1. Thee Swank Bastards. The regional surf-rockin’, prank-pullin’ stalwarts get the party began Wednesday night with Basstravaganza: 25 tunes, 25 different bass players.
2. The history. Seriously, can you believe the Double Down Saloon has been around for 25 years? That everyone from Tim Burton to Dr. Timothy Leary has warmed these barstools? Or that this “clubhouse for the fringe” generated a sister bar in New York City? It’s a goddamn miracle, that’s what. Rub on it and make a wish.
3. The environment. Breathe it in deep. Later on, utilize a great deal of Febreze to obtain it off your jacket, belt and shoes.
4. DJ Rex Dart. Throughout the years, he’s rocked rooms throughout town with diverse sets that fuse blues, funk and rock ‘n’ roll. If you’ve never witnessed among his multigenre sets, now’s the time to check him out– he’s basically spinning all weekend long.
5. The parking lot. Lots going on out there this weekend: live music, an outdoor bar as well as a cubicle staffed by the bar’s friendly green next-door neighbor, the Grove dispensary.
6. The murals. The Double Down has actually been acquiring cool murals because the mid-1990s– distinctive works by Mark T. Zeilman, Magda Szeitz, Elizabeth Blau and others. They’re aging perfectly.
7. The male. If you can spot Double Down/Frankie’s Tiki Room owner P Moss in the crowd, shake his hand, buy him a drink and have him sign something: a flier, possibly, or your face.
8. Vomit insurance coverage. Your $20 remedy to the Double Down’s first guideline: “You barf, you clean up.”
9. Toss Rag. Captain Sean Doe, the founder/singer of this rockabilly/roots/punk band, sails the Salton Sea, California, quartet into port Saturday night to rip through hits like “She Do Not Want To (She Do Not Care)” and “Rule Maker.”
10. The anniversary poster. This ready-for-framing work of art– by AIGA acclaimed graphic artist Art Chantry– is a steal at $25.
11. Jenn O. Cide. The imposing appeal and unrepentant sideshow freak hosts the festivities. Anticipate to see her consuming a reasonable quantity of glass, or stapling random things to her head.
12. The swimming pool tables. Try not to think about what’s touched that felt throughout the years.
13. The jukebox. It’s still among the best-curated in Vegas– a “standard, gorgeous collection of punk, rockabilly and weird-ass sh * t,” as Moss calls it.
14. Fukuburger’s truck. Those tasty burgers pair nicely with the house’s bacon martini.
15. Dwarves. The Chicago-bred, San Francisco-based quintet has been servin’ up its diverse, rowdy garage-punk with controversial lyrics for three years. And with performances that often consist of nudity, physical aggressiveness and snobby stage small talk, Dwarves will feel right in your home at the Double Down on Saturday night.
16. The restrooms. Look for some salacious gossip about you scratched on the walls. If you can’t discover any, include some.
17. Franks & & Deans. Vegas’s upstanding “rock ‘n’ roll Rat Pack” plays indoors Saturday night from 1 a.m. till dawn.
18. Dirk Vermin & & The Hostile Talent. It’s tough to think of the Double Down celebrating a birthday without Uncle Dirk in attendance. He and atrioventricular bundle of untelegenic criminals appear Saturday.
19. The televisions. Still playing a mix of indescribably weird scenes. Serves you right if you take a look at them.
20. Goldtop Bob. Thanks to an enduring residency, the charismatic blues guitar player calls “The Happiest Put On Earth” his second home. He plays Sunday night.
21. Überschall. Featuring ex- and present members of the Blue Male Group, Überschall includes 3 drummers, a bassist and two guitarists. It’s as ridiculous and fun as it sounds. See on your own on Sunday.
22. Modern Alcoholic Publication. The Double Down’s the only place in Vegas where you can find this omnibus for fall-down drunks.
23. The addictive lunacy of the place. It’s genuine.
24. The Dickies. The campy SoCal pop-punk pioneers are no complete strangers to Vegas; they have actually rocked phases huge and little, from Punk Rock Bowling to the Gold Spike swimming pool celebration. Sing along to the melodic “Give It Back” or the band’s vigorous take on Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” in our city’s cherished dive.
25. Ass Juice. The Double Down’s signature shot, “served ass cold.” Pound down a few shots in event of a quarter-freaking century of “100% pure, not from concentrate.”
Double Down Saloon’s 25th Anniversary November 22-26, times differ, totally free. 702-791-5775.