Food & Drink

7 hidden Vegas gems you'd never think to hit... until now

Published On 10/01/2013 Published On 10/01/2013
Frankie's Tiki Room
Double Down Saloon
Golden Steer Steakhouse
Mob Bar Las Vegas
Bootlegger Bistro
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1. Frankie's Tiki Room 1712 W. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Open 24-7, this off-the-Strip lounge is brimming with the possibly Polynesian, from blowfish lighting to idols, decor, and seating hand-carved by a cadre of seventeen artists, including Crazy Al Evans, Tiki Bosko, Tiki Ray, Billy the Crud, Tom "Big Toe" Laura, and the real Sgt. Hulka of the group, Bamboo Ben.

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2. Velveteen Rabbit 1218 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Opened by two sisters who wanted a fun place to kick back, this buzzy cocktail hangout is pouring boutique spirits in a space decked out with local artwork and vintage furniture, and adjoined by an outdoor patio with a stage for up-and-coming musicians. Velveteen Rabbit has mastered the art of the craft cocktail, slinging creative drinks that change with the seasons, like autumn's Something Wicked (bourbon, apple butter, meringue, bitters, angostura), and has developed a killer craft beer list, too.

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3. Double Down Saloon 4640 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169

Home of the famed Ass Juice cocktail, DD's the anti-Vegas & grunge bar that's "a clubhouse for the lunatic fringe"(!). You'll find live music, pinball, pool, and all kinds of folk visiting this psychedelically painted joint.

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4. Golden Steer Steakhouse 308 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102

Opened in 1958, GS's served some greats -- like Nat "King" Cole, Joe DiMaggio & Elvis Presley -- over the years, and's home to "The Best Steaks on Earth". ON EARTH!! So, twist your arm, guess you'll just have to go and see if that trademark's really true.

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5. Mob Bar 201 N 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Styled like a 1920s speakeasy/supper club, MB's pouring craft 'tails in downtown Vegas.

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6. Pop's Philly Steaks 501 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107

POP's (Pride of Philly Steaks) has been plating authentic Philly cheesesteaks since 2002 so yous guys can get your Philly fix all the way in Vegas.

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7. The Bootlegger Bistro 7700 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89123

This award-winning off-Strip spot's been serving classic Italian eats to locals and celebs alike since 1949.