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Joe Downtown: Bunkhouse Saloon closing for 60 days for ‘repositioning’


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

The Bunkhouse Saloon is seen Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Map of The Bunkhouse Saloon

The Bunkhouse Saloon

124 S. 11Th Street, Las Vegas

Beginning July 1, the Bunkhouse Saloon will close for 60 days, giving time for Downtown Project investors who purchased the property time to refresh the space.

Michael Downs, Downtown Project executive vice president of operations, said Bunkhouse employees would be given opportunities to work for the Downtown Project during the closure and return to the Bunkhouse when it reopened.

Downs said the Bunkhouse, 124 S 11th St., would be “repositioned” for the downtown market, which is changing as development creeps east along Fremont Street toward 11th Street.

After Downtown Project purchased the Gold Spike casino a few months ago, the venue reopened without gaming and smoke-free. Downs said the Bunkhouse, too, would lose its bar-top gambling machines and also would be smoke-free.

Downtown Project investors purchased the property, which includes another building and a parking lot on 0.33 acres, in January for $1.4 mllion.

A long-time local dive that serves bar food coveted among tavern aficionados, the Bunkhouse also is host to many types of live-music performers. Details on how the venue might alter its musical menu, if at all, were not immediately available.

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  1. I find myself wishing that this "Downtown Project" would take a break from buying up every available plot of land with their big dreams and deep pockets until they show they can actually complete one and deliver on the big promises they spread. So far, the only thing really happening is dozens of tenants of older hotels/motels are losing their places to live, and employees of current businesses are losing their jobs. Don't get me wrong- I hope they are serious about these projects, but so far all we have is talk with very little action.

  2. Seriously, leave this place alone. He's going to kill the Bunkhouse. It's a Vegas tradition. Finish something first, DTP.

  3. "A long-time local dive that serves bar food coveted among tavern aficionados. . . . ."

    Schoenmann -- evidently you haven't ordered off the Bunkhouse menu. Hans offers far more than typical "bar food" and it's very good!

    "LISTEN: Dive bars have smoking and bar top slots and bar food. Bunkhouse has booked and attracted the best punk, rock, funk and retro bands in the region because IT IS A DIVE BAR."

    "Seriously, leave this place alone. He's going to kill the Bunkhouse. It's a Vegas tradition."

    777s, howzie -- I'm with you guys on this one. I live two blocks from it and once I discovered how good their food is, it's my preferred local spot. Plus "Meow Meow" is a goddess behind the bar!

    "Come on baby, eat the rich,
    Put the bite on the [s-o-b],
    Don't mess up, don't you give me no switch!
    C'mon baby and eat the rich,
    C'mon baby and eat the rich!" -- Motorhead (Lemmy is god)

  4. Maybe it was great to move back to the Vegas Suburbs after living a year in Downtown Vegas. All I'm starting to see in Downtown is to tear apart the places that I loved about being torn apart.