It looks like the rumors are true and the Redneck Riviera at the Grand Bazaar Shops located next to Bally’s has closed it doors after just over a year being open. The Nashville style honky-tonky-tonk bar was the creation of John Rich one half of the country superstars Big & Rich in what was going to be a chain of bars under the same name with a location in Nashville now under construction. If you are not a country fan its possible you could have seen John Rich on the Apprentice or on the Wahlburgers television show where he discussed having his customers being able to order the Wahlburgers from the restaurant below and brought up to Redneck Riviera which in fact did happen.
Redneck Riviera was a 4,249 square foot space that as you would expect had live music as well as appearances by the owner John Rich and stayed open to 4 am and had such things as an American flag made out of beer cans, a garage door, a horse saddle with small mirrors to make a disco ball and restroom sinks made out of old tires with gas pump faucets. The space also had a Heroes Bar which was said to be staffed by vets and where all vets got their first drink free.
The Redneck Riviera concept seems sound although the location at the top of the stairs on the walkway to enter Bally’s wasn’t the greatest because if you were entering from the Las Vegas Strip you would walk through the whole Grand Bazaar Shops with numerous bars and restaurants before you got to the Redneck Riviera. I would like to see this bar reopen in the future in Las Vegas in a better location although at the present time the company website and Facebook page has barely any mention of its Las Vegas location as its all about the Nashville opening.