Most Memorable Moment of 2012
Sure, as many people likely said good riddance as bid it adieu, but the day Irish eyes stopped smilin' on The Strip is still the most memorable moment of 2012.
O'Sheas shutdown on April 30 after one last, weekend-long drinkfest to make way for The Linq. A haven for those in search of a no-frills good time on The Strip, O'Sheas was one of the few places where what you saw was what you got. It never tried to be more than it was, knowing the formula for its success was cheap beer, cheap play and beer pong. And, that's why we loved it. Even if we did splash on the Purell after we left.
Caesars Entertainment promises that the spirit of O'Sheas will live on at The Linq. But, will it be even better than the real thing? Or, at least just as good? We'll be there to try it out. We just hope it's not stuck in a corner somewhere. 'Cause you know what they say about corners. They're perpendicular.
Runner-Up: News of Bill's Closure
VegasChatter had just begun to move on from the loss of dive casino, O'Sheas, when Caesars Entertainment dropped another bomb on us -- the impending closure of Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon.
We knew that there were big plans for the hotel-casino that involved an extensive remodel, but no one saw things happening anytime soon nor foresaw a complete shutdown. On November 29th, however, that all changed with the news that renovations would begin in three months, last for at least a year, and require the shutter of another Strip dive favorite as of February 4, 2013.
In a way, Bill's won't really be back, either. When it reopens sometime in 2014, it will bear a new name, new digs, a new club, a new rooftop pool/dayclub, a new casino floor, and more, shifting the hotel-casino from dive to diva. Especially, if rumors of a partnership with swank Gansevoort Hotel Group come true.
(PHOTOS: crimsonjh on Instagram, Bill's Gamblin' Hall on Foursquare)