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Plaza Is Ready For 'Limelight'

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
August 26, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | ()

Sex sells and burlesque seems to sell even better at the moment with Vegas resorts all looking for their moment in the “limelight.” And soon, at downtown's Plaza, that will be with a capital "L."

Ridicula Imitatio is cashing in on the post-Great Gatsby remake buzz and lingering Roaring Twenties nostalgia by presenting a show by that name -- also the name of one of Charlie Chaplin's films -- starting next month at Plaza. Limelight’s website promises the production will take “the audience on a journey where contemporary burlesque meets old time ‘flicks.’” Think black-and-white silent films juxtaposed with modern burlesque and music... with a Chaplin and a Betty Boop impersonator thrown in.

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The Plaza's Rooftop Pool Leaves Us Wanting More...Shade

July 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM | by | ()

When The Plaza Downtown unveiled their new look nearly two years ago, the rooftop pool deck was still, um, "under repair." But as this picture (steathily taken from the Golden Nugget's Rush Tower) indicates, not much has been updated or upgraded since.

According to their Facebook, they did add some new lounge chairs and what looks like a patch of seriously random astroturf. But there are no cabanas, no foliage, no umbrellas and little to no places with shade. Better bring a big floppy hat if you want to avoid a nasty burn. We aren't even sure if there are misters hanging around there. And God knows we need our misters when laying poolside in Vegas. (The water misters and the regular misters too.)

Then again, it's been so hot in Vegas recently that even laying by a full-service hotel pool has its drawbacks. Wherever you are, you're better off staying inside.

[Photo: VegasChatter]

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Toast The Presidential Candidates At Oscar's

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
October 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

Photobombed by the golden arches.

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.

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Lose A Hundred, Get It Back At The Plaza (Asterisk)

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
September 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM | by | ()

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.

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The Plaza Announces New Sportsbook Plans

August 2, 2012 at 1:43 PM | by | ()

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.

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Quickie Hotel Observations About Golden Nugget, Plaza and Golden Gate

July 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM | by | ()

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.)

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Everything New Is Changing Again At The Plaza

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
July 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM | by | ()

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.

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Simpatico Just Wasn't At The Plaza

June 22, 2012 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

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.

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Signs Pointing To Another Downtown Hotel Getting A Makeover, After All

Where: 18 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM | by | ()

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.

VegasChatter fan albertdiaz3 booked a Las Vegas Club stay for June, but was informed he would actually end up staying at the Plaza instead due to renovations:

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What the D Offers To Gamblers

March 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM | by | ()

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.

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Freaky Friday: The Musical Fusion Edition

February 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM | by | ()

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.

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Is Hoping For Vegas Staying Power

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
February 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM | by | ()

It's your classic guy meets girl, girl is a whore story.

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:

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