Gilley’s at Treasure Island Had Us at Bikini Bull Riding

Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island is a Las Vegas fixture that continues to rustle up throngs of guests with its delicious BBQ, country music, giant dance floor, bull riding and Gilley’s Girls.

Must. Resist. Cowboy. Puns.
Why can’t we all get along like pirates and cowboys?

You don’t have to be a cowpoke to enjoy Gilley’s, with its casual, down-home atmosphere and hearty (translation: sometimes deeply fried) menu offerings.

Onion ring toss!
Cowboy onion ring toss!

The dance floor is a big part of the draw at Gilley’s, and live bands and DJs keep things lively for the two-steppers and line dancers.

We are currently considering learning country line dancing.
We are currently considering learning country line dancing.

The “ambassadors” for Gilley’s are its Gilley’s Girls, the only position in the place that’s named after the restaurant’s founder, country singer Mickey Gilley.

These comely cocktail servers double as dancers, performing choreographed routines and taking to the establishment’s imposing mechanical bull from time to time.

Why, here’s some boot-scooting right here, thanks to the miracle of the YouTubes.

The Gilley’s Girls clearly have a lot of experience under their belts!
Attire not recommended for actual roping or chute dogging, whatever that might be.
This attire is not recommended for actual chute dogging, whatever that might be.

Gilley’s is massive, with indoor and outdoor seating. The patio seating area provides a great view of The Strip. The outside dining area and bar have the benefit of being quieter than inside near the dance floor.

Ask about sitting outside. The people-watching is part of the fun.
Las Vegas restaurants rarely come with just one bar. And you wonder why we love it so much?

If you plan your visit just right, you could sit in the part of the patio which allows for a view of Treasure Island’s “Sirens of TI” show.

The menu at Gilley’s is surprisingly diverse, even beyond the popular Southwest American barbeque. The brisket filet, brisket sandwich and short ribs are especially good, thanks in large part to the restaurant’s Executive Chef, Marnie Munoz. The brisket is smoked 10-12 hours, making the meat fall-off-the-bone tender, but everything’s tasty, including the ribs.

Carnivores will be in their happy place at Gilley's.
Carnivores will be in their happy place at Gilley’s.

Munoz has also created some enticing vegetarian and vegan options, including veggie burgers and a taste-alike Gardein (plant-based food) chicken dish that won’t disappoint.

You won't believe it's not chicken.
You won’t believe it’s not chicken.

Gilley’s couldn’t call itself a Las Vegas restaurant without a great collection of signature cocktails, of course.

There’s the Bikini Bull Rider, Gilley’s Southern Sangria, Carribean Cowboy and our favorite, at least in terms of names, the “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” cocktail. There’s also a selection of adult teas and lemonades.

Way to hogtie us with your colorful cocktails, Gilley's.
Way to hogtie us with your colorful cocktails, Gilley’s.

Here’s a look at the specialty cocktail menu, as well as the menu for a variety of “Country Libations,” bombs and shots.

The 100-ounce Beer Tower is also a crowd-pleaser. From what they can remember of it.
The 100-ounce Beer Tower is also a crowd-pleaser. From what they can remember of it.

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the bikini bull riding, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Gilley's is a hoot-and-a-half. No bull.
Gilley’s is a hoot-and-a-half. No bull.

Find out more about Gilley’s at Treasure Island on the restaurant’s official site, and enjoy more photos in our gallery below.

Gilley's at Treasure Island