Vintage Las Vegas


As some of you may know, I lived in Las Vegas for two years before moving back here to NYC. I have a special place in my heart for Vegas, and I look back on it fondly although it was a tough area in my life at the time.

I have been wanting to do a vintage Las Vegas post for a little while now, and I can mix my love for Vegas along with my live for vintage. I found some great pictures from the 1940s through the early 1960s that I wanted to share, and I thought you all would certainly enjoy to see Vegas when it was just starting to become a huge gambling and entertainment center!


Downtown Las Vegas – the original Strip – Fremont Street.


Fremont Street lot up at night, circa 1950s. The Golden Nugget and Pioneer Club are still there.


The Stardust, early 1960s.


Downtown Las Vegas – around 1950.


Another vantage point of Fremont Street, either late ’40s or early ’50s.






The Sahara was the sixth hotel to open on the current day modern Strip on 07 October 1952.


Gamblers enjoying the roulette wheel, late 1940s.


Fremont Street in the late 1950s.


This is from when the Tropicana Hotel was being built on the “new” strip “Las Vegas Boulevard) in 1957.

Hanging at the Monster Hop


On Saturday my boyfriend and I took a little trip into the city at the suggestion of a friend on a rockabilly swap & sell Facebook group to visit Otto’s Shrunken Head on East 14th Street in Manhattan. It is a total rockabilly tiki bar, and had the Monster Hop going on that night, as is per usual every last Saturday of the month. It is a rockabilly/psychobilly party, and features bands such as the Spastiks, which I have heard of but have not had the chance to see until that night. I was super excited to go to a new rockabilly hangout, since there are entirely too few in this whole tri-state area!




As soon as we got there, I was in love. The whole atmosphere reminded me of Frankie’s Tiki Bar in Vegas, and I instantly felt at home. Everyone looked great with their suicide and victory rolls, red lipstick, and winged eyeliner! The guys looked just as good in their pompadours and vintage clothes. I literally just had to sit there for a minute and let it all sink in that I was in a totally amazing place that seemed to have been put in the city just for me!

They have a whole laundry list of amazing tiki-inspired drinks for you to try. I got the Stormy Skull, which has dark rum, coconut, and ginger, and was amazing. You tell me coconut is involved, and I am sold! After that I had some rum and cokes, and to my glee they had Sailor Jerry rum! And look at all of that embellishment! How juvenile am I to be excited over little decorations like this?! 😉




The booths were gorgeous – I could imagine them being original to the space since the 1940s when it was a smoking lounge/bar during the war where everyone gathered around the radio to hear the latest on how our GIs were faring in their pursuits. I wish I could have gotten some better shots, but here’s some ones I found to give you a better idea:



I found my friend in the front about an hour after we had arrived, and we ended up hanging out and drinking until about 1 A.M. I don’t even entirely remember what time we left, but I do I know I wanted to stay all the way until 4. But my boyfriend and I would have had to have waited for a few hours to make another train to head back to Long Island, so we called it a night and hopped on the LIRR back and passed out for the remainder of the night (and morning as well – we didn’t wake up until noon! 😉 )