Dino’s Lounge: Dive bar and Art Gallery

By Billy bob Bramscher

For nearly a half of century, Dino’s Lounge on the Las Vegas Strip has been entertaining guests with smiles, comfort, spirits, and an unending desire to provide an ultimate customer service experience.

Starting tonight, June 29th, 2012, Dino’s is redefining the culture of the “Dive bar” with the help of Raise The Roof and ceiling art.  Kristin Bartolo, co-owner along with her sister Casey, commented that for a long time she was “uncomfortable” with the term “dive-bar” because the Lounge is “very clean” and it has only been in recent years that she has accepted the pop-culture phenomenon known as the American Dive bar.

In 2010, Playboy magazine described a dive bar as: “a church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows — bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly.”  www.wikipedia.com defines a Dive bar as “a type of bar or pub. Dive bars generally have a relaxed and informal atmosphere- they are often referred to by local residents as “neighborhood bars,” where people in the neighborhood gather to drink and socialize.”

Rinaldo Dean Bartolomucci, AKA Dino, came to Las Vegas in the late 50s, and in 1962, Dino bought the bar and surrounding property.  This fall, Kristin promises a 50-Year-Anniversy party promoting the ideas of continued excellent customer service and to show appreciation to all the patrons who have sat-a-spell or been honored with the illustrious title of Drunk of the Month.

The accompanying picture was the O.G. ceiling art by artist Jayo.  This idea of “ceiling art” (first placed some six months ago) will now be a monthly celebration promoting the atmosphere philosophy  allowing everyone to feel welcomed, “and at home with no pretenses to be anything you are not, and the freedom to be whomever you are.  We welcome everyone to enjoy the feeling of history and the unspoken word of comfort and home” and Las Vegas’ ONLY Ceiling Art Gallery.

You’re invited 24/7 at Dino’s Lounge.  Enjoy Karaoke every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Dino’s has won many locals as well as national awards for Best Dive bar and Best Karaoke in Las Vegas.  Maybe best of all… come on in and enjoy a taste of Las Vegas history.  For more information about Dino’s, go to www.dinoslv.com.

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