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Cleopatra’s Barge Still Rocking at Caesars Palace

Last updated: May 2, 2019 at 1:55 pm. Posted by in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas Bars, Las Vegas Hotels, Nightlife. 6 Comments on Cleopatra’s Barge Still Rocking at Caesars Palace.

In the words of Vince Vaughn in “Swingers,” “Guys like you and me gotta kick it here, old school.”

Trouble is, in Vegas it can be difficult to kick it old school in a classic Vegas lounge. The city has a habit of imploding things that have been around for longer than 20 years.

Lucky for you there’s one place you can still go to find that old-school Vegas lounge vibe. Cleopatra’s Barge bar at Caesars Palace opened in 1970 and is still swingin’ today. We’re talking about a place where Frank Sinatra used to hang out after his shows at the old Circus Maximus showroom.

Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace

The intimate (180 capacity) bar and lounge is decked out in opulent red and gold décor befitting an Egyptian-themed venue. The centerpiece of the lounge is the namesake floating barge (surrounded by an actual moat filled with water) modeled after the one that transported royalty on the Nile River during Julius Caesar’s time. Hey, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it. You can’t miss it if you’re walking by – the prow of the boat is a large gold bust of Cleopatra that juts out into a hotel walkway. For many years, gamblers have been known to rub her chest for good luck.

True to vintage Vegas lounge form, Cleopatra’s Barge is one of the few places left where you’ll still find live bands with no cover charge. On Tuesday – Saturday nights you can sit and enjoy the music or get on the barge’s dance floor and literally rock the boat.

Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace

Popular Las Vegas groups like Dave Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra perform — and keeping the party going — at Cleopatra’s Barge.

Perrico, a  trumpeter, composer and arranger, has created a smooth musical sound by merging traditional big band form with modern arrangements of current pop, rock, R&B, and jazz hits.

The 15-piece band features some of the finest professional musicians in Las Vegas playing hits from Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and more.

Dave Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra performs Thursday – Saturday from 10 p.m. – midnight. A DJ spins music afterwards.

Caesars Palace has also recently announced some ticketed concerts at Cleopatra’s Barge from well-known bands. The shows will be a great chance for fans to get up close and personal with the artists.

So far Blues Traveler, Plain White T’s and Ceelo Green have performed. Check here for the latest schedule of performers.

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Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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6 Responses

  1. glynnda

    Funny how Cleopatra’s Barge is still standing after reading they were going to shutter the place up, gut it make it into a night club venue with no live music, but have celebrity DJs. Gee what happened? The best entertainer in Cleopatra’s Barge aka the “Gossy Room” was Matt Goss. He was a great headliner. Shame they let him go….

  2. LA

    Shame Matt Goss was let go. He was the reason I returned year after year to Caesars Palace. The barge will always be the gossy room to me ☹️

  3. I hear Matt Goss was pretty awesome here… what a shame he is no longer performing there…. should have kept him on….

  4. Always be the Gossy room. Bring Matt back!

  5. Nicole

    A shame MATT GOSS isn’t there anymore!!!
    Big mistake ….. huge mistake

  6. Rick

    Time to bring back Matt Goss! He really made Cleopatras Barge very special! He is a great entertainer and was a mistake Caesars let him go. Bring Matt back please!