Founded on whiskey, poker and wild women, liquor has always been an integral part of the Golden Gate. The historic property in downtown Las Vegas has witnessed the rise of the Sin City liquor trade, its retreat underground during Prohibition and its ultimate embrace by a modern city void of open container laws. Paying tribute to its notable past, Las Vegas’ original hotel and casino introduces a vintage cocktail menu inspired by the Jazz Age and Prohibition and Rat Pack eras.
Today, as uninhibited celebrants sip libations at any of the Golden Gate’s three bars, whiskey bottles found hidden in Golden Gate’s walls are displayed in the lobby as reminders of the hotel’s historical ties to alcohol.
Featuring hand-crafted drinks complete with throwback names, each cocktail is served in a discreet coffee mug – a method employed by Prohibition drinkers to elude lawmakers. The new cocktail menu is served inside at the original Casino Bar where notable figures including members of the Rat Pack once drank. Guests are invited to step back in time while sipping seven storied new menu additions:
• One of Golden Gate’s most famous patrons, Frank Sinatra, would sit at Casino Bar for drinks before and after performing nearby. Now, the Frankie Two Fingers commemorates his exact order at Golden Gate – two fingers of Jack Daniels, a splash of bottled water and four ice cubes.
• This drink is a nod to the Italian immigrants who developed the city’s industry and is Las Vegas’ version of the traditional French Kiss Cocktail. The Italian Kiss combines Amaretto and Southern Comfort for a smooth, sweet finish.
• Legend has it this Prohibition favorite was named for an army captain in World War II France who liked to drive to his favorite bar in a motorcycle sidecar. Golden Gate’s Flaming Side Car features the classic combination of Grand Marnier, Cognac & Rum and is garnished with a flaming lemon rind.
• The original Stinger recipe has a mysterious origin and is said to have been an after-dinner drink for New York City elite or perhaps drank by Prohibition partiers for crème de menthe’s ability to mask the scent of boozy breath. Golden Gate recreates the tasty Jazz Age drink as the Jazz Stinger, featuring cognac and crème de menthe liqueur.
• Golden Gate’s Satchmo Fizz is named for jazz crooner Louis Armstrong’s famous moniker and is a recreation of his favorite beverage. The Sin City performer would delight in this classic gin fizz made with Bombay Sapphire.
• Pure brewed Sweet Tea became a sought after libation during Prohibition as an alternative to alcohol. A sassy name plus the addition of whiskey and Peach Schnapps puts a spin on the classic in Golden Gate’s Ain’t She Sweet Tea.
• The Old Fashioned is one of the oldest drink recipes in written records. Golden Gate’s version of the cocktail is called the Prohibition and is created with bourbon, bitters, water and sugar and finished with a cherry.
About Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
The Golden Gate is Las Vegas’ most historic hotel and casino, opening in 1906 at One Fremont Street. Its legacy spans the birth of Las Vegas, the Roaring 20s and the Rat Pack era. The Golden Gate recently completed its first major expansion in 50 years, adding a 35,000-square-foot luxury tower with 16 suites, an expanded gaming floor with a high-limit pit featuring its signature dancing dealers, and a new lobby displaying artifacts from its historical past. The result is an intimate, boutique hotel/casino that is energetic and contemporary, yet preserves its historic character. It is conveniently located at the entrance to the Fremont Street Experience with the biggest video screen on the planet—10 stories tall and 4 blocks long, featuring free indescribable light shows. The Golden Gate started a Las Vegas tradition when it introduced its world famous shrimp cocktail in 1959. What happens in Vegas … started here.