Cool Kid on the Block

You know that one friend who’s always complaining that there’s nothing cool or happenin’ in Vegas and they’re over the mega-clubs, smoke-filled casinos and overpriced drinks? Now there are three words that will shut them up: the Royal House.

Within the boutique-inspired and recently refurbished Royal Resort at 99 Convention Center Drive, the Royal House comprises the entire first floor, including the bar, lobby lounge, the Barrymore restaurant by Block 16 Hospitality Group and the pool deck. Youthful mod paintings, vintage-style chandeliers and a hand-painted piano create an Old Vegas-meets-today feel. But while the cozy art gallery, pool table and classic arcade games have all been thoughtfully curated, the music scene in Royal House’s intimate den is purely organic—a word-of-mouth success story with a calendar of weekly events, featuring local artists, touring bands and DJs. There actually is something for everyone.

The resort gained popularity over the summer with its 18 and up pool parties. Colorful tented cabanas with bottle service went for just $65, luring the downtown crowd back to the Strip environs. A weekly for-locals-by-locals party thrown by DJs Bad Beat and Teenwolf brought the heat, the beats and the crowd to the Royal’s pool deck.

Today you’ll find talent that you won’t normally see spinning in a Strip nightclub or rocking a large casino venue. The chic and danceable space regularly features big electronic names such as Dillon Francis and Moombahton movement creator, Dave Nada. Indie bands are booked for Soundcheck Mondays by a team of local music connoisseurs, including scenester Ryan Pardey. Ladies bliss out during It’s a Woman’s World Wednesdays. Also check out Karaoke Tuesdays, Speakeasy Thursdays with live jazz or Throwback Football Sundays. And one-offs such as the appearance of rising stars Wallpaper and the recent Halloween weekend smash keep both the venue and the tastemakers buzzing. See the lineup at

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