Nothings says vintage Las Vegas like dark wood paneling and shiny brass fixtures, especially if your idea of vintage Vegas is a rat pack-style retro steak house.
Fortunately, there are a handful of such places that still exist, the oldest dating back to the 1950s. Listed from ‘less vintage’ to ‘most vintage.’ Click on addresses below for Google Map locations.
Hugo’s Cellar (202 Fremont Street) – Located downstairs in The Four Queens Hotel & Casino, Hugo’s Cellar offers up an old school upscale Vegas dining experience. From their tuxedoed wait staff and really big salad cart, to their showy table-side food preparations, this is the place to take your honey if you’re looking for a retro night out on the town, continental style. Oh, and all the ladies receive a complimentary long stemmed rose!
Top of Binion’s (128 Fremont Street) – Occupying the 24th floor at Binion’s Gambling Hall downtown, this former Top of The Mint location (made famous in the Hunter S. Thompson novel Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas ) dates back to the 1960s and offers classic steakhouse fare including shrimp cocktail, iceberg wedge lettuce and lots and lots of steak. They’re also known for something called Chicken Fried Lobster, a signature dish once created for Country music star Merle Haggard. A cool vibe and delicious views.
The Golden Steer (308 W. Sahara Ave.) – Since 1958 the Golden Steer Steakhouse has been a real neighborhood joint serving the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. That’s right, the real rat pack. Today they still pack in their regulars and fair share of contemporary celebs but because of the public’s new found appreciation for all things retro (thank you, Mad Men ) they’re also more popular than ever so make a reservation. This is the real deal. Located one block off the north end of The Strip, on W. Sahara Ave., look for their iconic roadside sign featuring… the golden steer.
Honorable Mention – Although not vintage, we have a soft spot for Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse at the historic Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino downtown. Their decor and ambience are so spot-on you’d swear this was a vintage rat pack hangout, plus their menu boasts classic steakhouse fare with one of the best filet mignons we’ve ever had.
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