Las Vegas these days is all shiny glitz and glamour on the strip… or at least it really tries to be. But, there’s something about the old Vegas that appeals to many (part of why downtown’s Fremont Street is so popular).

During my latest trip, I wanted to show my friends a remnant of the 70s that is right on the strip – The Peppermill Fireside Lounge. This Diner and Lounge is past The Wynn Hotel and near the Riviera (so basically almost at the end of the strip). I had been here years ago, and loved the retro feel of the place (and remember having a great conversation with the bartender and the best shrimp cocktail of my life).

Not to be confused with the Peppermill Diner that is attached (which I have heard has great meals at reasonable prices), the Peppermill Lounge really is like walking into the 1970s. It’s really dark with fluorescent lights all around, there are corner booths everywhere, and the centrepiece is a sunken circular couch that surrounds a fire pit. Oh, and there are tvs mounted everywhere that were showing retro music videos when we were there. It is totally fun just being there! Love the atmosphere.

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The food… well, maybe that is a better experience at the Peppermill Diner that is attached. The Lounge serves your standard lounge fare. Besides the amazing shrimp cocktail, I loved the crab cakes this time around… the best thing by far in our deep fried frenzy of a meal!

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Our appetizer platter and nachos were HUGE, and I think I felt the clogging of my arteries during the meal.

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That said… I loved the atmosphere again this time around, and would highly recommend the place for a few cocktails and a fun start to a Vegas night!

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