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Nikki Beach club pops up in L.A. before opening at the Tropicana in Las Vegas

March 31, 2011 |  6:05 am

Nikki-Beach-Champagne Summer will soon arrive on the scene in its string bikini and with it comes that heat-fuelled rite of passage--the pool party. There will be plenty of drenched revelry in L.A. over the coming months, but most of the really hedonistic parties will take place in Sin City.

Enter Nikki Beach. The glitzy, beach-themed bar and club with eight locations around the world including Marbella, Spain; St. Tropez and Miami Beach will open a new location at the remodeled Tropicana hotel resort and casino in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend.

And to introduce Angelenos to the concept, Nikki Beach will stage two pop-up parties here. The first will be on April 21 at Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge, the second on April 22 at Voyeur in Hollywood. Other stops are scheduled for Arizona, Texas, Cabo San Lucas and the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The steamy Nikki Beach parties will feature lots of dancing and bronzed bodies, as well as plenty of Champagne and mojitos. Food will be absent, but when the club opens at the Tropicana there will be a full menu through Cafe Nikki featuring breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night bites.

Offerings are very, well, beachy, with items like island-style fish chowder, mahi mahi club sandwiches and Baja fish tacos rounding out a menu that includes organic granola and lots of salads and sushi.

The Tropicana's makeover (which is nearing completion) includes a South Beach-inspired redesign of the hotel rooms and suites, as well as of the casino. The four-acre pool area is also receiving a marked upgrade. Several new restaurants and bars will also be added.


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Photo: Champagne fun at Nikki Beach. Credit: Nikki Beach