On Our Gaydar: Las Vegas

The lavender side of Sin City

Twist (courtesy of Mandarin Oriental)

This isn’t your grandfather’s Vegas. While it still swings, the legendary town’s Rat Pack vibe has been usurped by an LGBT-friendly scene thanks to the 24-hour party people at the gambling mecca’s newest gay nightclub.


If you’re not placing bets, go bowling at Drink and Drag (450 Fremont Street, 702-489-3724) before taking in the Fremont Street Experience (425 Fremont Street, 702-678-5777). Each Sunday in the summer, the Luxor (3900 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-262-4444) hosts an LGBT pool party, and Zumanity at New York-New York stars Miss Edie (3790 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-740-6969).


Crystals at City Center (3720 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-590-9299) is the newest fix for tag hags. Or get runway-ready at the 1.9-million-square-foot Fashion Show (3200 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-369-8382) or Shoppes at the Palazzo (3327 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-414-4525), with luxury brands from Barneys to Burberry.


Krave (courtesy of Grapevine PR)

Twist at the Mandarin Oriental (3752 Las Vegas  Boulevard, 702-590-8888) does French overlooking the glittering skyline. Trade in the buffets for some NOVE Italiano at Palms (4321 West Flamingo Road, 702-942-6800) and beef and booze at Oscar’s (1 Main Street, 702-386-7227). Nurse that hangover over eggs at Peppermill (2985 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-735-4177) before imbibing anew in the diner’s quirky Fireside Lounge.


Share (4636 Wynn Road, 702-258-2681) is the newest gay nightclub, just off the famous Strip. There’s also Krave (3663 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-836-0830), offering seven nights of events—including dancing, drag shows and celebrity spotting. Prefer low-key? Charlie’s (5012 Arville Street, 702-876-

Rumor Hotel (courtesy of WJ Agency)

1844) is an understated cowboy saloon, and KittyBar (3663 Las Vegas Boulevard, 800-823-8450) is where the girls are.


They don’t call it “Mandalay Gay” for nothing (3950 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-632-7777). There’s also Blue Moon Resort (2651 Westwood Drive, 702-784-4500), a men’s hotel with a pool scene that would make Mom blush. The boutique Rumor Hotel has stunning designer suites and a popular outdoor dance party (455 East Harmon Avenue, 702-369-5400). The casinos are also gay-friendly; Encore at Wynn (3131 Las Vegas Boulevard, 702-770-7000) even has a “pride concierge.”

For more on travel, shopping and LGBT life, check out the summer 2012 issue of G Philly.