There’s a casino bar in The Cromwell that isn’t the celebrity-mixologist-driven Bound by Salvatore Calabrese. However, Interlude—part gaming bar, part luxe nongaming lounge with open seating—is about to have its moment when Drai’s Group takes over operations of the space.
And that will happen “within the next few weeks,” says a source within Drai’s Group, adding, “We will make some small aesthetic changes.” This will include a change of upholstery, possibly some additional furnishings and a tweak to the lighting scheme. Interlude is just a beat’s drop from the entrance to Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub, and under Drai’s Group will retain its part-gaming, part-nongaming layout, with Drai’s running just the lounge.
The takeover shouldn’t dramatically affect lounge operations, as Interlude is already open till 2 a.m. most nights, and till 4 a.m. on the weekend. “We expect more of our clients will stop by for a cocktail before going up [to the club],” the source says. “The drink program will really concentrate on classic cocktails—not necessarily trying to be a mixology bar, but will have elements of mixology.” While that may sound a little confusing at this early stage, the prospect of having yet another Las Vegas bar investing in the proper execution of the classics is enticing.
Interlude isn’t the only new project on Victor Drai’s horizon, as his team is poised to take over operations of a small indoor/outdoor nightclub and pool at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Vancouver. Although the new venue will bear the name Drai’s, don’t worry about it rivaling the maestro’s rooftop party perch at The Cromwell; Drai’s Beachclub & Nightclub at Trump Vancouver, our source adds, will be “smaller than even Drai’s Afterhours.” An opening date has yet to be set.