Have you ever partied where your grandparents did when they were 20-somethings? Rarely does a bar in the Valley stay relevant—or open—long enough for multiple generations of locals to saddle up to the same bartop, but that’s the situation at Henderson’s Gold Mine Tavern. “We have people who come in here [whose] grandparents used to come here … or their parents met here and got married,” says Gold Mine’s manager, Stacey DeMarco. “We’re kind of a Cheers-type bar. We’ll have half of the seats filled with people who all met here.”
Situated on the charmingly quaint Water Street, the bar has been continuously operating since its 1965 opening—and this Saturday the local institution celebrates that longevity with a 50th anniversary party. First operated by Henderson councilman Giles “Bud” Franklin, the bar has survived two changes of ownership and a few identities, from biker bar to its current status as a live music venue, where local bands play on Friday and Saturday nights. This weekend’s birthday bash features a set from rock ’n’ roll cover band Forget to Remember. The anniversary party will also feature specials on ’60s-inspired cocktails, food-truck grub, tastings from Hendo breweries CraftHaus and Joseph James and raffles benefitting Nevada State College and Basic High School’s Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center, which addresses unmet healthcare needs for Henderson children.
It’s quite obvious that Gold Mine is decidedly locals-focused—which will make toasting its golden anniversary even sweeter.
Gold Mine Tavern's 50th Anniversary Party November 21, 7 p.m., free. 23 S. Water St., 702-478-8289.