Want a cocktail or brewski with your Fatburger and fries? Not a problem in Las Vegas.
Last April, the fast food giant, founded in Los Angeles in 1952, opened a Fat Bar at its 24-hour location on the world-famous Strip. Deciding to dabble in booze seems like a natural choice in Sin City – and, indeed, it’s been a jackpot for this Fatburger property.
“We did a full remodel,” said Lyman Lambson, general manager, about the expanded 3,000-square-foot space that offers seating for 220 patrons. “The front of this Fatburger used to be a parking lot. We redeveloped that to create the bar. It’s a year-round patio that’s got heating in winter and misting in summer.”
Fat Bar, the only one of its kind in the world, sits directly across from the incredible CityCenter urban complex. It provides panoramic views of Las Vegas Boulevard, where between 50,000 and 80,000 visitors stroll past each day.
“The people-watching opportunities are incredible here,” said Lambson.
What’s also impressive is the full range of alcoholic beverages served at very affordable prices. The most popular cocktail at Fat Bar is the Vegas Vacation, a blend of Voli Mango Coconut vodka, crème de banane liqueur and orange juice poured over ice. Alcohol-infused slushies are the rage during summertime – with 12 different flavors available. Guests can chill out for hours if they ask for the cool concoction in one of Fatburger’s signature 100-ounce burger-shaped cups.
And don’t worry, there are plenty of suds to be had. In addition to 12 beers on tap, guests can get a variety of beloved brands in both bottles and cans.
Lambson expects the place to be packed during this Sunday’s broadcast of the NFL championship match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.
“For our specials, we’ll have $2 PBR [Pabst Blue Ribbon] drafts and $5 shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey,” he said. “We’re also selling five Bud Light or Budweiser 16-ounce bottles for $15.”
The Big Game will be shown on Fat Bar’s 20 large plasma TVs. Thanks to a special bar menu, hungry fans can chow down on chicken wings and chicken fingers while imbibing on the deck. Servers are always on hand to deliver food and drink orders.
Plus, on Friday and Saturday evenings in spring and summer, Fat Bar enlists talented DJs to enliven the joint. So it’s not uncommon to see a crowd practically spilling out in front onto the sidewalk.
“We’ll have DJs occasionally on Thursday nights too,” said Lambson. “By the time it approaches midnight, you’ll spot people dancing. They get into the music. And whenever we have DJs, they’ll call out shot specials throughout the evening too.”
Regardless of what’s going on outside, you’ll find the classic walk-up Fatburger counter inside. But there are a few distinctions here as well. Being open around the clock, this is the only Fatburger location that cooks up breakfast. From 5 a.m. to noon daily, enjoy items like French toast, eggs Benedict and breakfast burritos.
Of course, you can always feast on a selection of freshly prepared hamburgers, sandwiches and hot dogs. Anyone who finishes the massive XXXL Fatburger – which is made with a pound and a half of beef! – will receive a certificate and have their photo placed on the wall.
“We’ve just started over again for the new year. There are about 15 photos up right now,” said Lambson. “I’ve seen some people eat the XXXL in 10 minutes, and others have taken up to 30 minutes.”
Since Fatburger’s name is recognized the world over, you never know who might stop by. Soul music legend Aretha Franklin has been in before, and former NBA player Dennis Rodman ate lunch there just last week.
“Coming to Vegas and being able to have a Fatburger and drink alcohol at the same time – well, that’s just a good combination,” said Lambson.