Downtown Life: Gary Puckett, Andiamo Steakhouse and Atomic Liquors
A Dip Into Nostalgia
Gary Puckett, along with his backing band the Union Gap, was one of the top-selling rock stars of the 1960s, hitting the charts with singles including “Woman Woman,” “Lady Willpower,” “Over You,” “Don’t Give in to Him,” “This Girl Is a Woman Now” and the timeless classic “Young Girl,” which can still be heard regularly on oldies stations around the world. Over a four-year period from the band’s formation as the Union Gap (named after the town in Washington state near where Puckett grew up) in 1967 until their break-up in 1971, Puckett and the Union Gap scored six top 20 Billboard hit singles, cementing Puckett’s position in rock history.
Since the end of the Union Gap in 1971, Puckett has continued as a solo artist, performing with various backing musicians (and sometimes resurrecting the Union Gap name). He’s put out albums of Christmas music and live recordings, but mainly Puckett tours the world, often along with other ’60s-era rockers, still playing 150-plus shows a year. –Josh Bell
Golden Nugget, 8 p.m. Sept. 21-22, starting at $29 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster
Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Steakhouse is one of the city’s top destinations for prime beef and classic Italian favorites and a sterling example of how to modernize a throwback dining experience. Each return visit reveals a new detail or a different dish, which is why Andiamo is also one of the most memorable dining rooms in Vegas.
The grande meatball, tender and rich with a deeply flavorful tomato sauce and fluffy ricotta cheese, remains the most popular appetizer and shouldn’t be missed. And since Andiamo is an Italian steakhouse, a pasta course is a requirement. For something indulgent try the agnolotti, handmade pasta filled with ground veal and coated with rich spinach marscapone creme, black truffle and wild mushrooms. Or for a stick-to-your-ribs, homestyle dish try the tortellaci Guiseppe, handmade ricotta cheese-filled pasta tossed together with Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, spinach, roasted tomato and a creamy marsala sauce.
When it’s time for the main event, Andiamo serves up braised veal osso bucco and pan-roasted sea scallops, Alaskan red king crab legs and marinated Colorado double-bone lamb chops among the beloved beef alternatives. But once you set your eyes on that perfectly charred long-bone ribeye steak that just touched down the next table over, it’s hard to focus on anything else. –Las Vegas Magazine Staff
The D, 5-11 p.m. daily. 702.388.2220
So Many Options
Drink in the history while drinking a classic cocktail at Las Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar, Atomic Liquors. Recent design upgrades and a cool aesthetic will impress. Also impressive is Atomic’s attention to craft beer served on tap. Last year, the joint expanded its offerings by opening The Kitchen at Atomic, serving New American fare, and it recently introduced the weekend brunch with live jazz. –Kiko Miyasato
917 Fremont St. 702.982.3000