Bette Parties at Pure amid Tax Evasion charges!

Wow! 62 never looked so good! Bette Midler opened her new show at Caesars Palace in the Colloseum last night and afterword she went to Pure Nightclub for the afterparty.

Pure Nightclub was raided this week by federal authorities on charges of tax evasion. This is not a surprise as most Pure Management clubs seem to be run by very shady managers and executives. Its a amazing it took this long to get this investigation going, considering the prices at Pure are a crime! To get "europian bottle sevice" the latest insult to the club scene here, you have to pay a $500.00 deposit to reserve and then kiss a security guys butt to be let in and escort you to your booth were you will be required to pay for 4 bottles of alcohol at $ 300.00 a bottle (for $36.00 Grey Goose). Rediculous, considering there is a time limit on how long you may use the booth.

Pure Management Group owns some of the most popular venues in Las Vegas, including the Pussycat Dolls Lounge and Venus Pool Club at Caesars; Coyote Ugly in New York-New York; Fat Tuesdays in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace; Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub at Treasure Island; and Social House at Treasure Island. The company's success has resulted in high-profile investors such as Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, Shaquille O'Neal and Celine Dion. News of the government's interest in Pure is reverberating through a scene that in a few short years blossomed from a Las Vegas sideshow to an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Last year Pure in Caesars Palace was named the number one night spot in the country by E! Entertainment channel.

And as for Bette, her show is getting mixed reviews. Midler has signed on to perform approximately 100 concerts a year at the 4,100-seat Colosseum as part of a minimum two-year deal. Her show, which is scheduled to premiere Feb. 20, 2008, will be presented five nights a week. Tickets are already on sale for the first couple of weeks, with prices ranging from $95 to $250.

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