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Okay, all you Downtown Grand doubters. And, get ready, all you Downtown Grand groupies. Reservations will reportedly open next month.
Glitter Gulch is, of course, the famous nickname coined for the the conglomerate of Fremont Street casinos. The Girls of Glitter Gulch is the downtown strip club that has forced its ta-tas into many a Fremont photo, whether intended or not. ("I was admiring the Goose, I swear!")
We've often wandered past the GoGG, but admittedly never been tempted to step inside by the real-life
toothless strippers advertising their goods outside the entrance. The show we got when one barely bikini'd senior citizen employee took her break by popping a squat on Fremont before shooting firing up... cigarettes... we'll assume they were cigarettes.... was enough of a peek behind the curtain for us.
Nothing says till death do us part like a "Good Fellas Blood Oath Ceremony" bachelor party.
Downtown's Mob Museum is now hosting weddings. And, not just publicity stunts. They can be themed or just fancy. Accoutrements for your special day might include cellists, actors dressed as hit men and cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Plus, your photo album has the potential to be very unique.
While the planners seem very open to let you customize your experience, the Museum offers four simplified package options. And, no Elvis in sight. (Pretty sure they'll book you an Elvis if you need one, though.)
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Many downtown visitors may not even realize they had the following question about The D that we're about to answer. After all, the Fremont Street hotel offers plenty of street-side distractions to keep the eyes occupied. Our favorite is the outdoor bar pictured above. Oh, you didn't notice the bar? Think we just proved our point. In fact, 34% of you aren't even reading this paragraph yet.
With us now? Thanks for following along. Many who have have really taken time to inspect the scene behind the bar likely came away with the same question our party did recently: Who
the frack is Christian Delpech?
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Downtown Vegas openings are still happening fast and furious with Park on Fremont, La Comida, Mingo's Kitchen and Velveteen Rabbit boosting its hipster cred of late. But, there is much more still on the horizon and no end in sight, at least right now, from the cacophony created when tourism, construction and community collide.
With smart phone camera in hand, we traversed downtown earlier today to provide you with snapshot updates of some of the biggest projects still to come.
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Hoping that downtown's newest live music venue just suffered from opening night jitters, we headed back recently to see Alkaline Trio, Bayside, and Off With Their Heads. As soon as we got out of the El Cortez parking lot, we saw the line of concert goers snaking around the block. Not ones for waiting in lines, we sauntered over to Park on Fremont for their incredible shot and a beer special. Sitting in the sun on their gorgeous patio while sipping on a Stiegl Grapefruit Radler started the night off perfectly. We left with a slight buzz and ready to rock out.
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Park on Fremont pretty much has it all. A super cute (if overly thought out) design, a prime location in Fremont East (just beyond, or depending on how you're approaching, before the Fremont Street Experience canopy), and friendly service. Unfortunately, the one thing we bemoaned about sister bar Commonwealth just down the street is the one thing we could have done without here. The food. (Commonwealth only serves drinks and, we found, that's probably a good thing.)
But, let's start at the beginning. We parked it at Park on a Sunday night right around sunset and had our choice of seating options. The newly opened venue offers patio seating right on Fremont Street (really, you're right up against the sidewalk), inside at the bar (bar top or booth style, with fun pop-out walls offering views outside), and the star attraction out back, a 'park'-inspired patio with a centerpiece tree, shrubbery, flowers, loads of chotskies and twinkling lights. With a perfect spring night ahead of us, we chose the latter and were lead to a two-top table which offered one wrought iron chair and a cement landscaping wall as the other seat. That didn't bother us, but others might not be as accepting.
At Park for conversation, drinks and eats, we didn't waste any time ordering up cocktails. This writer went with The Unicorn ($8), Ketel One Citron Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, ginger beer (you know how VC loves it some ginger beer) and a lemon wedge; while our companion chose the Hunting Season ($10) Bloody Mary, with Asolut Mango Vodka, diced mangos, Bloody Mary mix, and dehydrated mango. Both served in mason jars, the former was refreshingly crisp (if not stiff) while the Bloody Mary was voted one of the best in town.
From there, we perused a
limited select dining menu while enjoying a 'backyard' jammed a wee bit too much with visual kitsch, from the painting of a horse being mounted and shoes thrown over electrical wires to a wall of dishes and a "fucking beautiful" photo op. (See what we mean in the gallery below.)
The dominos have been set in motion.
After long being a haven from those hated resort fees we're probably on the verge of seeing the second Downtown Vegas hotel add them. The Plaza started billing resort fees, for your convenience, back in July of last year. And now, it seems as if Golden Nugget is on the verge of charging them, too.
When we told you about the new awesome Aria pylon that's now lighting up The Strip, we mentioned how hardcore Las Vegas can be when it comes to keeping up the standards of all those flashy signs around town. We discovered they really aren't kidding, even when it comes to celebrities.
The Harrison family over at the world famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop want to mount a new sign. Sounds simple. It would direct customers trying to pawn goods, to head over to an entrance on the left side of their property. This property being the locale of the insanely successful TV show, Pawn Stars. The long lines outside the store, full of tourists and casual shoppers, is making it harder for the real pawning to actually take place.
Doesn't it seem like reports from Downtown Vegas are a daily, non-stop series of new project announcements? Ready for another one?
While Binion's Gambling Hall added the Whisky Liquor Bar last March and, more recently, a gift shop, there have been tales of a major property renovation on the way ever since the hotel and coffee shop closed four years ago. Many of the sensible rumors suggested fixes to the mothballed pre-2009 areas of the building. Sounds like we've all been looking in the wrong place.
As it pulls the plug on its hotel rooms, Las Vegas Club -- whose owners are potentially flush with cash after the sale of the Western -- is moving forward with what may be the first steps of a widespread overhaul. (We hope.)
We've already told you of plans to build a Viva Vegas gift shop on site. VegasChatter fan @sammasseur snapped shots of construction walls both inside and outside the Las Vegas Club on Friday afternoon. He writes:
...work stretched the entire width of the south face from door to door and is much deeper on the west side than the east. There were temporary walls built inside the casino to block off the areas around the windows that faced Fremont Street, and the front party pit gaming tables were covered with a clear tarp.