Sparklers, slinky dresses, Bloody Marys, French toast, EDM—everything you’ve heard about Lavo Party Brunch is true, but that doesn’t make it any less surprising (and senses-rattling) once the curtains come down.
Since making its Las Vegas debut in 2011, the Palazzo fixture has been feeding the appetites of party-hungry weekenders looking for somewhere to unwind after pool season. The 2018 edition—currently in full swing—is already topping years past with new, instantly viral menu items and more to keep the crowds moving.
Here what we love about this year’s Party Brunch.
The Grande Spicy Margarita
“As chefs we look to be creative and top ourselves all of the time,” explains Lavo’s resident mad scientist, chef Marc Marrone, whose most famous creation—the Ultimate Bloody Mary and 18-scoop Party Brunch Sundae—turn heads every time it’s brought from the kitchen. For 2018, Marrone has introduced the Grande Spicy Margarita ($250): El Tesoro Reposado Tequila and Cointreau served in an ice chalice with a half-Maine lobster, half-pound of king crab and shrimp cocktail spilling over the top.
“I love a good spicy margarita and tajin [spice] and citrus go great with seafood,” Marrone says. “It definitely took quite a few cocktails and a few pounds of seafood to get the end result.”
The new Rosé Terrace
Party Brunch originated as a Champagne brunch, but the debut of this year’s Rosé Terrace is a clear sign that the “rosé all day” movement has a firm grip on Las Vegas. The outdoor menu includes the Bouquet of Rosé ($500), with 12 Angry Orchard Rosé Sorbet push-pops and a bottle of Notorious Pink Rosé Wine. Pro tip: Bring your sunglasses, because stepping outside from that pitch-black club might otherwise make your pupils burst.
Nightlife DJs pulling overtime
Las Vegas’ entertainment calendar keeps our star DJs spinning well into the early morning hours with little time to rest before they’re back at it for the daylife crowd. This season of Lavo Party Brunch is no different, with Chuckie and Eric D-Lux among those tapped to perform for the spicy margarita-swilling crowds.
Party Brunch plays it coy at first, giving you time to sit back and enjoy your food in a slightly amped-up atmosphere before the curtains drop, drowning out the daylight as strobe lights, Co2 cannons and dance music take over. With the daytime crowd swapping bikinis and board shorts for black dresses and button-up shirts, it has all of the familiar trappings of a nightclub, but this is the only place in town where you can table dance next to an $800 Ultimate Belgium Waffle Sundae topped with a bottle of Avion Espresso Liqueur.
LAVO PARTY BRUNCH Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Palazzo, 702-791-1800.