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Caesars Entertainment giveth, taketh, and giveth again.
It's been just over a year since O'Sheas shuttered on The Strip. At the time, execs promised it would return and now there's a sure sign of it. Actually, there's a real sign. O'Sheas' sign. The VP of The Linq posted this photo of the sign's return yesterday on Instagram.
Our Jeff Prozeller swung by the construction site last night and again this morning to snap new pics of the $500 million project. You can view them in the photo gallery below. The one thing he couldn't see from The Strip, however, was said O'Sheas sign indicating it's new home will be tucked further into the
outdoor mall open-air promenade.
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Every week, we get a new glimpse at what a finished Quad, Linq and High Roller will look like. What was once O'Sheas now bears a growing glass-and-silver exterior. Next door, The Quad continues to lose a bit more of its Imperial-ness while adding an orange facade in places. Recently, the renamed property also gained a new exterior logo. Unfortunately, it's atop a building that still screams IP. Meantime, the High Roller observation wheel climbs ever skyward.
VegasChatter fan and all-around awesome guy @John_Nissan on Twitter recently (and happily) took on the huge task of chronically the latest visible changes for us. His fantastic images, all taken during the afternoon of February 19, can be found below.
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By year's end, The Linq will finally be (kinda) open. And,
Imperial Palace The Quad will be as quad-y as it's going to get. Between then and now, there's still much to do. But, it looks like we're on the verge of seeing some big changes.
Piece by piece, a sandstone-sque exterior is going up over the framework that once was O'Sheas. There were just a few panels when we walked by last week. Today, as seen above, the work is much more visible. Looking down the alleyway between The Quad and the Flamingo which will become The Linq (and ignoring the construction worker giving us the side eye), steel frames and concrete walls that will become restaurants, shops and bars look to be almost ready for their exteriors as well.
Sure, as many people likely said good riddance as bid it adieu, but the day Irish eyes stopped smilin' on The Strip is still the most memorable moment of 2012.
O'Sheas shutdown on April 30 after one last, weekend-long drinkfest to make way for The Linq. A haven for those in search of a no-frills good time on The Strip, O'Sheas was one of the few places where what you saw was what you got. It never tried to be more than it was, knowing the formula for its success was cheap beer, cheap play and beer pong. And, that's why we loved it. Even if we did splash on the Purell after we left.
Caesars Entertainment promises that the spirit of O'Sheas will live on at The Linq. But, will it be even better than the real thing? Or, at least just as good? We'll be there to try it out. We just hope it's not stuck in a corner somewhere. 'Cause you know what they say about corners. They're perpendicular.
Back in the summer, we asked whether you preferred "drinking" or "cocktailing" in Vegas. Obviously, that was an easy answer (both!), and now we want details.
We're wondering: What's your poison of preference in Vegas? A yard of beer around the neck on the Strip? A mix-o-logical Cosmo at Vesper? Ping-pong flavored Bud at Bill's? By the way, anyone else miss O'Sheas?
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We're in the middle of a major change to the Vegas Strip right now. It actually began a few years ago with CityCenter. Right now, Caesars Entertainment is renovating a large portion of the center of the Strip.
O'Sheas closed earlier this year to make way for The Linq and Imperial Palace is being transformed into The Quad. The next transformation will be when Bill's Gambling Hall & Saloon closes in February to make way for a new boutique clubby hotel-casino. One common denominator of each of these properties is their cheap gambling.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for one of VegasChatter's newest writers, who pens stories under Wake and Wander, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas suffered the metaphorical equivalent of a flight delay. I found myself waiting in the lobby of The Mirage for 45 minutes, suitcase at my side, until my friend "found his phone" and returned my call. When I finally got the room number and met him upstairs, he could barely stand up. The room reeked of rum and Coke, cologne, and the steam of a hot iron. Clothes were all over, suitcases in every corner. I saw that the space under the desk was vacant so I slid in my suitcase. I turned to the dresser and saw the bottles of booze. This wasn’t just any hotel room – this was a Vegas hotel room, for sure.
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It's been almost two months since we last showed you the covered walkways, gaping holes, and rubble being caused by The Linq, that open-air destination that will bring us amazing shopping, dining and entertainment options late next year. (Or, so we hope.)
A return to that section of The Strip earlier this week found much the same, and a lot of change as well. All the walkways, holes, and rubble were still there, but since we last visited, O'Sheas and Rockhouse have closed. Both, now, stripped down husks. (See below as well as the attached gallery.)
And, while it looks like O'Sheas is being removed completely (they were tearing down exterior walls when we walked by on Tuesday), a Caesars Entertainment rep notes that the structure itself will remain in place:
The existing skin of O'Sheas will be completely off in 4-6 weeks and then scaffolding will be erected so that we can begin to install the new skin.
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O'Sheas is no more.
The long-running casino closed its doors at noon Monday, April 30 to make way for The LINQ with promises to return again, some day. Until it does, many Vegas visitors are wondering where they can find cheap games, cheaper booze and, most of all, beer pong now. While these places can't replace O'Sheas, they just may hold you over until its return:
Cheap Table Games:
Hooters, El Cortez, Bill's: $3 minimum
Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Casino Royale, Plaza: $5 minimum
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Editor's Note: Many folks said goodbye to O'Sheas in different ways on Monday. For our own East Coast Gambler, a trip to O'Sheas in its final hours also marked his first hours in the property as well. He recounts the sights from O'Sheas last day.
As we approached O'Sheas to check out its last hours, we were a little surprised by what we found. Walking across Las Vegas Boulevard the first thing we saw was the Burger King sign being wheeled out. It was a sign of what we'd see when we entered the casino itself. By 10 a.m. the food court was closed, empty (obviously) and being taken apart.
In fact, the back half of the casino was closed, including the poker room which was moved to the front of the casino, by the doors. Actually, it was just a few tables set up and they were packed.
The bars remained open and the mood was pretty festive, but there was no last beer pong action.
The mood was almost as if O'Sheas was already closed. A few revelers were having fun while most of the staff didn't seem to care. Maybe the staffers working were reassigned positions within Caesars properties or had new jobs lined up or maybe they were retiring. Unlike when Sahara closed, there was not an overwhelming sense of sadness.
Having never been in O'Sheas before it seemed as if few people besides dealers and security were even bothering with wearing a uniform. Cocktail waitresses were just in random shorts and t-shirts and only serving the remaining people that were gambling who were either only ordering beer or that's all they were serving.
After the casino closed and that dust settled it was already time to move on. There was an implosion of the parking garage later in the evening . While, a parking garage implosion isn't the same kind of a spectacle like a casino, its still fun to watch a building go boom.
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We drove by the spot around 9:15 a.m. and, to be honest, things looked kinda dead. When we stopped by again just a few minutes before close at noon, there was a medium-sized group of folks out in front taking pics. We'll have a full report from the closing festivities (if you can call them that) tomorrow but for now, here's a look at how Twitter reacted to its passing:
O'Sheas is shutting down today. I will miss you, Vegas cathedral of stale beer and filth. I really will.— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) April 30, 2012
UPDATE: O'Sheas has issued a clarification on the free drinks. Check out the asterisks below.
O'Sheas just announced its plans for its last weekend of business and part of it dares guests to "drink us dry." The casino's last hurrah will begin this Saturday, April 28 at noon and will end when they lock the doors at noon on April 30. Caesars Entertainment still promises its return:
A smaller version of the popular casino will re-open in a dedicated area within The LINQ, a $550 million dollar entertainment, retail and dining corridor set to open in 2013.
(Also, ps, is it just us or has The Linq become The LINQ now?)
If you want to toast O'Sheas one last time (and then again, and then maybe just a few more times for nostalgia's sake), here's the schedule of events: