Each trip to Vegas usually includes discovering something you did not know about. Maybe it is a store you are seeing for the first time, an art display, a special view, or a show you did not know was playing, in the Entertainment Capital of the World you almost always come across some Las Vegas Hidden Treasures.
With so many incredible sites to see and activities to do in Las Vegas, it can be easy to miss or overlook some of them, even when they are right in front of you! Let’s have a look at some of our favorite Las Vegas hidden treasures.
1. The Steak House
Location: Circus Circus Hotel, 2880 S Las Vegas Blvd
A Las Vegas dining tradition for over 30 years, THE Steak House at Circus Circus is acclaimed for serving the finest quality Midwestern beef, dry-aged to perfection in a glass-enclosed room viewable from the main dining room. Prime cuts are prepared over an exhibition-style, open-hearth mesquite charcoal broiler.
If you are familiar with The Steak House, referring to it as a hidden treasure will seem strange. But that is just it. The Steak House is so obvious it is easily missed. Entering Circus Circus from the Las Vegas Strip, curve around the Main Casino then continue straight, passing Krispy Kreme. THE Steak House will be on your left. No fancy eye catching exterior. No grand view of inside the restaurant or exterior seating area.
The Steak House is known for great food. With an average rating of 4.5\5 on Tripadvisor, the reviews say it all. A simple one-page menu with appetizers, salads, entries and accompaniments to choose from, entries come with soup or salad and the portions won’t leave you hungry. You won’t find hamburgers, chicken fingers or pasta type items on this menu, they stick to seafood and steak. And do it well. They claim to have the best cheese cake ever (even at times offering to not charge you for the cake if you disagree!). Not surprisingly they are right, the cheese cake is incredible.
The atmosphere is unique. The lighting and décor seemingly transport you back to the 70s, but not in a bad way. Everything is neat and clean. It feels like old school Vegas, almost as though it could be a scene from the movie Casino.
2. Le Macaron
Location: in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian hotel, 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd
Le Macaron is a franchise with locations all across the United States. They are known for the macaron which is considered to be the jewel of French pastries in Europe. And they don’t disappoint. The macarons delight, with the first bite being a surprise for those who have never tried one. The second bit you will notice the flavor. And by the third bite, it is nothing but pleasure. In total, a mouthful of heaven!
Le Macaron isn’t on our list for their French Patisseries though. Surprisingly, they are on our list for their seating area which is easily missed. To the right of the till there is a stair case leading to seating overlooking the Grand Canal. It is easily missed and provides a unique, peaceful view of people enjoying an authentic Venetian gondola ride.
3. Hard Hat Lounge
Location: 1675 Industrial Rd, Las Vegas
Perhaps best known for the mural on the wall allegedly painted by Frank Bowers in 1962 to pay off a bar tab, the Hard Hat Lounge is referred to as a dive bar. Dive Bars are typically a small, unglamorous, eclectic, old-style bar with inexpensive drinks and may feature dim lighting, shabby or dated decor, neon beer signs, packaged beer sales, cash-only service, and a local clientele. Which perhaps describes this place perfectly.
Built in 1958, and a full bar since 1962, the 24-hour location with an outdoor patio is best known for catering to local workers, and being in an industrial area, that is to be expected. This place has a real authentic feeling. The vibe is chill and the staff is super nice.
If you are looking for an authentic Vegas dive bar experience, the Hard Hat Lounge fits the bill. Their vegan pizza is popular – we had pepperoni pizza and it was delicious!
4. Frankie’s Tiki Room
Location: 1712 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Frankie’s Tiki Room is a unique combination of south seas exotica and modern primitivism, with just a hint of Las Vegas kitsch. A place where you can escape to the fantasy 24/7.
The interior of Frankie’s was built by Bamboo Ben, the world’s foremost tiki bar designer and grandson of Eli Hedley, famous for creating the décor at such fabulous destinations as the original Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland and the Las Vegas classic Aku Aku at the Stardust. Frankie’s also boasts original artwork and carvings by such renown artists as Shag, Bosko Hrnjak, Crazy Al Evans, Tom “Big Toe” Laura, Doug Horne and the revered godfather of all tiki carvers Leroy Schmaltz.
Get boozed-up amid a remarkable combination of traditional island decor and modern lowbrow art while listening to a soundtrack that bounces from exotica and surf to psychobilly and garage. Frankie’s is a one-of-a kind experience that will absolutely blow your mind.
The atmosphere is dark (no windows) and smoky, in a good way. Hawaiian music, and drinks add to the cool, mellow vibes! You will forget you are in Vegas! As a tourist, Frankie’s Tiki Room is off the beaten path, but this is one Las Vegas hidden treasure worth discovering.