Confirmed: Bellagio’s Lily Lounge Closes for Bruno Mars Concept
Lily Bar & Lounge at Bellagio will close permanently on July 9, 2023, according to MGM Resorts. Lily is a mostly forgettable lounge that’s been in operation since 2012.
In a brief statement, the company said, “The venue will transition into a new concept with an anticipated opening this winter. Additional details will be shared in the coming months.”
We don’t do months. Our sources say the space will be a new concept from Bruno Mars.
We should probably include a perfunctory photo of Lily Lounge. You still have time if you’d like to check it out.
Our friends at the Las Vegas Review-Journal confirmed the scoop we shared back in March of 2022, 15 months before the closure of Lily was announced. Yeah, “friends” should be in quotations marks.
Remember the Bruno Mars lounge going to Rhumbar space at Mirage? Mirage sale put the kibosh on that plan, apparently. Now hear it’ll take over the Lily Lounge at Bellagio.
— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) March 2, 2022
Bellagio hasn’t officially announced the new Bruno Mars venue, but the Review-Journal says it could be dubbed The Pinky Ring. The name is presumably inspired by a popular video set in Las Vegas, “24K Magic.”
In the video, Mars says, “Put your pinky rings up to the moon,” in addition to asking the timeless question, “What ya’ll tryna do?” What we’re trying to do is figure out why people wear sunglasses at night.
Short in stature, tall in charisma!
Per our sources, a Bruno Mars offering was slated to go to Mirage (previously operated by MGM Resorts), but the sale to Hard Rock International nixed that plan.
Bruno Mars is an avid blackjack enthusiast, although not particularly good at actually winning, we understand, so Bellagio can expect a big spike in gaming revenue when the singer’s new lounge opens this winter.
It's well-known Bruno Mars likes gambling, but may be in the middle of a cold spell. Rumor is he's racked up $7 million in losses at MGM Resorts casinos. If true, Park Theater shows are basically paying back gambling debts. Million-a-night swings aren't uncommon for high rollers.
— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) May 20, 2019
Bruno Mars has had a successful residency at Park MGM on the Las Vegas Strip. The residency resumes in August 2023.
Mars made a splash when he gave a surprise performance at Cosmopolitan following a Silk Sonic show (a group featuring Mars and Anderson Paak), now also operated by MGM Resorts.
We have no idea what the new Bellagio lounge will be like, but if Bruno Mars is involved, we already have positive feelings about it, despite not knowing why, exactly.
Beyond his undeniable talent, he seems an affable guy, and seems up for some fun and we’ve heard zero about any diva behavior during his Las Vegas run. Trust us, we’d have heard about it.