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40/40 Has the Edge on Las Vegas Clubs


Rapper Jay-Z opens Las Vegas' newest nightclub, 40/40 Club at Venetian's Palazzo Resort

  by Pete Allman, Celebrity Scene News, Las Vegas - January 5, 2008
Jay-Z at Palazzo Resort 40/40 ClubI took a stroll over to the Palazzo Resort where the new 40/40 Club is located. So now you’re thinking: “Another nightclub? Is that what we need in Las Vegas?!”

Well, it’s not just another nightclub. The 40/40 Club is more of a sports bar and lounge environment. It is owned by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and partner Juan Perez, and the estimated cost is $20 million for this 24,000 square-foot entertainment facility on the Las Vegas Strip.

In addition to 40/40’s theater seating, there are five VIP rooms. One VIP room, called the Kenwood Vineyards Lounge, has two leather wraparound couches, an oversized leather bed, wood-paneled walls, hardwood floors and an outdoor cabana with a view of the Strip. It’s quite snazzy and accommodates up to 70 guests. The room is also fully equipped with an independent sound system, one 64-inch plasma screen television, and guests have access to wireless Internet, as well as Xbox and Playstation upon request. By now, I’m sure you get the picture: classy, super classy!

Another VIP lounge is named for creator Jay-Z. In addition to its leather wraparound couches and oversized leather bed, it also has an eight-foot pool table. There are three, 70-inch plasma screens. Jay-Z’s room also has wood-paneled walls but different flooring with wall-to-wall carpeting. This is a larger room, also built with an outside cabana with a Strip view, but accommodates 150 guests.

The VIP lounge called A-Rod, probably named for the baseball superstar, has everything the other rooms feature, but added is a sunken living room, and the largest of the plasma screens is 104 inches. For game enthusiasts, there is the high-tech play of Xbox and Playstation, along with a one-of-a-kind, vertical-style chessboard for classic mental strategy. For the 150 guests the A-Rod room accommodates, the private restroom is an added touch.

The Sapphire Lounge, another VIP room with all of the best amenities, is slightly smaller than the others, but still accommodates up to 100 guests. And the VIP Room 5, also well appointed, will comfortably fit 100 guests.

The 40/40 Club has its own kitchen and serves an array of goodies from basic tacos and pizzas to the fancier menu items, such as Buttermilk Coconut Gambas, which are fried shrimp with green chilies, to the fun item selections. One of them, Cows in a Blanket, is served with a condiment tray of homemade relishes, dips and mustard. Oh, I’ve got an idea: How about trying the Cows in a Blanket on Mini Thai Chicken Spring Rolls? After all, there’s nothing like experimenting—especially when you party with a daring group.

The list of super celebs who have already experienced 40/40 includes baseball greats Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds; music empire dad Joe Jackson, basketball greats Julius “Dr J” Irving and Charles Barkley, musical artist Verdine White of Earth, Wind and Fire, and the soul-stirring songstress Mary J. Blige, as well as Jay-Z’s companion Beyonce, an incomparable talent.

“This is a win-win situation because it caters to the sports personality, and they even have a special lounge for the high rollers,” Joe Jackson pointed out.
Pete Allman is a Las Vegas-based commentator, broadcast personality and celebrity interviewer. He also produces inspirational messages for television and other media. Contact him at (702) 265-9099