3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
A rebirth of the famous (some might say infamous) gay nightclub, back on The Strip where some would say it belongs.
In the former Boulevard Theater space just north of the MGM Grand.
Mainly a younger, tourist crowd.
Friday and Saturday nights are the only times it is open (for now).
Because it's the only gay nightclub on The Strip (for now).
The club has had a rocky history of late - be sure to check the website or Facebook to make sure it's still operating when you want to go.
There are better clubs in town.
The original Krave nightclub was the first, and so far ONLY, full-time gay nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip. Granted it was tucked away in a building that wasn't directly facing The Strip nor was it accessible from inside Planet Hollywood, the hotel to which it was attached, but it still broke new ground by bringing the gay and lesbian scene to the heart of Las Vegas.
Then somebody had the bright idea to move the club to Downtown Las Vegas and the Neonopolis shopping center. Krave Massive took over the space once occupied by a 14-screen movie theater on the top level of the mall. At 80,000 square-feet it was going to be, according to developers, the largest gay nightclub in the world and was going to eventually feature five themed dance clubs (house, hip-hop, country, Latin, etc.), three bars, a lounge, a performing arts space, a comedy club, a movie theater, and a rooftop swimming pool for day club events.
Only one of the clubs ever opened and only for a few weeks and then the place shut down in a flurry of licensing and money issues.
Now the club has moved back to The Strip under new ownership and in a new location. It's in the former Boulevard Theater (also once known as the Empire Ballroom and Utopia nightclub) just north of the MGM Grand. But in the couple of years since the place ruled the gay roost, things have changed in Vegas.
Several of the clubs at the major resorts have "gay" nights, where they turn over the dance floor to the LGBT crowd, including the very popular Sunday nights at the Revolution Lounge at The Mirage. Several hotels also have gay pool parties including Tropicana and Luxor to name a couple. There will even be some competition in the form of a new gay nightclub planned for Bally's later this year. Plus, and perhaps more importantly, the lines between the gay and straight worlds are dissolving, especially for the younger generation. I have been to "straight" nightclubs in Vegas and seen guys dancing with girls, guys dancing with guys, and girls dancing with girls and nobody seemed to give a crap one way or another. It used to be that gay bars were crucial because they were the only places where the gay community could feel safe but we, as a society, may be evolving toward an era where that is less necessary.
So where does that leave Krave? Well, I have to say it does feel a little passe, or at the very least cliche. The hot, shirtless bartenders and the hot, underwear clad go-go boys and the expensive cover and the high priced drinks and the zombie shuffle on the dance floor are no different than you'll find at most of the big nightclubs these days, gay or straight. Well, okay, maybe instead of underwear clad go-go boys you have underwear clad go-go girls, but you get my point.
Maybe it's different if you're 25 and don't have places like this wherever you're from, but if you have been to a big city gay nightclub before this will look absolutely no different.
The space doesn't help. First, it's a bit hidden in plain sight. Look for the Walgreen's located directly across the street from Monte Carlo (next door to Smith & Wollensky steak house) and then walk down the driveway next to it (by the Fatburger) to the back of the small shopping complex.
Second, once you get inside it feels a little disjointed. There's a small lobby, an ultralounge style space up front, and the multi-level dance club in back. They seem like completely separate experiences instead of one unified whole.
The crowd is eclectic, to say the least. It's mostly tourists - most locals hate this place but that's more because it's on The Strip than anything having to do with the club itself. After that it's all ages and "types" although it naturally, as with most high-energy clubs, it skews younger.
Cover and drink prices are pretty high - typical for clubs like this on The Strip - but you can often get discounted admission or specials by following their social media or joining email lists.
Although it wound up being too ambitious, I liked the idea of the Downtown movie theater version of Krave. It was different, interesting, and could have been worth going out of your way for. The latest version of Krave feels like the same old thing, which is fine if that's all you need. I want more.