Fans of Gilley’s at the dearly departed New Frontier hotel shed a whiskey’d tear in 2007 when the property was closed and then razed to make way for … absolutely nothing. Where were they to get their simultaneous fix of barbecue, line dancing and bull riding? It would be nearly three years before the answer would once again be Gilley’s. The beloved saloon was revived better—and cleaner—than ever with a parquet dance floor, lots of seating, a barbecue restaurant and a mechanical bull known for being the bucking-est in town, operated by an old pro with a mean streak. The bikini bull riding (10 p.m. Sundays) continues to be the best free show on the Strip.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.