Las Vegas is one heck of a town. I’ve actually been a few times now, but I don’t think I’ve even spent more than $10 gambling, because there’s so many amazing things I’d rather do with my cash out there! In this post I’ll be sharing my top tips for what to see and do if you’re a vintage fan. I’m going to keep it quite brief because as you’ll have seen from my last post, I have a lot to get through 🙂
I’m going to level with you: Circus Circus is not the coolest of hotels on the strip, but since MGM has bought it over they’ve extended the property and added a bunch of new rooms, but most importantly they are DIRT CHEAP to encourage people to come stay. We actually got our room upgraded and had the most amazing view of the clown sign out front (not many people want to sleep on the 13th floor if they’re gamblers, but that’s a risk I was more than happy to take and it honestly only brought me luck!) It’s a little worn inside but it’s clean, has that ‘Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas’ charm, it’s got Elvira slot machines, plenty of places to eat inside and most importantly it’s on the strip (crossing Elvis Presley Blvd no less!), beside the bus stop, and it was much more affordable than the budget hotels in the area. To me, in Vegas, a bed is a bed. I never really stay in my hotel for long, so save your cash and find a cheap place to crash! Deals like this wont last long, so be sure to keep your eye out for bargain rates.
My favourite breakfast joint was the Peppermill, which is open 24 hours and has the most amazing vintage interior. I don’t think it’s actually been updated from the 70s and it is A.MAZ.ING. They do great pancakes and are more than happy to let you order off the OAP menu (portions are ridiculously large!) so it’s a defo must do if you ask me!
Slightly out of town is The Golden Tiki, a really cool tiki bar in a Chinatown type area. I adored the interior, but most thrilling was the giant clamshell chair which I would have stolen if I could have fitted it into my jumpsuit. The staff are really cool, they have great live music and they serve Dole Whip. And it’s damn good too!! I’m a big fan of tiki joints (I have a tiki kitchen after all!) and I gotta say, this is one of my favourite finds!
As I’m a vintage blogger, I can’t not give a mention to Atomic Liquors which was sadly closed when I visited (tight schedule!) but it’s a must see if you’re a history obsessor like me. This bar is famous because it’s LV’s oldest freestanding bar, a huge amount of famous people drank there including Frank Sinatra, but most excitingly, during the 50’s they had rooftop parties where you could drink cocktails and watch atomic bombs going off in the distance. Crazy, right?!
Perhaps surprisingly to you, there is such a great vintage scene out here it KILLS me that I can’t go more often! With a mixture of modern reproduction and true vintage, you really can’t go wrong out in the desert. Best of all? The staff were all super friendly, really helpful and more than happy to recommend other cool places to visit in the city. My favourite spots include:
Tatyana Boutique A great mix of vintage and modern clothes, shoes and bags as well as some locally made vintage inspired products. I’ve been a fan of them for years as they make some really stunning pieces and I was super excited to finally go see them irl! I’ll be sharing a post about them later 🙂
Rockin’ Bettie Don’t be fooled by the size of this place. The front is jam packed full of great vintage inspired pieces, (I snagged a really cool route 66 inspired skirt which I can’t wait to share on here), but the back is a Pin Up Photostudio! I was delighted when I got to go take a peep for myself – if I had time to book in a shoot I would have done so in a heartbeat. Note to those planning a visit: PLEASE DO THIS!! It’s hard to find these studios with genuinely awesome interior’s inside. This is worth the investment if you want to live out some Gil Elvgren dreams!
Retro Vegas is a must for interior design fans. They have an epic collection of furniture and home goods and a small selection of vintage clothing up in the attic. Most notably they had this epic pink kitchen set when I was in – be still my heart!
Glam Factory Vintage If you only have time to visit one vintage shop in Vegas, make it this one. I’ve never found a better store in all my days! I think I tried on about half the shop because there was so many incredible pieces, and I ended up leaving with two beautiful dresses, my first set of Bakelite bracelets and two pairs of epic cat eye glasses to add to my collection. I can honestly tell you I’ve never found that much to buy in a vintage shop before! Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look through stuff here, it’s small but it’s like a tardis inside, and it’s genuinely a lot of fun to hang out here!
The Neon Museum as you’ll know from my Date Nite scarf I am obsessed with old vintage signs. This Neon Boneyard does not disappoint! You can tour it during the day or evening (they turn on a few of the old signs to light it up), or if you plan in advance enough you can even do yoga there once a month! We went first thing in the morning so it was quiet enough for taking lots of photos (which you’ll see in my next post), but I genuinely think you’ll be blown away whenever you go. But, you must book in advance, this place fills up fast!
Seven Magic Mountains This is about 30 mins outside of vegas but it’s defo worth the trip if you’re looking for a trip. Seven brightly coloured ridiculously tall towers of rainbow rocks stand out in the desert; it may not sound like it’s up to much, but it sure as heck makes for some excellent pictures! (more to come!) If you like abstract art, this is something to see . . . but I don’t know how long it will be there for, so be sure to check before you chase!
Le Rêve You can’t go to this city and not see a show, and this year I’m nominating Le Reve as my top must see! It’s a Cirque Du Soleil show which has actually been nominated Vegas’s best production show for the last 7 years. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s water based and has aerial diving that literally made me gasp and cover my eyes. In a nutshell, it’s a sight to be seen!
Phew! I actually could write another 6 posts like this with more recommendations, but I had to draw the line somewhere. Can you tell I’m a fan? I’d love to hear if you have any other tips on vintage inspired places to check out in the city. I’ll be posting pictures from this trip very soon, so watch this space if you want to see more or want to see what I got up to on my start of my Route 66 adventure!