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A common occurrence for Vegas lovers is seeing novice friends going to the same ill-advised spots while ignoring the amazing food scene the city has cultivated. It's as if they do not consult the experience of extremely handsome food critics! In this new series of articles, we bring you two restaurants, both alike in dignity. One will be good, the other, not quite as good as the first.
Pizza places seem to be the go-to for many who are asked the cliched questions regarding dining out on a budget in Vegas. Does that mean no more than $30 a person? Three for a dollar hot dogs? Who knows! Pizza is a fairly good way out of this conversation without being drawn into it like a fly on a monkey. It rarely goes above $20 a head (without drinks), no one really dislikes pizza, yet not all are created equal.
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Since opening last summer, Art of Flavors has been wowing downtown locals and pilgrims alike with quality gelato and unique flavors. Where once the specials of the day would consist of nothing more adventurous than Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Avocado, the wheels have officially come off the bus (in a good way) with the introduction of savory flavors.
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MMA fans have a new reason to visit Downtown Vegas as amateur mixed martial arts promotion Tuff-N-Uff recently announced its first fight in the downtown area, to be held at the Plaza. Previous Tuff-N-Uff events have been held at South Point, The Orleans and Cox Pavilion. When asked about the move downtown, Tuff-N-Uff CEO Jeff Meyer shared this with VegasChatter:
I’ve been to a couple other events there and really enjoyed myself. I also happen to stay there often when I want a getaway from day-to-day life. Since the remodel, it's been pretty nice and fun. I've been keeping an eye on the economic revitalization of the Downtown area for a long time and thought that it would be great for Tuff-N-Uff to bring our event there. The Plaza was one of many properties interested in hosting our event.
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Downtown Grand is hoping price cuts will lure the hungry (and thirsty) to its off-Fremont establishments.
The re-named and renovated property once known as the Lady Luck has been busily announcing dining discounts this July. Its lobby lounge, Art Bar, now knocks 50 percent off its menu from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly. Most cocktails are priced around $10.
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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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When we looked at the average Las Vegas visitor, a few things that stood out. Some commenters were surprised so many people (15%) still book Las Vegas visits through travel agents while other commenters were surprised that some visitors (13%) had a gambling budget between $0 and $99. Today's average Las Vegas visitor isn't quite the same as we remember from Vegas Vacation.
People reached out directly to discuss the subject of gambling budgets since I’m a gambler. According to research by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 80% of visitors who gamble do so on the Vegas Strip. Those people may not be spending as much money on gambling as they did 30 years ago, but they’re making their gambling budgets last all day. The report indicates 54% of those gamblers play slot machines and the Vegas Strip might not be the best place to get the most bang for their buck.
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Purchased and closed by Tony Hsieh and company in 2013, the music venue will open again August 25 with a performance from Indie Rock stalwarts, Built To Spill. Heavy remodeling is lengthening the building to allow for a new kitchen serving sloppy joes, deviled eggs and other bar food. Guests will also find a new entrance from Fremont Street and a brand new sound system.
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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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Imagine taking leftovers, carving it up and serving one semi-edible portion as the main course all over again. That's what Four Queens gives us with downtown’s biggest little train wreck, Broadway Rat Pack (BRP), which has been reworked and rechristened as
The King and The Chairman Chairman of the Board That's Life. Unfortunately, BRP version 2.0 will have you wishing you brought along the air sickness bag from your last flight.
Last November, in a review of Broadway Rat Pack, this writer called it “a cheap amateurish production all the way.” The show, which shared Four Queen's Canyon Club Theater with the long-running hit Mike Hammer Comedy Magic, managed to stink up Fremont for eight months before quietly closing a few weeks ago. Just as the odor was starting to dissipate, Broadway Rat Pack rose from the grave.
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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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If things weren't confusing enough, Las Vegas government officials have implemented yet another drinking law for the Fremont Street Experience.
On Wednesday, they voted to make it illegal to "open a bag containing liquor on the mall," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Visit a convenience store for cheap beer, pop it open on the promenade and cops have the right to confiscate it, if they choose. Store clerks are now required to place your purchase in a sealed bag, attach the receipt and tell you what might happen if you reach in while under the canopy.