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Camelot Officially Opens Tonight in West Palm Beach (Photos)

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Two bars sling high-end spirits, cocktails, wine and craft beer. The bar at the entrance also serves food from Rick's Lobsta Bar, a raw bar with a short menu of New England seafood small-bites offering light fare from 4 to 10 p.m. A back bar near a small dance floor features a giant fish tank, and is surrounded by hologram-style panoramic scenes that light up the walls to the intimate lounge space.

During a private grand opening party on Thursday, August 28, the crowd was decidedly upmarket. And that's the idea. Instead of high-volume nightclubs filled with fist-pumping, club-hopping club rats, Camelot offers a quiet, more reserved spot for those who want to chill to drink, dance, and mingle, according to Camelot operating partner Jeremiah Pitts.

Before opening, just 1,000 private membership cards were issued for the club, which give Camelot's charter members preferred entrance, said Pitts. If you don't have one of the cards emblazoned with the phrase "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot," -- then you aren't getting in. Or, you need to be with someone who does have one; each cardholder is allowed to bring one guest.

Interested in getting in, but don't know anyone with a VIP Camelot card? Visit camelotyachtclub.com, and go through the application process to request a membership card. Based on your responses to a brief questionnaire, you'll be approved or denied membership.

"We wanted to create an environment for those who don't want to be immersed in a meat market or surrounded by [people screaming] and unintelligible conversations. There are people looking for a safe haven from that, and I think Camelot will fill that void," said Mayo. "We expect everyone that comes to Camelot to act with a certain bit of class and decorum. Think of it as the new gentlemen's club, but coed."

Camelot is now open at 114 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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