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Slotzilla, the multi-story zipline experience that now towers over Neonopolis at the far end of the Fremont Street Experience, has a certain glow about these nights. What it doesn't have about it anywhere, though, is signage telling us when we can give it a try. So, how do we know it might debut soon? Well, while we haven't been able to find an opening date, we have discovered that Slotzilla did issue a hiring call on Craigslist about a month ago. And, was still looking for folks as of this week. The attraction was originally due to open in June.
Everyone loves a wedding, right? That's why we especially get all giggly and teary eyed when hearing about your Vegas weddings. So, when VegasChatter reader Jennifer C. sent us her story we absolutely had to share it.
Jennifer had the right idea from the get-go: Reaching out to VegasChatter on Facebook for advice during the planning stage. Things were going swimmingly. Her ideas, our suggestions. Her dream itinerary was forming. What could go wrong? Then fear set in that her big weekend may not be so Beautiful when she realized a large music, art and food festival might alter many of her downtown plans. Road closures, neighborhood lockdowns, and curfews. Oh my. The Mob Bar was on her hit list, too, but with a then-pending move to Downtown Grand there was uncertainty there, too.
The Neon Museum and Boneyard in Downtown Vegas is a great place to see and learn about the history of Las Vegas casinos through the very neon that made the Strip famous. For some, the fabulous neon signs are reminders of the Vegas they once knew. For others, it’s a way to learn about the history of a city they’ve only seen on film.
These tours run fairly quickly as there is a lot to see. Sometimes, the tours run a little too quickly for people to snap all of the pictures they want. With that in mind, the Neon Museum has introduced a monthly photograph tour where you have the time to snap all the pictures you want.
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When visiting El Cortez, it’s important to remember where you are and manage your expectations. El Cortez is one of the most historic casinos in Vegas and may have been the casino that truly started the Downtown Vegas revival when it was renovated seven years ago. With all of the more recent renovations, though, the ones at El Cortez feel more vintage than they were intended. Aesthetically, El Cortez is a mid-level Downtown Vegas casino. Still, we love El Cortez.
Besides some of the best gaming odds in any Las Vegas casino, El Cortez also has some of the most random and cool casino promotions. Personally, this writer learned how to gamble at El Cortez and it holds a special place in my heart. For months, I’ve noticed that El Cortez had a $5 beer and burger special available at Cafe Cortez. With all of the new restaurants coming on board in Downtown Vegas, I've been a little too distracted to try it, but finally had the opportunity to dive in recently.
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The week after Thanksgiving (more casually known as next week), Vegas will toast the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition on December 5 or Repeal Day. We have a lot of made-up holidays in this country that we use as excuses to drink (like Valentine's Day for us single folks), but this is one that actually makes sense, and it’s a damn fine excuse to hit up your local bar and suck down a few handcrafted cocktails.
In honor of days that are beer again, Golden Gate has officially dubbed its nameless casino bar, Bar Prohibition! We don't know about you, but we take the exclamation mark as a challenge. Here’s a rundown of what else is happening around town. Be sure to check back as we’ll update the listing as more events.
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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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After a once anticipated debut of spring, the Downtown Container Park has instead arrived in time for the holiday shopping season. Well, at least some of it.
The flyer below proclaims all the shops and eateries expected to open today at 1 p.m. PST, but even this list was a bit too hopeful.
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Downtown Grand’s players club is called MyPoints and is a traditional casino players card in that it only rewards you for gaming. Many of the players clubs for casinos on the Vegas Strip have made the move to reward you for all spending in all parts of the hotel, from retail shops to the spa. That's not the case at this newly opened casino. Instead, here’s how you earn points with MyPoints:
Earn 3 points for every $1 coin-in when playing reel and video reel slot machines.
Earn 3 points for every $2 coin-in when playing on video poker machines.
Table game points are generated based on average bet and length of time played.
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In part one of our review of Downtown Grand, we spent four nights in a 450 square-foot corner "Premium" room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. Now it's time for a review of the property's more 'basic' offering, the 350 square-foot "Deluxe" room. And, spoiler, we definitely had a preference between the two.
After this writer took an overnight excursion to Primm, it was back to Downtown Grand for another two nights. This time, I’d booked through Hotels.com for a nightly rate of $37 plus tax and an $11 nightly "Grand Experience" fee. I had no delusions that I’d be getting a premium room once again. Even a tight Mr. Olympia tee and a bit of flirting with the familiar desk agent didn’t help get an upgrade from deluxe. Darn! I mean "yay, my review is now a two-fer!"
Once on the eighth floor, it was deja vu again, but this time for a different reason. The carpeting in this corridor looked very familiar.
The Fremont Street Experience is rocking' a new Viva Vision show: The Who: Miles Over Vegas. Which, when read too quickly, had us imagining the legendary trumpet of Mr. Miles Davis reigning over Fremont. Which then got us thinking about the activity this lady linked to a cool Miles Davis. Which then had us mourning the fact that Chris Farley never got to perform the role he was born to play. Anyway.. err.. Who were we talking about? Ah, you see what we did there in the end, don't ya now?
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Remember the old Certs commercial? “It’s two (click) two (click) two mints in one!” Here at VegasChatter, we’re going retro and doing the Certs version of Downtown Grand room reviews. Two opinions from back-to-back stays (with a one-night break in-between to recharge our objectivity). And, just like that breath mint, the former Lady Luck is now as fresh as a mountain spring and as yummy as the tastiest candy. But, is that enough to lure people away from the beer-and-onion breath (if you will) of Fremont Street? Let’s take a peek behind those guestroom doors and find out. First, a review of the hotel-casino's Premium rooms. Tomorrow, we'll check out the Grand's Deluxe guestrooms.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at the Downtown Grand, both in person and by way of our site. If you’ve been reading our updates, you’d think we haven’t yet stayed. That’s not the case. We've actually spent a lot more time there than we'd planned to, especially this particular writer thanks to an unpleasant flu/cold/fever thing that kept me in bed for much of my stay. And, when you’re feeling miserable, you’re especially aware of your surroundings, no? Thank goodness the first four nights of my visit were in a 450 square foot corner Premium Room on the top floor of the Casino Tower. (Cue the deja vu music to remind you of my review of the corner petite jacuzzi suite at Eastside Cannery just a few weeks ago.)
I’d like to think it was my dazzling smile and always irresistible Brut 33 splash that got this writer moving on up from a bottom-tier room to a dee-luxe corner room in the sky. (Hey, it’s worked before.. maybe..) But, more than likely it was the fact I’d received a special media rate for a VegasChatter meet-up and they were hoping to make a good impression. After a slight delay coupled with a pleasant and unexpected greeting by the VP of Operations, my reservation agent escorted me to a elevator banks where I was whisked to the top floor of the Casino Tower (room 1802, to be precise).
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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.