Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill Closes Permanently at Harrah’s

Toby Keith’s fans will no longer be able to hoist their red Solo cups at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Signs point to Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill being closed permanently at the mid-Strip  casino.

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Toby Keith has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and you still didn’t know “Keith” is his middle name. Last name: Covel.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill never reopened following a closure in March 2020 due to the pandemic.

Harrah’s, nor its owner, Caesars Entertainment, have officially confirmed the venue has closed for good, despite multiple requests.

However, Harrah’s staffers say the restaurant is current being used for storage, the gift shop has been completely cleared out and Harrah’s management is looking for a new concept for the space.

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Dibs on one of these Solo cup chandeliers.

The closure wasn’t too much of a surprise given some of the drama around Toby Keith-branded restaurants in 2020, the culmination of years of controversy.

Toby Keith’s restaurant and bar opened at Harrah’s Las Vegas on June 29, 2005.

I Love This Bar & Grill had an impressive run, given the fact most restaurants in the chain averaged a two-year lifespan.

The 262-seat venue featured live music, a dance floor, country-themed decor and a guitar-shaped bar.

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Many honkeys were tonked here.

Harrah’s recently finished what’s been touted as a $200 million renovation project.

All 2,542 rooms at Harrah’s have been redesigned, and the casino floor has been remodeled. Harrah’s has two new high-definition LED screens to show off its amenities.

About a year ago, Harrah’s removed a lot of the theming from its facade, and now the hotel boasts a more modern feel.

Creepy jesters are out.

The investments made at Harrah’s are directly attributable to the construction of the new Caesars Forum Conference Center nearby.

Yes, there’s already a Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. This will not cause any confusion whatsoever.

Anyhoo, conventioneers don’t love cheesy themes, so Harrah’s has largely gotten rid of its Mardi Gras jesters and other outdated touches.

In anticipation of your question, yes, Winnie and Buck survived the renovation.

Winnie Buck Chip Harrah's

Are you Vegas enough to know the dog’s name is Chip?

Today’s rabbit hole: If you look closely at that photo of Winnie and Buck, you’ll notice Winnie’s hand is in great shape.

Back in 2017, Winnie’s fingers were intact and sporting a huge rock.

Thanks to some asshattery, Winnie’s fingers have since been vandalized. We’d argue some of that $200 million spent on the Harrah’s renovations should’ve been devoted to restoring Winnie’s digits to their former glory.

Winnie Harrah's fingers

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Bringing things full circle, it’s worth noting the news release touting the Harrah’s renovations and entertainment offerings did not include Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. (It also didn’t mention the awkward departure of Mac King after 22 years. He’s relocating to Excalibur.)

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill will be missed by country music fans, and we look forward to seeing what’s in the works for the space.

13 thoughts on “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill Closes Permanently at Harrah’s

  1. Dean

    At least the Whip Its are back at Carnaval Court. Some good things are surviving at Harrahs. I wonder about the future of Margaritaville though. It seems to have less of a Jimmy Buffett vibe every time I’m there.

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    1. MrBuzzkill

      Maragritaville was packed yesterday at lunch. Line to get in was out the door. Bar was standing-room only. I agree the vibe is tired, but the tourists still dig it.

      Bird Bar in the Flamin’-ningo is getting a face lift, too, supposedly. Don’t know what’s going in there, but the staff was told they still have jobs, so probably another bar.

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  2. Jim

    15 years of a restaurant is a long time if your not real special. Nice place, ate there once just so-so. Have not been to Vegas since 2019, hoping to go back soon. Margaritaville is another story. Like the restaurant but it is not as rambunctious as before. Real disservice when Ceasure’s and Jimmy couldn’t get together on another deal for the Casino. The Bird Bar is a disaster. Granted Flamingo ran Margiritaville Casino into the ground!

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  3. JP

    I’m sure they will just put another mediocre overpriced “celebrity” chef restaurant in its location. Not really any good reason to step into Harrah’s anymore unless you are hitting up Numb for some frozen drinks as you walk through the casino to avoid the heat on your way to better locations.

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  4. Jim E.

    Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill In WinStar casino closed about a month ago and we were told by people at the casino it would not reopen.😢

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  5. Billy Brown

    It wasn’t Toby Keith that made it a good place to go.

    It was the employees and especially the bar tender.

    Thanks for all the good times Leo Miranda!

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  6. Donald G

    That’s entire area near harrahs is going one way….downhill,

    I saw more homeless people on this area than ever before.

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  7. BST

    I liked it , and ate there often when in Vegas . So sad news for me. Quite understandable it was not for everyone . I agree about the entire area going downhill . the area around Flamingo as well last I was there . It looked like no one ever cleaned outside near the entrance- 🙁

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