The 2013 Vegas nightclub obituaries

Pour some out for the places we’ve danced

Chi Chi performs during the Drink & Drag After Parade Festival at Neonopolis in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, September 7, 2012.
Photo: Leila Navidi

The Buffalo The Buffalo, of the city’s “Fruit Loop” neighborhood at Paradise Road and Naples Drive, closed its doors September 3 after 33 years of slinging beers. Originally opened in 1980 across from McCarran, the venue moved to its latest location due to the expansion of the airport. The longtime nightlife staple will be missed by many a “bear” and leather daddy, as well as anyone who enjoys a stiff, cheap … cocktail. Get your mind out of the gutter; this isn’t the Eagle we’re talking about! —Mark Adams

SHe Nightclub SHe Nightclub, of Crystals at CityCenter, closed its doors for regular operation February 21. Open just over a month (!), the quickly shuttered space was repositioned as a special events venue and is survived by its sister steakhouse of the same name, a partnership between the Mortons and Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria. —MA

The Act Taken from us too soon, the Palazzo cabaret-nightclub succumbed to the fickle ways of the Nevada gaming industry, which has tried to capitalize on the Sin City myth, albeit in a PG-13 fashion. Kinky performance-art presentations led to Palazzo owner Las Vegas Sands trying to evict the club, no doubt fearful of the prudish Nevada Gaming Control Board taking its gambling license. And even after the Act—survived by its sister club the Box in New York City—toned down its non-DJ entertainment, Sands had caused enough damage to drive attendance down, ensuring a fatal padlocking only a year after opening. —Mike Prevatt

Drink & Drag Neonopolis’ Drink & Drag closed its doors October 3 after one year and five months of operation due to the denial of a liquor license by the City Council. The drag queen-staffed bowling alley and bar was a first of its kind in Las Vegas—and the world—and will be surely missed by anyone who appreciates a firm tuck and a fabulous lip-sync. —MA

Krave Massive Suicide may be the only way to describe the cause of Krave Massive’s death. What aimed to be the world’s largest gay nightclub, as well as the gay community’s first major foray into Downtown nightlife, the super-sized but half-finished version of the LGBT dance spot wheezed its way to a state-mandated closure due to alleged illegal management practices and a lack of funds. Owner Kelly Murphy’s hubris may have spelled the death knell for the cineplex-turned-party palace—and its sister funspot, Drink & Drag—but the Krave name survives at the former Club Utopia/Empire Ballroom location, thanks to the resuscitation efforts of its original owner, Sia Amiri. —MP

Tabu The smallest of the MGM Grand danceterias passed on in 2013 thanks to ultralounge influenza, which has also claimed former nightclubs-in-denial such as Blush, Tangerine, Curve and Risque. All but trademarking the word “swanky,” Tabu was a classy ol’ girl, even if the girls that patronized it occasionally weren’t—and if you ever watched them dance atop those tables in front of the DJ, you know what we mean. Perhaps having no dancefloor in the first place is really what felled our otherwise healthy, pulsating post-midnight friend. —MP

Jenny McCarthy celebrates her 40th birthday and hosts a Halloween party at Gallery in Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

Jenny McCarthy celebrates her 40th birthday and hosts a Halloween party at Gallery in Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

Gallery Nightclub Gallery Nightclub, of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, closed its doors August 31 after reported rumors over disagreements about the hip-hop programming the club offered. The PH space initially opened in April 2011 and quickly became a celebrity hotbed, with pop culture kittens like Kourtney Kardashian and Jennifer “JWoww” Farley of Jersey Shore playing host at the mid-Strip nightspot. The club will surely be missed by fans of trashy reality television and is survived by sister dining outlets the Barrymore, Public House, LBS, Pink’s and Holsteins, as local hospitality company Block 16 assumed control of the club around a year into its tenure at PH. —MA

Drai’s Perhaps more of a hibernation than a death, the old Drai’s restaurant and nightclub closed along with Bill’s Gamblin’ Saloon, and the crimson-hued haunt’s longtime regulars left to find another library to defile. They found one when Victor Drai rehab’d an old restaurant space across the street at Bally’s to continue his afterhours parties. But fret not, traditionalists: The nightlife impresario has said he’ll move his sunrise-beckoning soirees back to the original Drai’s afterhours spot once Caesars entertainment rechristens and reopens its corner-lot property, which will also include Drai’s rooftop megaclub/daylife complex. —MP

Bagatelle A beach club, nightclub and restaurant at the Tropicana, Bagatelle closed July 27 after a final installment of its Neo-Soul Saturday night party aptly titled The Last Dance. The venue, which opened Halloween weekend in 2012, will likely be missed by the same people who are pining over every other reincarnation the space has seen: Club Nikki/Nikki Beach and RPM Nightclub. Tropicana has since renamed the venue the Havana Room and Beach Club, which plays host to private events, including the Weekly’s recent Unscripted 15th Anniversary Party and a holiday affair for the cast of CBS’ Criminal Minds. —MA

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