GOOD TO KNOW: http://frankiestikiroom.com/
Specialties: Fruit-based rum drinks
Gluten-free: Cocktails only
Other: Open 24 hours everyda
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Off the Beaten Path in Las Vegas
A recent obsession of mine is old school tiki lounges - South Pacific theme, kitschy island music, mood lighting, and wicked strong boozy drinks masquerading as benign fruit juice. I love the retro vibe and escapism of these rare, themed bars. I've been to Vegas a ton of times but have always stuck to either Fremont Street orThe Strip - typical touristy stuff like casinos, shows, shopping, people watching etc.. On a recent trip Shawn and I decided to see some of Vegas we hadn't seen before. In addition to the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory andBotanical Gardens in Henderson, we found Frankie's Tiki Room which is located in an older part of Las Vegas and definitely off the beaten path.
Rum Runners and Rick Springfield
Planning to visit Frankie's? Better call a taxi. It's near the Fremont Street Experience but not really walking distance. And did I mention the strong cocktails? Yeah, you'll need a taxi. Don't let the dodgy appearance and oddly parked motorcycle at the entrance fool you. What Frankie's lacks in curb appeal is made up for inside. The interior is dimly lit with illuminated pufferfish and the glow of ever present video poker machines. Frankie's has a campily descriptive drink menu and extra tiki touches like branded matchbooks, souvenir tiki glasses, and groovy swizzle sticks. Our stop at Frankie's was early in the evening so there was plenty of seating and time to chat with the bartender. We had a couple drinks, bought a tiki cup, played video poker and then called a taxi to take us to the next stop of the evening - The Mandalay Bay Beach for a Rick Springfield concert.
Las Vegas is called the Entertainment Capital of the World for a reason. On any given night there are countless live shows of all shapes and sizes being performed in all sorts of venues. Concerts on the Beach, a series of summer concerts, take place at Mandalay Bay Beach, a huge wave pool surrounded by sand and cabanas with a concert stage placed in the middle located at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. During the day The Beach is filled with sun worshipping resort guest but on concert nights, the loungers get put away and the doors open to concert ticketholders. Something to note about Concerts on the Beach, there is no seating. Plan to bring a blanket/beach towel or better yet, wear shorts and wade into the water for a wetter concert experience. I'm not the biggest Rick Springfield fan in the world — that honor went to my friend who attended with us — but the show was good enough that it didn't get overshadowed by the spectacular venue.
The Strip and Fremont are great places to spend most of your time while visiting Vegas, but we found that the jewels waiting off the main track can make the experience all the more enjoyable.
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A note to readers:
I am gluten sensitive/intolerant so I am not overly concerned with possible cross contamination. If you have severe reactions, I recommend taking additional precautions.