Gilley’s Las Vegas
At a Glance
What is it?
A reincarnation of the popular country-western nightclub and restaurant made famous in the movie “Urban Cowboy.”
Where is it?
At Treasure Island on the Center Strip.
What kind of crowd does it draw?
A lot of tourists but some locals, usually a bit older (not as many 20-somethings here), and always fans of country music.
What are the prices like?
Relatively affordable. There is rarely a cover charge and the drink and food prices are moderate.
When is the best time to go?
Tuesday night’s “Cowboy Karaoke” is crazy popular as are their frequent line-dancing nights and mud wrestling events.
Why should I go here?
Because you want to ride a mechanical bull, don’t you?
What else do I need to know?
If you see my mom, Pauline Garman doing karaoke, say hi.
What’s the bottom line?
To say that Gilley’s at Treasure Island has been a hit is probably an understatement. Since it’s opening in 2010, it has expanded twice and they still run out of room to put all the cowboys and cowgirls who cram into the place.
Gilley’s used to be a fixture on The Strip, operating for years at Frontier. When that hotel closed, Gilley’s went with it but then the former owner of the Frontier bought Treasure Island and one of his first orders of business was to bring back the mechanical bull and line dancing.
The space is rustic and woodhewn, like a more polished version of a roadhouse in the deep south somewhere. Enter from the casino and you’ll be in the nightclub area, with a giant dance floor, a stage for entertainment, a big bar, lots of seating, and that mechanical bull I just mentioned. Of course the famous Gilley Girls – scantily clad waitresses – are in full force.
Go down a short hallway and you’ll be in the restaurant portion, which has giant windows that look out on The Strip. They have great food at reasonable prices so if you’re hungry before you go drinking and dancing, this is a good option for you – read the full review here.
Back in the nightclub, they do a variety of events including line dancing (with lessons for the unitiated), entertainment, and karaoke, the latter of which brings out big crowds on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (you don’t have to sing a country tune but the crowd likes it when you do). You may even see my mom singing a country tune on one of those nights. Go say hi.
Of course you probably should be country-western fan to truly enjoy this place, but even those that aren’t can appreciate the relatively affordable costs and the friendly atmosphere.