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Chateau Gardens

Talk about having box seats on the Strip! Perched … nay, towering over the iconic boulevard is Chateau Gardens, the third and final phase of the Sugar Factory/Chateau Nightclub & Gardens complex. Joining the nightlife scene this fall, the garden-inspired outdoor party space sits atop the casino, between the legs of Paris’ Eiffel Tower and adjacent to Chateau Terrace—a triple threat for year-round partying. Ferrell broke in the venue at the October grand opening; Good Charlotte’s up next on Dec. 30. The only thing that could possibly top the Chateau Gardens view is that from any of Chateau’s three elevated DJ booths. The sky’s the limit.

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Crown Prince of the City

Crown Prince of the City


The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.