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Doesn't it seem like reports from Downtown Vegas are a daily, non-stop series of new project announcements? Ready for another one?
While Binion's Gambling Hall added the Whisky Liquor Bar last March and, more recently, a gift shop, there have been tales of a major property renovation on the way ever since the hotel and coffee shop closed four years ago. Many of the sensible rumors suggested fixes to the mothballed pre-2009 areas of the building. Sounds like we've all been looking in the wrong place.
Reality TV Shows / Reality TV / Binion's / Downtown / Vegas on TV / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Street / → All Tags
Suckers for Reality TV. VegasChatter and any Vegas-based show sitting in a tree. You know the drill. We eat, sleep, and drink it. Last year, we even pitched a casino reality show starring Binion's. It seems TLC
stole focused that idea into a show solely shot at the downtown casino.
Casino Confidential premieres Thursday, April 4 for an initial six-episode run. The show promises to capture stories of "unruly high rollers, all-night party goers, and bachelor parties gone rogue" from the perspective of casino staff. Judging by the below trailer, the show looks two parts American Casino and The Casino, one part Binion's storied past, and marinated with plenty of Vegas Strip.
The former valet area at Binion's is a bit of a ghost town since the casino sent the valets home for good a couple years ago. The one constant has been the presence of the the very Binion's-specific, long-horned limo parked in front an elevator. Guests who self-park are likely to pass it each time they enter the casino. Those who stick to Fremont may have seen it periodically decorated and displayed out front before it was put in park out back.
Other than admiring and being tempted to stroke the horns without raising the ire of either the ghosts of Binion's or security, we knew little of the history of ol' Bessie. Our name for Binion's limo (not to be confused with Benny Binion's limo) since she has to be a Bessie, yes?
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.
Permanent signage is yet to go up for the new shop inside Binion's, but signs similar to the one above are scattered through the casino to lure customers toward the back where it's located. We're told that business has been picking up more each day as word has gotten out. In fact, erecting the old sign below on the street outside the shop brought in an immediate uptick in foot traffic:
Anyone who's wandered around the inside of Binion's has likely stumbled upon the classic wood and iron staircase pictured above and marked for Employees Only. The first time we discovered it we stood and admired the antique decor while guessing what lied beneath. Probably just a break room we concluded, but not until after imagining more nefarious back room scenarios that included shady patrons getting a taste of cowboy boot from Benny himself back in the day.
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Binion's checked out of the downtown hotel game back in 2009, but last Friday, it posted photos of what its old rooms look like now on Facebook.
The accommodations reflect a lost Vegas decor that was clearly meant as a homage to
grandma Laura Ashley. Check out the rose-colored carpeting. The floral wallpaper border. The floral prints. The floral drapes. The floral sheers. Yes, at one time, everything was coming up roses for Binion's.
We posted a query about plans for the remodeled rooms (hey, we're nothing if not dogged) and were told there were no plans for that "as of yet." But, in response to another fan's question, Binion's did have this to add:
Vegas Virgins / Plaza / Excalibur / Binion's / → All Tags
We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, Lynn B., to tell you about busting her Vegas cherry.
"In 1994, I had never been to Las Vegas, I had not even seen the inside of a casino! My new boyfriend, Bill, invited me to go with him and his best friend, Larry. They went at least twice a year.
I will never forget the ride down the Strip. We took a red eye and got there about 3 in the morning and the airport shuttle was empty except for us. When Larry told the driver it was my first time he drove slowly down the Strip and he told me a little about every casino. Oh my goodness, all the beautiful lights!! I had no idea that such a wonderful place existed."
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Binion's Famous Burger (the sign says it so it must be true) is served 24 hours a day at Binion's Cafe with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and a side of potato salad. It's a $4.95 downtown cafe burger -- no Gruyere cheese fluffing up the plate here. Fancy here means substituting fries for the tater salad ($1.50) or adding Cheddar, American, or Swiss cheese ($1.25).
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Perhaps one more reason to head downtown is Binion's launch of its weekly Kiss The Sky Summer Pool Party tomorrow tonight. The weekly event starts June 8 and runs every Friday at 9 p.m. through August 31.
The series is free to get in with a full bar and drink specials that include $3 Miller Lite draft beers, $3 Red Bulls and $4.50 Bacardi cocktails. DJs named Mister Goodvybe, Megaman, Trens, Mark Mac, Wicked and DJ Bambu among other will be beating it in the booth. At least, we think that's proper DJ terminology.
Vegas Observations / Rio Las Vegas / Hotel Impossible / Casino Impossible / Planet Hollywood / Binion's / Golden Gate / → All Tags
We've become addicted to the "Impossible" fix 'em up line of shows on TV over the past few months. From Restaurant Impossible to Bar Rescue and now Hotel Impossible our DVR is on overload.
When we were in our sweet, smelly, dirty Rio Masquerade Suite we felt so icky that we wanted to call Hotel Impossible to clean things up immediately. Then we saw episodes with dead bugs and inches of dust and realized that, while the room wasn't clean, it could be a lot worse.
This got us to thinking that if there was a Casino Impossible what casino they would start filming at? It's easy to say start with the oldest casino and work to newest, but the oldest casino in Vegas, downtown's Golden Gate, is currently undergoing massive renovations already so that wouldn't work.
However, you can stay downtown and fix up the casino at Binion's where half of the casino looks sad and unused. The staff seemed courteous and most of the casino looked fine, but the empty parts could use some help.
We would definitely bring Casino (or Hotel) Impossible to Planet Hollywood to shore up their bad housekeeping staff. Numerous days with gum wrappers left untouched around our hotel room need to be corrected.
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We found something only our mother could love during a recent trip downtown. Our mom loves a bargain and what's a better bargain than a $5 Las Vegas shirt?! When you head away from Fremont Street to nearly empty part of Binion's, next to the restroom, you'll find a t-shirt blowout sale in the corner. Any T-Shirt $5! Mom would go cray.