Best Comeback Performance: Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que

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.

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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.