Frankie’s Tiki Room from 8 Vegas Bars No Visitor Should Miss (Slideshow)

8 Vegas Bars No Visitor Should Miss (Slideshow)

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Frankie’s Tiki Room

Don’t be thrown by the plain, white, square exterior of Frankie’s Tiki Room — a whole quirky, colorful, and creative world is contained within. With one part South Seas exotica, one part modern primitivism, and a dash of Vegas kitsch, Frankie’s flaunts its theme with a generous amount of decorations, but these aren’t your normal store-bought tacky tikis. The interior was built by Bamboo Ben, grandson of Eli Hedley, who was personally responsible for the décor at Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and the Aku Aku at the Stardust. The joint also includes original carvings by Tiki Bosko (who created art for the Tropicana and the Venetian) and two other notable artists. Of course the drinks are just as imaginative, with offerings like the famous Bearded Clam (a mojito with passion fruit), the Lava Letch (rum, brandy, raspberry liqueur, and ginger beer), and the dangerous Fink Bomb (coconut rum, 160-proof rum, melon liqueur, and pineapple juice) — all of which can be ordered in a souvenir mug. In true Vegas fashion, Frankie’s is open 24 hours.