Despite Uncertainty, Drai’s Nightclub Moving Forward


It was a tough weekend for Victor Drai. First came the word that the forthcoming Gansevoort boutique hotel, set to house Drai’s new club, would be renamed after Caesars backed out of its partnership with the New York-based hotel chain. Then a shooting early Monday morning outside Drai’s Bally’s pop-up club left one dead and two injured.

Still, the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall project moves forward, its backers say, with Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant and Drai’s eponymously named rooftop, $85 million megaclub still in the works. Vegas Seven obtained renderings showing some details of the space last week.

As guests first enter they will find themselves on the hotel’s 11th floor where they will travel down a stairwell to a large dance floor surrounded by two tiers of horseshoe booths. The most striking part, however, will be the view beyond the gold, magenta and black room through a theatrically curtained, 60-foot-wide by 20-feet-high frame. Think unobstructed panoramas of the Strip that lie beyond two pools surrounded by deck space and a two-story cabana structure.

Naturally, the lower level cabanas will feature private infinity pools, while those above share a larger VIP pool perched over the Strip. As for production, we’ve also learned that this will not be lacking. Drai has tapped EDC and Ultra Music Festival production czar Steve Lieberman to proffer “something Vegas has never seen.” It wouldn’t be unreasonable to see a totally Drai’s-branded project, considering the French visionary has already played a part in designing the rooms and other public spaces, but have been told we will “have to wait and see.”