Nightlife Guru Victor Drai Opening Gay Club on Vegas Strip
By Neal Broverman
Good news following the dramatic flameout of Vegas gay superclub Krave Massive: nightlife impresario Victor Drai is opening an LGBT nightclub at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
The venue, called Liaison, opens in June or July at Bally's, which is in the heart of the Strip. Drai, who's building a club at the forthcoming Cromwell Hotel and Casino across Las Vegas Boulevard from Bally's, will soon hire another managing partner with close ties to the gay community to help set up Liaison.
Michael Gruber, part of Drai's Management Group, told the Las Vegas Weekly, “[The gay community] has always been treated like second class in this town. It’s something we wanted to offer — a dedicated space.”
Liaison will be near other gay-friendly properties affiliated with the Caesars chain of casino resorts, including Planet Hollywood, where Britney Spears performs, and Caesars Palace, where Celine Dion has a residency. Cross-promotional opportunities will likely encourage LGBT guests at those hotels to check out Liasion.
Drai, who's straight, says he loves gay clubs and danced at them when he was a Paris scenester. He says Vegas needs to adopt a more cosmopolitan attitude where gay and straight people party together. SBE, which operates the Abbey bar in West Hollywood, is prepping the opening of the SLS Las Vegas, though there are no reports of a gay club there yet.