Station Casinos has spent millions in making sure KAOS is not only the party hub of the recently renovated Palms resort but also the hottest nightclub and dayclub in Las Vegas right now.
The club combines a 29,000-square-foot indoor space and 73,000-square-foot outdoor space. However, the pool deck dominates. It’s where most of the action is. The indoor dance floor is sleek and modern, but if you’re hanging out in there too long, a severe case of FOMO is bound to pull you outside.
The main pool is surrounded by VIP tables and two levels of cabanas. The layout isn’t much different from the old Palms pool deck, which formerly hosted the weekly Ditch Fridays parties, but everything now feels new. You’ve also got plenty of wow-factor (and a conversation piece) in a 64-foot-tall nude statue by Damien Hirst and a massive 270-foot-tall LED video wall, which covers nearly the entire east exterior of the Palms’ Ivory Tower.
The main stage can be seen easily from throughout the pool deck. The music escapes into sky, which keeps the outdoor area from being uncomfortably loud, especially on the perimeters. If you prefer skull-crunching beats pounding in your head, your best bet is to stay indoors, where the DJ booth rotates 360-degrees in a cloud of fog and digital video mapping effects.
In addition to renovating the space, Station Casinos has invested heavily in a roster of current, relevant headliners. Cardi B, Travis Scott, Marshmello, Skrillex, Deadmau5, G-Eazy, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren and others have signed long-term residencies. You’ve even got the Zac Brown Band to bring a touch of country to the venue.
As XS has proved at the Wynn, as long as you keep key headliners signed and stay-up-to-date on furnishings and technology, a nightclub in Vegas can stay hot for 10 years — if not longer. It’s rare, but it does happen. Station Casinos is clearly committed to reshaping the Palms as the jewel of its resort collection. The off-Strip location is more of an asset than a liability — especially since both parking and valet are free
However, as long as KAOS remains a hot destination, it’s going to be an expensive one. The club is charging thousands for bottle service and cabanas, many of which come with their own private infinity dipping pool. The daytime food menu offers a “SushiYacht” for $1,000 — although to be fair, it’s meant for 10 people. The cocktails aren’t pushed hard. Most are fruity vodka libations that feel routine by the pool. More thought was put into an extensive Champagne program, which includes a “vault” where bottles begin at $6,000, and a Macallan whiskey collection. Service is slow, even in VIP sections, but that’s not unusual for a new club still settling in. If you want just a taste of the atmosphere, book a patio table at Greene St. Kitchen, a new restaurant that sits near the pool deck.