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A First Look Inside the Retro Chic New Downtown Lounge

What’s old is new

Thunderbird Lounge
| Amelinda B Lee

The Thunderbird became the fourth hotel on the Strip in 1948 with the largest pool in Nevada at the time, cowboy murals, and a sign with namesake bird clutching it with its talons. By 1992, it went through name changes to the Silverbird and then El Rancho, when it closed.

Now the name gets a new use with the revitalized Thunderbird Boutique Hotel. Inside, the hotel lands the Thunderbird Lounge led by hospitality veteran Kelley Jones of Kelley Jones Hospitality in partnership with Todd Parmalee.

Visitors can find bar top gaming, a retro-chic vibe, beers on tap, a pool table, beer pong, and a “beat the clock” happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. daily with specials on select domestic draft beer, well cocktails and house wines by the glass.

The lounge, open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until midnight Friday and Saturday, features breakfast through dinner as well as classic cocktails, such as the 1948 Cocktail with Woodford Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey, Aperol, vermouth, and chocolate bitters; the Hemingway daiquiri with Atlantico Blanco Rum, Luxardo, grapefruit liqueur, and lime juice; or the Pink Squirrel with Crème de Noyaux, white crème de cacao, and cream.

The hotel features 100 guest rooms at 1215 Las Vegas Blvd. S., along with a wedding chapel and a showroom. The site north of the Stratosphere was home to the Aruba Hotel.

Take a look inside.

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Thunderbird Lounge
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A Retro Chic Lounge Debuts in Downtown Las Vegas [ELV]

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Thunderbird Lounge

710 West Montecito Avenue, , AZ 85013 (602) 283-4621 Visit Website
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