Hookah Royalty 

Every Friday and Saturday, hip-hop is flowing on to the streets of Maryland Parkway and Flamingo.

hookah palace_11229442734_lJust minutes from the campus of UNLV, right behind Raising Cane’s and directly across the Target parking lot is one of the hottest urban clubs that Las Vegas has to offer.

The Hookah Palace opened in 2009 as a Latin club that played only Bachata and Reggaeton, but that changed in 2012.

Carmen Garcia, resident bartender and general manager, loves the change.

“It’s very successful and we planned on keeping the format,” she said.

Resident DJs Mizzy Matt and Kelly J play new and old hip-hop music throughout the night, and their drink specials, which won’t burn a hole in your wallet are perfect for any college student. They have a text message service that guarantees entrance to ladies and gentlemen before 11:30 p.m. so cover charges are almost non-existent.

Even as most of Las Vegas’ urban residents have been to the popular hot spot at least once, The Hookah Palace is a place that’s off the beaten track for tourists that stay close to the Strip for their nightlife.

Tourists sticking to a strict Strip-only playground means millions for the Strip nightclubs, but this excludes the popular mom and pop local nightclubs. Regardless, The Hookah Palace is not hurting from not receiving as much publicity that the Strip nightclubs benefit from.

“I’ve been here twice,” Los Angeles resident Asia Mack said. “Every time I come to Las Vegas, I will be here.”

An recent afterparty for Drake’s

“Would You Like A Tour” filled the club to capacity while the rapper Y.G. performed songs off his new album.

“It’s crazy in here, I show love to Vegas because they show love to me,” Y.G said.

One would also think that The Hookah Palace is a misnomer, but as patrons come through the doors, they are offered a chance to smoke out of the giant hookahs that ensures VIP status. The giant, colorful hookahs emit a fruity fragrant fog that saturates the entire club.

The Hookah Palace is located at 1030 East Flamingo, Las Vegas, Nev. 89119

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