If you want to sample some serious vintage Vegas glamour, you can't do better than the Peppermill Fireside Lounge.
The coolest old school drinking spot in Sin City was even named one of "America's 10 Best Make-Out Bars" by the online magazine Nerve, for reasons that will be abundantly clear as soon as you walk in. So strong is its juju, you can practically feel the requited lust in the parking lot.
Peppermill Fireside Lounge redefines the notion of a dark room: It’s the brightest dark room we've ever seen, or maybe it's the darkest bright room. Plus it’s rimmed with mirrors. Anchored at the south end of the room is a fire pit, with flames erupting from a pool of glowing white water.
The booths, cozy and intimate, encourage quiet conversation. The waitresses, garbed in long black dresses slit to mid-thigh, sit down at your table as they take your order or freshen your cocktails. And the house's specialty cocktail, the Scorpion, is a mega-sized drink served in a glass the size of a soccer ball.
Though it's been remodeled several times since the 1970s -- most recently adding dozens of flat-screen monitors that almost detract from the ambiance -- the Peppermill Fireside Lounge still looks and feels like an artifact of the "fern bar" era. And yes, it's true: Many couples come to the Peppermill Fireside Lounge just to make out. They paw at each other like crazed lemurs. Even the music videos glowing on the flat screens can't distract them.
Want to be one of them? We can't blame you. Shower, shave and find yourself a date. Bring that unsuspecting soul to the Peppermill Fireside Lounge, grab a seat by the fire pit, order a pair of mai tais and make your play. If the Peppermill Fireside Lounge's love vibe doesn't work in your favor, get online and read Nerve.