Downtown’s Golden Gate casino opened in 1906 (then, as the Hotel Nevada, later the Sal Sagev) and subsequently witnessed the gold rush, Titanic’s fate, Prohibition, the Great Depression and the Rat Pack era. When the property’s first major expansion in more than 50 years wrapped up last year, the main bar debuted a vintage drink menu, one that pays homage to the venerable property’s place in history.
Here you can have your Jack Daniel’s the way Frankie did (two fingers, four cubes, splash of bottled water), watch skilled barmen prepare your Sidecar in the style of 19th-century forefather Jerry Thomas’ dazzling Blue Blazer—that is, en flambé and rolled back and forth between two metal tankards—or enjoy the house’s signature cocktails, such as the Ain’t She Sweet Tea and the Jazz Stinger (pictured), served in coffee and teacups. You know, to throw off da fuzz.
Between 1920 to 1933, the last thing you would have wanted to do would be to attract the attention of a federal Prohibition agent. Better speak easy, friend! Get a medicinal alcohol prescription for that, um, cough. Confine your drinking to your local “blind pig” … assuming you know the password. And you had better ditch the telltale cocktail and rocks glasses. Drinking from coffee and teacups—no one will be the wiser.