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Drinking / Politics / Politicians / Oscar's / The Plaza / Oscar Goodman / → All Tags
Now that the debates are over and the undecided have decided
not to decide, the Plaza is allowing the drinking public to vote with their thirst inside Oscar's Beef, Booze, Broads. The steakhouse is currently featuring two politically themed cocktails to hang our chad on. VegasChatter stopped in during the third presidential debate expecting a rowdy bar full of red and blue supporters pledging their allegiance to one cocktail over another while listening to international policy stances. Instead, we found a Monday Night Football game on and no scent of a political trail.
Our thirst, though, was not to be quenched by oversized beer filled footballs (or skulls). This VegasDrinker was determined to reach across the aisle and drown his bipartisan curiosity with a cocktail from each candidate.
The Plaza is bringing one of our favorite gambling promotions on The Strip to downtown. The hotel-casino is offering a $100 rebate for $100 in gaming losses at the machines. Last year, the Tropicana and The Cosmopolitan offered this promotion and many of us took them up on the opportunity. This offer is even better for the player than those Strip promotions.
Generally, your gambling dollar stretches farther downtown because there are usually better odds than offered at most Strip casinos. Well, that's the case with this promotion. According to vpFREE, there are numerous video poker selections available with at least 99% payback at The Plaza. These games are available in denominations as low as a quarter which allows you to play $1.25 per game. This should allow you to endure any cold streaks a machine may hit to extend your playing time.
Months ago, we heard rumor that Cantor Gaming would be taking over the Lucky's sportsbook space at The Plaza. You've been asking and we haven't had a clear answer... until now. Cantor Gaming was silent on the matter only saying that we'd hear something soon. There was no signage for a Cantor sportsbook on the property so this writer was skeptical. Still, the rumors persisted.
Well, existing sportsbook management, Lucky's has a new parent company named William Hill and they just announced that they have extended their partnership with The Plaza and will begin improvements on the space soon. The Plaza sportsbook will undergo a series of upgrades including new TVs, seating and a redesign of the adjacent bar area. No date has been given for the improvements, but we have to imagine we'll begin seeing something when the NFL season begins next month.
Joe K / Downtown Vegas / Golden Nugget / Rush Tower / The Plaza / Golden Gate / Resort Fees / → All Tags
This week our beloved East Coast Gambler is taking a well-deserved respite from blogging about players club, slot machines, coffee and steak. In his place is frequent Vegas Visitor, Joe K who will be telling us what he loves to do when he comes into town. Got your own Vegas tips to share? By all means, send 'em to us!
Recently, I have had the opportunity to stay in a two renovated properties in Downtown Vegas and one property just before its renovations began. I'm talking about Golden Nugget, the Plaza and Golden Gate.
Starting at the high end is the Rush Tower at Golden Nugget, which completed construction in November 2009. I normally will not stay at a property that does not offer good gambling options (over 99% video poker or good blackjack rules), but when you are staying downtown where everything is walking distance this was not as important to me.
I was able to score this room for $99 which is a great deal considering there's also no resort fee. Our room was comfortable and spacious with a king-sized bed, sitting area, a bathroom with double bowl vessel sinks and tub/shower combo. The bed was very comfy and the décor was modern.
I have not stayed in a standard room at the Golden Nugget so do not have that to compare to but after reading about the new resort fee at The Plaza, a standard room at the Nugget may be next on my list. (Ed. Note: We have. Check it out here.)
Closings / The Plaza / Swingers Club / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Anthony Cools / The Drink / Openings / Bars / Drinking / → All Tags
News coming out of the Plaza is so shocking you might want to be sitting down with a bag of Kleenex and heavy medication handy.
Swingers Club has gone legs up and is undergoing a retheming. For those that aren't floored or are asking themselves The Plaza had a Swingers Club? SC was the Plaza's stripper/swinger/mini-golf/dueling pianos/Elvis-themed nightclub/bar that was the brainchild of Anthony Cools. While the bar tried to play off the golf schtick, we called it an odd mix (of ideas) where the golf was more an afterthought than the main event.
Fremont Street Bars, who first spotted news of the retheming, went a step further calling the mini-golf course "half-assed" under a brand that confused Plaza clientele. Whether Plaza patrons were left confused or just didn't care, we never saw the place swaying let alone swingin'. In fact, our last couple of trips by the venue saw a lonely dude tending bar while the stripper caddies were as non-existent as paying customers. Comedy, bands, and karaoke were added to the club's weekly entertainment schedule which might have drawn a crowd during those hours, but we can only safely report on what's been seen with our own eyes.
Dining / Eating / Restaurants / Simpatico / Oscar's / The Plaza / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
Simpatico (/simˈpatiˌkō/): Likeable.
Unfortunately, the restaurant of the same name at the Plaza just couldn't live up to its definition. FremontStreetBars.com is reporting that Simpatico, the speakeasy(esque) dining joint inside the downtown hotel has closed its doors after about six months of service.
Envisioned as a "secret" resto within a resto concept, Simpatico just never garnered attention the way that its companion dining experience, Oscar's Beef Booze and Broads, did. And the headlines it did nab didn't help.
Back in February when we reviewed Oscar's we noted that Simpatico was "behind an unmarked and easily missed door." So, even if you were "in the know" about it, finding it was another matter.
At the beginning of the year we speculated whether yet another downtown hotel had plans for a makeover. Curious, we called Las Vegas Club's reservation hotline to inquire why only weekends were available and were received with a stiff-armed non-mention of any renovations. Readers guessed they might be trying to help fill the Plaza, their newly reconstructed sister property. But, operators may now be more than just standing by.
the D Hotel / The Plaza / Blackjack / Roulette / Craps / Gambling / Downtown Vegas / Casino Royale / Riviera / → All Tags
We haven't had a chance to gamble at the D yet, but that will change very soon. There has been a lot made about the name change from Fitzgerald's and the renovations underway, but the thing that stands out most to us are the gambling payouts.
While other casinos in downtown Vegas advertise 3/2 blackjack they only have some 3/2 blackjack tables, but not all. We ran into a dreaded 6/5 blackjack table while hanging out with a friend at Four Queens. We didn't even notice when we sat down at the table. No wonder it was the only table under $25 will open seats.
Freaky Friday / Tommy Wind / Clarion Las Vegas / Seth Grabel / Royal Resort / America's Got Talent / Avant Garde / The Plaza / Magic and Mayhem / Saxe Theater / Miracle Mile / Family-Friendly Vegas / → All Tags
Fridays may not have been as Freaky as of late, but give magic props to Vegas performers for playing catchup. Today's Freaky Friday unwraps lots of new tricks around Las Vegas where the common theme is magic... and other "stuff".
Tommy Wind at the Clarion
One of Vegas' youngest headliner at 21, Tommy Wind has created Impact -- an explosion of magic and music -- along with martial arts and dancing that presumably didn't fit in the banner. He is one of the youngest magicians to have earned the title of Master Illusionist. At the show, he'll play some guitar, float a guitar, bang the drums, and make those drums disappear.
Tommy once made one JetBlue flight attendant's flight at 36,000 feet so magical, she still has the pictures. He promises to bring his biggest, most original illusions (and music?) to the ground in Vegas.
Openings / Music / Shows / Best Little Whorehouse in Texas / The Plaza / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
We heard the rumors last month, now it's official -- The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is coming to the Plaza. News which kinda makes sense once you consider the new Plaza features a Swingers Club with waitresses dressed as school girls and an Exposed hair salon with stylists wearing even less.
The Broadway production is based on the original Chicken Ranch, from which every other
whorehouse brothel got its (nick)name. The Plaza expects to start packing 'em in starting March 31:
Oscar's / Oscar Goodman / Downtown Vegas / Steakhouses / Fremont Street / Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / The Plaza / → All Tags
Oscar's has been on our steakhouse radar since the former mayor announced his latest venture last fall. Rather than banging down the doors when it opened in late December, we took a few weeks getting in for various reasons. For one, our excitement was tempered after a rather disappointing showing by another new steakhouse. Then, as it turned out, Oscar's has been pretty popular, making it hard to get a weekend table. We were told the restaurant within a restaurant, Simpatico, is easier to get into without a reservation. Perhaps due to the Italian Speakeasy's hidden location behind an unmarked and easily missed door.
On our first attempt we didn't call for a Saturday reservation until the same day. It didn't help that Oscar's handles their own reservations as opposed to a Plaza operator, and since it doesn't open until 4 p.m. we had to leave a message and wait for a callback. When our phone didn't ring, we redialed to confirm and found they were booked for the entire evening. To get the full feel of the buzz, we opted to wait until the following weekend to stop in. Friday night comes and we call, but not until after 4 p.m. so we can speak to a real, live operator. After a no answer and a five-minute hold, we were informed sorry, Mr. P. but Saturday is booked yet again. We decided right there and then to reserve a week out. Yes, a week in advance for a Saturday table at Oscar's. In Downtown Vegas.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The Plaza / Island Sushi / Zaba's Mexican Grill / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Zaba's Mexican Grill was listed alongside Island Sushi and Hawaiian Grill as elements of the long-overdue revitalization of the Plaza. Island Sushi is now operational with a Pacific-themed menu trying to make in-roads in poaching customers from the California, complete with their own version of Loco Moco and oxtail soup. And, Zaba's is finally nearing its own premiere. Except, we discovered, this can no longer really be called a restaurant and appears a little at odds with the scene just steps away.