Greetings and happy Valentine’s Day sports fans.
Like me, I’ll bet many of you are waking up this morning wondering where in the world am I going to take my beloved Valentine for a special day of alone time? Las Vegas certainly has some beautiful parks but let’s face it friends; there are not all that many romantic getaways to be found within the city limits.
This being the case, Las Vegans and visitors alike will be happy to discover a terrific little mountainside hideaway called The Mountain Springs Saloon that’s but a short ride from downtown.
The Mountain Springs Saloon doesn’t have a luxury resort hotel, and they haven’t a spa in the Springs either. But what could possibly be more refreshing than spending the day in the warm sunshine and cool clean mountain air with good people, and good music close to one hand, good food and a tasty Bloody Mary close to the other?
Taking your sweetheart along for the ride might also be conducive to peaceful rest and relaxation on this lovely warm Valentine’s Day.
Tucked neatly away off to one side of Blue Diamond Highway, ( Nevada Highway 160) and nestled atop Spring Mountain just over the hump between Vegas and Pahrump, this rustic old saloon is famous worldwide for its hospitality, food, music, and charm. Most of all it’s known for its wallpaper. A time-honored tradition, first-time visitors to The Springs are encouraged to personalize a dollar bill and affix it to the wall. Or the ceiling, or the wooden Indian, or the front door, or the barmaids, or….?
Mine’s taped to the tip of the left horn of the huge buffalo head above the center of the bar.
The staff is like a family, always friendly and courteous, and there’s a lot more to do than just belly up to the bar and chug ice cold brew beside the huge stone fireplace. A live band plays every Sunday afternoon and there’s even room to dance with your Valentine.
Visitors can shoot pool and enjoy some free popcorn while the jukebox is jumping or they can take their food and drinks outside and sit on the front porch or at one of their numerous picnic tables where speakers bring the jukebox to you. Challenge your Valentine to a game of horseshoes, or to a putting contest on the large putting green in the center of the parking lot. There’s even a volleyball court with real sand.
Those of a mind to take a hike will find an abundance of back roads and trails crisscrossing Spring Mountain. While others will appreciate the grotto where a spring-fed Lilypond is home to some enormous Koi fish.
Situated behind the saloon, the restaurant is deceptively tiny. But visitors to the Mountain Springs Saloon can order at the bar from an everchanging menu that’s sure to please even the most discerning pallet. Patrons who venture back to the outdoor counter to, order, however, will be delighted by the variety of quirky signs and stickers affixed to the walls. And there’s ample seating for eating in the food court beside the Koi pond.
Visitors and locals alike will be relieved to find that it’s always 10 degrees cooler on top of the mountain, and the front porch is the perfect place to put your boots up on the rail in the cool of a summer evening and watch the sunset.
For those who prefer being indoors, they offer air conditioning, video poker machines on the bar, with several large screen TV’s behind it where patrons can catch the latest sporting events and news.
Every last Saturday from March to October they have a pig roast that features slow roasted pork and chicken. A $10 ticket gets you a plate brimming with your choice of meats, baked beans, cole slaw and or potato salad, a free drink, and one raffle ticket. $20 gets you 3 free drinks and 3 raffle tickets. At 5:15 pm your ticket stub could win you some fabulous prizes including collectible T-shirts, liquor, even $100 in cash. Serving starts at 10 am.
Whether you are looking for a place to hang with or without your Harley, your homies, or your honey, or if you’re just passing by on your way between Las Vegas and Pahrump, the Mountain Springs Saloon is a wonderful wayside watering hole well worth wandering your way in to see.
Open from 10 am to 10 pm every day (that snow doesn’t close down the pass) they’ll stay open later sometimes if there’s a crowd up in the house.