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What Would You Do With A $100 Gambling Budget?

July 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM | by | Comments (24)

When we looked at the average Las Vegas visitor, a few things that stood out. Some commenters were surprised so many people (15%) still book Las Vegas visits through travel agents while other commenters were surprised that some visitors (13%) had a gambling budget between $0 and $99. Today's average Las Vegas visitor isn't quite the same as we remember from Vegas Vacation.

People reached out directly to discuss the subject of gambling budgets since I’m a gambler. According to research by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 80% of visitors who gamble do so on the Vegas Strip. Those people may not be spending as much money on gambling as they did 30 years ago, but they’re making their gambling budgets last all day. The report indicates 54% of those gamblers play slot machines and the Vegas Strip might not be the best place to get the most bang for their buck.

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If You've Never Heard Of Bunkhouse, Here's Why It Should Be On Your Vegas Radar

Where: 124 S. 11th Street [map], 89101
July 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (5)

In 2009, we hailed it as our favorite place for a dependable ruckus. The Downtown Project’s re-imagination of Downtown Vegas continues with the reopening of Bunkhouse Saloon.

Purchased and closed by Tony Hsieh and company in 2013, the music venue will open again August 25 with a performance from Indie Rock stalwarts, Built To Spill. Heavy remodeling is lengthening the building to allow for a new kitchen serving sloppy joes, deviled eggs and other bar food. Guests will also find a new entrance from Fremont Street and a brand new sound system.

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Downtown Changes You Might Not Know About

July 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (6)

There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:

Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.

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There's A New Worst Show In Town

Where: 202 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (11)

Imagine taking leftovers, carving it up and serving one semi-edible portion as the main course all over again. That's what Four Queens gives us with downtown’s biggest little train wreck, Broadway Rat Pack (BRP), which has been reworked and rechristened as The King and The Chairman Chairman of the Board That's Life. Unfortunately, BRP version 2.0 will have you wishing you brought along the air sickness bag from your last flight.

Last November, in a review of Broadway Rat Pack, this writer called it “a cheap amateurish production all the way.” The show, which shared Four Queen's Canyon Club Theater with the long-running hit Mike Hammer Comedy Magic, managed to stink up Fremont for eight months before quietly closing a few weeks ago. Just as the odor was starting to dissipate, Broadway Rat Pack rose from the grave.

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Oak & Ivy Now Pouring At Downtown's Container Park

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map]
July 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Where one bar closes, another debuts at downtown's Container Park.

The Boozery is gone and in its place is Oak & Ivy, self-described as an "American craft whiskey cocktail bar dedicated to classic mixology and unique handcrafted drinks." We'll just go with whiskey bar. Here's what you'll be able to order up:

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There's Another Downtown Drinking Law To Remember

July 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (10)

If things weren't confusing enough, Las Vegas government officials have implemented yet another drinking law for the Fremont Street Experience.

On Wednesday, they voted to make it illegal to "open a bag containing liquor on the mall," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Visit a convenience store for cheap beer, pop it open on the promenade and cops have the right to confiscate it, if they choose. Store clerks are now required to place your purchase in a sealed bag, attach the receipt and tell you what might happen if you reach in while under the canopy.

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El Cortez Becomes First Downtown Vegas Casino With Online Poker

July 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (4)

Today, Ultimate Poker became the official online poker room for El Cortez. This makes El Cortez the first Downtown Vegas casino to be affiliated with any online poker room. Since El Cortez closed its poker room earlier this year, this should be a welcome addition. While a groundbreaking move, it's mostly a marketing partnership between the El Cortez and Ultimate Poker.

The real win for online poker players is that you can now deposit and withdraw Ultimate Poker funds at El Cortez. In return, El Cortez will promote Ultimate Poker to its customers. El Cortez joins Station Casinos in this regard. This partnership shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as El Cortez is also affiliated with Station Casinos' sportsbooks. Not only does Station Casinos operate the El Cortez sportsbook, but you can deposit and withdraw funds to make sports bets with the Sports Connection app.

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In Downtown Vegas, Your Ticket To Ride Comes With More Fine Print

July 9, 2014 at 7:24 PM | by | Comments (7)

Downtown Vegas may not be completely on the resort fee side (at least not yet), but that's not to say its casinos aren't exploring new ways to bring in more revenue.

Back in February, we told you how the free ride was over for some downtown lots and garages. El Cortez, Main Street Station and The California came under our microscope for adding strings to all those go-to spots. Fees were enacted that could be waived with play or by being a players club member, depending on the property. Last month, Binion's put the brakes on the usage of its garage by restricting validation to folks who either gamble or dine there.

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Hard Times For Downtown Grand

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
July 7, 2014 at 7:54 PM | by | Comments (23)

We were so taken with the promise of Downtown Grand, we named it the best opening of 2013. Fast forward seven months and it's a contender for most WTF of 2014.

We loved the design as well as the idea of it all when it came to the Vegas return of a renovated and renamed Lady Luck which made its debut October 2013. Gamblers, however, were almost instantly turned off by tight machines and pay tables that went from poor to bad. Fans of the old Mob Bar hated the new incarnation. Diners were less than impressed with the fare presented by the handful of available choices. It was hard to even find a cup of coffee. Eventual dining revamps were too little, too late for many. Pool season brought enough confusion when it came to who could and couldn't lay out on the rooftop deck, when and for how much (if anything), that we threw in the towel when it came to trying to keep things straight.

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At Golden Nugget, Vic & Anthony's Wants You To Take Another Look

Where: 129 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM | by | Comments (13)

Downtown's changing dining scene has been a roller coaster of big names and unique concepts hanging their shingle in the revamped retro spaces that define the area. One thing we haven't seen is a bigwig of old Vegas try and reposition themselves to rope in new attention... (wait for it)... until now.

Vic & Anthony's at Golden Nugget has been doing the classic Vegas steakhouse thing for a while, but their Executive Chef Eric Stetcher is now serving up some rather interesting dishes.

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You Should Really Give MTO's Sunday Supper Series A Try

Where: 500 S Main St. [map], 89101
July 2, 2014 at 8:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

Downtown's MTO Cafe and chef/partner/mastermind Johnny Church have been organizing some extremely interesting multi-course meals. After nights of Mexican- and pork-inspired fare, they are putting on another of these acclaimed Sunday meals to showcase some of the early work that netted the chef his fame.

Chef Church serves up interesting twists on Americana breakfast/lunch favorites every day on Main Street before heading to Mandalay Bay to marshal the kitchen at RM Seafood/RX Boiler Room each night.

Yet, this is not enough for the workaholic! To satisfy his spontaneous cravings for pop-up dining and camaraderie with fellow Strip chefs, he started the monthly dining series, Sunday Suppers, at MTO.

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JinJu Chocolates Is Ready To Melt In Your Mouth (And, With This Heat, Maybe Your Hands)

June 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Never mind the high temperature was 111 degrees today. We have a feeling you are going to want these artisan chocolates from JinJu Chocolates smeared all over you, especially if you pick up one of the chocolate jewelry pieces that are for sale.

Jin Caldwell, a master chocolatier who once worked at Bellagio and Wynn, will officially open her first retail store tomorrow on the second floor at downtown's Container Park. The store has been in a soft opening phase for a few days, giving away samples of such items like sesame seeds butter toffee and pecan caramel clusters (mmmm).

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