Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 | 6 p.m.
The major political parties are meeting this week in Tampa, Fla., and next week in Charlotte, N.C., but at least one Las Vegas venue wants its patrons to be able to partake in the atmosphere of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions — at least in spirit.
Former Mayor Oscar Goodman's downtown Las Vegas steakhouse, Oscar's Beef Booze & Broads, continues to serve up two politically incorrect drinks — the “No-Bama” and the “Romney."
The "No-Bama" contains two ounces of Jefferson's 10-year-old straight rye whiskey, 1.5 ounces of Canton ginger liqueur, a half-ounce of Sombra, three-fourths ounce of lemon and three-fourths of an ounce of simple syrup.
"You shake it, you strain it and you've got a No-Bama cocktail," said the former mayor, who was known for his run-ins with the Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama concerning Las Vegas tourism.
"The second drink is a Romney," Goodman said.
And what kind of a drink would honor the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, a confirmed teetotaler?
Goodman insists the drinks are actually on the menu at the bar connected to the steakhouse bearing his name at the Plaza Hotel and Casino.
"If they're not on the menu, they'd better be on the menu. People are ordering them left and right," he said.
The former mayor says if he watches the RNC activities tonight on television, he might forgo his signature martini to throw back both drinks.
"If I have a No-Bama with a Romney back, I can watch and I'll see 50 politicians instead of 25," he said.