Project’s special-events space, has launched. New programming includes a First Friday country night (starting April 6) with DJ Shaddix and $4 beers, trivia nights every third Wednesday and the dog-friendly Paws on the Patio mixer every third Thursday.