Night life

RedTail, Zouk Group’s sports and gaming bar, adds to Resorts World Las Vegas’ versatility

Ayu Dayclub, Zouk Nightclub and Fuhu anchor the Zouk Group’s bustling nightlife district on the southeast side of Resorts World. But if you’re doing the evening right, it should start at RedTail, Zouk’s pre-game playground designed to rev the party up.

A “fully integrated social gaming bar,” RedTail spans a little over 6,000 square feet, enticing patrons with a bevvy of entertainment options and retro, color-popping art. Sports fans feel at home with in-venue sports betting and enough TVs to catch the action from any angle.

Beer pong at RedTail

Beer pong at RedTail

“[But] we wanted to be a more fun environment than just your typical sportsbook,” says Michael Waltman, executive director of operations for Zouk Group.

That’s why arcade basketball, giant Jenga, full-size ping pong, beer pong and other games dominate the space. It’s an inclusive experience with a variety of activities, but the best game of them all might be people-watching.

“People will come and enjoy RedTail with no intention of going to Zouk [Nightclub], but watching all that activity for them makes for a great night,” Waltman says.

The gastropub-based food menu is also a draw, with a wing-and-burger-focused selection curated by the company’s executive chef Joseph Elevado, formerly of Andrea’s at Encore and Social House. It also includes vegan options as well as more than 10 specialty cocktails and 20-plus beers curated by Zouk’s beverage team.

Waltman says college-aged adults enjoy RedTail just as much as those in their 40s and 50s, and it isn’t accidental. Zouk’s other nearby offerings serve as a revolving door, bouncing guests from venue to venue, experience to experience. “That was part of the master plan,” he says.

Music programming also crosses over, he says, as DJs who warm up the crowd for Zedd and Tiësto spin at RedTail “because these are guys who understand the room. Night-to-night, you might have a different audience, [and] for us, it’s very important that we’re not just keeping the same thing. The room has to be flexible, depending on who’s in town.”

Staying on top of trends, Waltman says visitors who came back to Las Vegas before nightclubs fully reopened were looking to create their own experience within their group. That’s why RedTail offers three private karaoke rooms, where guests can belt out their favorites from a selection of more than 40,000 songs. Sliding air walls also create the ability to open into one large room, holding up to 30 people.

At this rate, RedTail could be shaping up as your Vegas meet-up spot where you can start and finish.

REDTAIL Monday & Thursday,  4 p.m.-midnight; Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight. Resorts World, 702-676-7000.

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