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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, there’s 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:
“Secret Pizza”: A hallway nestled next to Blue Ribbon Sushi at The Cosmopolitan, this "hidden" pizza joint serves late night pie until 5 a.m. It’s 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 hadn’t chosen to pen this story around lunch time. The pepperoni and the meatball are also solid options.
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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.
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Downtown's ever-changing drinking laws have you in need of a drink (if you could only figure out when, where and how to consume it)? Avoid the headache and just pull up a seat at a downtown bar instead and hang for a while. In this edition of Sip or Pour where we highlight awesome drinking spots around town, we feature two more downtown bars (check out our first two here) that will either have you relaxing with a great cocktail or pouring on some serious fun!
When looking to enjoy everything Fremont Street, be sure to check out Park on Fremont. Park is a neat place to throw your feet up while drinking in a great downtown ambiance. While you could sit inside, the real attraction as far as this writer is concerned is on the patio; or more specifically, "the park."
The park offers a laid-back and relaxed outdoor atmosphere that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors, but at the same time, not put you on public display. An eclectic barrage of art, plates and wares means there's no shortage of visual randomness to entertain the eye. But, the main reason to visit is that Park on Fremont delivers a fun selection of cocktails at a reasonable price.
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Motley Brews, local creators of beer-centric festivals and events has created a downtown three event series titled Open Container. It's a coincidental play on the Fremont drinking crackdown going down. Instead, it's meant as an intentional play on its host location, the Container Park. However, since the open-air mall is restricted to those 21 and over after 9 p.m. when this series is set to begin, it probably doesn't work in that regard, either.
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While the Fremont Street Experience is one of the must-see attractions in Vegas, its website has long been a must avoid. Flash made it impossible for many to view it on their mobile devices while the calendar was frustratingly ineffective no matter the platform. A recent site overhaul, however, has improved the web page a hundred kajillion percent (real measurement unit).
The revamped website (vegasexperience.com) is bright, easy to comprehend and, more importantly, Flash-less and extremely easy to navigate. Click the calendar to view live entertainment options, scheduled concert events or the Viva Vision lineup. Each is listed separately in an at-a-glance format allowing visitors to access only the information they need without having to sort through everything else.
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Last night was the official opening of Inspire, the multi-faceted downtown entertainment megalith on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard. The three-story complex houses a theater, a news cafe, meeting areas, a rooftop nightclub, the cozy Wayfarer bar and, for a select network of the clued-in, there is something else entirely. That something else is 365 Tokyo.
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Downtown Vegas is awesome. Downtown Vegas is also a hot mess. That's kind of what makes Downtown Vegas a fun place, but it's getting out of control for some. Many of the recently renovated or opened businesses on Fremont East come with some form of alcohol sales. Walking from the El Cortez to the Fremont Street Experience can feel as though you're walking through a teenage battle zone. The combination of testosterone, booze and bros creates a fun yet obnoxious path.
When you do get to the Fremont Street Experience, you'll walk through an ever shrinking concourse. Slotzilla and the FSE stages block east and west entry points to the canopy. Bars now jut into the walkway from almost every casino pushing people closer to the middle of a concourse already famously clogged with kiosks selling big balls, street performers and people dressed up in costumes hawking pictures.
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