Cosmopolitan tops gay party spot expansion
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Nightlife promoter Eduardo Cordova has been quiet the past year, waiting for the termination of his noncompete agreement with former partner Light Group, and working on ventures outside of the gay party circuit. However, the founder of Revolution Lounge’s long-running Sunday gay night has resurfaced with three huge additions to the men-4-men party scene. He’s already relaunched his nighttime pool party Heaven, now held Fridays at Hard Rock Hotel’s second-level Breathe pool.
On Aug. 4, he’ll start Freedom, a new Sunday party at Marquee, which represents both his biggest project yet and the first-ever weekly gay event at a Strip megaclub.* Access to all the venue’s bells and whistles will reportedly be at his disposal. “Being able to bring the Marquee experience to the gays, no one else can offer that,” he says. “It’s really exciting for me.” As with Heaven, locals get free entry.
As if that wasn’t enough, Marquee’s host hotel, Cosmopolitan, has recruited him to host a midweek event called Confidential at Bond, the casino-floor lounge.* It’ll take place every Wednesday, also starting in mid-June, when, according to Cordova, patrons can “drink martinis, put a dress shirt on and catch up.”
Cordova won’t be the only gay nightclub magnate with his hands full. His Heaven partner, Kelly Murphy, is the man behind Krave Massive — the pink elephant in the gay nightlife room. Despite headline-making setbacks, the supersized version of the former Miracle Mile Shops dance spot is set to open June 15 at downtown’s Neonopolis complex, just one floor above Murphy’s year-old Drink & Drag bowling bar. Krave 2.0 will vie for the title of world’s biggest gay nightclub.
Murphy is also working to open Boys Lounge, a chic, nonsmoking hangout at the former Sasha’s/Tramps location on Paradise Road. It’s tough to say which new Fruit Loop ultralounge will open first: Boys Lounge, or South Beach Las Vegas, which replaces veteran gay danceteria Gipsy across the street. SBLV is being overhauled as part of the Bar Rescue reality TV show; both venue and series episode are slated for a summer unveiling.
Finally, Club Metro will be the latest LGBT venture to occupy 1000 E. Sahara Ave. The former Crews’N lounge spot — longtime local gays will also remember the space as piano bar Keys in the late 1990s — will transform into a nightclub, featuring mostly EDM music, new lighting and sound systems, food options and bottle service. The 3,000-square-foot venue is slated for a late May/early June opening, upon final permit approval.
*This story has been updated to reflect changes in event names and opening dates.