A row of motorcycles outstretched along the front of the entrance, the stench of whiskey, leather and cigarettes and enough commotion to rival a prison riot. That's just a Tuesday night at Hogs and Heifers Saloon.
The downtown bar has all the charm of a wild boar, but that hasn't stopped businessmen, bachelorettes or the regular Joe from shedding their inhibitions and jumping on the bar with the scantily-clad bartenders.
Hogs and Heifers opened in downtown Las Vegas in 2005 after enjoying years of success in New York City. It was, and still is for that matter, an institution in the New York Meat Packing District during the 1990s and is said to be the inspiration for "Coyote Ugly," only without Tyra Banks and an Australian guy.
The hodge-podge décor looks like it was less planned and more thrown together from trailer park yard sales, but it all adds to the gritty charm. Wallpaper is made up of photo strips from the nearby photo booth. Scan a few of these images upon walking in and you'll know what kind of night you're in for.
Bartenders scream out orders over loud horns and demand women to dance on the bar. To keep with Nevada laws, bartenders hand out stickers for ladies who plan to shed their clothes.
If you're not into stickers, women are invited to donate their bras to the ever-growing pile adorning the shelf behind the bar. Odds are you can find just about every shape and size up there.
But it's usually the bartenders who are the first to jump on the bar to get the party going.
The staff at Hogs and Heifers has a softer side, though. On the night we came, after a few women showed off their stickers, the bartenders passed around a donation jar for breast cancer research -- Vegas fundraising for you.
Oh, and if you're expecting to receive a typical Vegas nightlife experience here, you may want to rethink your plans. The customer is not king here and customer service doesn't come at a premium.
You will, on the other hand, find that real parties don't come with VIP hosts or cocktail waitresses waiting on you. Instead, they come with a bit of attitude and an unforgettable experience.
-- By Justin Lawson