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A return to Revolution Lounge reveals niche events old and new

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Beatles nods can still be found at Revolution Lounge’s adjoining Abbey Road Bar.
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Jorge Labrador

With its massive, attention-grabbing logo spelling out its name (and doubling as bar seating), the Mirage’s Revolution Lounge—located just west of the Beatles Love showroom—is hard to miss.

The Cirque du Soleil and Beatles elements are less obvious these days, and the 5-and-a-half-year-old venue no longer hosts weekly live-band performances (a very young Imagine Dragons once played there). But the club remains as whimsical and retro-swanky as ever. And with an up-front DJ booth, it emphasizes its strengths as a smaller, more intimate nightspot with its own niche followings.

The crowd at Revolution’s Friday-night Groove Theory party provides a good example. With an old-school hip-hop focus, it’s common to see spinning and popping b-boys on the dancefloor. And the promo’s strategic programming definitely caters to its audience: On February 7, the guest DJ is BenStacks from Super Cr3w and Jabbawockeez, and the club hosts an open dance battle for a $200 prize.

Groove Theory is a big draw but relatively new for Revolution. The room’s also-successful LGBT night, Revo Sundays, has been happening for more than four years. It’s also where performers from Love (and even non-Cirque shows like Le Rêve) hang out after work.

You can still spot Love influences at the adjoining lounge, the Abbey Road Bar, and on its drink menu, which includes the Sexy Sadie (a mix of Grey Goose Cherry Noir, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, cranberry juice and Sprite). Here you can pre-game before Love or the party inside the club, as it remains a drinking spot that goes well beyond the usual casino bar. This bird still flies.

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