Please don’t tell…party at the Centurion Lounge in Las Vegas!

I’m in Vegas right now with a good friend. We were flying in from different cities, so we met at the airport; we decided to kick off our weekend with a drink and a snack at the Centurion Lounge. As we checked in, the women behind the desk asked us why we were in town. “Girls’ weekend!” we whooped, high-fiving for effect.

The businesspeople in line behind us rolled their eyes. We ignored them and raced each other to the bar.

Have you ever enjoyed a drink from the cocktail menu at the Centurion Lounge? If so, you’ve tasted the delicious work of Jim Meehan, the Centurion Lounge Mixologist.

jim meehan lounge mixologist

He’s good, right? I think we can all agree that the drinks at the lounge are genius.

My favorite (so far) is the Tex/Mex in Dallas. So smoky and spicy!

Tex/Mex drink

As we sat at a table, happily laughing and talking and enjoying our nibbles and cocktails, one of the women from the front desk came over to us. “I just wanted to let you girls know that we’ve having a special event in the lounge right now,” she said. “Jim Meehan is doing a book signing! The book is a hardcover bartender’s guide, and he’ll autograph it for you. It’s complimentary…on the house!”

We looked over at the bar. There he was, in the flesh, mixing it up with a cocktail shaker. We rushed over.

Did you know that Jim Meehan is also part of PDT in Manhattan? PDT is a modern speakeasy (initials stand for Please Don’t Tell). To get to this bar, you slip into a vintage phone booth that sits inside Crif Dogs, a deliciously nondescript hot dog joint in the East Village.

crif dogs

Step inside the phone booth, pick up the receiver and press the buzzer…once. This gets you access to PDT, which is a glamorously sexy space with a lot of ambiance – and some pretty famous handcrafted cocktails. Once you’re in, you can relax in the quiet, dimly lit lounge and enjoy your drinks, paired with food from Crif’s. Again, genius!

Since the Centurion bar wasn’t busy, we peppered Jim with questions. How did he get into bartending? How did he get so famous? Whose idea was the phone booth inside the hot dog restaurant?

Jim was so funny and cute. We loved him!

jim meehan and us at lounge

He graciously signed our PDT Cocktail books – which by the way, are filled with easy-to-make craft cocktail recipes and look like a godsend for any bar – and then he interviewed us to figure out our perfect cocktails. Which he promptly made for us.

signed book from Jim Meehan

My signed book and empty glass.

Which we promptly drank.

This was such an awesome surprise from the Centurion Lounge. Thanks so much, Jim! You’re the best.

Have you ever been to PDT or another modern speakeasy? What did you think?


  1. Got the book at the AMEX lounge in Dallas…….without the autograph………..they are great lounges although AA is throwing knockout punches right now……..they are going to have to swing back or they’ll hit the mat otherwise…………..

  2. Great lounge. Was just there on Monday. The cocktails (I let the bartender choose) are well done.

  3. Wow timing is everything. Was there yesterday and almost every seat was taken. Ended up at the table and never even made it up to the bar for a drink.

  4. Points Pixie says

    JustSaying – This was a pretty good hit!

    Andy – I think the cocktails are the best part!

    vc – Yikes! Hopefully next time you’ll get to try one.

  5. My husband was in the Centurion Lounge at DFW on his birthday and they gave him a copy of the book too! So much fun! Sounds like you had a great time!

  6. How much fun! Between that drink and the high-5, I think I gotta make it to vegas just to check out the lounge!


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