If you prefer whiskey to champagne and short shorts to high heels, then you'll feel right at home at Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall and Bar-B-Q.
Located in The Mirage on the Strip, Gilley's attracts the boot-wearing, bull-riding, just-a-little-backwards type that has perfected the epitome of a damn good, country time.
Come for the food and stay for the party, Gilley's serves up loads of down home cooking during restaurant hours and then keeps the party going with a sprawling, full bar lined with saddle bar stools, a huge dance floor for two-stepping and line dancing, and a mechanical bull that could quite possibly make your eight-second ride dreams come true… and if you actually do stay on for eight seconds, we'd love your autograph.
And since no Las Vegas dance club is complete without hot women…OK, well maybe with the exception of Charlie's… Gilley's bartenders just so happen to be some of Sin City's hottest cowgirls dressed up in barely-there leather getups who are ready to get down with the dancers if the right song starts to play.
But the one thing that's more important to these sexy Gilley's girls than bustin' out the “Boot Scootin' Boogie,” is making sure that all guests have enough liquid courage to simply loosen up or better yet, hop onto that mechanical bull we mentioned… don't worry, it's surrounded in bounce-house-style inflatable padding.
Operated by a longtime professional mechanical bull operator (yeah…we didn't know there was such a profession either) who tailors the bull's speed just right, riders of all skill levels are welcome.
But you don't have to have calluses on your hands and a wad of chew in your lip to get on this bull --although feel free to. On Sunday nights all you need is a bikini...ahem, well this only goes for the ladies, men, you stick to your calluses and dip. The bikini bull riding competition often attracts about 20 competitors and, of course, a throng of male onlookers.
Much of the music played at Gilley's is, of course, country with a bit of rock mixed in, but some Top 40 will occasionally slip through the speakers to mix things up a bit depending on the crowd. So that means you should probably brush up on your two-step and line dancing by joining in on the free line dance lessons that take place almost every night at 7 p.m. And once you're a pro (or you've had enough shots to trick yourself into thinking you're a pro), hop on the dance floor when the live band hits the stage on Friday and Saturday nights.
And if you want to take a little bit of Gilley's home with you, while the girls are not an option, Gilley's 40-ounce souvenir boot cup is… and it's way more original than say, the yard long margarita containers hanging around every tourist's neck.
If you're looking for a country party, Gilley's is the place to kick your boots up, throw your drinks back, and experience Vegas' rowdy side.