Las Vegas has been referred to as the ninth Hawaiian island and located just off The Strip is Frankie’s Tiki Room, a beloved drinking destination for both locals and tourists alike. From the bright neon vintage sign, to the authentic and kitschy island décor, this iconic spot has continued to thrive in a time where Sin City is getting more and more modern.
Frankie’s Tiki Room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while serving as a direct link to Las Vegas’ past and is also the only tiki bar in the world that never closes. Frankie’s Tiki Room’s iconic interior was designed by Bamboo Ben, who is the world’s top tiki bar designer and grandson of Eli Hedley, who created Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, as well as the Aku Aku, a vintage Vegas staple at the old Stardust hotel. This spot is all about the drinks, so don’t come here expecting some fancy bar bites. The reason one come to Frankie’s Tiki Room is for strong drinks and to savor one of Sin City’s last remaining watering holes from a bygone era. All of the signature drinks at Frankie’s Tiki Room are $9, or you can opt for the special souvenir mug for $25 (Note: this is a true Las Vegas memento that you won’t find anywhere else). The drinks here are ranked by total number of skulls to determine their potency and boy do they do get very potent here. On those hot Vegas days, The Bearded Clam puts a tiki-twist on the classic mojito with a splash of passion fruit and the Malekula is a glowing elixir that overflows with coconut run, Tuaca, melon liquor and pineapple juice for a most refreshing buzz. Should you be looking to forget all of your troubles (and pretty much everything else for that matter), opt for the Wai’anae Wipeout, Fink Bomb, Ninth Island or the aptly named Bender Ender. All of these options are so strong that they’ll have you doing a hula dance in the bar by the time you’ve finished.
Looking to cure a Vegas-sized hangover? The classic Zombie cocktail was originally created in 1934 as a catch-all cure, as the combination of rums and juices will have you feeling alive once again. We’re also recommending the Tonga Reefer, which will mellow you out with its blend of flavored rums, lime and fresh guava. No matter what drink you pick at Frankie Tiki Room, you’ll be treated to an authentic and potent cocktail that will leave you feeling like you’ve just spent some time quality time in the islands.
When it comes to experiencing a night of classic Sin City debauchery and nostalgia, Frankie’s Tiki Room continues to hold a special place in our hearts. The next time you’re looking for something different to do in Las Vegas, drink, smoke and escape at Frankie’s Tiki Room for a psychedelic trip through time you won’t soon forget.
Frankie’s Tiki Room
1712 West Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102