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First Impressions Of Downtown's Newly Opened Oak & Ivy Bar

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
July 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

After eight months of operation, the opening roster of Downtown's Container Park has suffered some significant casualties. Cheffini's Hot Dogs replaced Pork & Beans, numerous little shops have changed hands, the putting-green grass (predictably) was replaced by astroturf, and now the Boozery vacates their spot to have Oak & Ivy step in. (Sadly, Big Ern's BBQ, despite their best efforts, is still open).

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Las Vegas Walking Tours Give Fun Perspective To Fremont Street, Downtown Vegas

June 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

It’s amazing that some people can visit Las Vegas and never see more than The Strip. With the Hoover Dam, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead so close, it’s mind-boggling that more tourists don’t take advantage of nearby offerings. For some, the reason is they came to relax, enjoy bottle service by the pool and dance all night at clubs. For many, it’s just because they’re only here a few days and don’t have the time. Enter Fremont Street. It’s very close to The Strip and is chock-full of rich history (and 99 cent margaritas!) visitors can soak up.

Wandering around Fremont Street on your own is fun, but you may be sucked into Mermaids for deep-fried Oreos or into Glitter Gulch for more than you bargained for, if you’re not careful. We recommend taking a tour with Las Vegas Walking Tours. Their Fremont Casino Center walking tour covers the length of Fremont Street plus Fremont East, the Container Park and properties just off Fremont like the Mob Museum and the Neon Boneyard.

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Kerry Simon Plants a Flag Downtown With Carson Kitchen

Where: 124 S Sixth St. [map], 89101
June 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebrity Chef Kerry Simon is the first big name to cast his sights upon downtown with the debut of his newest concept, Carson Kitchen. After a year of waiting and quiet updates, the newest tenant of the revamped John E. Carson building (formerly a motel) is serving up some very cool cuisine to a packed house nightly.

There's a certain kind of atmosphere that Carson Kitchen emanates, a certain kind of aura (if that's a real thing and also something restaurants can have). It has a certain blend of that "neighborhood" communal feel, but still has plenty of creativity oozing out between the floorboards. It's the kind of place that, after a cocktail or two, makes you start to feel like you're on vacation in a much cooler city. Portland, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Denver... hell, it almost feels like some of the hip LA suburbs that have the bad names (LA suburbs with good-sounding names are almost always post-apocalyptic hellholes). Somehow that feel has been plucked from those cities, but without the humidity.

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Two More Of Our Fave Downtown Drinking Spots

June 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

Downtown's ever-changing drinking laws have you in need of a drink (if you could only figure out when, where and how to consume it)? Avoid the headache and just pull up a seat at a downtown bar instead and hang for a while. In this edition of Sip or Pour where we highlight awesome drinking spots around town, we feature two more downtown bars (check out our first two here) that will either have you relaxing with a great cocktail or pouring on some serious fun!

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When looking to enjoy everything Fremont Street, be sure to check out Park on Fremont. Park is a neat place to throw your feet up while drinking in a great downtown ambiance. While you could sit inside, the real attraction as far as this writer is concerned is on the patio; or more specifically, "the park."

The park offers a laid-back and relaxed outdoor atmosphere that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors, but at the same time, not put you on public display. An eclectic barrage of art, plates and wares means there's no shortage of visual randomness to entertain the eye. But, the main reason to visit is that Park on Fremont delivers a fun selection of cocktails at a reasonable price.

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You'll Never Believe What An Extra $10 Gets You At El Cortez

Where: 600 E Fremont St [map], 89101
June 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (5)

Want a great blackjack game, some cheap eats, or an unusual casino promo? El Cortez is your spot.

What if you’re looking for a place to get some rest and want something upscale and modern? We’re guessing El Cortez doesn’t immediately come to mind. The hotel at El Cortez is mostly made up of older rooms that come with low rates. We’ve reviewed their tower rooms in the past and, while we wouldn’t describe them as upscale or modern, they are well-maintained and a great value. If you’re more interested in boutique than bargain, you may be surprised to discover what a difference $10 can make when booking a room here. This writer certainly was after a recent two-night stay.

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Simon Says: Carson Kitchen Ready To Serve In Downtown Vegas

Where: 124 6th St. [map], 89101
June 12, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

What will we do with all these new dining choices? Once again, foodies will have a fresh downtown destination in the Fremont East. Carson Kitchen, not to be confused with the pest-y and now-defunct Carson Street Cafe, will open its doors for the first time today at 11 a.m.

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365 Tokyo: The Hidden Jewel of Fremont

Where: 107 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89101
June 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last night was the official opening of Inspire, the multi-faceted downtown entertainment megalith on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard. The three-story complex houses a theater, a news cafe, meeting areas, a rooftop nightclub, the cozy Wayfarer bar and, for a select network of the clued-in, there is something else entirely. That something else is 365 Tokyo.

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Cheffini’s Hot Dogs Headed To Downtown's Container Park

May 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM | by | Comments (2)

In Downtown Vegas, a hot dog cart known for setting up shop late at night outside The Beat coffeehouse (and its $3 dogs) will soon have a permanent home a block down at the Container Park. (Don't despair, the cart will remain.)

Cheffini's Hot Dogs will expand from a cart to a container in early June (meaning any week now). The hot dog eatery will take over the space being vacated by Pork & Beans, just inside the entrance to the outdoor mall. Owners are aiming for a seamless transition. There will also be a separate walk-up coffee window called The Black Cup.

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For Food Trucks And Drink Deals, Spend Wednesdays Downtown

May 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (3)

Downtown Vegas wants to take over another day on the calendar. Already claiming our First Fridays, now we're being invited to hump it on over to Fremont East for Wednesdays Downtown.

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Kerry Simon To Open Carson Kitchen In Downtown Vegas

Where: South 124 6th St. [map], 89101
April 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

Your next downtown destination is taking shape and it won't be long before we can see if it's to our taste.

The old John E. Carson Hotel building just off Fremont Street in Fremont East is the current focus of downtown's continued transformation. Soon, the derelict structure will house a yoga studio, florist, tattoo shop, doughnut spot, sushi eatery and Carson Kitchen, the newest venture by Chef Kerry Simon best known in Vegas for Simon at Palms and KGB at Harrah's.

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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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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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