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It’s time again to sidle up to the Losers Bar

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MGM Grand installed a permanent version of the Losers Bar late last year.
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One of the most amazing things about Las Vegas is how it can transform to suit the situation. A great example is the small but funky Losers Bar at MGM Grand, a space previously known as the Rouge Lounge. At certain times in the fall (when the Professional Bull Riders World Finals Week was in town) and the spring (when the Academy of Country Music Awards hit the Strip), the lounge at the entrance to the resort’s restaurant district became a pop-up version of the legendary honky-tonk dive bar from Nashville, hosting spontaneous performances from country-music stars and serving up cold beers and hot shots instead of craft cocktails.

On December 1, 2016, it officially and permanently opened as Las Vegas’ own Losers Bar, serving live music nightly to go along with the drinks and fun. One year later, it’s one of the most popular country spots on the Strip, no matter the time of year. It could be the music that keeps ’em coming back, or it could be the signature Bootwacker frozen drink, a sort of goofy, grown-up version of a Capri Sun.

This is a great week to be a loser in Las Vegas, with PBR back in town and back on the really big screen at the bar. With so many regulars from out of town, it’s hard to believe this place didn’t always exist. Losers Bar at MGM Grand, 702-891-3003; Monday-Thursday 3 p.m-2 a.m., Friday 3 p.m.-4 a.m.,Saturday 10 a.m.-4 a.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

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