Back From Oblivion, the Sand Dollar Lounge Triumphantly Returns


You may not have noticed, but the Sand Dollar Lounge (3355 Spring Mountain Rd., 702-485-4501, has quietly made a comeback. The music venue on Spring Mountain Road and Polaris opened in 1976, and according to local music lore, legends like Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Muddy Waters occasionally dropped in to jam with the local acts performing there. But it was sold in 2005, going by several names including Bar 702 and Bar 702 at the Sand Dollar.

The new owners Benito Martinez, Nathan Grates and Anthony Jamison met through their work with the Mina Group. The trio says they’re dedicated to bringing in live bands Tuesday through Saturday, and offering craft beers and “proper cocktails.” Martinez explains that while cocktail culture has improved dramatically over the past decade or so, most small bars close to the Strip offer cocktails that “aren’t up to the standards of what a restaurant professional would want after work.”

“Of course, you can still get a shot and a beer here,” he says. “But if you want an Old Fashioned or a well-made drink, that wasn’t gonna happen until [we opened].” Food will be provided in the parking lot by various food trucks. (Fukuburger was there on one recent evening).

While the initial launch was a quiet “soft opening,” official grand opening festivities are planned for August 18-22. So far, they’ve announced performances by BFD Power Trio on August 19 and Stoney Curtis on August 22, with more shows set to be announced. Then on August 25, Southern Wine & Spirits mixologists J.R. Starkus and Max Solano will launch a series of guest bartender nights.

Other upcoming shows include Lou Lou White every Thursday and blues by Chris Tofield every Friday.

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