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The way they were. This was the sign going up at Insert Coin(s) just before they opened four years ago.
There are no more quarters left to play at Insert Coin, the video game arcade/bar in Downtown Las Vegas. At least not for a little while.
DTLV.com reports the bar closed last night, however, owner Christopher LaPorte later said the closure was just temporary. He then provided DTLV.com with this statement:
Due to a rapidly changing DTLV business environment, INSERT COIN(S) will be temporarily closing its doors. We are immensely proud of our four-and-a-half years being a landmark for Downtown Las Vegas, and of our numerous philanthropic contributions made to the Vegas community at large.
Being a part of the transformation of Downtown Vegas and enduring the highs and lows of these changes, we thank you for allowing us to present the INSERT COIN(S) brand as the unique combination of videogame and nightlife entertainment that we never lost belief in.
Unfortunately, that commitment to the brand and the DTLV economic environment have resulted in financial challenges over the past year that we cannot currently sustain. We will continue to work to bring back to the community the INSERT COIN(S) brand that you loved and we thank you again for your patronage and support as your favorite videogame and music venue.
This is just terrible. Insert Coin(s) was only open for four years but it was a place where many could relive their 80s and 90s gamer lifestyles, at least for a few hours. Here's hoping Insert Coin(s) finds a new console somewhere soon.
And on that note, let's take a look at all the recent nightlife closures in the past few weeks in Vegas.
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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!
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.
It's far from game over for popular downtown Vegas gamers lounge, Insert Coins. In fact, it's about to reach a whole new level.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that Insert Coins is headed to its downtown, too. It states that owner Chris LaPorte hopes to open his second outpost there later this year. The location being considered is almost twice as big as the one here in Vegas and LaPorte promises that residents there can expect "some new additions" to his winning nightlife concept.
Sexy ladies and Las Vegas are no strangers. Some do put out more than others in the marketing department. Whether in the form of sitting on our Facebook, helping improve our stroke, or keeping track of all our dates.
One downtown establishment wants to Insert its Coins in the ring with its Girls of Insert Coins page. We recently provided a few reasons to drop some coin at the downtown gaming destination but for anyone that needs some female persuasion to get their game on, check out how hard Dave Chappelle worked to keep the ladies off his joystick:
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The idea that a video game bar would need a bouncer and a velvet rope to cope with crowds, would seem farfetched just a few years ago. For this to happen nightly in Downtown Las Vegas is all the more remarkable. Insert Coin(s) sits half a block south of the Fremont Street Experience and has cemented its reputation as a brilliant idea executed with skill and passion. An arcade meets bar meets lounge club, that pumps the crowd with music, high concept drinks and a very wide selection of video games from the eighties, through to the very latest releases for Xbox and PS3.
Enveloped by the darkened atmosphere, you'll not notice the barren concrete shell that houses the place. Large, but quick to fill up, patrons bask in the glow of television screens and a perspex bar that alternately glows red, blue and yellow. It's a real world version of the arcade Flynn's, owned by actor Jeff Bridges in the 1982 film Tron. And, if you get that reference, you'll be right at home here. Then you can even walk over and put 50 cents in the original Tron game. They have about thirty old school stand-up games and a couple of pinball machines, including a very un-P.C. Playboy edition. For your pinball fix, better to head over to the Hall of Fame.
Donkey Kong. Frogger, Defender, Burger time. Lots of old favorites. The machines are banked on one side of the room. On the other, are very nice booths, or Couch Stations as they prefer to call them, designed for bottle service. On weekends, these fill up so reservations are available online. $100 per four to five people was quoted to this writer, about $25 per person for a nice seat and multi-gamer play on the HDTV screens. Other stations are close to the DJ booth at the rear of the place and bracket the dance floor. Insert Coin(s) mixes up the music selections and DJs each night, and if hip-hop isn't your thing they run alternatives from house and Top 40 to Eighties mixes.
Imitation? Flattery? Or, does the universe just abhor a vacuum? When Hooters dropped Joystixx, a video game lounge for adults, into a void at their casino recently it sure sounded like a nifty idea.
Feeding off the enthusiasm and success of Downtown’s InsertCoins(s), all that was needed was to count up all those quarters fed into Frogger, right? Let adults be kids, with adult beverages, and create a happening scene. The gap from concept to execution has proved to be a wide chasm.
An old school vibe starts and ends with Hooters' pseudo 8-bit promotional web page. Off the grid and inside the real Joystixx, it’s not so much classic gamer as classic ghost town. When VegasChatter arrived on location one Saturday afternoon, the joint was 100% ours. And, we discovered we didn’t really want it that much. A worker explained it didn’t normally start to get busy until much later. The place had been open for six hours at that point. Online commenters have also experienced Joystixx as, dare we say, a Space Evader! Ha!
The only really fair comparison to rival InsertCoin(s) is that they have both have a bar, hence, it being a 21+ lounge. If an attempt had been made to compare Joystixx to nearby kid friendly arcades on The Strip -- like Gameworks, Excalibur’s Fun Dungeon, heck even Bellagio’s own tiny Arcade -- Hooters looks like it didn’t even try. There just really isn’t anything here.
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We thought we'd spread some holiday cheer by sharing some new ways to drink for cheap in Vegas. From the hot new gamer's lounge downtown to two big-name hotels, here's where to lift your glass for less:
●Insert Coins Videolounge Gamebar
Happy Hour special features $3 domestics and $3 drink specials
Available Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Follow 'em on Twitter (and prove it) and enjoy a reduced 'open' bar on Sundays from 9 p.m. to midnight
Followers will be able to drink all they want for $5 for the ladies, $10 for gents
One thing about going out in Vegas is that just about everyone is on trend. Sometimes it may be as simple as wearing heels a woman can't walk in and sometimes it gets complicated as we see people coordinating their clothing with dragons, roses, etc.
While hanging with the cool people keeps us in touch with the world we sometimes don't want to deal or party with the cool people. Thankfully there are plenty of things to do in Vegas to allow us to escape. In September, Yelp is giving us plenty of "geeky" things to do as Yelp "Geeks Out" for the month with a slew of free events that are definitely different than anything we have planned for the rest of the month.
We're always up for new and free things to do so expect to see us somewhere kind of random this month (besides the sportsbook). Here are the Yelp "Geeks Out" events for the month:
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Every one remembers their first. Ours was Pong. We still remember the awe we felt when we first saw it. How we couldn't stop playing it even with
the warden mom breathing down our neck about chores. How bouncing a little white dot between two short bars would fascinate us for hours. Even now we can still hear those electronic beeps in our head.
We can all get that feeling, and those sounds, back again when Insert Coins opens its doors in a few short weeks in Downtown Vegas. The concept is simple yet has never been done in town before - one part arcade, one part lounge, all parts fun.
Meant to be a gamer's paradise (just not of the video poker or slot variety), Insert Coins will offer "classic arcade cabinets from the 70s to the 90s" as well as "modern gaming and retro consoles" from Atari to PS3, and more. Just walking inside its doors sounds like it will blow our minds with a visual and sound overload. Vibrant graffiti murals (like the one shown below) will adorn its walls while arcade consoles will blare the electronic soundtracks of our life. If that weren't enough, a video DJ will fill the joint with even more pulsing sights and body-vibrating beats.