TWO NEW VEGAS HOT SPOTS SHINE


Equal parts Manhattan sophisticate, Hollywood scene, and Vegas flash, the new nightclub Light snares the Sin City spotlight. Spread over 8,000 dimly-lit square feet — 2,000 of it dance floor — the
elite Bellagio lounge charges big bucks to snag a table. Among the
backers are Keith Barish, who produced the films 9 1/2 Weeks and
Sophie’s Choice. Short a blockbuster budget? Try bellying up to one of two bars for a solo shot. (702) 693-8300, www.lightlv.com

If you can’t beat ’em, change the game. So plots the new Palms Casino Resort. Where competitors offer 10,000 rooms, the Palms has 455. Where others occupy the fabled Strip, the Palms views the neon thoroughfare from nearby Flamingo Road. And the Palms is the first to import trendsetters Nine steakhouse from Chicago and Little Buddha, a spinoff of Paris’ popular Buddha Bar. The resort also boasts a three-story spa, sunbather’s chaises set in wading pools, a 14-screen movieplex, rooftop nightclub, and ownership by the Maloof family, who revived the Sacramento Kings. Rooms from $89. (702) 942-7777, www.palms.com