Eater Vegas warned you about the imminent closure of the Seahorse Lounge at Caesars Palace, but the announced demise of the former Cleopatra’s Barge, currently known as the Gossy Room, has proven to be more of a surprise.
The Seahorse Lounge, located on the east side of the property, close to chef Brian Malarkey's Searsucker restaurant and Omnia nightclub is now shuttered and covered in a long wall of blank plywood.
Permits filed last month called for an estimated $2.8 million in construction costs to remodel the 6,200-square-foot space.
Decorated with mermaid statues and an underwater theme, the 13-year-old lounge achieved fame for its 1,700-gallon aquarium featuring Australian Pot Belly Seahorses. No official word on what is in the works, or the fate of the aquatic occupants has been announced.
And not far away on property, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun broke the news of the fate of the former Cleopatra’s Barge nightclub and bar, known as the Gossy Room since 2010 after its resident singer, Matt Goss. His tenure will bow out on Sept 24 and Katsilometes cites rumors the space will be "redesigned and reopened under a famous nightclub brand specializing in live music."
Cleopatra’s Barge debuted in 1970, highlighted by an "ornate replica of the graceful craft that transported the royalty of Egypt on the Nile River in the time of Julius Caesar." According to local lure, the nightclub was enough of a swinging scene to lure Frank Sinatra to stop by and sing a few impromptu numbers whenever he was performing at the resort.