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the only Las Vegas TIKI BAR ....Frankie’s Tiki Room 24/7 baby!
JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2009-12-21 10:53 am   Permalink

Nice pre-Tiki pics. BTW, your Flicker photos of Las Vegas signage are GREAT.

(Also TV is dust -
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31425&forum=1&vpost=497619 )

Here's a review of pre-Tiki Frankie's that I posted earlier....

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=30590&forum=1&vpost=426613

The great thing about Frankie's is that even though it's Tiki Revival, it still has a mid-century Las Vegas soul. I'm glad that P. Moss left the exterior and original signage intact.

I had an interesting conversation there this last weekend. A weathered older gentleman came in on Saturday afternoon and ordered a Long Island Ice Tea. He commented on how much the place had changed. I asked him how long he had been coming in. Here's how our conversation went:

He: "Let me ask you a question. Who were the first people in Las Vegas?"
JOHN-O: "That would have been the Indians."
He: "OK, who came next?"
JOHN-O: "The Mormons."
He: (impressed) "OK, and then after that?"
JOHN-O: "I would have to say organized crime."
He: "Wrong, it was the Railroad(ers)."

He said he worked on the railroad and that Frankie's had been a former hangout for those workers. He had been coming in for decades. He insisted that the bar (under a different name?) had been in operation since the 1940's. I told him that would make it the oldest operational bar in town. I was skeptical since I thought Frankie's dated back to 1964 and Atomic Liquors has the first LV liquor license from the early 1950's. At any rate, he seemed pretty sure of this fact.

He then went on to complain how the former management fired one of his favorite bartenders because she was getting too old and that the place went to hell after that. I would have kept our conversation going but then some young hipster dude came in and sat between us.

"Hipster dude" was a downtown bartender who had come in for the first time, always wondering what was inside the funky building. He was ordering shots and beers, but I then suggested one of the Tropical specialties. He ordered a Zombie and after the first sip, expressed a "Whoaa !!". Another Tikiphile is born.

Gotta love Frankie's. Along with keeping former decades-old customers, it's a major discovery for a new generation.

[ This Message was edited by: JOHN-O 2009-12-21 11:16 ]


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Big Kahuna
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Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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From: SoMass
Posted: 2009-12-21 3:40 pm   Permalink

Uhhhhh! Sorry! Trader Vic's is already history. You didn't miss much, except the half price mug sale at the end. Don't worry, Frankie's makes up for it, both with drinks & decor.
Quote:

On 2009-12-21 10:11, talo ka wrote:
i'm dying to get to here and trader vic's. trying to talk my wife into a trip for our 25th anniversary.



 
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7454
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2010-01-14 09:27 am   Permalink

http://www.nightclub.com/nightclub-bar-show-toast-2010-nightclub-bar-awards-finalists
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JOHN-O
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From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2010-01-14 10:54 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-01-14 09:27, RevBambooBen wrote:

http://www.nightclub.com/nightclub-bar-show-toast-2010-nightclub-bar-awards-finalists


Great press !!

However I gotta say the rest of that list is the 2010 Nightclub & Bar Awards "of douchebaggery". I fear it will only lead to more of same frequenting our beloved Frankie's.

We as Tikiphiles are then left diminished....



 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
Posts: 6063
From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-01-14 3:35 pm   Permalink

Frankie's Rocks! The place has a perfect atmosphere of classic Tiki bar ambiance,yet a time machine vibe, like it is 1960's cocktail time.
with the few updates i.e. jukebox, that feel just right.

Ben,Moss and everyone else who put the place together did a great job, Frankie's is my favorite Tiki Bar, Bar None!


 
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RevBambooBen
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From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2010-01-24 7:27 pm   Permalink

http://www.viewnews.com/2010/VIEW-Jan-12-Tue-2010/North/33594714.html
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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 3985
From: SOCAL
Posted: 2010-01-24 8:00 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-12-21 10:53, JOHN-O wrote:

He: "Let me ask you a question. Who were the first people in Las Vegas?"
JOHN-O: "That would have been the Indians."
He: "OK, who came next?"
JOHN-O: "The Mormons."
He: (impressed) "OK, and then after that?"
JOHN-O: "I would have to say organized crime."
He: "Wrong, it was the Railroad(ers)."

[ This Message was edited by: JOHN-O 2009-12-21 11:16 ]



I was just watching a DVD series about the Mob and Vegas, and it said the same thing: The railroad workers.


 
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beelzebozo
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Joined: Dec 02, 2008
Posts: 200
From: vegas
Posted: 2010-01-25 6:15 pm   Permalink

I am the bass player for Thee Swank Bastards and DJ Beelzebozo Partidge. Just Letting all of you know that every First Friday I will be spinning records in Frankie's from 10pm till at least 2am. On the platter will be surf, exotica, garage, and a tad bit of soul and funk. Call me at 702-324-3848 or email me at shaunwcoleman@gmail.com I expect to see you all there.

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beelzebozo
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Posts: 200
From: vegas
Posted: 2010-01-25 6:33 pm   Permalink

I am the bass player for Thee Swank Bastards and DJ Beelzebozo Partidge. Just Letting all of you know that every First Friday I will be spinning records in Frankie's from 10pm till at least 2am. On the platter will be surf, exotica, garage, and a tad bit of soul and funk. Call me at 702-324-3848 or email me at shaunwcoleman@gmail.com I expect to see you all there.

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icebaer69
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Joined: Feb 03, 2007
Posts: 194
Posted: 2010-01-26 06:35 am   Permalink

"...



MIDNIGHT MOSS

My latest read is a collection of short stories written by a long-renowned Las Vegas saloon owner that begins with the sentence: "Two naked girls."

This is how "Blue Vegas," by P Moss, is ignited. I got my mitts on an advance copy of this collection of 17 based-in-Vegas short stories during a late-night visit to Frankie's Tiki Room on Friday. The "Blue Vegas" official release date is March 2, its listed price is $14.95, and its published by CityLife Books, a division of Stephens Press (owned by the company that owns the Review-Journal). The amassed stories, with such titles as "The Curse of Frank Sinatra," "Plastic Jesus," and "The 8:16 To Nowheresville" promise to reflect Moss' obtuse observations of a city he adopted as his hometown when he opened Double Down Saloon in 1992.

Moss said Friday that his plans to expand beyond the two Vegas taverns and Double Down
in New York are on hold, for now.
Be happy with what you have, is how he termed it.

Always inventive with his cocktail selection, Moss also mentioned that Frankie's offers one of the city's most extensive rum collections. An example: Just one case of the 30-year-old Appleton Estate Rum has been distributed in the state of Nevada. Frankie's has two bottles, which retail for just under $500 apiece, and is sold at $79 a shot at the Tiki Room. The other 10 bottles are owned by Manardin Oriental at CityCenter. It's a pretty heady inventory for a man whose most famous drink is either Ass Juice or the Bacon Martini, both served at Double Down.
(I was tempted to try this 30-year-old rum,
but it would have cost us a lot more than $79.)
..."
http://www.lasvegassun.com/photos/2009/feb/10/21668/

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Tom Slick
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Joined: Aug 26, 2005
Posts: 1092
From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2010-02-03 9:52 pm   Permalink

FINALLY, I am headed to Vegas, nearly after 4 years and my first stop without a joke is Frankies. I am really looking forward to it... I havent been this excited to go to Vegas since Taboo Cove, and earlier VLV years! Thursday night and maybe Friday night, time permitting. No need to report back, as I already know its going to be great!

 
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beelzebozo
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Joined: Dec 02, 2008
Posts: 200
From: vegas
Posted: 2010-02-26 12:48 pm   Permalink

I am the bass player for Thee Swank Bastards and DJ Beelzebozo Partidge. Just Letting all of you know that every First Friday I will be spinning records in Frankie's from 10pm till at least 2am. On the platter will be surf, exotica, garage, and a tad bit of soul and funk. Call me at 702-324-3848 or email me at shaunwcoleman@gmail.com I expect to see you all there.

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woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 2604
From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2010-06-23 09:32 am   Permalink

I've got Tiki lovin friends doin Vegas (As I type!) and I want to pass along some recommendations for drinks at Frankie's.

So recommend. (Please.)
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RevBambooBen
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Joined: Nov 12, 2002
Posts: 7454
From: Huntikington Beach
Posted: 2010-06-23 11:00 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-06-23 09:32, woofmutt wrote:
I've got Tiki lovin friends doin Vegas (As I type!) and I want to pass along some recommendations for drinks at Frankie's.

So recommend. (Please.)




the drinks with the most sculls....
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TikiPug
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Joined: May 14, 2003
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From: Den of Sin / Pug's Pair-A-Dice
Posted: 2010-07-01 09:06 am   Permalink

The new mug is super cool

 
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