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The Tap breathes new life into Boulder City’s music scene

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Free LSD’s Badtrip plays the Tap.
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When much-loved Boulder City music venue Matteo’s Underground Lounge closed in 2008, it left a sizable hole in the cozy town’s underground scene. In the near-decade since, various restaurants have tried to pick up the slack—Milo’s Cellar hosted acoustic sets in its basement, and the Dillinger has staged a handful of shows on its patio. But with the opening of the Tap, Boulder City music heads might finally have the all-ages venue they’ve been missing.

“Something we all strive to do is bridge the gap between Vegas, Downtown Vegas and Boulder City,” says Tsvetelina Stefanova, social media coordinator for the Tap. The Bad Moon Booking founder—and keyboardist for local-scene mainstay Same Sex Mary—will also be in charge of booking live music at the Tap. “We live in Boulder City, and we’re always playing Downtown. We want to promote this town more and more. The more we get people to just come out here once and check it out, the more they’re going to see how easy it us to come out for lunch or stay a couple days.”

The Tap had a packed house on August 2, when folks from Las Vegas and Boulder City turned out to see Avi Buffalo, an LA-based singer-songwriter on Sub Pop Records, perform in the back dining room—a boutique-style space with wood flooring, plush couches and mood-setting chandeliers.

While the front of the Tap is set up for watching sports, the versatile back area will be home to different types of programing in the future, says owner Grant Turner. “We can do all kinds of different events,” from music to movie nights, game nights and more, Stefanova adds.

The grand opening, slated for September 2, will feature bands performing out in the parking lot, not unlike the annual Boulder City Block Party. Turner, who also owns the Dillinger and Boulder City’s Forge Social House, spent the slow summer months gearing up for fall—when he says the town really comes alive. “This place was rough,” Turner says of the Tap pre-remodel, when it was operated by the Mongols Motorcycle Club. Now, with a complete overhaul both inside and out, Turner is ready to get things moving.

“The summer gave us the opportunity to really train the staff and work out the menu items,” Turner says. “By September 2, we’re going to be ready to get after it.”

The Tap 704 Nevada Way, Boulder City, 702-293-0532.

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