By Megan Wadding, May 2015 Web Exclusive.
The last weekend of April, more than 3,000 lesbians from around the world descended upon the Las Vegas Strip for a weekend of dancing, poolside cabana fun, gambling, VIP cocktail hours and soirees at world-class venues for the fourth annual Girl Bar’s Dinah Vegas, in association with Total Rewards by Caesars Entertainment.
Having all of the venues within walking distance of each other and of the host hotels, made this year’s Dinah Vegas the best yet.
In addition to the over-the-top nightly parties, the Dinah has become known for, attendees gambled in many of the massive casinos, dined at the multiple world-class restaurants, soaked up the sun poolside, shopped at the various boutiques and retailers and danced the night away at some of the city’s most beautiful nightclubs.
The weekend kicked off Thursday night with a party at Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s new champagne bar, FIZZ, inside Caesars Palace – where the ladies partied into the wee hours of the morning to music of DJ Sara Moshiri from Berlin.
“Fizz on Thursday night was so glamorous,” said Robin Gans, promoter of Girl Bar and Dinah Vegas. “[It had] the best music and [it got] rave reviews from everyone.”
Friday, attendees with weekend VIP passes were treated to a private cocktail party inside one of the pods of the world's largest Ferris wheel, the High Roller, which stands over 500 feet tall and overlooks the dazzling, neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip.
“The VIP High Roller Cocktail party went over so well,” Gans said. “[We had] the best views of Las Vegas at night and the cutest bartender from Australia.”
From there, all attendees convened at the Chateau Nightclub, an outdoor roof patio adjacent to Paris' Eiffel Tower that boasts fabulous views of the Bellagio fountains, for an all-night party that one can only experience in Sin City. Many ladies posed on the red carpet as photographers snapped away and others lounged on white couches next to a glass railing that overlooked the Strip as go-go girls danced around the bar. Just next door at Paris, the Eiffel Tower glowed in the sky above them, providing a beautiful backdrop as they danced the night away to the beats of DJ Kurty.
The Infinity Pool Party, at Flamingo Hotel (the event's host hotel), offered sunbathing, gambling, summery beverages paired with mixes of DJs from around the world. The crowd was also treated to performances by Anita Antoinette, finalist from "The Voice" season seven and Billboard electro pop sensation, STASH.
Some drizzling rain and winds rolled in mid-afternoon, but the party continued. Many ladies moved their party indoors, but many also stuck it out by the pool.
“The event went very smoothly. [It was] perfect except for the weather and what can you do about that? Not much but make the best of it, and that's exactly what we all did,” Gans said. “Next year we are a bit later [in the spring], so the weather should be better, and we will be doing our sunshine dance!”
Later that evening, the White Party lured ladies in – their white-hot attire – to the Paris Rooftop Nightclub underneath Eiffel Tower. Vegas showgirls danced in a conga line through the party and the ladies enjoyed the incredible views from the rooftop. The party lasted well into the early hours of Sunday morning, with many ladies pouring into the casinos afterwards.
The weekend festivities formally came to a close Sunday at Diablos Cantina at the Monte Carlo Hotel, where attendees dined, drank, danced and reminisced about their experiences – the kind you can only have in Vegas.
“Overall, we had the most attractive crowd of women from all over the world; How fabulous is that?” Gans said. “Sandy [Sachs] and I are looking forward to 2016, with some new ideas.”
The 2016 Dinah Vegas is already on the books for April 28-May 1. For more information, visit dinahshoreweekend.com.