The Las Vegas Gay Scene
According to a recent study Las Vegas is one of the top U.S. destinations for gays and lesbians worldwide.
Twenty-five percent of the 4,000 gays and lesbians surveyed traveled to
Las Vegas in 2005, ranking second to New York, where 30 percent had visited.
San Francisco ranked third with 24 percent.
With more entertainment options than ever, it's no surprise gays and lesbians are
including Las Vegas in their travel plans. Here are a few reasons why:
For gays, the Blue Moon Resort is a must-see.
The hotel is the city's first all-male gay resort,
complete with 45 luxury rooms and suites and a plethora
of amenities. The Blue Moon Coffee Shop offers beverages,
sandwiches and snacks, and the lagoon-style pool area is surrounded
by waterfalls and enables guests to enjoy privacy within blocks of the famous Las Vegas Strip.
When the sun sets, myriad options await, beginning with one of the hottest
shows on the Strip - Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity" at New York-New York.
The show is emceed by New York drag diva, Joey Arias. Speaking of drag queens,
"An Evening at La Cage" at The Riviera is a Las Vegas mainstay that has been delighting audiences for more
than 20 years. Seeing star Frank Marino's Joan Rivers tribute has become a legendary Las
Vegas experience. If that doesn't satisfy the yearning for rhinestones and feathers, check out the Liberace
Museum to see the collection of memorabilia that encapsulates the glamour and style of one of history's
most flamboyant entertainers. While we're on the topic of entertainers and their pianos, there's
Elton John's "The Red Piano" currently enjoying a successful run at Caesars Palace's Colosseum,
alongside Celine Dion's "A New Day..." In early 2006,
Luxor Las Vegas debuted its new show, Broadway's "Hairspray."
Harvey Fierstein will reprise his role of Edna Turnblad for this production.
For a one-of-a-kind evening, check out Lucky Cheng's, located next
to Wynn Las Vegas. The popular drag queen Chinese restaurant originally
debuted in Manhattan's East Village to rave revues. True to its New York
counterpart, Lucky Cheng's serves Pan Asian cuisine as a well as nightly cabaret.
If American food is your fare of choice, Hamburger Mary's is the place to go.
In addition to the menu, the restaurant cooks up unique events for every night
of the week, including Martini Mondays complete with Pajama Karaoke,
Team Trivia on Wednesday nights and "Dinner and a Movie" on Thursdays.
Krave, located near The Aladdin Casino and Resort, bills itself as
the "only alternative club on the Strip." Krave features elaborate entertainment
ranging from the nightly performance of "The Fashionistas," an erotic dance review,
to special events arranged by famed party impresario, Jeffrey Sanker. Every Saturday,
Krave hosts Girl Bar, an event inside the nightclub that caters to lesbians. Located
just off the Las Vegas Strip on Paradise Road is an area dubbed "The Loop," which boasts
numerous alternative hotspots including Suede, a piano bar and restaurant, and Gipsy,
the city's original gay dance club.