You kids just don’t know. Way before Las Vegas nightlife was all about jet-setting DJs and big rooms on the Strip blasting cryo and confetti, there was an honest-to-goodness nightclub out in the suburbs ... and it was cool. The bar was packed with pretty people, a separate dancefloor room bumped with locals and on the right night, you might lock eyes with one of the celeb pals of the club’s owner, Rande Gerber.
Whiskey Sky was the place to be, just one symbol of the new level of luxury and amenities in neighborhood resorts introduced by Station Casinos at its Green Valley Ranch Resort, opened in late 2001. For a long time after it closed, echoes of that club remained just off GVR’s hotel lobby space, but not anymore.
The Henderson hub recently finished a complete renovation of the space, not only freshening up the comfy check-in area but adding swanky new meeting rooms, a bright business center, a grand hall leading back up to the casino floor and a tidy, intimate lobby bar serving hand-crafted cocktails with relaxing views of the backyard pool and garden. An abstract cluster of metallic rods floats above the handsome, high tables in the bar, a chandelier in contrast to the paper lantern-style fixtures hanging in the hall. It’s detail-oriented designs like these that set this hotel apart so many years ago, and continue to create the right mood today ... or tonight. Is it any wonder why locals tend to drift away from the Strip? Lobby Bar at Green Valley Ranch Resort, 702-617-7777; Monday-Thursday 3-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 1 p.m.-midnight, Sunday 1-9 p.m.