inside the Palazzo
3325 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
- Hours of operation: 7 p.m.-2 a.m., Friday & Saturday.
- Cover price: No cover regularly, subject to change.
- Payment information: Cash and all major credit cards accepted.
- Location: Inside SushiSamba at the Palazzo.
- Music: Varies.
- Resident DJs: Not yet determined.
- Clientele/Age Group: 21 and older.
- Attire: Appropriate nightlife attire.
- Occupancy: 200+.
- Parking: Valet and self-park available at the Palazzo.
- Reservations: Available for seating.
- Seating: Yes.
- Handicapped accessible: Yes.
- ATM: Yes.
- Special events:
- Wednesdays: Industry night, "Sugarbeats" beginning at 10 p.m.
You can think of Sugarcane Lounge inside SushiSamba at the Palazzo like a really inventive soup (just go with this) – it takes a lot of different elements that don't exactly ooze nightclub décor (or soup ingredient), spices them up and makes it all work.
Inside the lounge, bamboo, acrylic, resin and paper all make a showing as part of a DJ booth, dance floor and stage. There's brown leather, wood banquettes and more than 4,000 "sugarcanes" that hang from the ceiling. (They're actually tubes and rods full of lights, but, hey, we don't want to ruin anybody's fun.)
A VIP area off the main room is visible through a series of broken walls and fencing and if you're watching your coin that night, you can at least see what they've got in there – comfortable-looking seating, a crazy lighting system and decoration that includes stuff found at Brazilian favelas (which Wikipedia describes as the Brazilian equivalent of a shanty town, just so you know).
Adding an additional Brazilian touch is Brazilian graffiti artist Felipe Yung – his artwork is immortalized in spray paint on different surfaces throughout the venue.
Special performers and performances like samba dancers, Japanese drummers, geishas and models posing as Brazilian soccer players (by ball-juggling) also round out the cultural affair that is Sugarcane Lounge.
The 4,000-square-foot club is actually the first West Coast outpost of the SushiSamba venue (and its nightlife concept, i.e., Sugarcane), bringing the total to a whopping seven.
But it's not just a photocopy of all the other locations – little touches like eight cocktails exclusive to the Vegas branch go a long way in carving out a distinct identity for Sin City's Sugarcane.
In addition to the eight exclusive cocktails, there are nine more rounding out Sugarcane's stable of featured drinks, several of which involve fresh fruit and herbs. Sugarcane also houses an intense-looking sake selection and offers sake bottle service.
By now, if you've been paying attention, you can figure out how to make this awesome new nightclub soup – a little grafitti, a touch of dancing, a splash of soccer and a dash of sake – or you could just head over to the Palazzo and let Sugarcane make it for you. We promise it's sweeter that way.
– Review by Jamie Helmick