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We would like to welcome our brand new VegasChatter contributer, Nick Holliday. A recent transplant from Chicago, Nick is firmly settled on the east side of Las Vegas. Nick spends most of his time and dollars as far from The Strip as he can since he works there all day. That means you can expect coverage of both off Strip and downtown finds. Nick loves punk rock, craft beer, decent whiskey, casinos, dive bars, and being comped which is fitting because, for his first post, he shows us how to turn nothing into something at the casinos of downtown Vegas.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to how a Vegas vacation will turn out. Maybe you win big and take some of the casinos’ cash with you. Maybe you “break even.” Like the majority of thrillseekers, you will probably party and gamble nonstop until your vacation bankroll is spent. There is always something going on in this town, so what’s a visitor with hardly any cash in their pocket do when they want to have a little fun in Las Vegas?
Fremont Street offers a ton of opportunity for the average small-time gambler. The great promotions, cheap food, and cheesy neon reminds us of a Las Vegas that we have only read about. Where the Strip is full of luxury resorts and high-end shopping malls, Fremont is all about the gambler. That sits right with this low roller.
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It's working on a new, permanent bar to replace the temporary one that fronted the Fremont Street Experience. Once, complete there will be both indoor and outdoor seating. So far, there's no word on just when it will make its debut, but we'll be sure to let you know when we hear.
Until then, here's our take on a few other Fremont area bars and whether they're worth a stop:
It was strange for this writer to receive an offer from Four Queens as he hasn't been inside of the casino in about a year, but who are we to say no to a free room offer? We look at these kind of offers as an excuse to explore Vegas. Four Queens is across the street from our last Downtown Vegas crash pad at the Fremont Casino, right smack dab in the middle of the action of Fremont Street.
We arrived at Four Queens around 4:30 p.m. and were told that our room preference (2 non-smoking queens) were all given out. Boo, we thought. Then we were told that we were being upgraded to a non-smoking king suite. Thankfully our friend bailed on us and he didn't have to sleep on the faux leather couch.
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Over the weekend we spotted a Vegas cab advertising Steve Wyrick's show and figured some ad manager missed the memo, being that his Miracle Mile Show disappeared in 2009. A double take clarified that the ad dollars were in fact well spent, alerting us to his new show at the Las Vegas Hilton. Or is there a new show?
Earlier this week, the Hilton had a page dedicated to Wyrick's new show, Ultra Magician but today that page has done a disappearing act of it's own. The show had already been pushed back at least once due to "scheduling conflicts" and was finally due to open Friday, August 5.
Wyrick still has a $54 million dollar bankruptcy filing pending over the theater that bore his name inside the Miracle Mile. Has the rug been pulled on the show for reasons relating to his financials? Issues with the show itself? Is the Hilton still sorting out its entertainment schedule? Or is this a website glitch? As of today, the Hilton's event calendar doesn't list Wyrick's show or the recently announced Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack that was set to move to the Hilton this week.
A call to the Hilton box office informed us Wyrick is set to debut Friday but will be performing weekly rather than the previously announced nightly schedule.
Steve Wyrick, Ultra Magician, opens August 5:
Where: Las Vegas Hilton Theater
Price: $21.98 - $137.50
For tickets, call 800-222-5361
or visit LVHilton.com.
UPDATE 8/4: The Hilton website now has a different page up and running for the Wyrick show. That page again indicates nightly performances at 7:30pm beginning August 5. Tix are listed at $39.95 - $125 (plus tax and service charge). We suggest calling if you really want to see the new show.
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This guide is sooo 2011. Check out the VegasChatter's 2013 Downtown Vegas Guide
Mention Las Vegas to someone and they usually immediately picture The Strip. TV Shows, awards shows, and sports broadcasts all love to show aerial shots of Las Vegas Boulevard. And why shouldn't they? The Strip looks amazing from above with its reaching architecture, exploding volcanoes, and high flying fountains.
But when the camera needs that neon shot where do they go? Vegas may be known for Neon but most Strip marquees these days are down with the LED. For the best clusters of lit neon, one needs to head to Downtown Vegas.
Downtown Vegas. Old Vegas. Walkable Vegas. Cheap gambling. Cheap booze. Home of Vegas Vic and the Girls of Glitter Gulch. Original home to the World Series of Poker. Now home to the Fremont Street Experience.
Different folks have different images of downtown. Others have never strayed from the Strip. Possibly due to lack of interest or lack of knowledge about what downtown has to offer. Downtown is certainly a different experience than the Strip. But different doesn't have to mean worse if you know what to do, where to stay, and what not to miss.
In an effort to spread the Downtown love, we present VegasChatter's Guide to Downtown Vegas. Where to Stay, Where to Drink, Where to Eat, Where To Have Fun, and What Not To Miss. Each category won't be an exhaustive list but rather a few of our top picks. Note that we've kept the scope of downtown to Fremont Street and the immediate surrounding areas. Therefore spots worth visiting like Frankie's Tiki Room, Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, and cool antique stores won't make the guide. Some categories were harder to narrow than others but let's go to the tape.
WHERE TO STAY: Downtown doesn't need to be a cab ride from the Strip. With rates that are usually reasonable and rooms that are getting makeovers, downtown's worth sleeping over for.
WHERE TO DRINK: Downtown has plenty of casino bars, restaurant bars, street bars, and just bar bars. We've listed a few that you shouldn't miss when your thirst hits.
WHERE TO EAT: Celebrity chefs might not be flocking to Fremont, but there are several great meals to be had if you know where to look.
WHERE TO HAVE FUN: We love walking and wondering around downtown without an agenda. But if you need to plan fun, here's where to go.
WHAT NOT TO MISS: Quite a few hidden gems are located downtown and we don't want you to miss them.
What would you pick when it comes to featuring Downtown's best? Find out if they mesh with our recommendations when VegasChatter's Guide to Downtown Vegas continues after the galleries.
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It’s no surprise that rooms are still available for this Labor Day Weekend. But if you plan to make Las Vegas your end-of-summer, last-hurrah destination, you’d do well to book now as room rates are creeping up.
That’s true especially among the middle- and lower-tier properties around town. According to Expedia.com, you can still get a smokin’ deal at properties downtown (average room rate at the The Plaza for the weekend is $45 per night; the El Cortez is $51 per night and the Four Queens is $74 per night), but some of the less desirable places on the Strip have shot up past the $100-per-night mark. Circus Circus alone stands below that benchmark at a reasonable $96 per night for the three-day weekend, while places like Excalibur are going for $124, Imperial Palace for $127 and Sahara for $112.
If you’re coming into Vegas this weekend and need to make hotel reservations on the fly, you’ll encounter quite a range of prices and available rooms. There are cheaper options (umm, AAE Todds Hostel?), but the least-expensive place we could actually feel somewhat secure in recommending is Four Queens in downtown via Expedia.
For $32 a night, you can stay right on Fremont Street, where the entertainment possibilities are vast, even if the super-high-end amenities you’ll find Stripside are not.
Is it luxurious? Well, it’s not The Wynn. But the hotel was last renovated in 2003, which greatly improved the quality of the accommodations Although, unfortunately, you’re still going to have to endure one of those ugly abstract-floral bedspreads that looks like it was designed from a toddler’s finger-painting. But what do you want for $32 last minute?!