Alternately tagged as “country with a twist” and “country with an edge,” Revolver Saloon & Dance Hall is undeniably all about country. Soft-opening on February 4 and grand-opening the next day, Revolver has been in motion for some time.
First mentioned over a year ago in connection with the former Whiskey Sky space at Green Valley Ranch Station Casino—now available only for corporate buyouts—the Revolver project lay dormant until Station Casinos and Santa Fe Station tenant Stoney’s North 40 parted ways amicably. That done, Station had a perfect vacant location for Revolver, as well as a perfect new country persona for the 10,000-square-foot space so many have come to count on as a country-themed bar.
“It was apparent even on the Grammys,” says Station Casinos executive director of nightlife development Chad Pallas, meaning that country-crossover phenomena are at the forefront of today’s pop culture. “They’re the innovators right now.”
The new club is surprisingly easy to get to, located inside Santa Fe Station off I-95. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 7 p.m. till close, Revolver will offer traditional country line dancing, with music both traditional and non-traditional—line dancers might find themselves boot-scootin’ to the Black Eyed Peas or even to house music! Resident DJ Sinner, a two-decades Vegas vet, should insure a diverse and upbeat mix.
Designed by Mark Tracy of Chemical Spaces, which has also worked with Poetry, Wasted Space and the Hard Rock’s new HRH tower, Revolver is “hillbilly chic,” with lacquered wood, infinity mirrors, “deadwood” forests, burlap curtains and sexy murals. The former tenant’s tin-and-timber roof remains, as does the general layout, but other than that, Revolver is a new breed of country bar: think Johnny Cash meets Taylor Swift meets Justin Timberlake, then sip on a pitcher of Texas Tea.
A new mechanical bull designed by rodeo champion Ty Murray sits ready for rides and even lessons as Revolver launches with the Super Bull Weekend competition for a Super Bowl party package. Rides are $5 each, two-for-one at entry, or $20 for an all-you-can-stand wristband. Coming soon, a drag-racing light tree will count down your ride and clock your (hopefully) eight seconds. In the VIP section, which has room for over 40 people, the walls are lined with framed photos of Johnny Cash flipping the bird and cowgirls in little more than Daisy Dukes; even Gisele Bündchen makes a cameo.
But the VIPs aren’t the only ones who get to take a load off at this nightclub. Tables and chairs have been added to the drink rails lining the dance floor for general-admission guests. These were specifically turned sideways in a decision that was born out of Pallas’ having to come face-to-face with a guy line dancing right in front of him at Stoney’s.
Ready to rock come 9 p.m. Thursday night, Revolver arrives with a built-in legacy— there, above the dance floor, hangs former Texas Station resident “Delilah.” The six-and-a-half-foot long, 180-pound disco armadillo welcomes us all to her new home, with the 4Wall lighting system playing off her 2,300 mirrors. You can follow her—and Revolver—on Twitter @DiscoDelilah.