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The city's oldest liquor licensee is kicking their events program into high gear for the beer nerd in all of us. And, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, Atomic Liquors will team up with Green Flash Brewing Company in its latest Tap Takeover series.
Every year, Green Flash puts out a limited release beer called Treasure Chest to benefit breast cancer research. This year, Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada will be the lucky recipient to the profit from each pint of this and Green Flash's other ringer, Serrano Chili Double Stout.
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When the cheesy title of a comedy show alone makes you laugh, itís safe to assume youíll at least be entertained. Ja-Makiní-Me-Laugh at The D certainly lived up to its corny name and did, indeed, make this writer laugh. All I knew going in was the show featured Matilda and Patrick Murray. Expecting a husband and wife comedy duo, this writer was quite surprised when I saw the promo materials featuring a puppet. In case you were also unaware, Matilda is Patrickís Jamaican ventriloquist dummy. Murray is a Second City-trained comedian, but of course, heís just the sidekick in this duo.
With her bedazzled dress, rhinestone-covered shoes and beaded hair, she could give any of Terry Fator's puppets a run for their money in the flashy Vegas outfit department. While not on the level of a Terry Fator show, itís definitely an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.
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Though one could argue that hungover or still-drunk tourists doing the walk of shame in the early morning hours mean Vegas has a daily Halloween parade, itís nearing time for the official version. The Las Vegas Halloween Parade, celebrating its fifth year, will return to the downtown area and follow a route along Fremont Street East.
The Fremont East buskers like Bumblebee and Elmo have been trying out their costumes for months, but now itís your turn to show off your costume-creating chops. Anyone in costume can join the parade. At 4 p.m. on Friday, October 31, the parade begins lining up at East Fremont and 13th Street. The actual parade doesnít start moving until 7 p.m. so, while you might get an early spot in the lineup, you can still fit in a few more hands of blackjack at your favorite downtown casino before things really get underway.
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You won't, however, find what's being described as an urban grocery under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. You'll need to venture beyond Slotzilla into Fremont East if you're in search of "traditional groceries, fresh produce, exceptional coffee and pastries, gourmet sandwiches, craft beer and wine, a carefully curated hot and cold salad bar, and a selection of enticing grab-and-go meals, sides, and snacks prepared daily."
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Itís a bird! Itís a plane! Itís a drunken tourist! You might catch a Superman busker working for tips under the SlotZilla zipline on Fremont Street on any given day, but now you can be your own superhero and fly down the newly opened ďzoomline!Ē The $17 million attraction over downtown Las Vegasí Fremont Street Experience is now fully functioning with the 77 ft. ďziplineĒ ($20) option on the lower level and the higher 114 ft. ďzoomlineĒ ($40) above.
The additional line opened August 31 and has been gaining new riders through word of mouth and the obvious wow factor of pedestrians looking up to see excited (or, occasionally, terrified) riders fly through the air above them. Aside from the obvious higher height, riders of the zoomline will be able to fly through the air in prone position, a.k.a. superhero-style. The kicker is, the higher zoomline starts out over the Fremont Street Experience canopy, adding yet another layer of why-did-I-do-this?!
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Would you get married at a Dennyís? Weíve heard you can do the marriage trifecta in Las Vegas: get your marriage license, get married and get divorced all at one intersection. But, can you go for the Grand Slam? If you could pick up your marriage license and get a divorce there, Dennyís would truly be a grand slam because you can certainly order your own customized menu item of the same name there, all while celebrating your nuptials.
reception inception, Denny's on Fremont -- which opened late 2012 -- has held 33 weddings. So thatís about two marriages a month, on average. John Miller, Dennyís President and Chief Executive Officer, reported on an earnings call that he was pleased with the number, especially in light of the fact Dennyís hasnít advertised its chapel outside of the restaurant's opening.
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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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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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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.
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A common predicament in Las Vegas is the necessity of a late night meal. Luckily, in this 24-hour town, you are not limited to Waffle House (not that we have one). Though, thereís nothing wrong with Waffle House, amirite, East Coasters? With so many options, it may be difficult to choose which restaurant should satisfy your cravings after midnight. Here are a few of our favorites:
ďSecret PizzaĒ: A hallway nestled next to Blue Ribbon Sushi at The Cosmopolitan, this "hidden" pizza joint serves late night pie until 5 a.m. Itís the perfect spot to grab a slice after an all-night dance party at Marquee or a concert at Boulevard Pool. Especially delicious is the white pizza, which is making this writer wish she hadnít chosen to pen this story around lunch time. The pepperoni and the meatball are also solid options.
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Itís 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, itís mind-boggling that more tourists donít 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, itís just because theyíre only here a few days and donít have the time. Enter Fremont Street. Itís 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 youíre 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.