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Live like a local: Frankie's Tiki Room

Las Vegas has many local joints, places that have become a staple among the native crowd. But being a tourist we’d understand if you didn’t know what lived past the glittery lights of the Strip. Honestly, who can blame you, with all there is to do it’s hard enough to eat at every restaurant that serves custom tacos let alone to leave and explore the surrounding valley.

In reality it isn't easy to become a local joint in Vegas considering the growing number of restaurants and bars that open and close each year. But locals really value these places and often take much pride in them. 

Take Frankie's Tiki Room. Built because, well, this town lacked a true authentic tiki bar. That was reason enough to take a closer look. (OK, sure, the unique drink menu didn't hurt).

Frankie's Tiki Room

History

In 2008 P Moss, owner of Double Down Saloon, decided that after all the recent closing tiki joints in town he was going to open his own version. And so after buying Frankie’s Bar & Cocktail lounge, remodeling the venue and partnering up with Bamboo Ben to help build it, Frankie’s Tiki Room was born.

Atmosphere

From the moment you first step foot inside Frankie’s to the moment you have your first drink everything about this place will most likely remind you of every movie you’ve ever seen with a tiki theme but with a Vegas touch.

There’s a red glow that engulfs the dimly lit bar, which is surrounded by hand carved tiki statues. The walls are completed composed of bamboo and there’s a fisherman’s net that hangs over the ceiling complete with pufferfish lights made from real pufferfish. Even the artwork on the wall is created in custom fashion for this bar featuring various island themed drawings with a twist.

What Makes it Special

Everything, but in particular most would agree their extensive custom drink list is really what makes this place stand out. Sure you can still order your typical rum and coke but why would you want to in a place that offers specialty drinks such as the bearded clam, zombie, scurvy and Dr. no. Their menu is complete with 32 original drinks, some of which come served up in a custom tiki mug that are available for purchase. Oh and did we mention the custom mugs are designed by various artists specifically for Frankie’s. You won’t be able to find mugs like these anywhere else.

But the absolute best part about the cocktail menu is the skull count below the drink that warns you before even ordering the drink how strong in alcohol content it will be. Skulls range on a scale from three to five, with three being the lightest in alcohol and five being the strongest. But don’t be fooled, some of the fives are so strong that after two you most likely won’t need a third, which you can blame the 160 proof rum for.

Why You Need to Visit  Until recently, this was the only surviving tiki lounge in Las Vegas, the ONLY and for a good six years. If you don’t want to visit it for the custom drinks, authentic hand carved bamboo design and sheer Las Vegas history engrained in the name then you have to visit it for the sole reason that it’s the only surviving tiki lounge in Las Vegas. Think of it this way in a town where a lot of things come and go and/or change names or get replaced by the next cooler version it’s rare to find something that is considered the one and only – a unicorn if you will.

 

10 dishes to try in Las Vegas this month

Grab your seat at the table and check out our menu of 10 delicious dishes for January:

1. Sushi burritos at Soho SushiBurrito (formerly Jabbaritos), 2600 W. Sahara Ave., Ste. 115

Chef John Lee gives you everything you need to create a tasty sushi burrito to your liking. Choose from nori, tempura shrimp, crab salad, seaweed salad, Unagi sauce, spicy mayo, tempura crunches, and more ... of course, don't forget the sushi rice. For $10, you can fill up in a custom dish.

2. Bacon Jam from Carson Kitchen, 124 S 6th St., Ste 100

Served with baked brie and toasted baguette, the bacon jam at Carson Kitchen in Downtown Las Vegas is a meal all its own. Plus, you can sit in the garden-style rooftop patio and literally jam while you enjoy the jam, with the help of live bands and DJ’s. 

Kumi

3. Pop Rockin' Roll at Kumi inside Mandalay Bay

This unique dish includes spicy tuna, crab, salmon, avocado and, yes, pop rocks. Pair it with a speciality cocktail from the in-house master mixologist.

4. Doritos Mac ‘n’ Cheese at PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood

America's favorite comfort food encrusted with Doritos. Say no more. It's perfect at PBR Rock Bar, a modern vibe where Sexy Cowgirl meets Bad Boy Rocker and a great spot for people-watching in the heart of the Strip.

5. Shrimp Quesadilla from Tacos & Tequila at Luxor

A flour tortilla with black beans, Oaxaca cheese, chile chipotle aioli, pico de gallo, crema fresca and avocado and shrimp ... a modern twist on a classic Mexican favorite. T & T serves it up with a rock'n'roll flair. 

Hong Kong Cafe

6. Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Golden Garlic Flakes at Hong Kong Cafe at Palazzo

The name itself is a mouthful, and the dish doesn't disappoint. Enjoy this fusion of Asian with Western fare reminiscent of the cafe scene in Hong Kong.

7. Deep Fried Oreos at Park on Fremont

They are so good, that the Deep Fried Oreos at Park on Fremont is the only dessert on the menu. Head downtown to the Fremont East District to try them, and you'll see why. 

Andrea's

8. Dinner and a show: Andrea's and Le Rêve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas

Enjoy your choice of shared plates and hand-crafted cocktails at Andrea’s inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas before the 7 p.m. performance of Le Rêve – The Dream. Andrea’s energetic dining scene and Asian-influenced flavors create the perfect pre-show experience. This dinner and show pairing includes your choice of five items from a specially-selected menu and a premium show ticket.

The water-based show at Wynn Las Vegas was inspired by a 1932 painting of the same name by Pablo Picasso. 

9. Lobster Roll at Giada at The Cromwell

This delicious dish at Giada speaks for itself. A delicious take on a lobster roll, pairing perfectly with the signature Italian cuisine at the celebrity chef's restaurant overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. 

10. Cotton Candy Fois Gras Lollipops at Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas

The secret to this lollipop-sized treat on a stick is to eat it in one bite to get all of the textures and flavors together. It's the perfect kickoff to a hearty meal inside celebrity chef Jose Andres' Bazaar Meat

Spark up your romance this Valentine's Day in Las Vegas

Whether you've got that special someone or you're still aiming Cupid's arrow, be sure to point it toward Las Vegas for a romantic Las Vegas getaway.

Ciel spa

Start with a little soothing of the senses. Las Vegas is home to the more than 45 unique and relaxing luxury spas. Most spas offer specials for couples. Ciel spa at SLS Las Vegas has a couples massage suite that's perfect for you and your valentine.

You'll find specialty spa services all over Las Vegas, such as sport, Shiatsu and Swedish massages; herbal baths; wraps; aromatherapy and reflexology; steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools; and more. You'll be in the lap of luxury and leave feeling invigorated and refreshed.

Gondola ride

Then you'll be ready for a night out just for two. Take a stroll through the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in the early evening or a romantic gondola ride at The Venetian. Then head into the Four Queens Hotel and look for Hugo's Cellar. As you might guess, it's in the basement of the hotel - a rustic, charming and vintage Vegas restaurant awaits you. The food and ambience are top-notch; both complemented by some of Vegas' finest servers. And tradition here is strong, as every lady receives a complimentary rose upon leaving. For the ultimate in intimacy, dine in the 50-seat gourmet room at Michael's inside the South Point.

Eiffel Tower Experience

If you don't want to dine in a cellar, you can have your head in the clouds instead, overlooking Las Vegas at the Stratosphere's Top of the World restaurant, or experience the ultimate in romantic getaways at Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Great food, piano entertainment and a view of the city - it's a Valentine's Day dinner your partner will never forget. Just across Las Vegas Boulevard, there is no better waterfront dining experience than Le Cirque. Exquisite French cuisine and an extensive wine list will tempt your taste buds as you enjoy the famous dancing Fountains of Bellagio.

Chandelier Bar

Afterward, get cozy and enjoy some of Las Vegas' unique nightlife, from the panoramic views at Drai's Nightclub atop The Cromwell to the retro-swagger of Matt Goss at Caesars Palace. Then enjoy late-night cocktails at The Chandlier at The Cosmopolitan, a unique three-level bar with different experience on each.

Las Vegas weddings

Of course, if you're looking to tie the knot, Las Vegas knows a thing or two about weddings. The Bellagio is one of several resorts with special wedding day packages just for Valentine's Day

 

A Star-Studded Kickoff to 2016

Las Vegas isn't known as the Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. You'll find more concerts, production shows, celebrity appearances and the world's top DJs in a month here than many cities see in an entire year. 

See our complete January listings here, and to book show tickets, rooms and everything you need for your next great Vegas adventure, check out LasVegas.com.

Here's a sampling of what Las Vegas has in store for you this month. 

 Celine Dion

Jan 2-17: Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

John Fogerty

Jan 8-23: John Fogerty at The Venetian

Jan. 14-17: WFG Continental Cup of Curling at The Orleans.

Martin Lawrence

Jan 16: Martin Lawrence at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel.

Styx

Jan. 16: Styx at the Palms

Jennifer Lopez

Jan 20-Feb. 6: Jennifer Lopez - All I Have at Planet Hollywood

Santana

Jan. 27: Santana at House of Blues

Bo Burnham

Jan 30: Bo Burnham at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel.

 

Not to play Monday morning quarterback, Johnny Vegas …

It’s unfortunate to have a job that requires you to work Sundays. You miss out on all of the uninhibited fun Las Vegas has to offer, when you stay home playing fetch with your dog on a Saturday night.

He did not, for example, touch down in time to wear a jungle-themed costume and attend the Party Animal event at Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms.

He did not call an audible and watch Britney Spears perform at Planet Hollywood.

He did not huddle up with friends when Morrisey rocked the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

He did not scramble to catch Raiding the Rock Vault at the Tropicana.

He did not ride the High Roller at the LINQ.

He did not avoid the rush and grab an early dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak in the Four Seasons.

He did not see Gordie Brown’s show at Golden Nugget. Sorry, no Brown’s for this guy tonight.

He did not enjoy the action at UFC 195 at the MGM Grand.

He did not feel like he was on Top of the World at the Stratosphere Tower.

He did not watch Skrillex spin at XS Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

He did not take some time out to shop around for something new at Crystals at ARIA.

He did not have a drive stall at Treasure Island just to see Mystere by Cirque du Soleil.

He did not witness The Chainsmokers at Hakkasan Nightclub.

He did not catch Whitney Cummings performing stand-up at The Venetian.

He did not give his signature Salute after dining at the newest restaurant inside Red Rock Resort.

He did not tackle all of the food stations at the French Market Buffet at The Orleans.

He did not check out Joe Rogan at The Mirage.

He did not get a relaxing treatment at Ciel Spa at SLS Las Vegas.

He did not hog the Marquee inside at the Cosmopolitan.

He did not have been trying to work his way through the D … to grab a bite at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse downtown at The D Las Vegas.

He did not lead a quick drive at Exotics Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He did not enjoy a cold-weather environment like the Minus-5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay.

He did not partake in a pregame meal at Benihana in the Westgate Las Vegas.

He did not try to generate much O at the Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio.

Yep, there’s definitely a lot Johnny Vegas didn’t do on Saturday night.

What Happens Here, Stays Here.

10 Places to Expense Dinner in Vegas

Another year has come and gone, and with that means CES is only a few days away. It’s a time when innovation and technology collide and a time for convention-goers to try some of the world’s best restaurants that can only be found in Las Vegas.

For those of you going on an “all-expenses-paid trip,” which you can thank your hard work for, we’ve gathered a list of the restaurants best suited for each budget. Whether your work prefers you to eat on the lighter side or allows you to live the high-roller lifestyle, this list offers the best for everyone.

Buddy V's Ristorante

$ − Entrees under $30

  1. Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian

The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, opened his first restaurant only a few years ago at The Venetian. It encompasses a mix of Italian-American dishes that have been passed down within his family. If you’re looking for some good home cooking, this is the place to go. And, of course, Buddy V didn’t forget to include his specialty − a bakery. Included on the menu is an impressive selection of deserts that include cannolis, the XL lobster tail and warm Nutella cake.

Dish to try: Valastro Sunday Gravy

Cost: $26

  1. Siegel’s 1941 at El Cortez

This is a restaurant the makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the early days of Las Vegas,; one where Bugsy Siegel was the big man in town. It’s a sophisticated restaurant with an old school twist that’s open 24/7 to satisfy all types of diners. And best of all, you’re always likely to find some type of daily special.

Dish to try: Steak Frites Steak Special

Cost: $19.41

$$ − Entrees under $50

  1. Katsuya at SLS Las Vegas

Katsuya not only features a dynamic pairing menu that encompasses Japanese flavor into an American dish from master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi, but it also hosts an award-winning mixology program. It’s a restaurant that has been voted “one of the 50 hottest restaurants” by Open Table and is sure to serve some of the best sushi in town.

Dish to try: Omakase Sushi

Cost: $45

Giada at The Cromwell

  1. Giada at The Cromwell

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis opened her first ever restaurant with the opening of the boutique hotel, The Cromwell. The menu focuses mostly on Italian-style food but offers a wide variety of both vegan and gluten-free options. What’s exciting about Giada is that customers can watch chefs make fresh breads, pastas and desserts while also enjoying a stunning view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Dish to try: Spaghetti (shrimp, lemon and basil)

Cost: $34

Top of the World

$$$ − Entrees under $100

  1. Top of the World at Stratosphere

Want to eat at a restaurant with one of the best views of Las Vegas? Then this is the place for you. Situated 844 feet in the air with a 360-degree view of the city that rotates every 80 minutes, it’s no surprise this restaurant is known as the one of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas. But don’t let that stop you from coming here on your business trip.

Dish to try: Tasting Menu       

Cost: $98

  1. Sinatra inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Where else other than Las Vegas would you be able to find a restaurant dedicated to the music man himself, Frank Sinatra? Inside Encore at Wynn, guests can ravish themselves in dishes favored by Sinatra himself. A menu prepared by chef Theo Schoenegger includes classic Italian dishes with a modern twist.

Dish to try: Ossobuco “My Way”

Cost: $53

Robuchon

$$$$ Entrees over $100

  1. Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand

Joël Robuchon is the only three Michelin Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Las Vegas and for good reason. His 16-course menu featuring French cuisine is an unparalleled experience for all food lovers.

Dish to try: Tasting Menu

Cost: N/A

Restaurant Guy Savoy

  1. Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace

Chef Guy Savoy brings his famous French cuisine to Las Vegas in his famous namesake restaurant. Attention to detail is a must in this two Michelin Star restaurant as chef Savoy does not even allow for fresh flowers or perfume to be worn by his employees for fear it will ruin the aroma of his dishes.

Dish to try: Innovation Inspired Menu

Cost: $375

Aureole

Only Vegas Finds

  1. Aureole at Mandalay Bay

Aureole was one of the city’s first fine-dining restaurants and continues to hold its position in this category. Brought to Las Vegas by Charlie Palmer in 1999, it features the only four-story wine tower in Las Vegas with flying wine angels. What’s a flying wine angel you ask? These are the girls who zip line around the four-story wine tower to bring you your requested wine. You’ll have to see this for yourself.

Dish to try: Tasting Menu (if available)

Cost: $145

  1. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan

Looking for a different kind of dining scene, maybe something that is a little more upbeat with an unusual setting? This is your place. It’s a unique social club that includes a mix of restaurant and bar with a lounge atmosphere and a twist on the typical live entertainment.

Dish to try: Beef Wellington

Cost: $275

 

Vegas Weekend: Catch Ron White, Alabama, The Nutcracker and more

It's beginning to look a lot like ... another incredible weekend in Las Vegas! Check out the array of concerts, production shows, comedy and of course, the nightlife featuring the world's biggest music producers. See who's where and when below, or view our full lineup of shows.

Alabama

Friday, Dec. 11

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Gary Allan

Saturday, Dec. 12

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Sunday, Dec. 13

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Book rooms and get show tickets, club passes and more at LasVegas.com!

10 Extravagant Things To Do In Vegas

Everybody who comes to Las Vegas pretty much already knows that you can buy a bottle at a nightclub, a suite in a hotel, a dinner at a famous restaurant, a souvenir shot glass or front row tickets to a Cirque show. But with Vegas being the city it is, there has to be a whole slew of items that you didn’t even know existed for purchase. Which is why we’ve curated a list of 10 items you probably didn’t know you could buy in Las Vegas.

Bauman Rare Books

1. Mark Twain’s first edition of Huck Finn

     At Bauman Rare Books in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian / The Palazzo customers can view all kinds of first-edition books and documents. Complete in its collection is a first edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. 3327 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

2. Buy wine in an IV bag

At Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street, customers who order wine will get it served to them in an IV bag (with a straw, not a needle). We should probably also mention that shots come in a pill bottle and when you walk in, staff offer you a hospital gown. 450 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, 89101

Bellagio Fountains

3. Make the Fountains of Bellagio sing

Yes, we’ll admit, this is a little pricy considering it will cost you $250,000, but it would make a pretty good story to say you turned on the Bellagio fountains. Once the fountains are turned off, a gold box will be delivered to you at Hyde Bellagio nightclub. Inside the box will be a selection of songs to choose from and a red button. Once you pick a song, you can press the button to turn on the fountains. 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

High Roller

4. Get married on the High Roller

It seems that you can get married everywhere in Las Vegas, but to get married 550 feet in the air is a whole other experience. At the High Roller observation wheel at The LINQ, couples can tie the knot in their own private cabin. The ceremony, which consists of one complete rotation on the wheel, takes 30 minutes and couples are able to invite 40 of their closest friends and family. 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

5. Art ’O’ Mat at The Cosmopolitan

The Art ’O’ Mat is a vending machine and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers six of within their hotel. The machine dispenses small pieces of art. Pieces will vary depending on the artist who created them and can be anything from a keychain to earrings, and even a mini-painting. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

6. Ostrich feathers at Rainbow Feather Co.

An entire store that only sells feathers! Who would have thought this existed, but it does and, of course, it’s in Vegas. At Rainbow Feather Co. located in the Las Vegas arts district, shoppers can buy seven different types of bird feathers and/or feathered boas. They even refurbish old feathered costumes. 1036 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Mount Charleston

7. Lift ticket at Mount Charleston

It snows in Las Vegas? Well, not quite. It snows in Mount Charleston, which is about a 30-minute drive from the Strip. But it’s here where skiers and snowboarders can go to get their winter fix in this desert. 2755 Kyle Canyon Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89124

Gold Spike

8. House at Gold Spike

At some bars, you can buy a table or a bottle. But at Gold Spike, you can buy a bottle and if you pay enough, you can rent the house it has in the back for a night. Not a bad option in the summer, considering it comes equipped with air-conditioning. 217 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101

9. Dinosaur mannequin at Las Vegas Mannequin

Mannequins have to come from somewhere, right? Well, at Las Vegas Mannequin, you can buy your typical mannequin figure or you can buy a dinosaur mannequin. Guess it depends on what’s more appealing to your customers. 3900 W. Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102

Lobster Zone

10. A lobster in The Lobster Zone

Did we mention that The Lobster Zone is a vending machine filled with lobsters? Yes, that’s right. And if you’re able to catch one, then Mickie Finnz Fish House & Bar will cook it for you. Neonopolis, 425 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

 

Vegas Weekend: NFR gallops into town

Saddle up and get ready for an amazing weekend of cowboy culture in Las Vegas as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo rides into town - and with it, top country acts. Of course, there's also the unrivaled club scene with the world's biggest music producers, more concerts, comedy, and everything else you'll only find in Las Vegas. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Big & Rich

Friday, Dec. 4

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Rob Thomas

Saturday, Dec. 5

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 
An Irishman In Vegas Redo

We thought #IrishmanInVegas deserved a second chance to turn things around with his GoPro. Here’s the redo.

Posted by Visit Las Vegas on Friday, November 20, 2015

Sunday, Dec. 6

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Vegas Weekend: Stuffed with shows, nightlife and more

You're surely excited about a hearty holiday meal this week, but be sure to leave a little room left over ... for a Las Vegas weekend stuffed with concerts and club performances you won't find anywhere else. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Dead and Company

Friday, Nov. 27

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Whitney Cummings

Saturday, Nov. 28

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Celebrate the Sinatra centennial by taking a walk in Frank's footsteps in our blog: http://spr.ly/6180BRwsw #Sinatra100Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau

Posted by Visit Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sunday, Nov. 29

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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