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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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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.
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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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 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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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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If you’re coming to Las Vegas for a bachelor party, chances are you’ve already got your evening plans set. Assuming you actually wake up during the daylight hours, what is a group of guys to do? This was the question posed by VegasChatter Twitter follower @sahilsharmauk.
For one, many strip clubs are open 24 hours so that doesn’t necessarily have to be relegated to the evening hours. If you want to get the strip club affect and still get your vitamin D, Sapphire Pool, the new(ish) dayclub of the famous gentlemen’s club, opens for the season May 2.
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Not long ago, we marveled at the amazing video marquee above the now-open Inspire Theater in Fremont East (on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard). Ever since, we've been chomping at the bit to get a look inside. Well, recently, we not only got through the doors, but took in one of the venue's first shows. Was the theater inspiring enough (cough, cough) to give it a thumbs up?
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This one's been a long time coming, but Binion's has finally begun work on a second Fremont-side bar.
We shared the rumor that Binion's might be providing us with another way to liquor in the front before we poker in the rear almost a year ago. This morning, VegasChatter reader Charlie U. let us know that the Cowgirl Up Cantina is officially on the way.
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Did you know there are four beef jerky stores in Downtown Vegas on or near Fremont Street? This is a high concentration of beef jerky stores for any area, let alone stores within a five to ten minute walk of one another. Beef jerky has always been somewhat popular, but that popularity has exploded as people try to remove carbohydrates from their diet. Jerky is a great low-carb snack option.
After diligently researching the beef jerky stores in Downtown Vegas, we’ve discovered that Hawaiians are big fans of jerky. Okay, maybe we didn’t do much research, but that’s a common link with two of the four beef jerky stores in the Fremont Street area. There are even more beef jerky stores around Las Vegas, but we'll save that for another day.