By Jay Jones
7:35 AM PST, January 31, 2013
Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, a lesser-known hotel that might be considered a poor cousin among Las Vegas’ glittering resorts, will close its doors Feb. 4, but not before a farewell bash at Drai’s, an after-hours club long popular with the all-night party crowd.
The final blowout will begin at 10 p.m. Feb. 3, three hours earlier than the club’s usual opening hour, and continue until 8 a.m. Feb. 4.
Local entertainers including male strippers the Chippendales and hypnotist Anthony Cools will walk the red carpet as the doors open for the final time. Owner Victor Drai – who also operates both Tryst and XS at the Wynn – will be on hand to greet guests.
Drai’s, with its 1 a.m. opening, served a niche audience for 15 years. When it premiered, the hotel in which it is housed at Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard was called the Barbary Coast.
Bill’s will be closed for about a year as its current owner, Caesars Entertainment, converts it into a boutique hotel and casino. The as-yet unnamed property will include a dayclub/nightclub operated by Drai, as well as a rooftop pool.
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