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July 23, 2014

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The “Vatican of saloons”: P.J. Clarke’s brings old-world bar charm to Vegas

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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.

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