Blake Shelton’s new Las Vegas honky tonk, Ole Red, opens on the Strip in November

Blake Shelton is opening his bar, restaurant and venue in Las Vegas this year. And if all goes according to plan, it will open in time to see Formula 1 cars hurtling down Las Vegas Boulevard from its rooftop when the Las Vegas Grand Prix debuts in November. The country singer and coach on The voice is poised to introduce more honky-tonk to Las Vegas with Ole Red, his Tennessee-born restaurant that celebrates all things country with barbecues, moonlight cocktails and performances by country artists on the verge of making it big has to do.

A selection of bar food such as burgers, fries and wings.

Burgers, barbecues and cookies abound.
Ole Rot

Ole Red Las Vegas and Ryman Hospitality Properties broke ground this week, and Shelton shared a first look at some of the food and talent that country fans can expect when Ole Red opens. The venue will occupy a new building in the Big Bazaar Shops, on Las Vegas Boulevard on Flamingo Road. At approximately 27,000 square feet and seating for 686, Ole Red Las Vegas will be the brand’s largest location to date. The towering new bar and restaurant will have balconies on all levels offering stunning views from the center of the Strip. And each floor offers a different experience.

A concert at Ole Red.

Ole Red Gatlinburg.
Ole Rot

“It’s impossible to describe this as a building,” said Colin Reed, CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, during a question and answer session at the Horseshoe. “There are several things that are going to happen.†The first two floors will be the hubs for eating and listening to music during the day. But after dark, Reed says, Ole Red will provide space for people to get up and dance with full-blown honky-tonk dance floors. The third floor will be reserved as a VIP experience with bottle service for people Reed describes as “highly rated players who want a slightly more luxurious venue”. Shelton clarifies, “rich people.” The rooftop will have its own menu, cocktail flights, live music and DJ sets, and 360-degree views of the valley.

A burger and a glass of beer.

A burger and steak fries at Ole Red.
Ole Rot

Some culinary offerings on deck for Ole Red include brisket sliders with chorizo, smoked brisket, vinegar salad and onion straws on a brioche bun. Pulled pork sliders are made with Ole Red Sauce and coleslaw. And a new item on the Las Vegas menu is the lobster corn dog, which comes with three different sauces. The bar will have cocktails like the Warden with bourbon, peach, iced tea and lemon juice, as well as a moonshine cocktail that tastes just like cherry lemonade. In Nashville, the menu includes appetizers like fried pickles and green tomatoes, smoked wings with pickled jalapenos, tater tot poutine with fried eggs, and redneck nachos with kettle chips, smoked chicken, and Velveeta beer cheese.

Rendering of the four story Ole Red near the pedestrian bridge at Horseshoe Las Vegas.

Playing Ole Red
Countryn Hospitality Properties

“I have been coming here for a long time. I hosted awards shows and worked on concerts and was a fan and witness to Gwen Stefani’s residency,” says Shelton. “And every time I’m here, I want to see some fucking country music,” Shelton says, adding that, similar to its Nashville location, Ole Red will welcome talent from unsigned singers and artists, on which was previously seen The voice. He plans a night at Ole Red as one where patrons play talent scouts and listen to music from country artists in a venue with concert-quality production. Reed says the goal is to complete construction of the new building in time for Ole Red to welcome guests as spectators when the Las Vegas Grand Prix debuts on the Strip on Nov. 18.

Ryman Hospitality, which also operates the Grand Ole Opry, has locations in Orlando, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; and Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Ole Red joins a list of new restaurants coming to Caesars Entertainment hotels. Chef Martin Yan, winner of the James Beard Award, opens MY Asia at the newly rebranded Horseshoe Las Vegas this year. and Peter Luger is slated to open its first location outside of New York at Caesars Palace in 2023.


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