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Are We On The Verge Of Downtown Grand 2.0?

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
June 30, 2015 at 1:17 PM | by | ()

Sometimes it doesn’t take long for a project to be declared an utter failure. In the case of Downtown Grand, what started out as an less-than-Grand opening quickly spiraled into near-irrelevance. Now signs are pointing (both literally and figuratively) towards a relaunch of the ill-fated property. But is it too late to restore good fortune to the former Lady Luck?

This writer was the first VegasChatter-er to publish a review of Downtown Grand’s contemporary new rooms. Initially as a pampered invited guest, then two days later (incognito and on my own dime) for a different perspective. Feel free to look back at those write-ups here and here.

The former Player's Club desk, now a bank of empty slot machines

During that first stay, the Grand’s marketing team described ambitious future offerings, like “Commissary After Dark”, a nightclub-style venue that was to rise nightly inside "The Commissary" food court. And “Picnic”, downtown’s first and only daytime pool club.

Well, "After Dark" never happened and "The Commissary" went from an elaborate concept to a scaled-down food court with limited choices and hours. It now exists primarily as a place to get your "Grand Experience" (resort fee) coffee and maybe a sandwich or bar bites.

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Downtown Grand Has A Lot Of Good Things, Beer Is Not One Of Them

Where: 206 N. 3rd St. [map], 89101
November 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM | by | ()

Downtown Grand celebrated its official grand opening yesterday. But, with a soft opening on October 27, we've already spent a lot of time there.

Depending on your game, the odds in the casino are hit (blackjack) or miss (video poker) so we decided to take our excitement to the bars. Every bar at Downtown Grand is beautiful and feels very comfortable. However, this beer drinker had a few chuckles with the offerings available at Art Bar (shown above) and the newly relocated Mob Bar. Here’s the bottled beer menu from Art Bar as viewed through beer goggles:

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Exploring The Restaurants Of Downtown Grand

February 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM | by | ()

We've asked your top questions and previewed two of its rooms, now it's time to turn our focus to the coming restaurants of Downtown Grand. Taking over the shuttered towers of downtown Las Vegas' Lady Luck but ripping everything down to the steel and concrete and starting anew, Downtown Grand will open late this year. The state of things, as of this week, can be seen through the images on this page.

When Downtown Grand does make its debut (right now, no specific date has been released), there will be 650 rooms and suites, gaming, a rooftop pool, and 17 restaurants and bars to choose from. Yes, 17. And, we're not talking Taco Bell.

Fifth Street Gaming, owners of the new venture, spoke to us about the restaurant concepts it will bring to downtown. And, in doing so, revealed a mindfulness to what we all want from a dining experience when it boils down to it -- good food that's not fast crap we regret later, comfy seating and.. let's face it.. in this day and age, handy electrical outlets and WiFi. To which, Downtown Grand plans to check all the boxes.

Design boards for five of the restaurant concepts can be found in the photo gallery below. They'll prove insightful as we walk you through the concepts Fifth Street Gaming executives filled us in on. First up, Stewart + Ogden, described as a "diner bistro with soul" will be found in the resort's east tower. The design will be a rich palette of blues, purples, and golds with a checkerboard floor, tin ceiling, cozy booths, and more. Named after two streets that bracket the resort, the menu will be a playful 'this or that' presentation with Stewart presenting more traditional dining choices and Ogden offering up more 'wild card' eats.

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10 Reasons Prissy Girls Should Go Downtown

January 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM | by | ()

This VegasChatter writer loves the Las Vegas Strip. It’s high profile, glamorous, ever-evolving and over-the-top, just like her. Going to Downtown Vegas after partying on The Strip is like downgrading from a high-end department store to a swap meet. Sure, you’ll find similar things, but they won’t be as nice or expensive and it smells. But, if you can get past that, and all the homeless people, you’ll end up having a good time in a much less pretentious atmosphere!

Here are 10 reasons why even the prissiest of girls should visit Downtown Vegas:

1. Casual Atmosphere

This VegasChatter'er loves her stilettos and sparkly dresses, but for those nights when you feel more like flats and (cringe) wearing leggings as pants, there’s always downtown. No judgment or heel rats, just fun.

2. Downtown Cocktail Room

This is one of the places that made Downtown worth the trip. Recommended by one of our hipster BFFs (read: bike-riding, PBR-drinking writer), the nearly hidden spot is dark, plush and serves artfully crafted cocktails with ingredients we’ve never heard before.

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Pub Crawl? Passe. Cycle Pub Vegas? Ding, Ding, Ding!

Where: 201 N. 3rd Street [map], 89101
November 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM | by | ()

This is a PR photo. We're blaming the quality of the photos to come on being in motion,
*not* on being in our cups.

Who wants to cruise downtown in a cab or in your own vehicle? We prefer the open-air Cycle Pub!

We absolutely love downtown Las Vegas, drinking and riding a bike. And, thanks to owner/operator Russell Davis, we did all three as we climbed aboard his Cycle Pub Vegas. Okay, it's not really a pub, as riders aren’t allowed to drink and pedal at the same time, but Davis’ bicycle built for 14 took us on a unique pub crawl to our favorite downtown drinkeries -- where we moseyed up to the bar for Moscow Mules and Stellas.

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Downtown Dining: Triple George Grill

Where: 201 N 3rd St # 120 [map], 89101
July 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM | by | ()

You'll find Triple George Grill nestled on 3rd Street, just off Fremont in-between Mob Bar and Hogs and Heifers Saloon. If you've eaten at Mob Bar, you've already sampled Triple George Grill's food as both venues share a common kitchen. We have and we've been happy.

Triple George Grill has a very unassuming decor, inside and out. There's very little distinctive to see besides the massive bar when you walk into the restaurant. We were seated in the back and off to the side in a quiet nook with televisions showing sports.

We were quickly greeted by our waitress and offered drinks. We already had a couple at Mob Bar before dinner so we just had an iced tea which was a shame because the wine list is massive and affordable with plenty of options under $100. There were even many options under $60. Triple George is a grill so we had to opt for some kind of meat. Steak it was, but our friend insisted on seafood and was very happy with their selection.

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Which Do You Rather: Drinking or Cocktailing?

July 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM | by | ()

Drinking or cocktailing? That is the question. There is no mistake that cocktailing is an art. Drinking and appreciating the beverage is almost as special as preparation. Preparing a cocktail in minutes takes a lot of skill by the mixologist bartender. Those fancy drinks don't mix themselves. There is care and effort put into every Moscow Mule or Sazerac. Just look at how a Sazerac is prepared!

1. Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit while preparing the rest of the drink.

2. In a separate mixing glass, muddle the simple syrup and Peychaud bitters together.

3. Add the rye whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir.

4. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe (or substitute) by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid.

5. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the old fashioned glass.

6. Garnish with a lemon twist. Traditionalists will say that the lemon twist should be squeezed over the drink to release its essences but that the twist should not be dropped into the glass itself.

Drinking a Sazerac really should be done with an appreciation of how the drink was prepared. For full disclosure, this writer tried a Sazerac for the first time a few weeks ago at Mob Bar and it was fantastic.

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Downtown's New Farmers Market is Pretty Fresh

Where: 300 North Casino Center [map]
March 13, 2012 at 2:08 PM | by | ()

We've been vocal advocates of the ever-flowing changes to Downtown Las Vegas and, in particular, Fremont East, including its influx of bars and restaurants. But, here's an addition to Downtown's tenacious revival, that's less indulgent.

Each Friday, mere blocks from the Heart Attack Grill, you can visit the Downtown 3rd Farmers Market, a cornucopia of fresh food, artisanal eats and eco-friendly goods. The first try-out was held directly on 3rd Street, but it's moving to a larger, covered area around the corner. Expect vendors and food trucks as well as a whole bunch of very eager customers.

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Mob Bar Offers You Cocktails (and Food) You Can't Refuse

Where: 201 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
January 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Guys and dolls hankering for the arrival of the Mob Museum can experience a hint of the gangster life at the newly opened Mob Bar on 3rd Street.

Not entirely a new addition to the Downtown bar scene, it's a mildly opportunistic revamp of former local's favorite, Sidebar, with a theme twist. The mood inside is leather booths, banquettes and burnished wood. Chandeliers and dark lighting. Ostensibly, the design concept is a bar where 1920s gangsters like Al Capone and Bugsy Siegel would feel at home. Scarface, the 1932 Jimmy Cagney version, not Al Pacino's, plays on TV screens. Bartenders are resplendent in bow ties and rolled sleeves. Waitresses wear red, fringed flapper outfits. And, robust adult drinks are mixed using original recipes.

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Finally, A Mob Opening We Can Drink To

Where: 201 N. Third Street [map], 89101
November 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

The next time you head to Vegas, pack your Mad Men finest 'cause Sin City has been officially mobbed. From a struggling Mob Experience at The Trop to Downtown's forthcoming version to Oscar Goodman's broads, it's all about the 20s in Vegas, baby.

The latest to jump into the mob craze is Mob Bar, set to open in Downtown Vegas this coming Monday, December 5 on Repeal Day. (You know, that act that made it legal to drink booze again.) Downtown aficionados will recognize the bar's Third Street location as the former home of Sidebar, right next to the Triple George (which will provide the Italian nom) and Hogs and Heifers.

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