Country music fans of Las Vegas, it will soon be time to boot-scoot boogie at a new country bar on the Strip
“Ol’ Red” singer and “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton is partnering with Ryman Hospitality Properties (RHP) to bring Ole Red Las Vegas, a country music bar and restaurant concept, to life in 2023. When completed, Ole Red will sit at the Grand Bazaar Shops on Las Vegas Boulevard, joining Bally’s entertainment staples such as Twilight Zone By Monster Mini Golf and The Indigo Lounge.
Chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Colin Reed, already sees the benefits of the future development’s location.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to develop a flagship Ole Red location on such a coveted piece of commercial real estate within the Caesars Entertainment empire,” Reed said in a statement.
Country at Every Corner
This Ole Red location will be the West’s flagship venue, joining four other rockin’ locations in the lineup, with existing bars residing in; Nashville, Tennessee (naturally); Gatlinburg, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; and Tishomingo, Oklahoma. A fifth location is set to open in the Nashville International Airport in 2022, so country crooners can prepare to belt a ballad or two as soon as the plane reaches the tarmac.
The Strip location will boast four stories and carry a $30 million price tag for all stages of development. The venue will stretch across 27,000 square feet and seat a capacity of 686 people, which includes the 4,500 square foot rooftop bar for optimal Strip views.
It’s not just about the music. Ole Red Las Vegas plans to wine and dine its vocal talent and fans with signature drinks and Southern comfort food. The current Nashville menu features hearty delights such as fried pickles and green tomatoes and honey-drizzled skillet cornbread. If the Las Vegas menu is similar to this delicious lineup, we’ll be hootin’ and hollerin’ with joy.
A Talent Search for All
The Ole Red franchise serves as a platform for new talent to hit the stage and be discovered. Each month, a new lineup of singers is showcased, where they perform for patrons and country fans across the country.
Many famous faces have moved through Ole Red stages. Shelton has brought “Team Blake” hopefuls to the Nashville stage to perform in the past, but keep an eye out for their calendar of rotating talent. They could be the next big name in country music.
Ole Red Las Vegas will provide the equipment and resources for future stars, with state-of-the-art concert equipment and promotional services. Guests can enjoy the stage and its stars from the vantage points of two of the interior floors.
A Man With a Vision
In addition to the namesake song, Shelton drew inspiration for Ole Red from his own experiences as a new artist seeking exposure and performing in smaller venues before his rise to fame.
“Having these locations for artists to play in different parts of the country is a dream come true,” Shelton said in a statement.