A high-energy bar inspired by the French Quarter in New Orleans opened on the Las Vegas Strip in October. One month later, the doors are closed, the band is sent home, and even the website has disappeared from the internet. Bourbon St. Parade opened at the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of the Horseshoe Las Vegas on October 19. A spokesperson confirmed that the bar’s last day of service was on November 22.
The bar first debuted with an elaborate grand opening event punctuated by live music, parades led by a brass band, and cocktails like Mardi Gras punch, hurricanes, and Louisiana margaritas. Plans for Bourbon St. Parade included daily parades headed by a grand marshal that would aim to include bystanders into the line with dancing, waving handkerchiefs, and twirling parasols. The parades were scheduled to run every 90 minutes.
Bourbon St. Parade — not to be confused with the Bourbon Street Sports Bars, part of the Dotty’s gaming parlor chain — hosted auditions in New Orleans throughout the summer to build the house band of drummers, trombonists, tubists, saxophonists, trumpeters, and more. Generally, three to six musicians would provide the background music during operating hours of 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. The bar featured a very cool old-fashioned-style cocktail shaker, operated by a hand-crank, for shaking drinks like the Dreamsicle Fizz, a citrus and vanilla take on the Ramos Gin Fizz.
Bourbon St. Parade did not respond to a request for comment on the circumstances of the abrupt closure. Though it’s worth noting that the bar had the unfortunate luck of opening right when Formula One-related construction was at its least hospitable to would-be Strip visitors. The closure is part of a recent slew of shake-ups for the Horseshoe property: television star Martin Yan closed his restaurant at the Horseshoe in August, just five months after opening. That said, big things are still in the works for the Grand Bazaar Shops, the open-air shopping area right on Las Vegas Boulevard, in front of the Horseshoe. Blake Shelton’s Ole Red is planning to open in January 2024 the $50 million Bottled Blonde is slated to debut later next year.