The “Vatican of saloons”: P.J. Clarke’s brings old-world bar charm to Vegas
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 (12:15 p.m.)
Leave the frou-frou frozen drinks and craft cocktails at another bar. This is P.J. Clarke’s, an old-fashioned saloon with 125 years of history, coming to the West Coast for the first time.
The new outpost opens at Caesars Palace in December, joining three New York locations (the first of which opened way back in 1884), plus spots in Washington, D.C. and São Paulo, Brazil. But don’t expect the self-proclaimed “Vatican of saloons” to get all neon and Vegas-ized. You enjoy your beer and burger at a carved, solid mahogany bar—acquired from the Rothschild estate in Bordeaux—surrounded by reclaimed subway tiles under restored Victorian-era lighting with classics playing on the jukebox.
The 12,000-square-foot P.J. Clarke’s can accommodate more than 300 people in its main bar area and two dining rooms. Offerings will include a seafood raw bar and classic food items such as fish and chips, steaks and chicken pot pies. Just don’t ask for an energy drink to go with your vodka or dinner—you’ll get a cup o’ joe instead.
Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.