Sunday, May 29, 2011

Double Down Saloon


Not new, and not exactly a classy joint- the Double Down Saloon is a dive punk-ish bar off the strip in Las Vegas.  It has been there for about 18 years, and they have another Double Down- in NYC.  The owners of the Double Down also own Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, so they have a track record of making me happy.

From their website:

“Known the world over as the Happiest Place on Earth, the Double Down Saloon has been bringing a much needed sophistication to Las Vegas since 1992.  Interplanetary abstract.  Urban decay.  The Anti-Vegas.  Double Down is indeed a clubhouse for the lunatic fringe.”

And so it is.  Bacon Martinis, Ass Juice, combo meals such as “Ass Juice and a Twinkie” and the Graveyard Trifecta (a Hamms, an Ass Juice, and a Slim Jim), these are just some of the delights that await you at the Double Down.  Don’t worry, you can also grab a beer and other less “exotic” drinks. 

Here I am with my new buddy Scott, one of the DD’s bartenders:


When I walked in for the first time, I thought “what a dump, I love it”.  If thoughts like that don’t occur to you occasionally, you may want to skip this one.  Also, like Frankie’s, there is a continuous video loop running on the TVs, including some footage that cannot be unseen- you’ve been warned.

It is a good place to go and drink.  Aside from the previously mentioned “combo meals”, the only food is in a vending machine.  Also, as with Frankie’s, there is smoking, but also pretty decent air handling.  The aftermath of a brief visit should look something like this:





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