FRUIT LOOP WEST? RENDEZVOUS IS THE NEWEST LGBT DANCE SPOT JUST EAST OF THE ORLEANS

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A new gay-hopping cluster has emerged off Tropicana between Arville and Wynn that includes local favorite Charlie’s, hi-energy danceteria Share and—opening November 20—Rendezvous. Managing partner Michael Ryan, formerly general manager of Share and the now-defunct Liaison at Bally’s, sought the Arville location when it was still Seamless, then finally nabbed it after the topless club shuttered in June. One chief positive of the space? “It’s in between Share and Charlie’s,” Ryan says. “We’re all in the business of selling liquor and making money, but we want this to be the new Fruit Loop.”

Rendezvous certainly gives tourists and residents another reason to consider heading (or staying) west of the Strip. The 800-capacity club will boast free admission and parking, locals’ drink discounts on Thursdays, headlining DJs and performers on Saturdays (such as former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Yara Sofia), a prime-time drag show on Sundays (to be preceded in the spring by a post-brunch, outdoor Sunday Funday promotion) and go-go boys who both lord over the dancefloor and offer lap dances in a draped-off VIP room—a bonus enabled by the building’s adult entertainment cabaret license.

Other experiential selling points include a unisex bathroom with transparent stall doors that cloud when locked, spiked Dole Whips, a monthly promotion by mega-promoter Jeffrey Sanker (Palm Springs’ White Party), a performer bridge that lowers from the ceiling and female staffers (including dancers)—the latter part of Ryan’s attempt to also draw lesbian and heterosexual patrons and re-create the come-one-come-all utopia of NYC’s Studio 54. “Yes, the primary demographic is going to be gay, but we are rated E for everyone.”

Rendezvous 4740 Arville St., 702-265-3343, Thursday-Sunday, doors at 10 p.m., no cover. Opens November 20.

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