Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 | 11:28 p.m.
There were tears at 10:30 this morning when nightlife kingpin Victor Drai finally said “time to close” the doors and turn off the lights. His 16-year-run of the extraordinarily successful Drai’s After Hours at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon had come to an end -- a temporary end. Drai’s will now be mothballed for 15 months as the building above the basement club is transformed into a new, chic boutique hotel reportedly run by the swank Gansevoort Hotel from Manhattan’s trendy and hip Meatpacking District. “It was the biggest night of business we did since we opened,” Victor told me. ...
Gansevoort Las Vegas Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon is now closed to undergo renovations for an all new upscale lifestyle boutique hotel and casino that will be called Gansevoort Las Vegas.
The new property marks a partnership among Bill’s owner Caesars Entertainment Corp., the New York-based luxury hotel brand Gansevoort Hotel Group and nightlife mogul Victor Drai. Under the $185 million renovation, Ganesvoort Las Vegas will have 188 guest rooms and 19 suites, featuring a Parisian apartment-style theme by Tandem Las Vegas, which also designed boutique hotel Rumor. The renovation will include a 40,000-square-foot casino, a redesigned lobby bar, an ultra-lounge and retail outlets.
Drai's Beach Club and Nightclub will open in a 65,000-square foot space alongside the property's rooftop pool.
The property was first opened in 1979 as the Boyd Gaming-owned Barbary Coast. Harrah's Entertainment bought it in 2007 and rebranded it as Bill's Gamblin' Hall and Saloon in a tribute to company founder Bill Harrah.
3595 Las Vegas Blvd. South Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-737-2100
Drai's Afterhours Drai's, which is now closed, is expected to reopen in early 2014 when renovations are complete on the former Bill's Gamblin Hall and it reopens as Gansevoort Las Vegas, a standalone boutique resort at the northeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The new property marks a partnership among Bill’s owner Caesars Entertainment Corp., the New York-based luxury hotel brand Gansevoort Hotel Group and nightlife mogul Victor Drai, whose eponymous after-hours nightclub has been a mainstay at the location for the past 15 years.
3595 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas,
NV 89109 702-737-0555
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