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November 20, 2012 10:51 AM   Subscribe

Other than the Peppermill, the Neon Graveyard, or some of the casinos on Fremont Street, where are the best places to visit in Las Vegas to experience the faded but still garish glory of the 60s and 70s?
posted by I EAT TAPAS to Travel & Transportation around Las Vegas, NV (5 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
 
The National Atomic Testing Museum, on East Flamingo, due south of the convention center. Also Capo's Italian Steakhouse, West Sahara, about 2 miles from the strip-- gangster-themed restaurant (use the phone in the lobby), and the food was darn good, and they had a decent crooner singing 60s classics.

What else... Liberace museum?
posted by Sunburnt at 11:41 AM on November 20, 2012 [2 favorites]


sadly, the liberace museum closed in 2010.
posted by koroshiya at 11:47 AM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I really did enjoy the National Atomic Testing Museum. The Liberace museum was amazing! Glad I got to see it before it folded.

There's some neat stuff at the end of the strip by the Stratosphere. Specivically Luv-it Frozen Custard.

Circus-Circus is just so cheezy, it has to be fattening. The steakhouse in there is great! But the rest of it is tack-o-rama. You have to see it twice to believe you've seen it the first time. Slots-o-Fun next door is also incredibly kitch.

Both of these places have things like a .50 cent Shrimp Cocktail or Jumbo Dog and a Coke for $1.

Hoover Dam is well worth the drive, and the drive is pretty.

Most everything else was imploded, which is a drag.

I don't think Ceasar's Palace has changed all that much. (Have you ever heard Ceasar sing?)

Speaking of Showgirls, the feather show at the Flamingo is pretty craptacular.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 12:11 PM on November 20, 2012


The Golden Steer steakhouse totally has that Old Vegas vibe. And have breakfast at the Omelet House on Charleston & Rancho if only to check out the fabulous wall o' celebrity photos.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 2:56 PM on November 20, 2012


I grew up in Vegas in the 60's and 70's, and can say, with some authority, that pretty much everything authentic with the vibe you seek is gone. Anything that retro is pure replica.

However, you might want to check out Batista's. It's a fun, Italian restaurant off the Strip with lots of rat-pack and Vegas celebrity photos taken with the owner.
posted by nedpwolf at 3:29 PM on November 20, 2012


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