Vintage Vegas

The Flamingo, Golden Steer, Fremont Street, and more hip and swanky Sin City hangouts.

A 1940's hotel sign from the Neon Museum walking tour in Las Vegas, image

A 1940's hotel sign lights up the Neon Museum walking tour in Las Vegas.

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Liberace’s rhinestones still dazzle, and so do these classic Sin City spots where glitz and glamour shine on. Area code is 702 except as noted.

FLAMINGO HOTEL & CASINO The famed 1940s extravaganza built by Bugsy Siegel features updated guest rooms that combine retro decor with state-of-the-art technology. (888) 902-9929, flamingolasvegas.com.

THE FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE With nine legendary casinos, free entertainment, and some of the “loosest slots in town,” Fremont Street is where Las Vegas got started. 678-5777, vegasexperience.com.

GOLDEN STEER STEAK HOUSE The 1958 restaurant is as famous for its celebrity clientele as for its prime rib. Dine in original leather booths once reserved for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and the King. 384-4470, goldensteersteakhouselasvegas.com.

NEON MUSEUM A self-guided walking tour of downtown reveals nine refurbished signs, including the original Aladdin’s Lamp. Other gems are collected at the Boneyard, where tours are available starting in September (with advance reservations and suggested minimum donation of $15). 387-6366, neonmuseum.org.

PEPPERMILL FIRESIDE LOUNGE Sink into a plush pink velour couch by the fire pit and sip exotic Scorpion cocktails served by waitresses in dramatic black gowns. 735-4177, peppermilllasvegas.com/lounge

Photography courtesy of the Neon Museum 2010

This article was first published in September 2010 and updated in August 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

 

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