Las Vegas’ iconic dive bar Hard Hat Lounge is officially in the hands of hometown hero Frank Sidoris and Pizza-lebrity Robby Cunningham. The dynamic duo and longtime best friends bring new life to the institution starting today, September 12, with special soft opening hours of 5pm-2am.
Respecting tradition and all of the little details that make Hard Hat Lounge a beloved piece of Downtown Las Vegas, Sidoris and Cunningham promise to keep the bar’s loyal fans happy while adding live music and fun surprises. The lounge features great bar offerings, all the sports – including every VGK and Raiders game – and the best Detroit-style pizza in town, Guerrilla Pizza, drawing locals and tourists, regulars and new friends alike to relax, have a drink, and enjoy a great pie with friends.
Hard Hat’s signature Guerrilla Pizza exploded after Cunningham came up with the wild idea of free pizza to test his deep-dish cheesy goodness creations. He started @freepizzadtlv to fulfill his need for quality, authentic Detroit-style pizza in Vegas and before long, pizza lovers begged for more. Guerrilla Pizza at the Hard Hat Lounge will offer classic Detroit-style pizza, with all the traditional toppings, as well as $7 warm breads like Wild Bread, Gorilla Knots and Hot Churros; $7 tater tots in Poutine, Parmigiana or Garlic Parm styles; and $10 wings with your choice of Salted, Frank’s Red Hot, Sriracha, Garlic Parm or Mike’s Hot Honey.
“I am beyond excited to be taking over one of the oldest, coolest dive bars in the entire city of Las Vegas,” Cunningham said. “To have come into the kitchen two years ago on a stroke of luck and bring so much success to the bar with the pizza I was cooking out of my house is such an accomplishment. I’m excited to explore my entrepreneurship with my best friend and make this bar even more successful than it’s ever been. The pizza and drinks are just going to get even better with Frank and I behind the wheel.”
Drinks, Music and A Rockstar
Sidoris, Vegas’ very own rock star, has most recently toured the world as guitarist for Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and Mammoth WVH. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Sidoris has a true love and appreciation for a great dive bar with good vibes and excellent music but is committed to preserving the lounge’s historical charm.
“To own a bar in Vegas is something to be excited about, but to own a piece of Las Vegas history is something else entirely,” Sidoris said. “My partner Robby and I couldn’t be more motivated to maintain what makes the Hard Hat a staple in the Downtown Vegas community and accentuate it’s historical value.”
All beers, except specialty pours, will be served in 22oz mugs. Exciting activations will include A-list guest bartenders, tap takeovers, game nights on Tuesdays, and Karaoke on Wednesdays. Rocking live music inside, as well as big shows outside on a larger stage are coming soon.
Hard Hat Lounge’s ongoing specials include:
- Happy Hour daily from 1-3pm and midnight to close with $1 off beers and call drinks
- Industry Night on Mondays with 10% off the tab for industry guests
- All day, every day $1 off drinks for construction workers
Hard Hat Lounge is located at 1675 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102. Hard Hat is open 11am-2am Sundays through Thursdays and 11am-3am Fridays and Saturdays.
About Hard Hat Lounge
Established in 1962, Hard Hat Lounge is one of the oldest operating bars in Southern Nevada. A downtown institution, offering cult-favorite Guerrilla Pizza, has new owners and new life in 2022, with more to come. Visit Hard Hat Lounge in the Arts District at 1675 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102. For more information, please follow on Instagram @hardhatloungelv.