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Updating the North Strip's Fun City Motel Tavern

Now two vintage motels are creating taverns.

Fun City Motel tavern
Fun City Motel tavern
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A new tavern from the owners of the Fun City Motel won't be taking advantage of the motel's very distinctive pink color palette. The still unnamed tavern will no longer be adjacent to the motel, but part of their retail proprieties on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Located next door to the International Boutique tourist store, the proposed 2,426-square-foot space will offer enough room for 22 guests next to the bar. The tavern will sit two doors down from a liquor store.

Fun City Motel motor lodge was built in 1952, offering 92 rooms, and is best known for its pink exterior, featured in the final scene of the 1997 film Vegas Vacation and the site of numerous photo shoots. The brief strip of retail offers none of the colorful vintage character of its neighbor.

Also coming to the neighborhood, but a mile further north, the Thunderbird Lounge tavern will debut this year at the currently named Aruba Hotel. Former Arts Factory owner Wes Ibutt and the owner of the hotel since 2010, Ilan Gorodezki, are gradually transforming the place in the Thunderbird Hotel. Also scheduled, a "night club," with the aim to make the Thunderbird a retro-inspired, daily destination for entertainment.

Fun City Motel

2233 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 731-3155

Aruba Hotel & Spa

1213 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 383-3100