When the first tower of the shuttered Riviera is imploded on June 14, the decades-old property will go out with a bang.
In true Las Vegas fashion, to celebrate the legacy of the Riviera, a spot near the site of the hotel and casino is holding an implosion viewing party to give guests a front row seat to the once-in-a-lifetime implosion.
With the implosion slated to start around 2 a.m. on June 14, be prepared to party well into the early morning if you plan to catch the action.
Here’s where to be on the night — er, morning — of the Riviera implosion to catch a slightly unobstructed view:
Riviera Implosion Viewing Party at the Barrymore
Located directly across the street from the Riviera, guests can catch the iconic implosion from the Barrymore’s patio and lounge area, which features floor-to-ceiling windows. To ring in the implosion, the Barrymore, 99 Convention Center Dr. — inside the Royal Resort — will offer specials on food (beef sliders, roast bone marrow and Oysters Rockefeller) and drinks ($2 beers, $5 cocktails and glasses of wine) from midnight to 3 a.m.
The implosion viewing party is open to the public, but reservations are highly encouraged. Call the Barrymore at (702) 407-5303.
Peppermill Fireside Lounge
Although it hasn’t formally announced plans to host an official viewing party, the Peppermill, 2985 S. Las Vegas Blvd., essentially shares its parking lot with the Riviera so you’ll have a pretty clear view of the implosion.
You can’t see the Riviera from the Peppermill’s famous Fireside Lounge. However, an employee informed us that you can see it from the restaurant.
Grab a table by the window and indulge in a huge ice cream sundae while the first Riveria tower falls to the ground.
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