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At Downtown's Plaza, the taps still aren't on for beer garden, Bier Garten. But, while visitors won't be able to pick up a mug just yet, they can now pick up some Louie merchandise just a few steps away.
Our @sammasseur snapped these shots of Bier Garten on Friday night. They show there's still work to be done on a venue that was originally due to open last month. We asked for a new timeline today, but were told reps were "working on it."
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They’re strange. They’re subversive! They're secretly living in your neighborhood. They are... the vegans!
Sounds like the tagline for a sexy 1960s potboiler playing at your local drive-in theater, doesn’t it? Well, to some, vegans might seem very odd, indeed. But, with 2014 around the corner, the lifestyle of plant-based eating is no longer considered strange. Nor, is it very rare. Vegan dining, much like vegetarianism, has grown exponentially as people become more aware of its benefits (and are seeking non-pharmaceutical ways to improve health and longevity). Las Vegas, forever on the cutting edge of dining, is keeping pace with this growth. Let’s take a look at what’s cooking in the vegan kitchens of Vegas. Or, growing in the gardens, if you will.
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Last week, we reported that Downtown Grand lowered its video poker pay tables shortly after they opened. Nobody was happy to see this reduction so quickly, but Downtown Grand's video poker only went from bad to worse. Most people concerned with playing good video poker games wouldn't have played the better option at Downtown Grand, anyway.
The reaction to Downtown Grand's video poker pay tables led us to check out how other downtown casinos compare. According to vpFREE2, there are plenty of good video poker games to be found downtown. Here's a list of the best games in each casino with percentage of return. They're broken down only by the best game(s) offered. Click on each game listed to find details on how many of those games are in that casino, where they are located, and what other good video poker games are available.
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The trio, comprised of Phantom of the Opera castmates from when it ran at Venetian, belt out everything from Broadway standards to originals. An almost year-long run at Plaza is coming to an end, however, it's not over 'til it's over. And, in this case, it's not over, at all. Phat Pack will take to the stage at Bally's beginning next month. Pretty awesome door/window if you ask us.
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In that case, be our guest.
This year, as in year's past, we've put our heads together to come up with costumes that will not only kick ass, but show your love for Vegas, too. And, anytime you can add Vegas to the mix, is an awesome time, are we right? Here are our top Halloween costume ideas for 2013. But, first a warning, choosing one of these could be hazardous... to the folks you're competing against in that costume party! Holla!
Ideal For: Males of All Ages, Women with Pixie Cuts
Requires: Tight pants, button down shirt with rolled up sleeves or tight black tee, diligent use of teeth whitening toothpaste, first three items you find around your home to use as juggling props
Works Especially Well For: Those with adorable grins, blessed with nice asses* (*Ed. note)
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At this point, sharing news of the pending closure of yet another Plaza production probably doesn't even rate a reaction.
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A year ago, we culled a list of 15 spots, surprisingly, still open. A list partial tongue-in-cheek, partial kudos and a whole lotta shock. In drafting a 2013 follow-up, if
Mr. Pappagiorgio hadn't taken a vacation and we'd published just two weeks ago, we would've looked like bonafide geniuses. Goretorium and Heraea are two spots that would've topped the list and have just shut their doors. The Las Vegas Zoo may have even made the cut if we'd looked far enough away from The Strip and downtown. Timing is everything, after all. But, we're up to a challenge and are ready to callout less easy pickin's.
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There's still no official announcement yet, but Plaza's coming soon beer garden has introduced themselves to us via social media. And, they're not just a beer garden, they're Bier Garten Beercraft & Foodery. And, yes, yes, and yes, please.
While the photo above shows what the boozery (just spitballin' here) looked like last week, Bier Garten is promising a debut of November. It's being built right off the food court on Main Street, just to the north of valet. As for what exactly a beercraft and foodery is, this is how it is being explained online:
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As you know, Golden Nugget isn't the only downtown property with hard hat-clad workers walking around. We snooped around this past weekend to see what else is new as Fremont Street competes with the Strip in the 'most on-going construction' category. Not one to disappoint, we found some more progress to share.
At the Plaza's future Beer Garden, exterior walls have been cut through to open the space up to the exterior and posts have been installed for the fencing or gating that will line the street.
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Last week, we gave you a primer on the upcoming LGBT events in Las Vegas, then scurried off to the gym to prepare for the requisite pool parties. This week, we’re back with some details, several photos, and our dignity intact. (Thank you, steamed vegetables and chicken.)
This year’s PRIDE festivities have come and gone, but it was hardly a 'blink and you’ll miss it' event. In fact, there may have been too many things to do. Las Vegas PRIDE had teamed up with Orlando’s Gay Days and MGM Resorts’ FABULOUS events to make 2013 the biggest year yet. But, the end result was somewhat chaotic.
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John Mehaffey with USPoker.com says the downtown property's poker room closed earlier this month as it prepares to move forward with an all-electronic version. Our East Coast Gambler reported on Plaza's interest in switching over to PokerPro tables back in June.
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If you think you're completely up on everything happening in Downtown Vegas, you might want to reconsider. Heck, even we thought we were finally caught up again after a late-night stroll earlier this week only to receive new information and images today.
Tuesday evening found us wandering around downtown, and tossing back a few drinks at the Fremont. To keep hydrated, naturally! Our priority
aside from socializing, however, was to check on two new construction walls at the Golden Nugget first reported by Vital Vegas. But, we also wanted to follow-up on some on-going projects, too. And, along the way, we found more developments on top of that. Fremont, and its surrounding areas. An ever-changing experience.
First, several new things to report at the Plaza, including what's captured in the photo up top. New construction outside the hotel's food court, just off valet. Workers tell us it will be a beer garden, with faux grass and even concerts on the weekend. (How that will work with the Fremont Street stage just across the street is not yet known..) Inside, folks will be able to order up food and said beer. The construction wall for that can be seen in the panoramic below. Look for the garden to debut in late September.