Born and raised in Los Angeles, fraternal twins Mark and Jonnie Houston are not strangers to the nightlife scene. The brothers launched Piano Bar in 2008, followed shortly after by La Descarga, Harvard & Stone, No Vacancy, Pour Vous, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, Dirty Laundry, and their first restaurant Butchers and Barbers. Now the duo is making a name for themselves in Las Vegas. Debuting on New Year’s Eve, On the Record will be opening inside Park MGM. The 11,000 square foot space will include a speakeasy and club, fronted by a fully functioning record store.
The twins had been considering opening up a venue in Las Vegas for years. However, it wasn’t until a space opened up in the former Monte Carlo that a partnership between MGM Resorts and Sydell Group helped make this dream a reality. Currently, the brothers’ popular Break Room 86 is located in Koreatown at Sydell’s Line Hotel. On the Record is situated across from the Park MGM Theater and will be the largest venture for the Houston twins to date. However, the speakeasy/club is still considered small by Las Vegas standards.
On the Record will be divided into three main spaces. However, the venue offers multiple experiences for different customers. When creating the establishment, Mark and Jonnie had a vision. Unlike most of the clubs in Vegas which have one large room with a single DJ and bottle service, the twins wanted to create a space that catered to all types of people. Each space in the club offers a different vibe which makes it fresh and fun. The speakeasy and club will also feature an innovative cocktail program which starts with a hidden enclave known as the Vinyl Parlor. The Vinyl Parlor will pair cocktails made by bartenders with customer song requests.
When you arrive to the Vegas speakeasy, you’ll enter into a record store, located across the casino floor from Park Theater. On the Record acts as a nostalgic place that is driven by the experiences of Mark and Jonnie as children. The venue will also have a hidden entrance which is something the brothers have never done before. Once inside, guests will discover both indoor and outdoor spaces, including three karaoke rooms, a double-decker bus DJ booth, and spaces playing music from different eras. There will also be other surprises in store for customers.
As with all the venues the Houston brothers create, the new club will be designed by the twins. Like any good entertainment venue, the club will offer bottle service, in addition to food served by an unknown partner. A cocktail program will also be available and the brothers will have a slew of talented mixologists on board to ensure all goes well. Each room in the venue is designed and decorated to encourage social interaction. The goal is to have customers return again and again to experience the different spaces and people. Customers are sure to see something new every time.
With so much to offer that is new and exciting, On the Record is sure to become one of Las Vegas’ top hot spots. However, don’t expect it to replicate what you see in most of Vegas’ bigger nightclubs. The twins are going above and beyond to ensure that this new speakeasy/club is different than what Las Vegas already offers. They even plan to cater to locals with options such as rideshare programs and free parking. While the club won’t open into New Year’s weekend, you’ll want to make an appearance to check out all the great things the Houston brothers are bringing to Vegas.