Editor’s note: Las Vegas native Rachel Wenman is an established nightlife-industry influencer. The senior manager of brand marketing for 9Group at the Palms is also an asset to the Las Vegas LGBT community. At the forefront of the city’s gay and lesbian club scene, Wenman introduced the lesbian-focused monthly event Down at Ghostbar, and continues to concentrate on her philanthropic efforts on St. Baldrick’s Foundation and on Cabanas for a Cause Mondays every week during the summer at the Palms. For her contributions, Wenman was named one of the Most Influential People in the LGBT Community by QVegas magazine, as well as one of the Most Inspirational Women in Las Vegas by SpyOnVegas.com.
Most Anticipated New Nightclub
After eight successful years at home on the Las Vegas Strip, Krave Nightclub is joining the downtown movement as Krave Massive. Owner Kelly Murphy is looking to open the “world’s largest gay nightclub,” which, from the looks of it, is exactly what is going to happen when construction is completed on the former 80,000-square-foot movie theater on the third floor of Neonopolis. KraveMassive.com.
Best Monthly Party
Also downtown, Artifice has embraced the LGBT community by launching PRISM (“Passion, Radiant, Instinct, Sexy, Magic”), a monthly opportunity for both the gay boys and the ladies to party together. It’s one of my favorite parties, thanks to the fun, inclusive atmosphere, the great drinks and the super-cute bartenders serving them. I truly hope to see this party stick around for a while. 1025 S. First St., ArtificeBar.com.
Best Tighty-Whitey Party
The rising popularity of Share Nightclub is making it my choice for Best Boys Party this year, as it is always well attended, with lots of attractive male eye candy, a sexy atmosphere and good music. This is a great all-around nightclub for boys looking for boys. 4636 Wynn Road, ShareNightclub.com.
Best Weekend Party
Hats off to Lisa Pittman for producing Shedonism Vegas, the first successful girls weekend that, for two years, has attracted thousands of women to Las Vegas for a four-day lesbian extravaganza including 10 parties all over town. Setting a record for the LGBT community, Shedonism was the first lesbian event to take over and sell out an entire hotel. My anticipation is already building for the third installment, Sept. 5-9 at Rumor Boutique Resort during Las Vegas PRIDE. ShedonismVegas.com.
Best Newcomer to the Scene
Looks like us gays are really trying to put our stamp on downtown! Drink & Drag is definitely my new favorite spot—it doesn’t hurt that I live right across the street from it either. I just couldn’t ask for a better neighborhood bar. This one-stop drag-shop has all the ingredients for a good time: bowling lanes, sexy drag queens and an always-packed dance floor. In Neonopolis, DrinkandDrag.com.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Freezone has always held a special place in my heart. It was my first gay-bar experience, and years later, walking in still feels the same—familiar bartenders, the Friday-night drag show and the cheap drinks. It’s the Cheers of the LGBT community, but with a nightclub feel on the weekends. 610 E. Naples Drive, FreezoneLV.com.
Record-breaking Shedonism Vegas aside, Lisa Pittman has been building successful events for the lesbian community since 2007 such as BootyBar, CandyBar and Kitty Dip. As both a promoter and a sought-after DJ, Pittman has not only revolutionized the standards for the lesbian nightlife scene with the quality of her events, but she has always personally strived to keep the lesbian community connected, inspired and strong. DJLisaPittman.com.