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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.

 

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.

 

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

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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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Vegas Weekend: Rise Against, Heart, Jay Leno and more take the stage

The holidays are almost upon us, but Las Vegas is in the spirit of giving year-round, with concerts, comics and club performances you won't find anywhere else. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Heart

Friday, Nov. 20

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Rise Against

Saturday, Nov. 21

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Take a ride on Slotzilla Zip Line Las Vegas, 12 stories above the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. For more 360 content, visit GeoVegas here: http://spr.ly/6188BustA

Posted by Visit Las Vegas on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday, Nov. 22

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Vegas Weekend: Whoopi Goldberg, Godsmack and more take the stage

The holidays are almost upon us, but Las Vegas is in the spirit of giving year-round, with concerts, comics and club performances you won't find anywhere else. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Whoopi Goldberg

Friday, Nov. 13

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Godsmack

Saturday, Nov. 14

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Having #Vegas withdrawals? See the city in a whole new way with GeoVegas: The Virtual Experience: http://spr.ly/6186BPU14

Posted by Visit Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sunday, Nov. 15

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Vegas Weekend: R. Kelly, Diana Ross, Soulfly and more

From country and rock icons to pop starlets, you'll find entertainment for every taste this weekend in Las Vegas. Whether it's comedians, concerts or clubs, it's all happening here. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Diana Ross

Friday, Nov. 6

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

R. Kelly

Saturday, Nov. 7

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Sunday, Nov. 8

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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16 things to do in 2016 in Las Vegas

Sadly, 2015 has come and gone and so has the much anticipated opening of Omnia Nightclub, Rock in Rio and the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight. But with 2016 ahead of us brings a new year with many new openings and events in Las Vegas. These are the 16 biggest things happening in Las Vegas in 2016 that you should check out.

1. 2016 Presidential Debate: It may come as a shock to some that the final presidential debate of 2016 is going to be held in Las Vegas, but this city is known for much more than just partying and gambling. Its ability to host high-profile events throughout the years has helped to put this city on the map as a serious place to do business. Las Vegas has even been ranked No. 1 for the place to hold meetings and conventions in North America. We’re certain this is likely to be one of the biggest events of the year in Las Vegas. (October 16, Thomas & Mack Center, 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154)

2. Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho: Yes, that’s right. Guy Fieri is bringing a second restaurant to Las Vegas, El Burro Borracho, which translates to the Drunken Donkey. If you think the name is crazy, then you’ll be shocked to find out that the dishes are just as crazy. Restaurant goers can expect to see food items such as drunken fish tacos, lava rock shrimp and Acapulco gold salad. (Opening 2016, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, 3700 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89103)

Route 91 Festival

3. Return of Music Festivals: This year, Las Vegas welcomes the return of the Electric Daisy Carnival (June 17-19), iHeart Radio music fest (TBD) and Route 91 Harvest Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 2). Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!

4. Jennifer Lopez - All I Have: It’s no surprise that Jennifer Lopez would bring her first ever headlining residency, All I Have, to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Starting in January, fans will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience seeing her like they never have before. The show runs from January until June and includes a total of 20 performances. (Begins January 20, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, 3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

5. Vegas Uncork’d Returns for Its 10th Anniversary: If you love food, then this is your chance to try some dishes from the world’s best chefs − and at no better time as Vegas Uncork’d celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. This event features a one-of-a-kind experience and you can expect the celebration to be bigger and better than last year. (April 28−May 1)

JEWEL

6. JEWEL Nightclub: It was only a matter of time that a new nightclub would replace the now closed Haze. In its place, ARIA plans on opening, JEWEL, which will be part of the Hakkasan Group family. It will be a multilevel venue and feature five unique suites above the dance floor, each one with its own entryway. (Opening spring, ARIA Resort and Casino, 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89158)

7. Caesars Palace 50th Anniversary: This year, Caesars Palace celebrates its Golden Year anniversary, and in celebration, it will be unveiling its new Julius Tower, which includes 587 newly designed hotel rooms. Throughout the rooms, guests will be able to view artwork of showgirl costumes hand drawn on Roman statues. (Begin stay on January 1)

The Killers will open Las Vegas Arena

8. The Las Vegas Arena: With opening performances from hometown legends such as The Killers, Wayne Newton and Shamir (April 6), along with concerts by George Strait (Apr. 22-23, Sept. 9-10, Dec. 2-3), Garth Brooks (June 24-25, July 2-4) and The Dixie Chicks (July 16) already lined up, the Las Vegas Arena is going to be home to huge events throughout 2016. The 20,000-capacity arena was built to house everything from sporting events such as basketball, boxing and hockey, to concerts and large performances.

9. Intrigue Nightclub: Intrigue will be a nightclub expected to be like no other in Las Vegas, not because of its design, but because of its concept. Wynn Las Vegas wants to redefine the nightclub experience with the opening of Intrigue. While the concept isn’t fully unveiled yet, it’s been mentioned that the club won’t be centered on the typical EDM DJ playing, and there will even be a private social media free zone section of the club. (Opening April 28, Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

10. Billy Idol: Forever: Billy Idol’s first-ever residency will be at the House of Blues where fans have a chance to catch one of his 12 upcoming performances. The Generation X rocker will be playing all of his past hits and will even be accompanied by guitarist, Steve Stevens. (Begins March 16, Mandalay Bay, 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119)

Beer Park

11. Beer Park by Budweiser: This baseball-style atmosphere bar and grill, which features both picnic tables and green grass, offers over 100 styles of beer both bottled and on draft. Customers can enjoy classic games such as darts, pool and cornhole while they lounge. There will even be roaming carts that feature various concession stand food items. (Opening early 2016, Location: Paris Las Vegas, 3655 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

12. Topgolf Flagship location: This is not your typical Topgolf. In fact, there’s never been a Topgolf created like the one that’s coming to the MGM Grand. The venue will be four levels, and will include a restaurant, bar, stage for concerts, cabanas, water features and, of course, climate-controlled hitting bays. The location even plans on staying open until the early morning hours. (Opening spring, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

13. The W Hotel: The Lux tower at SLS will be transformed into The W Las Vegas. Hotel guests who stay at The W hotel will have their own private check-in and lobby area, referred to as The W Living Room. The hotel will also feature a W-branded spa and pool bar area known as WET. (Opening September, SLS Las Vegas, 2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

14. Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino: While we’re not certain it’s set to open in 2016, we've been so eagerly awaiting it that we’re adding this to the list in the hopes that it does. The Lucky Dragon Hotel & Casino plans to be a 10-story Asian-themed resort decorated in a ruby-red color. It promises that visitors can expect an “authentic Asian cultural and gaming experience” inside the hotel. They’re offering everything from high-end dining, bars and lounges, to a pool complex and fashion boutiques sourced from Asia. Even the signage will be written in both English and Chinese. (Potentially opening 2016)

15. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips: This will be Gordon Ramsay’s fourth restaurant in Las Vegas and its opening has been rumored for over a year now. Those who visit the restaurant will be greeted by two London-style, red telephone booths at the entrance, as well as a Union Jack-patterned fish that hangs over the doorway. On the menu, you’ll find hearty items such as bangers and mash, and chicken planks. (Opening in summer, The LINQ Hotel & Casino, 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

16. Beauty & Essex: Not only is this a restaurant and a lounge, but it’s also a pawn shop. This multitiered dining experience was developed by a partnership of TAO Group and restaurateur Chris Santos. There’s no menu yet, but chef Santos is particularly known for creating innovative share-plate dishes. (Opening in 2016, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109)

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