Lest you think its radical, resort-wide art program and dalliance with reserve Scotch whiskeys symbolize a grown-up Palms, Blink-182 is here to remind you the resort is still young at heart.
The band’s 16-show “Kings of the Weekend” residency, which kicked off Memorial Day weekend, retains the rock flavor Palms is known for, while revealing luxury touches recently added to the now 11-year-old Pearl Concert Theater -- part of the property’s ongoing $620-million makeover.
Like much of what we’ve seen at the “new” Palms, art plays a part, with a mural by internationally renowned graffiti artist Felipe Pantone featured front-and-center in the Pearl lobby. New flooring, marble countertops and a multi-million dollar sound upgrade add to the experience, but the most impressive elements are reserved for guests in two new VIP lounges on opposite ends of the theater.
Adorned with stone topped tables and chocolate leather tufted sofas, both lounges allow access to private sky boxes where you can enjoy premium views of Blink-182, or any performance, within 120 feet of the Pearl stage.
As inflatable pool toys are passed over the heads of the crowd (some gags never get old) you can sample Pearl’s order-ahead specialty menu, with new vegan options and the aforementioned Scotch list – now a fixture at every Palms bar.
If given the choice, go for seats in VIP East, which includes a wall of 48 private liquor lockers (all of which can be opened and sampled), lounge seating, and caricature portraits of past Pearl headliners.
It’s exclusive enough to make you forget there’s a concert in the next room, and coming on the heels of a VIP-only debut bash for Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse, Camden Cocktail Lounge, and Apex Social Club, it checks off another box on our list of things to experience at Palms.