Dive Bar Girl and The Hubs hit a few watering holes on their honeymoon.  Here is what they had to say about their favorites.

DBG’s Picks:

The Peppermill Fireside Lounge

2985 Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV

www.peppermilllasvegas.com

Wrap-around velvet banquettes, the glow of endless neon, waitresses wearing slinky black evening dresses, champagne cocktails, fish bowl drinks, and a fountain that spews fire—this is the Peppermill.  It is romantic, kitschy, and an old school Vegas landmark all at the same time.  It was the perfect place for a wedding reception. Guests watched the LSU-Mississippi State game while playing video poker and drinking Blue Hawaiians.

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Frankie’s Tiki Room

1712 West Charleston

Las Vegas, NV

http://frankiestikiroom.com

This local’s hangout recaptures the essence of the Tiki culture of post World War II America.  Carefully crafted cocktails and authentic décor make it the kind of place Don Draper could have taken clients in order to seal the deal.  If a bar is worth an off-Strip cab ride…this is the one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tonga Room

950 Mason Street

San Francisco, CA

http://www.tongaroom.com

This is the grandfather of all Tiki bars.  Many, many moons ago, the Terrace Pool at the Fairmont Hotel was transformed into a legendary experience.  The band floats on a barge at the center of the lagoon. The Mai Tai’s are strong, and every 30 minutes it rains.  To quote The Hubs: “Any bar that makes is own weather is worth a visit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hub’s Picks:

Double Down Saloon

4640 Paradise Road

Las Vegas, NV

http://www.doubledownsaloon.com

The Double Down Saloon is a punk rock toilet, and I mean that in the absolute very best sense of the word. You remember the Bayou on Chimes Street, how it was so filthy and full of degenerates and the cigarette smoke was so thick you could cut it with a knife? The Double Down is a bigger, nastier version of the Bayou. They serve a drink called “ass juice” which is allegedly made of runoffs from other mixed drinks. The motto of the Double Down is “Shut up and drink”. It stands in proud contrast to the glitz and nouveau riche excess of the Las Vegas Strip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Toronado

547 Haight Street

San Francisco, CA

http://www.toronado.com

The Toronado is considered to be one of the best beer bars in America. At first glance, it looks kinda sketchy, just a dirty dive bar with blaring heavy metal and a crowd of lunchtime drinkers. But the Toronado has an amazing selection of beers on tap, from California microbrewers and Belgian firms. They have Pliny the Elder, one of the top beers around, on draft. The prices were also reasonable, although the bar is cash-only. If you love beer and you’re in the Bay Area, check out the Toronado. It lives up to its reputation in beer geek circles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shanghai Kelly’s

2064 Polk Street

San Francisco, CA

http://www.shanghaikellys.com

If I lived in San Francisco, Shanghai Kelly’s would be my neighborhood bar. Heck, I would look for a place to live in the neighborhoods around the bar. Shanghai Kelly’s has everything a great neighborhood bar needs: a nice selection of reasonably priced beers, a clientele made up of interesting characters, a well-stocked liquor section, hooks under the bar to hang a purse from (something that DBG looks for) and a painting of a reclining naked lady. Oh and they have an autographed picture of Neil Young hanging right by the bar.

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