Vegas is like the Madonna of the desert, constantly changing its steez to match the mood of the masses (and bedding everyone from Dennis Rodman to...oh God, Dennis Rodman?). The theme-du-jour: "Intimacy", heralded by Noir and Blush, both opening this weekend.
At the Luxor: 3900 Las Vegas Blvd South
Noir blends 1920s shadowiness with 1950s cheese-plush: a dark-red, chandelier-lit lounge accessible only by the very important people on the guest list, and the even very importanter people in your wallet. The interior's cordoned off into a series of dim alcoves decked out with black crocodile furniture, while dessert carts buzz throughout, like bees that make you fat. Furthering Noir's speakeasy aspirations, it's the first hotel lounge in Vegas to boast its own outdoor entrance, carefully hidden to keep groaning, shabby mummies from lurching over from their pyramid.
Check out the Luxor's site for more info at Luxor.com
At the Wynn: 3131 Las Vegas Blvd South
A complete overhaul of the 4500-foot space that once housed Lure, Wynn's approach to intimacy relies purely on ambiance, much of it provided by a ceiling sculpture that changes hues with the mood of the room (begging the question: "What color is horny?"). The ground-level's dominated by a huge, onyx dance-floor encircled by banquettes, with a plant-strewn outdoor patio where you can nosh on Asian apps and drink infused vodka -- because ambiance aside, nothing promotes intimacy quite like potato juice that tastes like raspberries. Check out the Wynn's site for more info at WynnLasVegas.com