(keep reading to learn what happened)
Season: 3 | View All Season 3 Episodes
Original Episode Air Date: August 4, 2013
The Bar's Original Name Was: Gipsy
Gipsy Address: 4605 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Gipsy, briefly renamed to SBLV Ultra Lounge, was a Las Vegas, Nevada bar featured on Season 3 of Bar Rescue.
Though the Gipsy Bar Rescue episode aired in August 2013, the actual filming and visit from Jon Taffer took place before that.
It was Season 3 Episode 15 and the episode name was “Play. Some. Janet. Jackson!” .
Note – the bar’s name is spelled Gipsy, not Gypsy. A lot of people list the bar’s name as Gypsy because that’s the common spelling, but it’s officially spelled Gipsy.
Paul San Filipo opened the bar in 1993.
It is a historic gay bar in Las Vegas.
It was the first gay nightclub in the area until the competition appeared in the 1990s.
However, the bar is stuck in the past.
No one visits the bar anymore.
The bar has been fined for refusing to pay live entertainment taxes, and they are in debt.
To assess the situation, experts in Las Vegas nightlife spy on the bar for Jon.
The drinks they order are served in plastic cups.
They have no vermouth, so their martinis also taste bad.
Paul is rude to his staff and is drinking in the bar, which is generally a bad sign for any bar.
In my experience watching Bar Rescue, it seems like owners who drink at the bar are rarely effective at running a business.
When Jon confronts Paul, he says his team deserves the abuse he dishes out to them.
When Jon tries to talk to him, Paul becomes confrontational.
As a result of this, they send him home in a taxi to sleep it off.
Jon returns the next day, and Paul is sober.
Jon Taffer makes Paul promise not to drink in the bar while he is there and makes him apologize to his staff.
Jon brings in his experts to inspect the bar.
There is a lot of dirt around the bar, including moldy produce.
The team has to clean the bar before they can start training.
The expert mixologist, Rachel, teaches the bartenders how to serve a gin martini.
A professional bartender will operate the first-hour of the stress test so the staff can watch her in action.
The professional bartenders are great during the relaunch.
They get pulled, and the staff of Gipsy gets put behind the bar.
They are very nervous and keep dropping things.
The next pair of bartenders are so much better than the first two.
Jon commends the staff for their performance during the stress test.
Jon meets Paul inside the bar and explains he wants to create three stages with three different shows just a few minutes long.
That way, service doesn’t have to be stopped while the shows are in session.
Bartenders will also be able to perform in Jon’s new stage show.
Jon brings in an expert, Dominique Kelly, to train the staff on dance moves.
She starts training the group on the first number.
Rachel introduces new drinks.
The sunshine and Florida inspire them.
After thirty-six hours of renovation, Jon calls the staff to see the bar.
The bar has been renamed and is now called SBLV Ultra Lounge.
The SBLV stands for South Beach Las Vegas and is inspired by 1950s Miami.
The exterior is eye-catching, with bright signs for SBLV.
Inside looks more upscale, but Paul is not happy with the changes.
In fact, Paul calls the changes “horrible”.
The rest of the staff loves the changes and the space.
There are new furnishings, and the sound system was updated.
Everyone is working well during the relaunch.
However, Paul left that night and never came back on the show.
Yeah…not the happiest ending.
So was the Gipsy Bar Rescue episode a long-term success?
Keep reading my update to learn what happened next and if the Gipsy Las Vegas location is still open in 2024 and beyond.
Gipsy Update - What Happened Next?
Now that we’ve recapped the SBLV Bar Rescue episode, let’s talk about what happened after Jon Taffer and his crew left Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, Gipsy did not have a successful Bar Rescue experience.
Paul returned a few days after the renovation and renaming to SBLV Ultra Lounge and shut the bar down.
Paul also moved his staff to another one of his bars.
Because the bar closed so quickly, this means that I can’t find any example Gipsy bar reviews for you.
Around a year after the visit, Paul was planning to gut the bar again and reopen it as something new.
It seems like he really didn’t like Jon Taffer’s changes to Gipsy.
However, Paul was unable to complete the remodel due to permitting and contractor issues.
Is Gipsy from Bar Rescue still open?
Gipsy from Bar Rescue closed very shortly after the Bar Rescue visit and, while Paul had plans to reopen it, it is now permanently closed.
The old Gipsy Las Vegas location was bulldozed in 2020 and, while Paul was planning a big fancy rebuild, we can’t find any record of that happening.
It’s very possible that Covid-19 got in the way of his plans, as he bulldozed the location right before the pandemic really kicked off.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Spectrum, Paul said the following:
“I have a passion for this business and I’m not sparing any expense.”
He expects the rebuild will cost approximately $5 million.
If a new Gipsy reopens in the Las Vegas location, I’ll be sure to update this page.
Here’s a shot of the old location as of April 2022 – it appears to still be an empty lot:
Here’s a Google Maps street view embed of the Gipsy Las Vegas location so that you can keep tabs on it…
In the most recent update (December 2022), you can see that a building is under construction, so there is progress being made there.
If you know what the new building will be, please let me know.
It seems like they might actually be rebuilding Gipsy (under new ownership)?
There are signs indicating that the new building will still carry the Gipsy name.
If you zoom in, you can see the following on the sign:
- Preliminary location suitability for: Tavern and Class A Gaming
- Applicant: Gypsy, LLC
However, I’m not 100% sure yet.
One thing I am sure of, though, is that Paul will not be involved…
What happened to Paul San Filipo from Gipsy Las Vegas?
Unfortunately, Paul San Filipo passed away in April 2022, so there will be no Gipsy nightclub reopening from Paul.
Here’s a screenshot of Paul’s obituary:
It’s possible that someone else might reopen the bar given its history, though.
Based on the progress at the old Gipsy Las Vegas location, it seems like that is what’s happening.
If you want to see an update for another Las Vegas gay bar that Jon Taffer rescued, you can check out my Badlands Saloon Las Vegas update.
Or, you can browse my full collection of all the Las Vegas, NV Bar Rescue episodes. There have been 25+ visits and counting.
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Last updated: 2023-05-24 06:04