Bringing southern hospitality to the heart of Sin City, Gilley’s Saloon at Treasure Island Las Vegas is what’s known in some circles as the other kind of country club. You know, the kind that favors honky tonk and bbq to golf clubs and repression. At its new home within Treasure Island, in the coveted spot overlooking Siren’s Cove, Gilley’s has already made its mark on the Las Vegas nightlife scene as its own brand of drinkery. With its dance hall, live music and bikini-clad servers, Gilley’s features the best of both worlds for visitors in search of the anything-goes excitement of a Las Vegas nightclub with the laid-back attitude of their favorite local bar.
The original Gilley’s was opened in Pasedena, Texas by southern rocker Mickey Gilley in 1971. Gilley’s quickly gained notoriety as the Texas club for any ambitious outlaw country band to cut their live music teeth on due to the large unruly crowds. So in classic Las Vegas fashion, the successful venue was transplanted onto The Strip inside the New Frontier hotel in 1999. And when Treasure Island was acquired by the New Frontier’s former owner, Phil Ruffin, in 2009, re-opening the historic club became an immediate priority. And it’s no surprise why, Gilley’s features all the qualities that make for a successful Vegas bar: big drinks, great music and great food. Traditional Texas bbq including ribs, brisket and pulled pork is served from 11 am on and Gilley’s drink menu consists of every possible way to serve whisky, or take your drink with you in a boot souvenir cup.
But don’t fill up too much to two-step because when the band starts rockin’ you won’t want to miss your chance to show off your line-dancing skills on the Gilley’s dance floor. So boot scootin’ boogie on down to Treasure Island Las Vegas to experience The Strip’s wildest whiskey joint. Boots and buckles are recommended but not mandatory.