Scene: Meat Men... Player's Club... Naughty? Nice

A look at some of Las Vegas' newest lounges and restaurants.

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The kitchen serves up classic American comfort food with gourmet twists such as Angus mini burgers on fresh-baked buns, buffalo wings, pizzas and grilled shrimp skewers.

The Las Vegas 40/40 is the third location for the chain, joining outposts in New York and Atlantic City, N.J. (locations in Tokyo and Macau are set to open later this year). The lounge opened this past December with a blowout that hosted both hip-hop and sports royalty, including Beyoncé, Kanye West and Mary J. Blige along with New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, who has a lounge in the bar named after him, along with a house cocktail — the A-Rod Steal, made with vodka, triple sec, orange juice and Sprite.

40/40 Club at the Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 101; 702-638-4040. Open Monday-Friday, 5 p.m.-5 a.m., and Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 a.m.


CatHouse restaurant and lounge aims to provide an intimate setting for couples and groups with a smidgen of naughtiness.

Vintage burlesque photos and smoky mirrors pepper the walls. And CatHouse, as its name implies, has a turn-of-the-century French bordello-inspired interior that makes use of yards and yards of brushed red and blue velvet.

The 10,000-square-foot space also boasts a "loungerie" where guests can sip signature cocktails while viewing dancers in lingerie under blue chandeliers. Corridors have peepholes, inviting guests to stop and watch an erotic vignette.

Chef Kerry Simon, who oversaw Jean Georges Vongerichten's Mercer Kitchen in New York, composed the menu. Simon believes people will flock to CatHouse for the food, a mixture of classic French bistro and nouvelle American, featuring dishes such as pigs in a duvet, mussels marinière, a savory gougeres pastry with Gruyère cheese, duck confit salad and lobster roll sliders. Small plates run $10 to $18 and entrées from $19 to $44.

"CatHouse definitely hits with an adult feeling but really it's a lot of fun," said Simon, who also co-owns Simon LA in Los Angeles and Simon at Palms Place in Las Vegas, set to open later this year.

CatHouse at the Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South; 702-262-4228 or 888-777-0188. Open for dinner, Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11:30 p.m. The lounge is open Monday, Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m.-4 a.m.
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