Photo of Mike Diamond, the Gatekeeper
Last night, I had the pleasure of checking out the almost open Savile Row inside the Luxor Las Vegas. My good friend James Foster of Whispering Giants invited me down to see the new space, formerly Noir Bar. I hadn’t taken the time to visit Noir Bar when it was open, so I made sure to visit Savile Row, since given the opportunity. Many of you have asked what the venue was like, so I’ve done my best below to describe my experience. Welcome to Savile Row.
The first AND foremost attribute that impressed me about Savile Row was the level of service. I can honestly say that I haven’t been in ANY venue in Las Vegas with the quality of service my date Katherine and I were provided last night. Everything from the doormen’s overwhelmingly welcoming approach (simple things like a smile and thank you for coming go a long way), to the way the staff never let your empty glass stay on your table for longer than a minute, it was all exceptional service. In most clubs, you feel like a number, someone there to help their bottom line. Which is understandable, as they are a business. At Savile Row, you feel as though they want you there, because they understand what it is that you bring to their atmosphere, which is more important to them then how much money they’ll make at the end of the night. One of the quotes I heard another patron say is, “Savile Row is selling the sizzle, not the steak.” I couldn’t agree more.
Now, if impeccable service isn’t enough for you, don’t worry, there’s more. From the moment you get within 100 feet of Savile Row, you know you’re in for something special. Within a 60 second walk to the front door of Savile Row, which is on the outside of Luxor Las Vegas, is the valet parking at The Shoppes inside Mandalay Place. This is the easiest and most convenient parking option for those visiting the club. Most nightclubs in Vegas, whether you valet or self park, are still a long hike just to the entrance club, that is not the case with Savile Row. Locals and tourists alike will enjoy not bumping into casino patrons, getting stuck behind the family with a stroller, or just being inundated with the sounds, sights, and smells of most casinos when visiting Savile Row.
It should be noted that it is a MUST that you come in fashionable attire. This is not the environment where you just throw on anything. Thought and preparation into what you’re going to be seen in at Savile Row is imperative. This goes for guys as well as girls. This venue takes this so seriously, that you may not make it past the front door if what you’re wearing doesn’t fit the vibe their party is looking for. Fashionable doesn’t mean a three piece suit either. It means that what you’ve decided to cloth yourself in makes you a trend setter. What that means to you and what that means to Savile Row, may or may not be the same thing. Yes, I’m sure that statement makes some of you cringe and a lot of you nervous, but that is preciously what makes Savile Row very special. Speaking of fashionable attire, you’ll want to make sure you introduce yourself and get to know to Mike Diamond. Just a tip, make sure you know WHO Mike is and WHAT he looks like. Going to the rope, telling Mike that you’re looking for Mike Diamond probably won’t get you very far.
Well, now that you’ve made it inside Savile Row, what should you expect. You’ll find one of the most intimate venues on the Las Vegas Strip. You start your journey into the club down an winding brick walled hallway, which opens up to a rotunda. This room has textured walls and ceilings with a dome above it, housing a large chandelier. Around the rotunda is seating and tables to enjoy your libations. Directly under the chandelier, you’ll find a myriad of burning candles, which adds to the vibe of the room as you watch them melt throughout the evening.
As you pass through the rotunda, you’ll enter the main room. To the left you’ll find the bar (similar to what’s pictured above), down the center is intimate seating, and on the right you’ll find tables to accommodate large groups. In the far right corner you’ll find the DJ, who was spinning some great music last night. The mix was just that, a mix. The music wasn’t skewed to one direction or another. It had something for everyone to enjoy. One great aspect about the music at Savile Row was how comfortably loud the music was. I could be three feet away from anyone I was talking to and still have a conversation. Most clubs you have to speak directly in someones ear in order for them to hear you. This simple detail of turning down the volume will help set apart Savile Row from other venues, as it allows for great conversations and networking. There aren’t many clubs that can keep my attention for almost four hours; Savile Row keep my attention and wanting me to come back for more.
In short, Savile Row is a breath of fresh air to me. I think what it offers is much needed in the Las Vegas nightlife scene. Some might argue that the attitude and approach of the club is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole when it comes to the “norm” of Las Vegas nightlife of practiacally letting anyone with money into your club. My response to that is, didn’t people tell Steve Wynn that his concept wouldn’t work because of the 99 cent shrimp cocktail crowd that came to Las Vegas before he opened the Mirage. Since the city of Las Vegas has proven it can go from being a place that offered up low end nightclubs like The Beach and Bikini’s, to offering up some of the most extravagant nightclubs Las Vegas has seen, like Surrender Nightclub and MARQUEE Nightclub & Dayclub, I’m sure that Savile Row will fit in quite nicely.