It’s all good with CatHouse’s general manager
By Kiko Miyasato
Some stats on Ryan Fitzgerald, general manager of CatHouse Boutique Nightclub at Luxor: he’s been skydiving more than 50 times, he’s a retired Marine, a huge sports fan (“Go Patriots, Dodgers and Red Sox!” he says), he’s a combat water survival swimmer and a summer and winter mountain leader, meaning “If you got to be stuck in the woods, hey, I’m your guy.” Another thing about Fitzgerald is that he puts his nose to the grindstone when it comes to managing CatHouse. “It’s a seven-day-a-week job. But I’m a workaholic and perfectionist, so … it’s a guarantee that you’ll see me.”
“I enjoy when people come in,” said the California native. “I enjoy watching them leave happy, looking like they had a great time. … People could go to the huge clubs, but they choose to come to us and that’s the part that I like.” Whether Fitzgerald’s guests are relaxing in the always-packed bar area or whooping it up in the back room where DJs spin old-school hip-hop, it’s all about the party that CatHouse offers. “The thing I love about CatHouse is it’s not all the show and expectations. People don’t come to CatHouse to be seen, they come to have a good time.”
And it’s Fitzgerald who is constantly facilitating that good time. “I’m just a good person to know in general. … If you come here and you’re around me, you’re gonna have fun. It’s not what I can do for you, but it’s about the experience that I’m going to make sure you have.”
With just under a dozen specialty cocktails on the menu, CatHouse’s Pretty Kitty is by far the No. 1 seller. It’s mixed with Cîroc Peach vodka, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, fresh-squeezed lime and lemon juices, splashes of orange and cranberry juices, rock candy syrup and soda, served on the rocks and garnished with a blood orange slice. The front room, also known as Doohan’s Bar (after owner Mick Doohan), serves drinks and bites from 5-10 p.m. while showing that day’s sports games.