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The Palms offers up a diverse nightlife experience

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Mr. Coco
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We’re still more than a month away from the arrival of the mammoth KAOS nightclub and dayclub, but you don’t have to wait another night to experience something fresh and fun at the Palms.

Clique Hospitality, which also operates the charming Camden Cocktail Lounge on the casino level, has launched Elevate Thursdays at the 55th-floor Apex Social Club, a weekly deep-house party starring DJ Paul Ahi.Since debuting last year, Apex has dabbled in open format, celebrity hosts and even a recurring sleepover party that stretches into hotel suites (which returns for a Spring Break edition on March 10). But Elevate is one of its most innovative moves so far, and the guest artists joining Ahi in the coming weeks comprise an impressive collection: Cosmic Gate on February 28, Bingo Players on March 7 and Palms legend Paul Oakenfold on March 14. It’s time to get higher.

Also stirring up some serious buzz at the Palms is Mr. Coco, the luxury cocktail hideaway created by legendary mixologist Francesco Lafranconi, tucked away in the Fantasy Tower.

Once you find the private elevator whisking you up to an intimate, European-inspired, 47-seat space with blue lacquer walls, a piano bar smothered in Swarovski crystal wallpaper, velvet banquettes, rose gold mirrored tables and an Italian Zanzibar stone and silver-blue marble bar, you’ll choose from a list of highly refined cocktails by Lafranconi and small-plate snacks created by former L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon chef Steve Benjamin.

Like other Palms venues, Mr. Coco has its own carefully curated art collection, including Albert Watson Polaroids, Damien Hirst’s “The Warrior and the Bear” and Marilyn Minter’s “Pink Mist.” Signature sips ($22-$25) are as fancy as the surroundings, crafted by tuxedoed barmen and served with flair. The most decadent dish is cappellini pasta rolled in Bordier butter with Osetra caviar and chives ($62) and “should” be consumed with Krug Grand Cuvée Brut (additional $135), proving Mr. Coco is an over-the-top experience. Expect it to become the next must-do stop on all the latest How to Vegas lists.

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