Nightlife’s Quarterback

Ryan Rearden

VIP Host, Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub
Photo by Anthony Mair

Photo by Anthony Mair

Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Moved to Las Vegas: May 2011

Before taking on Vegas, Rearden was busy finishing two degrees and playing football at the University of Georgia. While there, he got into the nightlife industry, where he plans on staying for the next 20 years. Now a host at the rooftop Drai’s nightclub at the Cromwell, Rearden functions like the quarterback of his team: From VIP table assignments to price setting, “Everything has to go through the podium,” he says. When he’s not busy running Drai’s door, Rearden enjoys dabbling in the culinary world. He’s participated in several certificate programs to learn about beer and wine, and picked up tips from such talented chefs as Sage’s Shawn McClain at his previous jobs on the Strip. Unfortunately, Rearden’s new cooking talent has cut into his football viewing time on Sundays. “My boys always make me work the grill,” he says. “So I barely get to actually watch the games anymore.”

Listen Up, Junior Hosts: “No matter what the table minimum is, treat every guest as if they’re spending everything they have for the best night of their life.”

Story by Nicole Ely

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