A pop-up favorite during National Finals Rodeo appears to be sticking around full time at the MGM Grand. With zero fanfare, the Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill is now part of the resort's nightlife roster, taking over the "Ferrari-red" Rouge Lounge and replacing the plush, ruby design with plenty of rough-hewn woodwork.
Losers arrived in Vegas in early December, expecting to depart within two weeks. The Nashville original was created in 2005, creating a self-styled "dive bar" atmosphere with classic country on the jukebox and a stage where well-known acts can step up for an impromptu concert. One of the original co-owners is singer George Strait's manager Erv Woolsey. Strait was the first headliner act to be announced for MGM's soon to debut T-Mobile Arena, hosting "The King of Country Music" in April.
The Las Vegas version of Losers is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m daily and has built its own corner stage for future live events. While the MGM concept includes "and Grill" in their name, no hint of a Las Vegas food menu has yet been revealed. Losers also operates in Franklin, Tenn., and promises an atmosphere where "our house wine is Jägermeister" and guests can enjoy casual choices like hot dogs, burgers and wings.
Rouge debuted at MGM in 2007, replacing the Teatro Ultralounge. The impromptu nature of the Losers switcheroo means the venue's shiny former walls can still be seen peeking over the new wood exterior.