Organized and soundtracked by Pei Maeder, Thursgays at Oddfellows pub and video bar (150 Las Vegas Blvd. North, Suite 190, 702-336-3225, OddfellowsVegas.com) features indie and pop music from Shamir to Hercules and the Love Affair. This selection of music and their accompanying videos can be enjoyed with $3 well drinks and PBR tall boys. An import from Oddfellows’ Austin, Texas, flagship, the event is geared toward the bar’s considerable LBGTQ following. “If you come on our Saturday night you might even see more of a gay audience than you’ll see on our Thursday night,” Pei says. Thursgays is distinct, however, as a portion of each week’s proceeds benefits local LBGTQ entities such as The Center and Gender Justice Nevada.
Nearby, at the Golden Nugget, Sugar Sundays provides an upscale LBGTQ experience with a flexible dress code that allows people to come right from another bar or casual event such as Luxor’s Temptation Sundays. Promoter John “Ducky” Slaughter has collaborated with the Nugget’s nightlife operations director, Sean Charsley, and Back Bar USA to ensure a safe space for the gay community to party following the Orlando nightclub shooting. Gold Diggers nightclub (702-385-7111, GoldenNugget.com) is “opulent and luxurious, but [with] a welcoming atmosphere, and easy to access either from Fremont [Street] or the Golden Nugget valet,” Slaughter says. Enjoy $20 all-you-can-drink Modelo Especial beers and $100 bottles of Absolut, Malibu and Perrier-Jouët. Behind the decks are Piranha nightclub resident J. Diesel and international male model/DJ Nick Ayler, also known for spinning at The Abbey in L.A. and Rich’s in San Diego.