Las Vegas Dancehalls?

#1
I heard they closed Gilleys. Can someone let me know where a good place to go in Vegas for two-step? I'd like to find a place near the strip, if possible. Thanks!
 

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#2
Well, I was there going on two months ago, and there were signs in the casino telling people to cash in theri chips. Later, I heard that the offical closing date had been announced. Here's a very short item about the final night.
http://royvegas.blogspot.com/2007/07/las-vegas-new-frontier-closed-gilleys.html
I only go to Vegas about once a year, but I'm looking, too.
Toby Kieth's Bar and Grill had a good vibe when I visited, but it was dinner time, not live band time. The dance floor is small, too.
Vegas4x4 used to be around, and is based in Vegas.
I'm looking forward to hearing something, too.
 
#3
Still around! Not sure you'll find me in the dancing he** hole known as Vegas much longer though.

Since Gilleys closed, Dylans Dance Hall at 4660 S Boulder Hwy is the country dance spot. It's probably 10-15 minutes off the strip. It has been packed on the weekends lately. Dylans has always been the country college age folks drinking place with a couple dancers, but since Gilleys closed, some of the dancers have come over to Dylans. Dylans is only open Friday and Saturday nights.

A better choice would probably be Stoneys. The general manager from Gilleys decided to open up his own place after Gilleys went under. It's supposed to open Friday August 17th with the largest dance floor in the state (2500sf IIRC). I don't know the exact location, but it is off the south end of the strip past Mandalay Bay towards South Pointe casino. Check out: http://www.stoneysrockincountry.com/ It will be packed for awhile, but I am sure the better dancers will end up there. Thursday night (Ladies Night) was usually the best night for dancing over at Gilleys and hopefully that will be the case over at Stoneys as well.

-Jeff
 
#4
place on the strip

ok, can't exactly remember the hotel hang on, there is a small country club owned by Toby Keith i believe it is, they have a medium sized floor and it's more bar vs club but the night i went there was a live band that played a lot of country and a lot of Blues which was perfect for WCS. Ok, i just looked it up, it's called "I love this bar" and it is in Harrah's hotel on the strip, good luck
 
#5
My wife and I will be in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone has any updates for good places to dance there. With the rodeo finals in town it should be hopping.
 

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#6
One word - Stoney's http://www.stoneysrockincountry.com/
I was in Vegas about a month ago, and went there on both a Thursday and a Saturday.
That week there were drag races in town, and, I think, a bull riding event.
One gal I danced with was there for the drag races.

Since it's a mile or two south of Mandalay Bay (where I saw Martina McBride a few years ago) it's in a new commercial development, but there's lot of parking.

Be prepared for a $10 cover (locals get in for $5) and pretty high prices for drinks (can't remember...must be the Cuervo). It's Vegas, baby. And it ain't cheap.
Bar tenders and servers - women I should add - in skimpy outfits, just like they had at Gilley's. It's Vegas....

The dance floor was pretty busy, and there was quite a bit of energy in the room around the floor. (It's backed by a big screen where they show videos, and scenes from rodeos, etc. Gilley's had one, too.)

They played LOTS of two steps, some line dances, west coast swings, a few waltzes, and one or two cowboy cha chas in the several hours I was there on both evenings.

Lots of security around - big people with red shirts - and they kept walking around to be visible and let people know they were there, etc. Saw them pretty much carry one guy out. He was pretty pie eyed and I think he was just too wasted, and it was time for him to leave.

Saturday night I got shot down three times asking women to two step. That sucked. But I'm a line dancer, too, and amused mysef with that.
Lots of people from out of town go just to check it out and aren't really dancers.
There were also guys who were probably bull riders. Real cowboys.

Thursday was good for partner dances for me.

They're going to open another place - Stoney's North Forty - on the north end of town, but far from the strip. So I'd say they must be doing something right.

Yeah, I'll be going there when I go to Vegas again.
 
#7
Thanks for the info Steve. Did you get to Toby Keith's bar at Harrah's? We will be staying at Harrah's and were hoping that would be a good place to go also.
 

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#8
Here's another story.
Last June I met my mother and brother in Vegas. One of the places we shecked out was Toby Kieth's place.
They had videos going non stop. It was aorund dinner time, I think. Some of them were Toby vids, but they also had stuff like "The Heart of Rock n Roll" by Huey Lewis and the News. I remember that from the 80s. But I saw lot of clips from 50s rock n roll movies that I reviewed looking at the way people did swing back then.
My mom was 81, toyed with the idea of having a beer, but didn't get one.
Anyhow, I looked over and she's sitting there witha big grin on her face, bouncing up and down in her seat, and bouncing her fingers on the table.
"Mom," I said, "it's a good thing you didn't have that beer or you'd be dancing on the table."

She passed away in May of this year, and that moment at Toby Kieth's I Love This Bar and Grill will be one of my favorite memories.

Service was good. My blackened catfish and mashed sweet potatos were good. My mom and brother also enjoyed their meals.

This year I stayed with a friend in the Northern part of the city, well away from the Strip. I could not talk the guy into going in with me, even though I offered to buy dinner, tickets to a show, etc. (He did go to Stoney's with me one night.) After seeing a the Cirque de Soleil show at the Mirage (I thought the dancing in this show was quite remarkable.) I walked over to Harrah's.

I had to ask someone where Toby's was, because even though they had a big sign in the fornt of the casino, there was nothing to tell you go go up the escalator to the short hallway where it's located.

The band was either on break or hadn't started playing yet. For dancing I'd go with Stoney's, unless I was looking for something low key.
 
#9
Steve,

Thank you for the review and touching story. Wonderful memories of the ones we love are part of the legacy they leave with us.

We will be celebrating our wedding anniversary during this trip so low key or high key I am sure we will enjoy the dancing and the memories we will create.
 

kayak

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#10
Steve, I'm sorry to here about your mother. Those times are always tough. Still, I really liked your story. It sure is hard to beat going out dancing with family and those times out doing stuff together are always the best.
 
#12
Here's another story.
Last June I met my mother and brother in Vegas. One of the places we shecked out was Toby Kieth's place.
They had videos going non stop. It was aorund dinner time, I think. Some of them were Toby vids, but they also had stuff like "The Heart of Rock n Roll" by Huey Lewis and the News. I remember that from the 80s. But I saw lot of clips from 50s rock n roll movies that I reviewed looking at the way people did swing back then.
My mom was 81, toyed with the idea of having a beer, but didn't get one.
Anyhow, I looked over and she's sitting there witha big grin on her face, bouncing up and down in her seat, and bouncing her fingers on the table.
"Mom," I said, "it's a good thing you didn't have that beer or you'd be dancing on the table."

She passed away in May of this year, and that moment at Toby Kieth's I Love This Bar and Grill will be one of my favorite memories.

Service was good. My blackened catfish and mashed sweet potatos were good. My mom and brother also enjoyed their meals.

This year I stayed with a friend in the Northern part of the city, well away from the Strip. I could not talk the guy into going in with me, even though I offered to buy dinner, tickets to a show, etc. (He did go to Stoney's with me one night.) After seeing a the Cirque de Soleil show at the Mirage (I thought the dancing in this show was quite remarkable.) I walked over to Harrah's.

I had to ask someone where Toby's was, because even though they had a big sign in the fornt of the casino, there was nothing to tell you go go up the escalator to the short hallway where it's located.

The band was either on break or hadn't started playing yet. For dancing I'd go with Stoney's, unless I was looking for something low key.
I know this is an old thread but I happened upon it whilst googling Toby Kieth's place and wanted to say I enjoyed your story.
 

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#13
Made another stop at Stoney's this last week, and they are rockin' it hard with lots of thumping bass. (Thank goodness I shelled out for custom ear plugs years ago.) It turns out the African dance can come in handy when the line dancing gets FAST. Get Down!) Hey, it's Vegas, ya know.
 
#14
We stopped in at Gilley's (near Treasure Island as I recall) in April this year. It was midweek, and dead. A couple of young kids playing on the dance floor. The table service was terrible, and we left without getting served. Not recommended.
 

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#15
Ran into another Portlander the other night at Stoney's. Did a bunch of two steppin' and some "pretty good" WCS. I'll be back there when I visit Vegas again.
I didn't even make the effort to go to Gilley's at "TI", and Ron kind of confirms that I made a wise choice.
 

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#16
Last week I went to Stoney's three nights in a row: Thursday through Saturday.
Seems there is only one night a week when they teach partner dances, so the dance mix runs heavily towards line dancing. They teach two line dances per night from 7:30 to 8:30. They play several? line dances, then a couple two or three two steps, and then maybe a West Coast, a cha cha, or maybe a waltz. I don't remember any Horse Shoe or Schottische.
Thursday and Saturday worked out best for me. Friday was kind of odd. There was a big group of people on one side of the room, and all the tables in the place had reserved signs on them. Other than that, the crowd was a bit light, and I didn't find anyone to two step with.
Now,the good thing for me was that the woman there don't mind the hand on the shoulder thing, and it looked like maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the guys (usually the older ones) used that "hold."
This new location closer to the Strip, and in an upscale retail development, has a different vibe than the old one where the guys at the door looked fairly gruff. Like, you know, a honky tonk kinda place.
This being Vegas, one good looking young gal who showed up each night with a completely different look.
Guess what? When I'm in Vegas, I go to Stoney's, as I told the young gal a the entrance when she said something like, you here again?


After seeing "Million Dollar Quartet" at Harrah's (Ha, I know some of those songs so well that I was hitting the breaks along with the singers) I walked over to Treausre Island to look into the relocated Gilley's. At 9:00 when they played a two step (even announced it, "Two steppers on the floor.") no one was dancing, and there was an older man in cowboy duds singing off key up there on the stage. So, in spite of what one of the workers there told me, ummm, it's not like it was when it was located at the New Frontier.
 

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#18
I spent the weekend in Vegas and went down to the Bull on a Friday and a Saturday. Looks like the only thing that has changed is the name of the place, and who is teaching. A regular whom I talked to said that there were financial things going on that lead to the change over to new ownership. Really young crowd - many were under drinking age - on Friday. They put black Xs on the back of their hands so the bar tenders know they aren't supposed to be served. I've never seen that before.

It's still a mix of a few line dances, then a few two-steps, with the occasional West Coast Swing, or Cowboy Cha Cha thrown in.

This next bit you can just roll your eyes maybe, but, just before I left Fake ID came on. I haven't done the dance for months, so I was just watching and happened to be next to one of the elevated platforms where they have gals dancing a la go go dancers of the 60s. This IS Vegas after all. So, the woman who taught to line dance lesson bounded up on the platform and we talked a bit about why I wasn't dancing. I swear she asked me if I wanted to get up there with her to dance. Now, THAT would have been a hoot. I wisely said no. Might relearn it now.
Those guys also did the very old line dance to "Strawberry Wine," another dance that I'd learned back in the 90s.
 

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