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Six things to know about Drai’s new nightlife operations

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Coming soon to a roof near you: Victor Drai’s day and nightclub will bring the party (and palm trees) to prime Strip real estate.

1. It has taken Victor Drai no less than four years to bring a nightclub to the top of what will now be called the Cromwell. But come Memorial Day Weekend, a week after the boutique hotel is scheduled to open, clubbers will have a new groove spot—one that will flaunt ambience and 4,500 square feet of LED screens rather than big-name DJs. “The club has become too much like a concert,” says Drai, who says he’ll book more modest talent.

2.Just outside the nightclub, the rooftop pool will give revelers sweeping views of the Strip and the one thing they can’t get at other dayclubs: unobstructed sun visibility from opening until dusk—though 10 palm trees framing the pool will offer some shade to swimmers.

3.The notion of a 24-hour party won’t quite come to fruition yet—the pool closes for a few hours before the nightclub opens—but the enduring afterhours operation will have minor overlap with the evening festivities. Which means it’s returning to where it started: the basement, where the former restaurant space will be refreshed but not overhauled.

4.So what’s going into the Bally’s space where Drai currently hosts afterhours? Liaison: Drai’s first LGBT club—and the first to open in a Las Vegas casino—which will be co-operated by a gay managing partner to be named soon. “[The gay community] has always been treated like second class in this town,” says Michael Gruber, partner of Drai’s Management Group. “It’s something we wanted to offer—a dedicated space.”

5.There won’t be any major security overhaul, despite an incident last October where a gun-wielding man opened fire at the Bally’s club, killing one patron. “We never had an incident before,” Drai says. “We handled it the way we should. Our guys literally took bullets. It wasn’t some fight, and he wasn’t in a gang—he was just one crazy f*cker.”

6.There will be rooftop fireworks—and we don’t mean the usual sparklers for VIPs. But like those bottles of Belvedere, someone will have to buy them.

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