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Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Gold Spike / Beer / Drinking / Bars / → All Tags
Shortly after Gold Spike re-opened as a casino-less and hotel-less bar, we decided to check out the scene from a beer drinker's point of view and were happy with what's on tap (and in the bottles). The beer selection at Gold Spike isn't as massive as The Pub at Monte Carlo, but it has a nice variety and is fairly priced.
Some of the recent bar openings downtown have priced their craft or micro brews at the top end of market prices. It wouldn't be a surprise to pay $6-$8 for a beer at many of the new spots. Gold Spike has priced their
crappy macro American draft beers (Coors Light, Miller Light, Pabst Blue Ribbon) at $3 while craft beers from breweries like Magic Hat and New Belgium are $4 or $5, respectively. For comparison, a Magic Hat #9 at Gordon Ramsay Pub will cost $8. Even a premium beer like Delirium Tremens is moderately priced at $12 a bottle. That's not cheap by comparison to the other beers in stock, but it's not expensive. We've seen the beer priced slightly lower as well as slightly higher.
Free Vegas / Deals / Hofbrauhaus / Drinking / Bars / Off Strip / → All Tags
Three ways to celebrate your 21st in Vegas? Make that four.
Off Strip Hofbräuhaus wants to toast patrons
trading fake IDs for legit ones celebrating their right to drink with a free liter of Hofbräu beer on their 21st birthday. We're sure quite a few will drink to that. But, if that ship has already sailed for you, here are some other Vegas deals you might want to redeem:
Bars / Drinking / Coyote Ugly / Red Square / Mandalay Bay / New York-New York / → All Tags
Everyone’s tastes are different, especially when asked for opinions on the must-see bars in Vegas. With that in mind, we thought it would be good to get out in front of this frequently asked question with a new segment called Sip or Pour.
"Sip" will provide a guide to bars with the tastiest drinks, and most talented bartenders around, where you can chill with a great cocktail and a little ambiance. "Pour" will give you the lowdown on some of the most happening bars, places to get
hammered your groove on, party the night away, and ensure you wake up with the true Vegas hangover experience. Without further delay, here are our first two picks:
The D Hotel / Drinking / Bars / Bartenders / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
Many downtown visitors may not even realize they had the following question about The D that we're about to answer. After all, the Fremont Street hotel offers plenty of street-side distractions to keep the eyes occupied. Our favorite is the outdoor bar pictured above. Oh, you didn't notice the bar? Think we just proved our point. In fact, 34% of you aren't even reading this paragraph yet.
With us now? Thanks for following along. Many who have have really taken time to inspect the scene behind the bar likely came away with the same question our party did recently: Who
the frack is Christian Delpech?
Vegas Returns / McFadden's / Town Square / Bars / Drinking / Rio Las Vegas / → All Tags
It's been almost a year and a half since McFadden's abruptly closed at the Rio. At the time, VegasChatter was told chances were good that the brand would live to see another day in Las Vegas. Now, we can confirm it will, indeed, return.
A source tells us that McFadden's is planning to open very soon within Town Square, the open-air shopping mall located a few miles south of Mandalay Bay. While a specific opening date has not been declared, a hiring fair is set for May 16-18. With that in mind, it's probably safe to assume an opening month of June. We'll keep our ear to the ground, though, and once we hear something official, we'll share it with you.
Openings / Mingo Kitchen / Restaurants / Dining / Bars / Drinking / Eating / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
VegasChatter Reviews / Dining / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / Park on Fremont / Drinking / Bars / Openings / → All Tags
Park on Fremont pretty much has it all. A super cute (if overly thought out) design, a prime location in Fremont East (just beyond, or depending on how you're approaching, before the Fremont Street Experience canopy), and friendly service. Unfortunately, the one thing we bemoaned about sister bar Commonwealth just down the street is the one thing we could have done without here. The food. (Commonwealth only serves drinks and, we found, that's probably a good thing.)
But, let's start at the beginning. We parked it at Park on a Sunday night right around sunset and had our choice of seating options. The newly opened venue offers patio seating right on Fremont Street (really, you're right up against the sidewalk), inside at the bar (bar top or booth style, with fun pop-out walls offering views outside), and the star attraction out back, a 'park'-inspired patio with a centerpiece tree, shrubbery, flowers, loads of chotskies and twinkling lights. With a perfect spring night ahead of us, we chose the latter and were lead to a two-top table which offered one wrought iron chair and a cement landscaping wall as the other seat. That didn't bother us, but others might not be as accepting.
At Park for conversation, drinks and eats, we didn't waste any time ordering up cocktails. This writer went with The Unicorn ($8), Ketel One Citron Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, ginger beer (you know how VC loves it some ginger beer) and a lemon wedge; while our companion chose the Hunting Season ($10) Bloody Mary, with Asolut Mango Vodka, diced mangos, Bloody Mary mix, and dehydrated mango. Both served in mason jars, the former was refreshingly crisp (if not stiff) while the Bloody Mary was voted one of the best in town.
From there, we perused a
limited select dining menu while enjoying a 'backyard' jammed a wee bit too much with visual kitsch, from the painting of a horse being mounted and shoes thrown over electrical wires to a wall of dishes and a "fucking beautiful" photo op. (See what we mean in the gallery below.)
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / La Comida / Velveteen Rabbit / Eating / Dining / Drinking / Restaurants / Bars / Fremont East / Vegas Delays / → All Tags
Coming soon, Downtown Vegas will have another new bar and restaurant for us to checkout. Whenever, 'soon' may be.
We took the above snapshot of La Comida, a just off Fremont Street Mexican restaurant by the Morton Group, this afternoon. A walk-by on Saturday night revealed a restaurant which looked pretty much set. And, a drug deal going down in its alley.
Openings / Park on Fremont / Fremont East / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Facebook / Bars / Drinking / Eating / Restaurants / Dining / → All Tags
It's hard to believe that Vegas' newest bar went from this to this, but the transformation is so ab fab that we forgive the inevitable Vegas delay that stretched out a once hoped for launch of late 2012.
Vegas Rumors / Binion's / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Drinking / Bars / Whiskey Licker Bar / → All Tags
A well-sourced tipster tells us the downtown casino is seriously considering the addition of a second outdoor bar (a la Whiskey Licker) closer to the east side of the property.
Openings / Bars / Lounges / Drinking / Palms / The View / Playboy Club / → All Tags
The Palms is replacing Playboy bunnies with board games, pool tables, and shuffleboard. And, if your reaction is anything like ours, you're scratching your head right now. And, possibly uttering oookkkkay at the same time over a move we would have expected more from another P named hotel-casino than this one.
The off-Strip resort has announced that guests will be able to take in The View, a new, fun and games-focused lounge atop its Fantasy Tower, starting this Friday, March 15:
Openings / Music / Entertainment / VegasChatter Reviews / Bars / Drinking / Fremont / Fremont Street / Fremont East / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Country Club / → All Tags
As a recent transplant to the wonderful city of Las Vegas, this writer immediately noticed the lack of live original music in this town. Sure, you can see the biggest acts in the world here. Muse, Celine, and the Biebs pack the arenas that the larger casinos offer. For the hundreds of midsize acts that crisscross the country in battered vans, though, there is virtually no place in Las Vegas to play. Yes, we have Hard Rock on the Strip, which is a first-class venue. And, Hard Rock Hotel has opened a great little venue in Vinyl, but has underutilized it by mostly booking local cover bands. And, back on the Strip, The Cosmopolitan has stepped up its game by booking several wonderful acts (The Postal Service, The XX, Of Monsters and Men) this spring.
All of that is supposed to change, however, with the opening of downtown's Fremont Country Club. Carlos "Big Daddy" Adley and his wife/muse, Ava, have spent quite some time designing and building a 1,000 capacity music venue/radio station/recording studio that is connected to a pool hall (Backstage Bar and Billiards) and located across the street from El Cortez in the amazing Fremont East part of town. This writer couldn’t have been more excited to attend the grand opening. On March 6, we got our chance and Louis Prima Jr. was scheduled as the opening night entertainment.