Monday, April 12, 2010 | 2 p.m.
The nightlife community wept last October when Mist Lounge closed, but that sacrifice, along with the loss of Francesco's Italian Restaurant, was necessary to make way for a second coming of sorts.
Gilley's Saloon, Dancehall and Bar-B-Que soft-opened at TI on April 10 and will grand-open on April 15, just in time for the Professional Bull Riders World Cup, which runs April 16-18.
"It's going to be the club that everyone can go to, that everyone wants to go to," says GM David Modello. While the Strip-front, 124-seat dining room and bar (semi-enclosed by sliding glass walls) serves up rustic barbecue daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the neighboring nightclub fuses pure country with country crossover, rock and alternative featuring DJs and live bands Sunday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m.
While nothing physically remains of the original Gilley's — TI owner Phil Ruffin's beloved country saloon that opened in December of 1999 at the Frontier — the Gilley's logo remains unchanged as does the casual, comfortable attitude. No bottle service here, partner.
Inside the club, eight custom saddle-bar stools belly up to one of two bars. A nearly 1,000-square foot parquet dance floor is home to line-dancing lessons Wednesdays and Sundays. The bull ring features a brand new, as-yet-unnamed bull for Gilley's "world-famous bikini bull riding."
Treasure Island, now known as TI to many, is a Strip casino and resort that features a tropical pool, a variety of restaurants and Las Vegas' first resident Cirque du Soleil show.
Before even entering the casino, Treasure Island treats visitors and Strip passersby with a raucous and free pirate show, "Sirens at TI," each evening in the lagoon in front of the property.
Inside, guests will find a 95,000-square-foot casino with thousands of slot machines, a race and sports book, a poker room and plenty of table games. Treasure Island boasts a variety of dining options, from unique barbecue at Gilley's, to Vietnamese at Pho, to Carribbean with flair at Kahunaville.
After dark, head over to Senor Frogs for nightlife "where anything can happen," or pick up tickets to the visually stunning "Mystere" by Cirque du Soleil.
— Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly