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After 20 years of defining the West Hollywood gay scene, The Abbey is taking its soused show on the road. Specifically 274 miles away down I-15, to the Vdara Hotel & Spa, the stunning luxe heart of MGM Resorts' CityCenter development.
Starting this Sunday and continuing weekly until September 26, noon-6pm, The Abbey Beach is taking over the Vdara Pool & Lounge with an LA-style sophistication and signature party sense, its first long-term pop-up event. (Do we see a trend coming?) Expect your favorite shirtless bartenders and requisite muscle hunks plus a rotating lineup of the bar's resident DJs and a vibe decked out in colorful branded flags and beach balls. High-rollers can reserve one of 19 serviced cabanas. Cover is complimentary for Vdara hotel guests, $20 otherwise (or $10 for Vegas locals).
In a city sorely starved for quality gay offerings on the strip, MGM Resorts is markedly stepping up the game. Their Fabulous Vegas gay weekend anchored on the Lady Gaga concert just wrapped and a 2011 edition is in the work. Three other gay parties are offered at sister properties as well: Temptation Sundays pool party at the Luxor plus Heaven at Bare Pool Lounge Saturday nights and Revolution Lounge Sundays at The Mirage.
Make a weekend out of it with a special 20% discount on hotel rooms. (A search for availability this weekend yielded $149 tonight and Saturday and $111 on Sunday.) Book at Vdara.com/abbey using code ABBEY.