We landed at noon Thursday, grabbed a rental car, and were on our way! We decided to rent a car just for Thursday rather than rack up a crazy amount in cab fares. First stop, the Vegas sign, finally! I have been going to Vegas since ’99 and this is the first time I have ever seen it in person since we always fly. We were representing the East Bay and Alameda with our Swell Bar and Harrington Saints shirts!
On to check-in at the Orleans. Didn’t take too long to get our room and wristbands. It was then a quick change and back to the car.
One of my most favorite dresses from Relic Vintage in San Francisco and the shoes I practically lived in all weekend (bought from Office in London years ago)...
Next stop, Aces and Ales. Being the beer nerd he is, Ben has been wanting to go here forever. It is a little far out so a cab ride would have been a rip off. I had the best caprese grilled cheese here. Good food and good beer.
Sorry hun, it is not real...
After killing time at Aces and Ales, we headed over to another long overdue dinner destination for us, The Golden Steer. Opened in 1958, this place was a favorite of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. We even got to sit in the Dean Martin booth! I was thrilled. Since I’m a veggie, I did not have much choice and settled for a baked potato and sautéed mushrooms. Ben on the other hand was in heaven with his steak. Before dinner we sat at the bar and had a Manhattan. The bartender told us we were conservative for rockabillies. I thought that was pretty funny. It was interesting to hear other locals’ takes on the whole Viva thing. Most seemed pretty happy to talk about it and were very welcoming. Not like the old days of the Gold Coast Vivas when it was not uncommon to hear some old regular tell us to go home.
Sadly the sign that usually hangs above the cow was gone.
I am hoping it was just down for repairs...
Mmmm...doesn't this make you thirsty?
The Dean Martin booth!!!
When we finally got back to the Orleans, it was time to change and catch the Janice Martin tribute with Marti Brom and Rosie Flores. I did not get to see as much music as I would have liked to that night but the first day is always crazy. Still really enjoyed what we did get to see and we more than made up for it over the rest of the weekend.
Love this shot of Marti Brom belting out a Janis Martin tune!
Last band we caught Thursday.
I think it is the West Coast Ramblers but ahhh my memory is so fuzzy...
I already felt like we did so much in the first day when we still had three more to go!