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Vegas After Dark

The Taste of Vegas staff weighs in on three nightspots.

Tilted Kilt
What Will He Think of Next?
by Darrell O’Rourke

Mark DiMartino is a trailblazer. In his early twenties, he became the first independent restaurateur to open an eatery in a hotel, which nowadays is commonplace. Since then, he's developed several other successful dining concepts. His current portfolio includes the legendary Vegas seafood house, The Tillerman. And now he's on to something completely different.

DiMartino's latest creation is Tilted Kilt, inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The main attractions are the Tilted Kilt Girls and the 24 premium beers on tap. Their motto is "A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good," and I heartily agree. Beautiful women wearing sexy tartan outfits offering up the friendliest service in town. What could be better!

The brews on tap include Bass, Harp and Tetley's. The food here is unique and satisfying. Potato pizzas, wings and fish & chips are menu highlights. Be sure to try the "Sloppy Jane's" (Joe's sister!). A fresh potato roll heaped high with deli meats and coleslaw served with killer cottage potatoes.

Tilted Kilt is a feast for the eyes - an eclectic mix of Irish, Scottish, British and American pop memorabilia. You'll also find pool tables, darts and some cool shirts and stuff to take home. The perfect place to kick back after work or go watch a game with the guys, Tilted Kilt is the Masquerade Village's "neighborhood hangout."

Tilted Kilt at the Rio is open 7 days a week from 5 PM to 3AM. Happy Hour daily from 5 PM to 6 PM with fantastic specials: $1 domestic drafts, $2 imported drafts and 25-cent wings. So fill your kilt!

Pink E’s Tavern
New and Improved
by Darrell O’Rourke

Some friends recently invited me out to Pink E's Tavern on West Flamingo, right across from the Rio. I had not stepped foot in the place for several years, but they insisted saying, "it's changed." Boy, were they right! New management took over a few months ago and completely revamped it - new paint, lights, food and rules.

For a $5 cover, you get your first drink and all the games you want to play. I said ALL the games: 54 pool tables, darts, foozball, video games, pinball and ping-pong - you name it, they got it at Pink E's Tavern. The new brass also added a great dinner menu, regular live music shows and lots of fun promotions with video poker and drink specials. The night we were there, one of my friends won $700 on a black royals promotion. They even had 50-cent beers since it was the Thursday night Beer Bladder Buster - what a blast that was!

And don't forget the Wet T-shirt Contest happening every Monday night. Lots of hot girls wearing skimpy T's (and not much else) vying for $1,000 while getting hosed down. I know where my buddies and I'll be this Monday. It's definitely time to THINK PINK again!

The Saloon
“Wild Wild West, or Hip and Happening?
by John R. Bonds

The name may be a bit of a misnomer, but that’s part of the fun of “The Saloon.” It’s located in downtown Las Vegas at Neonopolis and serves up regional American comfort food in a setting that can be described as “True Grit meets The Jetsons.” Modern decor with lots of steel, wood and even exposed rock. It’s tre cool!

I started my meal with “The Oscar,” named after Vegas’ martini toting mayor Oscar Goodman. Bombay Sapphire gin, shaken very chilled and served with 2 anchovy stuffed olives. Now that’s a warm up! Then I dive into the “fire roasted” ranch steak quesadilla, stuffed full of beef and beans, cheese and a spicy guacamole. Ole’! Next it’s the huge Cobb salad. Did I say I tend to overeat? But the best is yet to come! My chile rubbed rib eye is one of the best steaks I’ve had in Vegas, and at $16.95, it’s a bargain. And for dessert, I can’t leave without trying the decadent sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!

The Saloon serves both lunch and dinner and also offers a daily Happy Hour from 4 pm to 7 pm featuring a wide selection of draft beer, frozen drinks and house cocktails. Live music happens Friday and Saturday beginning at 10 PM and going late. (702) 388-4116.

The Saloon - a serious place to eat, drink and party, but leave your horse at home!

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