Tailoring Las Vegas Nights at Savile RowJanuary 20, 2011 By: Sean Evans
Savile Row in London is perennially on the radar for the most fashionable gentlemen. After all, bespoke attire is the crème de la crème. Thus, when Angel Management Group set out to create a truly tailored nightlife experience for the Las Vegas strip, the team decided even the venue’s name would pay direct homage to the haute English street synonymous with elite service, class and expertise - precisely as the latest AMG offering aims to soon become.
Opened on December 31st, Savile Row is tucked underneath LAX at the Luxor. But this isn’t a typical Vegas club, though neither was its predecessor, Noir Bar. The space is cozy, with only 13 tables and a capacity of 300 patrons. The main room, known as the “Sitting Room” is adjacent to the “Fitting Room” a rotunda featuring a single round table beneath an enormous chandelier. However, Noir Bar’s table layout felt clunky and the venue always seemed more congested than it really was.
With Savile Row, designers Steve Lewis and Marc Dizon opened everything up, situating tables and couches in the middle of the room perpendicular to the bar, allowing standing guests a better route to the drinks. The improvement to the flow directly impacts the energy of the room and gives it a sense of vibrancy Noir Bar never evoked.
Vegas nights have never been about an intimate lounge evening. They’re rife with strobing, electronica-playing mega clubs, table service with 20 of your closest friends and the occasional fist bump. That’s a mindset Savile Row’s creative director (and gatekeeper) Mike Diamond is here to change. “Vegas isn’t about high culture. In NYC or LA, there are plenty of places like Savile Row. Here, there’s not and we’re trying to fill that gap,” he says.
Culture does abound, most noticeably in the attention to detail. The décor keeps to the fashion-themed roots of its name, evident in everything from the table tops which rest upon Singer sewing machine platforms to the pantsless waitresses clad solely in a men’s dress shirt. As for exemplary service, Diamond explains, “if you're greeted right, with great care, and if your server is trained to ask the correct questions to understand your palate, you’ll be pleased from the start.”
The inquiries into a guest’s tastebuds are vital because the establishment is centered on cocktail culture. “We do have bottle service,” Diamond says, “but we’d rather you try a punchbowl, which is a great, fun alternative.” Because entrance minimums are based on per-person spends, the custom libations often reign supreme, each crafted with care by mixologists such as Ray Srp. Among the more unique concoctions on the menu is a tasty treat called “Bangers and Mash,” which combines potato vodka with peppered bacon and a sage leaf. It’s so delicious that not only seconds but thirds are a requisite.
Diamond’s heritage lies in creating legendary rock-and-roll nights, most notably when he opened NYC’s Snitch with rock star Scott Weiland, so expect tattooed musical icons milling about the room. “We’re working on a few very special events and performances,” Diamond promises. “It’s going to be sexy and fun. And I’ll be using my connections to get the likes of Scott Weiland, Kings of Leon, Cypress Hill and more to come in. I want you to walk into Savile Row and have it be unbelievable.”