Sin City has something for everyone. To prove it, we’re breaking down the nightlife and giving each style its own spotlight. Tonight we scream YAAAAH! to the Rocker!
You’re a head banging, hell raising, hard partying hero of the rock world – or at least you’d like to be. You’d take a loud guitar over a turntable any day of the week. Every album you own sounds better when you crank it to 11. And you even understand that Spinal Tap reference. So tease your hair and slide into your leather pants, because Vegas has the bars for you.
If the name doesn’t tip you off, the liquor filled plastic electric guitars should at least get you tipsy. Dubbing itself an “ultra-dive bar,” Rockhouse is a little bit country, a whole lot rock ‘n’ roll and probably way too crazy for Donny or Marie to handle. The stage lighting will make you feel like you just stepped in front of a roaring crowd. The tire swings will make you feel like a damn animal. And we haven’t even gotten to the mechanical bull yet. If you’re the type of rocker who starts strutting the moment AC/DC comes on the jukebox, and you can hit every note in an Aerosmith song – or at least scream loudly enough that no one notices you’re off pitch – then Rockhouse just might be your highway to hell. They’ve even got a full food menu so you can grab a taco or hot dog while you wait for the DJ to play the “Dude (Looks like a Lady)” remix you requested.
PBR Rock Bar
From the people behind Rockhouse, and probably big, raging, but totally worth it hangovers, comes PBR Rock Bar. Before you make assumptions, the PBR actually stands for Professional Bull Riding; but it might as well be Party By Rocking! Alright, we may not have put a ton of thought into that one. But PBR Rock Bar is still a pretty badass restaurant and bar (see, we redeemed it). Whether you’re up for a spin on the mechanical bull, or just want to watch some pros bravely ride, this place brings raucous excitement like no other. If Lynyrd Skynyrd speaks to your sweet home, and you’re every bit as hard to handle as the Black Crowes, this just might be your perfect bar rendezvous. Pop by right away for live music, outdoor seating, karaoke, a full grill menu, cocktail bowls and novelty cups that let you drink right from a bucking bull’s behind. Have fun and please binge responsibly. (If you caught all nine you’re a pretty brilliant reader!)
Vince Neil’s Party Bus Bar
For every rocker too young to fall in love, there’s a bar to rock your wild side. And who better than Vince Neil to lure you into your new home sweet home? The hair metal legend even slapped a full sized school bus on the second floor of his restaurant Eat*Drink*Party at Circus Circus! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stumble from the stage to the parking lot after playing a killer show, this bar will tell you – but without the diesel fumes and cops busting up the party. The flair bartenders and shot girls make you feel like a rockstar – even if you don’t jump on stage for Rockstar Karaoke. And all the live entertainment will take you back to your show days, minus the steep ticket prices and attempts to sneak your friends in by any means necessary. You probably already know whether this bar’s poison will warrant a quiet riot for you. So we’ll just leave you with this: Go to Vince Neil’s Party Bus Bar and knock ‘em dead, kid!
Hard Rock Café Bar
All true rockers know there’s a sophisticated side to the show. And no place rides the highs quite like Hard Rock Café. Set right into the Las Vegas Strip, and just above their gift shop, the Hard Rock Café Bar on the second floor gives you the bright, Strip bar experience while surrounding you with the artifacts of rock ‘n’ roll’s legacy. Memorabilia from Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Brian May, Eddie Van Halen and many, many more make you feel like you rock ‘n’ roll heaven came to you. We’d call it rock ‘n’ roll hell, but nobody’s that awesome. For the purest rocker, those who wouldn’t stand for a silly use of a Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stones song, Hard Rock Café delivers the rolls while respecting the rock. And jump up one more level to the third floor for Hard Rock Live, one of the hottest live music venues on the Strip – complete with its own bar and a hell of a view.
Double Down Saloon
Here’s where we take a bit of a detour. If you’ve just been acting tough this whole time, you may want to exit now. Double Down is definitely not for posers – or probably anyone who still uses the word posers. If you’ve scoffed at all the bands we’ve listed so far, you’re used to scaring the elderly and intriguing young girls looking to piss off their parents (regardless of your gender) and you know which one of these bands (Fugazi, X, Dead Content, Black Flag) we just totally made up, then Double Down might be the place for you. Don’t go in expecting to see spandex and pyrotechnics. This is rock the way rock was meant to be. Large bands, local bands and indie acts from around the world hail the Double Down for its rough and sometimes raunchy reputation. We love it because it’s rock reduced to its purest roots; and because there’s never a cover charge. Don’t let the bright lights of Vegas fool you, there’s a serious, kick-ass music side to this town. Check it out at Double Down. And grab a bacon martini or some Ass Juice while you’re there.