Consider Starboard Tack your flashback bar of Las Vegas. Veteran bartenders Bryant Jane and Lyle Cervenka took over the home of the original Starboard Tack that opened in 1971 and later became Gilligan’s Hideaway in the late 1990s. Of course, rum takes center stage on the cocktail menu with concoctions such as the Cherry Blossom with Whistling Andy Hibiscus rum and cherry bitters. A $1,000 per bottle of Black Tot Last Consignment Royal Naval Rum from the British Royal Navy’s remaining stock sits behind the bar, as do the amaros from the duo’s time at Retroscena in the back of Radio City Pizza.
The two decked out the 24-hour bar with rattan furniture, floral wallpaper and a mural of a tropical cover by Las Vegas artist Spencer Olsen, but kept the and the bar’s original stained-glass boat scene behind the bar, now with gaming.
Jane and Cervenka also man the kitchen with its menu of skewers, fish and chips, West Indies fried chicken sandwich, Thai curry mussels and a burger. Raw oysters, a daily poke and fried rice round out the menu.
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