Golden Nugget is bringing the party in 2018.
The hotel-casino recently renovated and rebranded its Gold Diggers nightclub space as Troy Liquor Bar. “I basically brought the venue into this century,” says Sean Charsley, the director of nightlife for the Downtown casino. “The problem with [Gold Diggers] was there was really nothing to keep you there. Now people are actually staying.”
Open since November, the bar is owned by Landry’s, which acquired New York’s Be Our Guest Hospitality that had more than 24 venues in its portfolio, including the original Tory Liquor Bar out of Manhattan. “It’s a really cool, hip, trendy, basement bar/club in the Meatpacking District of New York,” Charsley says.
Charlsey hopes to bring that vibe to Golden Nugget, the venue’s second location.
Charsley, who’s held various positions at nightclubs such as Vanity, XS and Hakkasan over the years, has wanted to revamp the space since he was hired more than two years ago.
The $500,000 remodel took just under a month. The layout is fairly similar to Gold Diggers but the upgrades are vastly different. Charsley says they spent $150,000 just on video and club lighting. There is a giant video wall behind the DJ booth for animated graphics, music videos or special event displays. There are two blackjack tables, along with 28 VIP booths. The patio has also been revamped with new lounge furniture.
“Our patio is our biggest focus. Everyone wants to come up there. You can look down on Fremont [Street Experience] and hear the bands,” Charsley says.
For music inside, Charsley, who used to secure DJs for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is booking similar talent who open on the Strip such as Presto One, Mike Fusion, Lisa Pittman and DJ Stretch, among others.
“I wanted to give everyone the same kind of nightlife experience they would [have] at Hakkasan or XS but at a fraction of the price,” Charsley says. “If you go to these places now, the prices are just out of control—$800 for a bottle of vodka is insane.”
To start, there’s no cover charge at Troy. Bottles start at $200 for Dom Pérignon. Absolut costs $225, Grey Goose at $275 and Cristal is $300. Cocktails are around $12.
“We are the only nightclub on Fremont Street and now we compete with all the nightclubs on the Strip,” Charsley says.
Troy Liquor Bar is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 p.m. until 3 or 4 a.m.