The Rat Pack Lives On in Vegas

Sep 13, 2015
Las Vegas is an evolving whirlwind destination, filled with the hottest performers, celebrity chefs and newly renovated properties. But that doesn’t mean the classics are all gone. The destination that was once run by Frank, Sammy and Dean still allows fans the chance to relive those Rat Pack days.

There’s no better place to start than the Golden Steer. Located a few blocks off The Strip, it’s the oldest steakhouse in the city and was the gang’s old hangout. It opened in 1958 and 57 years later, guests will find the same menu, ambiance, and a few original staff members.

Be sure to request the booths were Elvis and Sinatra sat and didn't forget to make a reservation.

Frank Sinatra’s personal chef now calls Encore Las Vegas home at the Forbes Travel Guide award-winning restaurant, Sinatra. Chef Theo Schoenegger puts a modern twist on Italian and serves up Ol’ Blue Eyes’ favorite dishes like spaghetti and clams and osso buco.

The dining room and patio are classically designed in hues of red and feature photos and awards from Frank’s career.

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Another favorite of the Rat Pack is in Downtown Las Vegas at Four Queens (above). Hugo’s Cellar has won too many awards to mention and offers guests custom-made salad served table side along with chocolate-dipped fruits with each meal. The ladies are also welcomed with a single rose when seated.  The restaurant is known for its veal marsala, expert sommeliers, some who have been there more than 20 years. Don’t forget to call ahead to secure your table.

The history of Las Vegas runs deep at the family owned restaurant, Piero’s. Since opening in 1982, the landmark has welcomed everyone from Jennifer Aniston and John Travolta to Sammy, Dean and Frank. The old school restaurant is also one of the locations where the movie “Casino” was filmed. Guests will be charmed by the dim lighting, dark woods, and classic Italian dishes.

The Palazzo is home to the newest show dedicated to Frank Sinatra’s timeless sound. The Las Vegas Review-Journal says “Frank – The Man. The Music,” is “sensational.” Celebrate Ol' Blue Eyes with this special offer for up to $33.50 off tickets (reg. $71.50-$82.50) through Dec. 31. Before or after the show, grab two drinks at The Palazzo’s Frank Sinatra-inspired lounge with this deal.

Fans will also want to stop by Tuscany Suites & Casino where they’ll find the only full-time Rat Pack show in the world. “The Rat Pack Is Back” features classics like, “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Volare,” “That’s Amore,” “New York New York,” and more. Tickets start at $59.95, with a dinner package for $85.95.

Mentioned among Travel + Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2015, guests can explore the history of Old Vegas with a stop at The Mob Museum. This museum is in Downtown Las Vegas and features artifacts, stories and interactive exhibits on organized crime in Las Vegas around across the country. Purchase discounted tickets to The Mob Museum with this deal through Nov. 1.

Once home to Antonio Morelli, the orchestra conductor and musical director for the Sand’s Hotel and Casino Copa Showroom, the Morelli House is now a part of the National Register of Historic Places in Las Vegas. Originally built where Wynn Las Vegas now stands, the home moved to the historic district of Downtown Las Vegas in 2001. Morelli worked closely with Sinatra and the Rat Pack and often held rehearsals at the home. Guests can tour the property through pre-arranged group tours and public open houses, hosted by the Junior League of Las Vegas.

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