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There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:
Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.
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Where one bar closes, another debuts at downtown's Container Park.
The Boozery is gone and in its place is Oak & Ivy, self-described as an "American craft whiskey cocktail bar dedicated to classic mixology and unique handcrafted drinks." We'll just go with whiskey bar. Here's what you'll be able to order up:
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Never mind the high temperature was 111 degrees today. We have a feeling you are going to want these artisan chocolates from JinJu Chocolates smeared all over you, especially if you pick up one of the chocolate jewelry pieces that are for sale.
Jin Caldwell, a master chocolatier who once worked at Bellagio and Wynn, will officially open her first retail store tomorrow on the second floor at downtown's Container Park. The store has been in a soft opening phase for a few days, giving away samples of such items like sesame seeds butter toffee and pecan caramel clusters (mmmm).
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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.
Downtown's Container Park is home to restaurants, bars, shopping, a playground, and even a fire-spewing preying mantis. Now, the DCP (we all call it that, right?) wants to add drive-in movie theater to the roster. Well, minus the drive-in part including the cars and those speaker boxes that attach to the window, too. More like a pedestrian-in theater, we guess. Where were we?
Oh, yes. If you haven't heard yet, Thursdays have become Movie Night at Container Park. Held under the stars beginning at 9 p.m., a limited number of blankets and outdoor chairs are even available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests, however, are free to BYOB(lankets) and chairs, if they want to ensure they have 'em.
The weekly lineup is as follows:
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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.
Downtown's Container Park has been in the news lately for the loss of several tenants. Pork & Beans, The Boozery, The Beatnik, Alios and Blackbird Studio are among the businesses that have decided to close up
shop their shipping container just months after the Fremont East destination made its debut.
There's at least one enterprise, however, still willing to give the open-air mall a chance. JinJu Chocolates has excitedly announced on Facebook that it will make its Container Park debut this summer.
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Downtown is where it's at, or would be, if it were easier to discover what was happening where. For many, learning about events takes a bit of luck and being in the right word-of-mouth chain.
This writer heard about so many events after the fact that it wasn't until I set up my own downtown dragnet that I managed to turn that around. I signed up for the Downtown Project newsletter and liked Downtown Project, Inspire Theater, Fremont Street Experience and Container Park on Facebook (as well as made sure I set it so I would be notified of every posting) and I even created some Google alerts, too. (I'm also cyber-stalking the D and Downtown Grand.) But, really who else would do that besides this gal? Likely, not many.
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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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When you hear Sheryl Crow is coming to Las Vegas you might wonder if she’s playing the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay or maybe even Caesars' Colosseum. All would be wrong in this case because she’s actually coming to the Container Park of all places on April 4.
The First Friday Foundation is presenting “An Intimate Performance by Sheryl Crow” and by intimate, they really mean intimate. More used to selling out large arenas, the folksy rocker will play to a much smaller crowd in downtown Vegas.
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The folks over at DTLV.com have shed some light on the remodel the John E. Carson Hotel building is undergoing.
The omnipresent Downtown Project owns the space at Sixth and Carson. You can read about the hotel's renovation in-depth here. But, to boil it down, the former hotel is going the way of the Container Park and divvying its space up into smaller parcels for local businesses. Look forward to a yoga studio, a florist, Black Spade Tattoo, a gourmet doughnut shop (from the folks behind Bin 702 at the Container Park), a sushi restaurant (from Le Thai's Dan Coughlin) and yet another Kerry Simon restaurant to be known as Carson Kitchen, among other enterprises.
Fan of strip poker and running? Then the inaugural Strip Poker Run sponsored by Downtown Grand might be of interest. Though, it doesn't really involve (full) stripping and nor does it even take place on the Strip.
No, the Strip Poker Run is a 5K clothing drive put on by Downtown Runners. The event encourages participants to throw on as many articles of clothing your body can handle before heading out on a course full of "stripping stations." Runners (and walkers) will receive a poker card for shedding a layer at each stop. Participants dressed (yes, dressed!) down to their last layer will play those cards in a hand of Texas Hold 'Em at the finish line for prizes.