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Las Vegas Walking Tours Give Fun Perspective To Fremont Street, Downtown Vegas

June 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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Two More Of Our Fave Downtown Drinking Spots

June 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

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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Open Containers Still Popping Up Downtown

June 20, 2014 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (4)

Fremont Street may be cracking down on liquor laws, but downtown plans to offer up opportunities this summer to get your open container on. Just perhaps not the OC you be (normally) see...ing.

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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Now Online: Experience Fremont Street In A Brand New Way

June 9, 2014 at 7:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

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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365 Tokyo: The Hidden Jewel of Fremont

Where: 107 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89101
June 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 Gets A Little Less Boozy

May 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM | by | Comments (16)

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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For Food Trucks And Drink Deals, Spend Wednesdays Downtown

May 6, 2014 at 3:46 PM | by | Comments (3)

Downtown Vegas wants to take over another day on the calendar. Already claiming our First Fridays, now we're being invited to hump it on over to Fremont East for Wednesdays Downtown.

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Slotzilla Ready To Send Thrill-Seekers Soaring Over Fremont Street

Where: 89109
April 27, 2014 at 12:38 PM | by | Comments (3)

Today, you can be among the first to do something folks have been anxiously waiting to experience since news about it broke in 2012 -- fly down Fremont Street after being launched from Slotzilla.

The towering zipline attraction will open to the public today, Sunday, April 27 at noon. The last few days have seen test flights by friends, family and Fremont Street notables, but now our time has come.

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Downtown Slots Pay Back 11.61 Percent More (In 2010)

April 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | Comments (8)

All gamblers care about returns. We all want to get the most bang for our buck. Unfortunately, that's becoming more and more difficult. Casinos on the Vegas Strip continue to increase their profit margin from blackjack by offering more low limits 6:5 blackjack than ever before. You'll even find some off Strip casinos only offering 6:5 blackjack if you play for less than $100 per hand. Gah!

If you look away from the table games on The Strip for other gambling options, you might think that some casino operators have slot machines that aren't paying out like they once did. Tight slots aren't a myth and slot machines payouts are getting tighter all over the country. What's a gambler to do? Head to Downtown Vegas.

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We'll Soon Be Able To Cowgirl Up At Binion's

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elvis has left the building, but soon Binion's will have a new attraction for guests -- a second walk-up bar on Fremont.

Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.

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Downtown Vegas: The Impact Of One On The Many

April 2, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (15)

Downtown Vegas has seen a lot changes over the past few years, most of which has been documented right here on VegasChatter. Some would argue all that's new have been improvements, others would call it a mixed bag, while a few might even say it didn't need to be touched. From the injection of the Zappos culture into downtown to the buildout of Fremont East, changes have been many. There's also been the transformation of Fitzgeralds into the D. The Las Vegas Club's strategy of holding steady against a Binion's that slowly tries to re-invent itself while staying true to its roots. And of course, Downtown Grand's attempt to set itself apart from the rest of the old regime. And, that's just to name just a few.

Just under three years ago, excitement was building for the re-emergence of another classic downtown property, the Plaza. Since opening to a tepid response, the remodeled Plaza has seen its share of big changes right under its own roof. Mostly in its entertainment lineup, but also the introduction of a resort fee. And, what once looked like a survivor, Exposed Salon is (breaking news)... now gone.

Not all has disappeared or been replaced at the Plaza. Oscar's is still alive and well, though the restaurant within a resturant that was Simpatico went to culinary heaven long ago. Hash House A Go Go, still there. Poker, too, although in a different form. The announcement of a professional hockey team making its way to the Plaza means the pool deck will soon have a different look, and feel.. brrrr.

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In Vegas, Union Workers Prepare To Picket On Fremont Street

Where: 89101
March 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (8)

Union workers picketing The Cosmopolitan in 2013.

The local news in Las Vegas isn’t always that interesting outside of Las Vegas. As last week ended, the local news turned into news that would affect tourists and residents alike. The local Culinary and Bartenders Union approved a strike against 10 Downtown Vegas casinos

Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Main Street Station, Plaza and The D all have expired contracts with the union. Shortly after the strike was approved, the union started getting their troops in order to picket outside the hotels beginning April 12.

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