Historic Red Barn martini sign lights up Strip

red-barn-martiniKnown for imploding its history along the Las Vegas Strip, the Neon Museum is bringing back reminders of the city’s glowing past for visitors with a series of iconic neon signs displayed outside of its grounds.

This first to be displayed on Las Vegas Boulevard is the Red Barn, which was lit formally June 26 outside the Fashion Show. The Red Barn opened as an antique store in the 1950s on Tropicana Avenue, morphed into a bar in the early 1960s and by 1969 became one of the city’s first openly gay bars. It closed in 1988. The Neon Museum later restored and added the iconic martini glass sign to its collection.

Installed on a platform near Neiman Marcus – close to the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fashion Show Drive – the sign lighting ceremony during PRIDE Month included representatives from Executive Pride, the LGBTQ advocacy organization, which presented a donation to the Museum; and the Fashion Show, a Museum partner.

The Red Barn visually helps tell the Las Vegas story as visitors stroll the boulevard. Watch for others at this location in the future.