What would a trip to Las Vegas be without visiting some old school, vintage bars? While the modern skyscrapers and high-rise towers on the Las Vegas Strip are awe-inspiring, every once in a while you just crave a nice classic. We all know some things are better left unchanged, so keep the drinks coming at these top five vintage Vegas bars.
Atomic Liquors holds the title for the oldest bar in Las Vegas, dating back to 1952 when it first started pouring for visitors. It has been featured in classic Vegas movies, including The Hangover, Casino and The Gauntlet. Since then, the bar has undergone some renovations to bring it up to speed with modern times, but it still stays true to its vintage roots. In the past few years, Atomic Liquors expanded into a restaurant, Kitchen at Atomic, which was built in what used to be a gas station right next to the bar.
A Vegas staple, the Peppermill is a must-visit for a late-night bite and a drink at the swanky fireside lounge. It won’t take long to understand why this classic restaurant and bar has been featured in numerous movies. From the cheerleader uniforms the waitresses wear to the huge portions of comfort food they serve; Peppermill’s atmosphere screams vintage Vegas. The restaurant and bar are both open 24 hours a day, making sure no one goes hungry or thirsty.
Champagne’s Cafe opened its doors in 1966 and has undergone some minor renovations since then. Contrary to popular belief, Champagne’s Cafe is hardly a café. It actually has not served food since 2006! Although the bar has gained new traction from its makeover on Bar Rescue, some things have remained the same, such as the iconic red and gold velvet wallpaper, vintage Vegas photos that adorn the walls, and the dark and moody atmosphere that will take you all the way back in time to old Vegas nights.
This popular dive bar has not made many changes in their interior design since opening their doors in 1962, but it’s those little quirks that make it so special, and add to its charm. Customers swear by the bartenders, who they claim are some of the friendliest in town. Try to visit on a night that has live music or an open mic, and take advantage of the highly affordable drink menu.
The MINT Tavern
This new bar is far from vintage, but it definitely drew all of its inspiration from old Vegas and pays homage to the past with its classic neon signage. Modeled after the late Mint Casino on Fremont Street (1957-1988), the Mint Tavern mixes a bit of the Rat Pack era with modern twists, making this swanky gem the go-to for those who love anything retro. The venue also hosts swing dancing classes, as well as swing dancing and jazz music every Friday night.