Even after a recent "remodel" from the famed Bar Rescue crew I still consider this one of the best Dive Bars in all of Las Vegas.
Opened in 1966 and home to the likes of Frank Culotta you could really call this place a "hole in the wall" (look it up).
It's still sitting in its original spot at 3557 Maryland Parkway directly across from The Boulevard Mall.
Champagne's offers Karaoke Monday, Friday and Saturday. Comedic open mic night is Tuesday and Blues with Walter Waiters on Thursday(which I hear packs the joint).
The bar top is full of VP and the walls are adorned with vintage Vegas pictures and some original wallpaper straight out of a gangster movie. Smoky and dark just the way it should be but clean when the lights have to come on, which isn't very often seeing they're open 24 hours a day.
My recent visit came approximately 10 years from my last visit and the only noticeable changes were the new VP machines on the bar-top and they (Bar Rescue) replaced the iconic neon sign for a much duller version. The place was still full of locals with their local stories and a courteous bartender generously serving up drinks for the gamblers. Donna (Bartender) shared some great photos with me and reminisced on the past and one of the regulars from the past 7 years filled me in on all the recent ownership and entertainment changes, she strongly suggested I come and hear Walter Waiters sing his blues. I wish i could have but caught a plane the next day, next time for sure. Champagne's is an all around old school neighborhood bar and hangout, with a history to match.
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Atomic Liquors located at 917 Fremont St. is the oldest freestanding bar in town, and was the first bar in town to have an off sale and package liquor license. The bar actually opened first as a cafe in 1945 called VIRGINIA'S. Which was rumored to be named after Bugsy Siegel's girlfriend. Siegel ran the EL CORTEZ down the street. He also ran the Flamingo and Bugsy's nick name for Virginia was Flamingo. It was believed Virginia Hill had something to do with financing the cafe. The cafe changed their name to ATOMIC LIQUOR in 1952 when it was the place to go to watch Atomic testing blasts from their roof.
The original owners (Joe and Stella Stobchik) ran it until Joe died October of 2010. They closed in Jan. of 2011 and two weeks later Stella passed away.
A lot of movie scenes have been filmed in or around the Atomic. My favorite scene from Casino (pen stabbing scene) was filmed there as well as scenes in "The Gauntlet" in 1977, "The Hangover" in 2009 and Rod Serling shot there for an episode of Twilight Zone called "The Fever" back in 1960. Clebrities such as Barbra Streisand frequented the establishment along with The Rat Pack, Burt Reynolds, and even The Smothers Brothers.
The first time I spent an afternoon in the Atomic would have got the original owners in trouble (being only 18). The last time I stepped foot in The Atomic it was a bonafide "DIVE BAR" back in 2006 or 2007.
I am one who loves history and the background of all thing Vegas. There is so much history to this joint I cant imagine visiting the area without stopping in for a tall Busch Light can. Atomic Liquor Pg.
6020 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103
Frankie's is in many ways an Iconic bar in Vegas. Owned by the same man as Double Down Saloon, this tiki joint is dimly lit with the tropical decor of Gilligan's Island, in fact I believe thats what was showing on one of the t.v's last trip. Great rum drinks and be sure to buy a souvenir mug. Relatively inexpensive for the quality of cocktails and one very relaxing atmosphere. Frankie's also has gaming so they are open 24 hours a day. A little bit off the beaten path and a cab ride is a must. You cant miss the huge pink neon sign lighting the entire parking lot. I would recommend this bar to the highest level tiki bar enthusiast, it is great.
1712 West Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89102
No we are getting a little further away then normal, but this is a gem. With a specialty drink named "Ass Juice", Punk Rock bands, Rockabilly and psychedelic murals on every inch of this place....what do you want? You get an environment full of loud music and strong drinks. Double Down is also a gaming bar with Video Poker, Slots, Keno and Black Jack so they're open 24 hours a day. You can play a little pool or pinball in some of the separate rooms but i wouldn't suggest it unless its early. The place can get loud and raucous at times. Its a fun bar and an Icon to locals. Visit their WEBSITE HERE
4640 PARADISE RD LAS VEGAS, NV 89169
The Stage Door, is located next to Battistas off Flamingo in a small strip mall between the Strip and Koval. This is a locally supported bar, connected to a very small casino with tightly packed machines. They serve $1.50 (surprisingly) good 1/4 lb beef hot dogs along 1.50 beers. The bar sits about 20-25 pretty tightly, but service is awesome. There's machines at the seats at the bar as well. Before my first visit I was told to ask for Brittany, so I did and she was amazingly fast and friendly, considering the people she has to deal with. The place is noisy but there are TV's around the outside of the bar and a juke box with good music. If you've never been there, you have to try it once. You'll be back. There's always someone to tell you their "story" and plenty of hard working cabbies or construction characters to fill you in on the newest rumors.
4000 Audrie Street, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Davy's Locker is pretty easy to find, if you really want to.
Located at 1149 E. DESERT INN ROAD its just a few miles from the strip. Quick cab ride gets you to Boulevard Plaza. A small dark strip of crime and convenient stores. Like the one a couple doors down from Davy's which I was hesitant to ask the clerk for change for a twenty because the cabbie didn't have that much on him.
First thing you will see is the HUGE signage, awesome old school neon from their beginning. Then a buzzer on the entrance in case the bartender doesn't recognize you. This is a great bar to talk with locals or just sit and play some VP at the bar. Selection of liquor was average to above (very cheap drinks) and the staff are awesome. I watched a Monday Night Football game there and enjoyed the razzing from a (non) Viking fan.
There's pool if you want to hustle up a game and there's a juke-box for tunes and a couple slot machines along the pirate themed walls.
The bar is "cash only" but they do have an ATM for those on their maiden voyage.
Bathrooms are down a narrow hall towards the rear of the bar, small but seemed clean kept up.
All in all I loved it but that's what I love, its run down on the outsides and getting old on the insides. Very friendly in a "locals" way. I would visit again and I do plan on it.
1149 E. DESERT INN ROAD
Rinaldo "Dino" Bartolo bought a small bar with attached liquor store in 1962. The bar was already called Ringside Liquors but it soon changed to coincide with the new owner's name and "Dino's Lounge" was born.
The bar stayed very popular throughout the next 30 years, eventually being taken over by Dino's two sons, Chuck and ........ In 2001 Chuck passed away and Dino's Granddaughter's, Kristin and Casey, took over and they still run the neighborhood watering hole today at its original location.
We love all new experiences, especially at small local or dive bars and lounges where one gets to really mingle. This page is dedicated mainly to stuff we've either stumbled (literally) upon or have been told to find by locals.
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