This is a place for the “relatively” young. That, in a gist, was the description we were given about this gay place not too far from the Strip in Las Vegas. In gay-talk, this means that this place is “largely” for the under-30s who like to flaunt their youth while getting lost in (often) pop music while drunk (or drugged) off their senses.
Curious to see the diverse offerings of Las Vegas, that description served more of a come-on than a warning; and so off we went to visit Piranha Nightclub…
Established in 2006 in the heart of Las Vegas’ Gay Fruit Loop District (it’s an area with a concentration of gay bars; though that “concentration” isn’t actually THAT many, just about four), Piranha is known as “Las Vegas’ only boutique gay nightclub”. And if we follow the concept of a “boutique” venue, this claim is somewhat true – e.g. the place is, to start, small-ish, has an urban setting (it isn’t that far from the Strip, after all), it feels “independent” (that is, it doesn’t have the feel of circuit venues), it has spirited guests (thanks maybe to the age targeted), et cetera, et cetera.
But remove the “boutique” label, Piranha is – simply – a gay dance bar that’s small in size.
When you enter, there are numerous “parts”.
The ground floor has: 1) a bar in the middle; 2) a dance area at the left of the bar; 3) a hang-out space at the right of the bar; 4) another hang-out space behind the bar; and 5) not too far from the main door, the toilet.
There’s actually a second floor, where there are booths for private (thus more personal) gatherings (e.g. birthdays, et cetera).
WHY GO THERE
This place is worth visiting for various reasons.
Firstly, it tends to attract more locals than tourists (many of the venues along the Strip cater to more tourists). So if you want to see (and taste, LOL) more of the locals, this isn’t a bad place to start checking out.
Second, the music isn’t all bad – i.e. they’re (at least) danceable. So if it’s dancing you want to do, this isn’t a bad place to start the partying.
Third, the drinks can be cheap – e.g. most days, until ten o’clock, it’s buy one drink at half off, then get a second drink free. Then buy one, get one free. Then buy some stuff (like a wristband) and get drinks.
Fourth, most days, there’s no cover charge. So you can spend your money elsewhere (e.g. getting wasted).
Fifth, some of the events are actually fun – e.g. Drag Queen Bingo.
Lastly, there are actually cuties here. And, let’s be honest here, many of us go out to check out cuties.
WHY AVOID THE PLACE
Again, this isn’t necessarily for everyone.
For instance, if you’d rather be in a quiet place, you can either rent one of the booths upstairs or… just don’t come here.
If you don’t like younger crowd, then… don’t come here.
If you want to just be at the Strip, then locating this place may be tedious for you.
And if you don’t like a crowd that touches/gropes cuties (Hey, you could be one of them!), then… avoid this place.
IN THE END
True, Piranha isn’t a place for everyone. But I suppose that’s the beauty of the availability of so many venues in Las Vegas – i.e. just about every taste/preference is catered to.
Now, if you are one of those who just want to dance, dance, dance the night away, this place isn’t bad at all…
Piranha Nightclub is located at 4633 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada.
For more information, visit www.piranhavegas.com.