Serving and shaking up the party downtown
By Kiko Miyasato
The party’s on and popping down on Fremont Street thanks in part to the One Bar at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Not only is it worth it to visit the first hotel ever built in Las Vegas (opened in 1906) but also to hit up all the action taking place right outside its front doors, which open directly onto Fremont Street Experience. And helping to head up the wildly good time is One Bar’s dancing bartender Lindsay Kopp.
“The atmosphere is amazing,” she said. The self-proclaimed “jack-of-all-trades” pulls double duty at One Bar, dancing and bartending. But it wasn’t always like that for Kopp. She has a degree in kinesiology and physical therapy, but the Michigan native changed directions, and since working in the industry in Vegas for about three years now, she is truly happy with what she’s doing. “I love working at (One Bar).”
During a typical eight-hour shift Kopp usually dances for about five hours—she’s up on one or the other corner of the bar, shakin’ to the DJ’s beats. Her favorite song to dance to is Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom, Boom Pow”; it’s guaranteed you’ll see her up there when that song plays. “We entertain the crowd, get them pumped up,” she said. And the crowd is pumped; they even dance right along with the One Bar staff.
“I never mind people coming up to me to say hello or ask to take a picture with me,” Kopp says; she enjoys all the attention and keeps her guests happy and partying.
Enjoy a variety of tasty frozen drinks, like the banana mixed with rum and banana flavoring. Nearly a dozen flavors include strawberry, mudslide, Long Island iced tea and mango—and you can mix flavors, too. To kick it up a notch, get an extra shot of vodka, rum or tequila. Kopp’s recommendation: “mixing Orange Cream and Sex on the Bridge (flavors) and getting an extra shot on top.” Want to go all out? Get it in a bikini girl souvenir cup or the turbo-size Golden Gate sign. Draft beer is also available