A cool alternative Vegas lounge destination that surely will be happenin' on All Hallows Eve!
Revisiting The Funhog Ranch!
I have not been to the Funhog Ranch in over four years. In fact, while focusing on writing articles about the Las Vegas gaming tavern and brewcino scene during the last couple of years, somehow this lounge kept on escaping my mind. So many Las Vegas bars and nightclubs take the limelight these days, that it is all to easy to forget about the cool old regular haunts from years past.
The Funhog Ranch caters to the needs of the local gay and lesbian community in Las Vegas. Many writers describe gay bars as being "alternative lifestyle bars" or just plain old "alternative bars" and this is okay.
The Funhog Ranch gets pretty active and wild on weekend nights. This does not mean that the rest of the week at this lounge is quiet. This is Las Vegas and a big party can start without warning at anytime, especially during a big convention week.
The Funhog Ranch used to have the reputation of being a "Bear" bar. The Bear Theme seems to have loosened up a bit over the years, but the Funhog Ranch certainly appeals to the Bear crowd. The Funhog Ranch is a down to earth old west style alternative bar and the "Fun Hog" theme is evident in the decor. This Las Vegas bar definitely is conducive for wild times!
The Politically Correct Sideline That Is Always Worth Mentioning
In this modern world of increased awareness and acceptance, ignoring or denying alternative lifestyle choices is not the way to go. Hospitality means dishing up full respect for anybody, no matter who they happen to be. Anything less is unacceptable in this modern age
Pretending that alternative lifestyles are not mainstream ways of life is a rather medieval attitude these days, especially since the State of Nevada recently allowed legal same sex marriages to take place.
Las Vegas is the marriage capitol of the world and now the marriage business is better than ever, because the same sex wedding ban no longer exists. Wedding curators in this city already have created some interesting new gay & lesbian wedding themes. "Gay Leather Elvis Weddings, Gay Darth Vader Weddings and Lesbian Rodeo Weddings?" Hell yeah! Theme weddings are a big ticket item in Las Vegas and theme weddings are downright hellacious fun!
Those who live an alternative lifestyle or a straight lifestyle are free to go anywhere that they please. I certainly do not write about any lounges, bars or taverns that maintain anti gay & lesbian attitudes. I have been known to completely nix a tavern article that took eight hours to write, just because the employees openly made anti gay & lesbian hate comments when I returned for a second visit at a later date.
Hate is always bad publicity and recommending an establishment that allows racial, religious or sexual discrimination to blossom is never a place that is worth recommending to viewers of this website. I only recommend dining and drinking establishments that roll out the welcome mat for anybody that walks through the doors.
Anyway, there are taverns, bars and lounges in Las Vegas that cater to alternative lifestyles. These places offers refuge, solace and comfort for those who do not really prefer hanging around in straight places. Vice versa, many straight folk prefer not to hang around in alternative bars and this is respected too. Straight folk are always welcome in alternative bars and respect for the theme of the establishment is important to remember when visiting. Nobody likes a party pooper or a hospitality industry host that turns off the lights.
A Kentucky Mule at the Funhog Ranch
Honestly, the title of this section of today's article really has an interesting ring to it and it has the makings of a modern alternative western novel.
Cowboy Western Novel Reader: "A Kentucky Mule at the Funhog Ranch? I can't figure this darn thing out! What in the heck is this western novel title supposed to mean? I guess I'll just cough up a silver dime to buy the book and find out!"
Ancient Chinese Prover Say: "One cannot judge pulp western novel at nickel & dime store by its cover!"
My visit at the Funhog Ranch the other day took place well after midnight. I usually finish my website article writing and college research paper writing late at night. I tend to survive on copious amounts of coffee all day, while typing away on a laptop computer. After the eyes are too blurry to focus on the literary work, it is time to call it a night.
Unfortunately the coffee keeps the eyes wide open and the quickest path to sleepy time is a beer or a cocktail. One good night-capper beer or cocktail seems to take the edge off of the coffee and sleep follows in short order.
After being cooped up in the house for a couple days of heavy duty writing, I needed some fresh air. The scene at the local bars in my neighborhood was guaranteed to be boring as usual, so I set my sights on looking for a lounge across town. After getting about a mile underway, visiting the Funhog Ranch crossed my mind, so off I went.
There were only a few late nighters in the bar after midnight and this is par for the course early in the week. This was fine by me, because I just needed to wind down anyway.
After chatting with the bartender for a short time, things quickly became interesting. The bartender attended culinary arts school at Le Cordon Bleu, so we were alma mater and there was plenty to gab about.
The Funhog Ranch bartender and I really had some great conversations about food, beverage, restaurant and hospitality topics. There was no negativity and the small talk was upbeat.
What impressed me the most was that the bartender who happened to be a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, really had a keen sense of quality, tradition and the importance of creativity in the restaurant industry. It has been a long time since I have met a younger culinary arts school graduate that really had it together in an upbeat knowledgable way. Many culinary students just go through the motions these days, but a few do excel at a much higher level. This fellow alma mater culinarian is a sure fire candidate for becoming a future leader in the hospitality industry.
The bartender requested that I mention his name in this Funhog Ranch article, so I am obliged to do so. Sean Layne was the name and this bartender has the makings of a fine mixologist.
When I mentioned that I prefer Kentucky Straight Sour Mash Bourbon as a late night-capper, Sean said "Allow me!" and then he went about mixing a Bourbon cocktail that I never tried before. A Kentucky Mule!
A classic Kentucky Bourbon cocktail always deserves a classic American name. Kentucky Mule is as classic as it gets!
A Kentucky Mule is a variation of the famous Moscow Mule cocktail. Kentucky Bourbon replaces vodka in the recipe. My choice of poison that night was Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon and the slightly sweet finish of Makers Mark is perfect for this cocktail creation.
Basically, a Kentucky Mule is a mixture of Bourbon, Ginger Beer, Lime and Angostura Bitters on the rocks in a Copper Mug. A copper mug is required for both the Moscow Mule and Kentucky Mule cocktails.
Copper actually not only transfers heat quickly and evenly evenly, it also allows a rapid cooling effect to take place that alters the nature of a cocktail. The flavor of a Kentucky Mule would not be the same if it was served in an ordinary glass. The bartender realized this point and it was focused upon while chatting about the nature of this fine adult beverage.
The bartender also stated that the quality of the ginger beer makes a major the difference in the end product. The Funhog Ranch stocks one of the finest ginger beer mixers that there is. The ginger beer flavor in the Kentucky Mule was crisp and clear as a bell.
An expertly crafted Kentucky Mule is a very easy cocktail to like. The flavor is appealing and this Moscow Mule variation is refreshing beyond belief. Even those who do not prefer Bourbon would probably like the flavor of a good Kentucky Mule.
Well, the Kentucky Mule at the Funhog Ranch did the trick. After hanging around till sobriety returned, I headed on back home for a day's rest at the break of dawn, just like some kind of a vampire of the night.
Speaking of vampires, Halloween is just a few days away. Those who seek a cool alternative Vegas lounge for a wild night of costume party shenanigans and trick or treat libations, the Funhog Ranch tops the local destination list!
The Funhog Ranch is located at 495 East Twain Avenue in Las Vegas. This central valley location is about one block east of Paradise and it is close to the Las Vegas Strip.
The parking lot is lit and the doors are secure late at night. This gaming lounge offers a relaxing comfortable atmosphere that gamblers prefer. Like what was mentioned earlier, the Funhog Ranch can quickly turn into party central with little notice and the crowd is into fun times. Most importantly, the bar is well stocked and the beer is ice cold!
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The Funhog Ranch is well worth recommending! I have a had good experiences at this Vegas alternative bar in the past and the recent visit certainly was memorable. The Kentucky Mule really made my day! Yum!