Festive Evening Inspired by Glamorous Havana Resorts, Cuba’s Pre-Revolution Stint as America’s Playground
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
COST: $45 WITH 10 PERCENT DISCOUNT FOR MUSEUM MEMBERS
Thursday, August 6, an unmistakably tropical vibe will come to downtown Las Vegas when The Mob Museum hosts “Hot Havana Nights.” Guests will celebrate everything vibrant about Cuban culture, including its delectable cuisine, the sounds of Latin Jazz and dances such as the Tango and Conga. Exhilarating casino games including blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat will be available, as will tropical cocktails and a cigar bar.
The evening is inspired by the decadent Havana resorts of the first half of the twentieth century, which attracted everyone from celebrities and scions of industry to middle-class vacationers. Visitors were drawn to Havana by its permissive, sun-soaked, indulgent atmosphere—comparable to the one eventually associated with Las Vegas. By the 1940s, all Havana’s major resorts and casinos were run by U.S. Mob families from Chicago and New York, representing another dynamic replicated a few years later in Las Vegas.
A variety of items from Cuba’s heyday as America’s playground are on exhibit at The Mob Museum. Objects on display include photographs, a 1958 issue of Life magazine containing an exposé on the “U.S. Gambling Mob in Cuba,” artifacts from infamous Havana hotels, casinos and cabarets such as the Nacional, Tropicana, Sans Souci, Casino de Capri and Hotel Habana Riviera.