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Golden Gate Toasts to Repeal Day with New Name for its Casino Bar – “Bar Prohibition!”

Prohibition Cocktail Menu
This Repeal Day, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino will celebrate eighty years since the dark days of Prohibition by fittingly renaming its original casino bar, Bar Prohibition! (Pictured: Prohibition Cocktail Menu)

Golden Gate bartender makes a Flaming Sidecar
Golden Gate bartender makes a Flaming Sidecar

On Dec. 5, 2013, Las Vegas’ original invites downtown celebrants to help toast to the bar’s new name and decades of serving alcohol (legally, of course!) with an all-night party and classic drinks from the Prohibition Cocktail Menu. Inspired by Golden Gate’s storied past, the menu is highlighted by creative takes on historic recipes with unique libations such as the “Flaming Side Car,” “The Prohibition,” and “Italian Kiss.” Each cocktail on the specialty menu is served in a discreet coffee mug – a method employed by Prohibition drinkers to elude lawmakers.

Casino Bar at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
Casino Bar at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

Throughout its long history, the original bar has operated under many guises, including a Wild West watering hole on the last frontier, a place for the wild women of the roaring 20s to let loose, and a whiskey-washed hangout frequented by Frank, Sammy and Dean during the Rat Pack era. During renovations, glass liquor bottles from the early 1900s were found tucked into the hotel’s walls, perhaps hidden during a bygone era when the city of Sin operated under a different set of rules.

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
Golden Gate Hotel & Casino

The Golden Gate has been partying since 1906 and Bar Prohibition! will continue the legacy that spans more than a century.

The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino 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 and a new lobby. The result is an intimate, boutique hotel/casino that is energetic and contemporary, yet preserves its historic character.