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The Las Vegas Strip has several new entertainment options, some of them within the gay community and more on the way. As the High Roller began spinning so did the DJs at Tropicana Beach Club and Savile Row. If you’re scratching your head and asking “where?”, you aren’t alone. Despite the failure of both Krave Massive and Drink and Drag to resurrect downtown's struggling Neonopolis, two Strip coldspots are heating things up with gay-themed events.
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Bally's will debut a new gay club on The Strip this summer. Tropicana is turning up the heat with "Saturgays" and a new LGBTQ-focused, Saturday only beach party, Xposed! opening March 29. And now, Luxor is expanding its own reach to the gay travel segment by launching Provocouture in addition to its long-running Temptation Sundays pool parties (which return May 18).
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People love to dole out advice on all things Vegas, especially when it comes to dining. You need a trained ear to differentiate between “go here because everyone does and it has a ‘celebrity chef’” and “try this place because the food is great and really unique.” If the advice you’re seeking is of the second type, then listen to the locals. And, chances are, you’ll hear about the new Bronze Cafe.
Downtown has some pretty high-profile new(ish) restaurants, like Oscar’s at the Plaza and Andiamo at The D. Le Thai and Eat have also made their mark on the urban dining scene. Now that the Zappos crowd have moved into downtown's old City Hall, smaller venues with counter service, like Rachel's Kitchen at the Ogden are on the rise. After a local resident and friend told this writer about a fantastic new vegan/vegetarian cafe, I had to try it out.
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Last week, we gave you a primer on the upcoming LGBT events in Las Vegas, then scurried off to the gym to prepare for the requisite pool parties. This week, we’re back with some details, several photos, and our dignity intact. (Thank you, steamed vegetables and chicken.)
This year’s PRIDE festivities have come and gone, but it was hardly a 'blink and you’ll miss it' event. In fact, there may have been too many things to do. Las Vegas PRIDE had teamed up with Orlando’s Gay Days and MGM Resorts’ FABULOUS events to make 2013 the biggest year yet. But, the end result was somewhat chaotic.
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Things are about to get absolutely fabulous in Las Vegas (well, almost everything, as we’ll explain below). As we reported last Friday on our Facebook page, the Welcome To Las Vegas sign has been temporarily outfitted in rainbow hues to support the annual LGBT Las Vegas PRIDE week. Expect an influx of hard-bodied gym boys, women who prefer women, etc. to show solidarity while partying long and hard throughout the week. Tropicana, Luxor, Wynn/Encore, Aria, Trump, Mandalay Bay, The Cosmopolitan and Circus Circus (really?) will be rolling out the rainbow welcome mat for thousands of LGBT visitors. And, their larger-than-average discretionary spending budgets.
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The resorts of MGM, erm, Resorts will make Las Vegas twice as fabulous again this year with the return of Fabulous Las Vegas. The now annual LGBT celebration has been moved back a few months, though, to run concurrent with Las Vegas' also annual PRIDE parade and festival. Fabulous was held in July last year (and August before that), but will run September 3-8 this time around. PRIDE's festivities typically occur in September and are set for September 6-7 this year.
Fabulous Las Vegas -- which attracts hundreds of participants -- will see events up and down The Strip, from PRIDE Family Bingo at Circus Circus to Temptation Sundays at Luxor. (Psst, you can experience both outside of this week, too, if you can't make it but still want to be, you know, fabulous.) Deals will also be offered for Zarkana at Aria, Zumanity at New York-New York and stand-up comedy shows by Margaret Cho and Kathy Griffin at The Mirage. At least a half dozen restaurants will discount dining as well.
Las Vegas is going after the LGBT travel market by poking fun at all you dowdy straights. We're looking at you, tea-length dress loving, Hawaiian shirt wearing, beat up station wagon driving tourists of the world.
A new ad slogan by the city's advertising firm, R&R Partners, proffers this welcome to all M seeking F (or vice versa) travelers in hopes of getting a hells yeah from those happier with M/M or F/F unions:
Want to party at some of Vegas' most popular LGBT clubs without worrying about getting lost, parking or finding a designated driver? There's now a party shuttle for that.
The Q Party Shuttle hit the road two weeks ago, offering transportation to seven Gay Vegas hotspots from three Strip hotels. The shuttle service runs every Friday and Saturday night starting at 10 p.m. with pickups from Wynn, Bally's and Excalibur. So, perhaps, not the most
desirable convenient access points aside from Wynn, but hopefully they'll expand.
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Krave's recent announcement of its massive expansion downtown revealed a few facts but not many details. The facts, as we know them, about Krave Massive (warning: the name is growing on us) is that the former Neonopolis Theaters will be converted into the world's largest gay nightclub. 80,000 square feet of uniquely themed dance rooms musically synced to house, Top 40, Hip-Hop, country and Latin music.
The massiveness doesn't stop there, though: three separate bars, a martini lounge, members-only VIP lounge, comedy club, performing arts theater, LGBT movie theater, retail merchandise store, conference or multipurpose room and outdoor pool will be included. Phew, we're tired just trying to comprehend the massiveness that will be Krave Massive.
Thanks to the magic of Facebook, we don't have to use our tiny imaginations any longer. Krave Massive has been posting floor plans, construction updates and, of course, pictures spelling out how 14 theaters are being massively transformed. A demo permit was issued around August 6 and crews wasted no time. Only a few days later, a picture of a former theater turning Hip Hop room was posted:
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Krave Massive is planned for the space that originally served as downtown's movie complex, Neonopolis Theaters. Not only will it be the new home to the off Strip gay nightclub currently found next to Planet Hollywood, but it will be the world's largest as well, according to representatives. The venue will be located on the third floor of Neonopolis and will span some 80,000 square feet.
And, fitting the new trend that Vegas is embracing of 'why go anywhere else?', Krave Massive will be much, much more than a club. And, yes, there will be a pool here, too.
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A press conference is set for this Wednesday by Krave representatives in Fremont Street's Neonopolis. Specifically, in the old movie theater space which seems to imply that the club is taking it over. The media alert says architects from the Perlman Design Group will be on hand, too, so we have to assume that there will likely be design renderings on display of what's to come.
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And, so started our virgin voyage inside Drink and Drag, a new downtown stop featuring bowling, pool, booze and drag queens. A quick, fun exchange with the drag queen standing guard outside the door this evening. If Fremont passersby lured in by the music needed any insight as to the Drink and Drag theme inside, this was a pretty good introduction. Of course, the chance of tourists passing outside the nearly dead Neonopolis structure D&D is housed in and curiously making their way in and up the escalator is pretty slim. Most folks who venture this far back know what they're getting into.
Stepping inside didn't give us much time to acclimate ourselves to the lay of the land. To the front the bar, a quick left and we were having a ball already whether or not we planned to: