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Shakespeare's 'Tempest' Washes Ashore In Vegas And It's Magical

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave [map], 89106
April 15, 2014 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

One of the things Las Vegas gets criticized for is its lack of culture. It is a relatively new place without the historical roots of New York or Chicago, and culture takes time. While big Strip casinos occasionally showcase a Broadway production like Avenue Q or Jersey Boys, we are usually stuck with some variation of French Canadian sky ballet.

In Downtown Vegas, 2012 saw the introduction of The Smith Center, providing the valley with a guaranteed spot for live theatre to reach a new audience. It is here that Las Vegas legend Teller (of famed magic act Penn & Teller), working with longtime theatre partner Aaron Posner and Harvard’s American Repetory Theatre, has brought a new twist on a famous production to a town that has probably never seen it.

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We'll Soon Be Able To Cowgirl Up At Binion's

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elvis has left the building, but soon Binion's will have a new attraction for guests -- a second walk-up bar on Fremont.

Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.

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Kitchen Creations Now Being Served In Downtown Vegas

Where: 500 South Grand Central Parkway [map], 89155
April 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's a new spot to eat in Downtown Vegas and that will leave you with a full tummy and heart.

Kitchen Creations Cafe celebrates its grand opening today at the Clark County Government Center. That's the sandstone building complete with mini-pyramid across from downtown's outlet mall, if you're having trouble picturing the location.

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In Downtown Vegas, An Inside Look At Casino Cheats

April 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's such a fascinating topic that even Hollywood can't resist it -- cheating the casino. Odds are you've never done it, but have you wondered about it? The answer is likely yes. And, if that's you, the Mob Museum's next speakers series has your fingerprints name all over it.

On May 21, the downtown attraction will host, "Beating the Odds, An Inside Look At Casino Cheating." The title pretty much says it all, but it becomes even more interesting when we hear that a "former card counter, a casino surveillance director and (the) Nevada Gaming Control Board Chief" will all take part. Here's a brief look at the panelists:

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Downtown Vegas: The Impact Of One On The Many

April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (15)

Downtown Vegas has seen a lot changes over the past few years, most of which has been documented right here on VegasChatter. Some would argue all that's new have been improvements, others would call it a mixed bag, while a few might even say it didn't need to be touched. From the injection of the Zappos culture into downtown to the buildout of Fremont East, changes have been many. There's also been the transformation of Fitzgeralds into the D. The Las Vegas Club's strategy of holding steady against a Binion's that slowly tries to re-invent itself while staying true to its roots. And of course, Downtown Grand's attempt to set itself apart from the rest of the old regime. And, that's just to name just a few.

Just under three years ago, excitement was building for the re-emergence of another classic downtown property, the Plaza. Since opening to a tepid response, the remodeled Plaza has seen its share of big changes right under its own roof. Mostly in its entertainment lineup, but also the introduction of a resort fee. And, what once looked like a survivor, Exposed Salon is (breaking news)... now gone.

Not all has disappeared or been replaced at the Plaza. Oscar's is still alive and well, though the restaurant within a resturant that was Simpatico went to culinary heaven long ago. Hash House A Go Go, still there. Poker, too, although in a different form. The announcement of a professional hockey team making its way to the Plaza means the pool deck will soon have a different look, and feel.. brrrr.

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Riverboat Roulette Arrives At Golden Gate

Where: 1 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (10)

Riverboat Roulette debuts at the Golden Gate today. No, this isn’t an April Fools gag, but it is a different take on the traditional roulette game.

Riverboat Roulette was first revealed to the gaming industry at the 2012 Global Gaming Expo and has since been crowned one of the “Top New Table Games of 2013” by Casino Journal. The game finally hits Vegas casinos in 2014 starting with the Golden Gate. Riverboat Roulette retains full functionality for traditional roulette play and includes the option of multiple spin wagers with six new neighborhoods on the wheel.

There are two colored sections with five slots (orange and blue), two colored sections with four slots each (purple and red), two colored sections with three slots each (teal and yellow) and two sections of white that each occupy four slots. If the ball lands in a colored section you bet on, you will be paid based on the color it lands on (see details below). If a ball lands in a colored section that you didn’t bet, your bet is pushed and you get to keep your original bet. If the ball lands in a white section, you lose your Riverboat Roulette bet. You can also choose to bet that the ball will land in the white section. Here’s a breakdown of the payouts:

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Downtown Grand Quietly Opens PICNIC (And, That's Probably For The Best)

Where: 89101
March 31, 2014 at 6:08 PM | by | Comments (6)

We were so eager to experience it that we labeled it one of 2014's top game changers. A new downtown pool experience perched on the rooftop of a new downtown hotel-casino. Surely, it would give the Golden Nugget a run for its money.

Before Downtown Grand made its public debut in October 2013, we had already fallen in love with the concept of its rooftop pool experience, PICNIC. There would be real grass! Anyone could drop in! There would be concerts and movie screenings! But, when we slipped up to the roof for a peek on opening day, we were disappointed to find turf of the plastic variety instead. We should have tempered our expectations then.

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In Vegas, Union Workers Prepare To Picket On Fremont Street

Where: 89101
March 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (8)

Union workers picketing The Cosmopolitan in 2013.

The local news in Las Vegas isn’t always that interesting outside of Las Vegas. As last week ended, the local news turned into news that would affect tourists and residents alike. The local Culinary and Bartenders Union approved a strike against 10 Downtown Vegas casinos

Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Main Street Station, Plaza and The D all have expired contracts with the union. Shortly after the strike was approved, the union started getting their troops in order to picket outside the hotels beginning April 12.

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Where Llamas Stay Free

March 28, 2014 at 9:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

You can't check in, but you can check out this bit of Lost Vegas neon (with a Downtown Project twist) in Fremont East.

This sign can be found downtown at the old site of the Ambassador Motel. The complex was torn down in 2007. The motel welcomed guests from 1952 to 1996. The land is now being used as a parking lot, for the most part. The llama reference refers to the land that the Downtown Project owns and the shape it sorta resembles. (It's a hipster thing, as photographer Greg Clarke concurs.)

As we put another week to bed, here are a few articles to keep you busy until we return on Monday:

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Raising A Glass At Bin 702

Where: 707 Fremont St., #1220 [map], 89101
March 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

A pleasant change of pace from the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, Bin 702 is a repurposed shipping container with a modern bistro feel. Bin 702 is located within downtown's Container Park which is five miles north of The Strip and a few blocks east of Slotzilla in the revamped Fremont East district.

The Container Park has transformed the area from skid row to family friendly oasis. A giant fire-breathing praying mantis sculpture greets you at the entrance. Inside the park are selections of restaurants and retail outlets. The shining star for these VegasChatter contributors, however, was wine bar, Bin 702.

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Sheryl Crow's Playing WHERE?

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
March 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (7)

When you hear Sheryl Crow is coming to Las Vegas you might wonder if she’s playing the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay or maybe even Caesars' Colosseum. All would be wrong in this case because she’s actually coming to the Container Park of all places on April 4.

The First Friday Foundation is presenting “An Intimate Performance by Sheryl Crow” and by intimate, they really mean intimate. More used to selling out large arenas, the folksy rocker will play to a much smaller crowd in downtown Vegas.

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Drinking In Some Great Spots Downtown

March 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (3)

Get ready! Coming straight at you is a special version of Sip or Pour where we head downtown to highlight some awesome drinking spots. So let's get to it! Here are two bars that'll either have you savoring the evening ahead or pouring on a little fun!

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For a quite unorthodox drinking experience, you should try your best to get into The Laundry Room. One of downtown's -- and perhaps Vegas' best open secrets -- this little bar is actually a backroom of the Commonwealth. You can only get in with a reservation or a password, but for those who are able to drop in for cocktails, it will be memorable.

Named 'Best Las Vegas Cocktail Bar' by the Nightlife & Bar Awards (the secret's out), the Fremont East venue is small, intimate and quiet which goes against just about every bar experience in Vegas. But, it works. Styled after a prohibition speakeasy, it's the creative cocktails that are the standout feature here.

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