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: