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Downtown / The Market / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / Eating / Dining / Shopping / → All Tags
Downtown Las Vegas continues to evolve as a work/play/live community. In the past few years, we’ve witnessed the transformation of Fremont East from a depressed area into a thriving neighborhood and nightspot. Closed storefronts and empty lots have been reclaimed by a variety of unique shops and restaurants as well as a mall made of shipping containers. The one thing lacking had been a grocery store. That changed last October with the opening of The Market.
Eating / Dining / Future Vegas / Restaurants / Siegel's 1941 / The Flame / Openings / Fremont East / Fremont Street / → All Tags
Sometimes you just happen to be at the right place at the right time. Last Wednesday afternoon, while
nursing a hangover enjoying a nap at Oasis at Gold Spike, I was awakened by an email alert with a tempting offer. It was an invitation to head over to El Cortez for a taste of the menu to come for the not-yet-open, mobster-inspired Siegel's 1941.
Siegel's 1941 -- replacing the old school (and sorely missed) Flame -- once targeted a winter opening. Unfortunately, it's still under construction and playing catchup after various delays. A May 28 opening is now in the crosshairs, and the staff I spoke to seem to think they'll make it this time. Siegel's Executive Chef Aaron Neeley (who honed his skills inside restaurants at Caesars Palace, Venetian and Monarch Bistro of Houston, TX) is using the down time to try out some new dishes on diners at Cafe Cortez.
Downtown Vegas / Openings / Downtown / Lovers or Losers / Shows / Entertainment / Plaza / → All Tags
It looks like the Plaza is back with another
short-lived new show. Lovers or Losers: The Game Show is a live production sure to please fans of the Game Show Network (GSN). Whether those people are the ones frequenting Plaza and will actually buy tickets remains to be seen.
The game show takes advantage of the fact that thousands of couples come to Las Vegas either on vacation or specifically to get married. Why not put them on the spot and test their love? Couples are pitted against each other and must use their skills and love to make sure they come out as lovers and not losers. #seewhatthey #ohyoudid
Vegas Moves / Openings / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / the D Hotel / Defending the Caveman / Harrah's / Golden Nugget / Shows / Entertainment / Excalibur / → All Tags
After promising to be back in February and failing, Defending the Caveman is finally laying its spear down in Downtown Vegas. The one-man show lost its home at Harrah's in January on the cusp of its four-year anniversary at the Strip hotel.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Radio City Pizza / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Fremont Street / Fremont East / → All Tags
It has been quiet news among the food and beverage crowd and downtown citizens that the great minds behind The Goodwich are the new management of Radio City Pizza (now Radio City Pizzeria but still RCP, for short) on Fremont Street. Where once there was little more than a simple sports bar-slash-pizza place, now there is some of this city's most adventurous Italian fare and craftiest beers.
Couples in search of an unconventional way to say 'I do' have found it for years in Las Vegas. Here, you can exchange vows on a pirate ship, while dressed in medieval garb a la Game of Thrones, with Elvis at your side, or even aboard the world's tallest observation wheel. Back in 2013, lovers in love received another spot for matrimonial bliss -- Denny's on Fremont.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Binion's / Renovations / Construction / Cigars / Smoking / Openings / → All Tags
Over the past year, Binion’s has been quietly making small changes to its casino (the hotel remains closed). It's updated some of its dining options and bars as well. Already this year, Binion’s added $1 Throwback Thursday blackjack to draw attention. The next phase of renovations and additions will be a cigar lounge.
Vegas Observations / Four Queens / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Hotel Websites / Technology / Hooters / Suites / → All Tags
It’s taken a long time, but Four Queens has finally relinquished its title as owner of the worst Las Vegas hotel website. When we last took a look, the outdated design and poorly functioning reservations system didn’t leave us wanting to return. 2015 marks a new era for Four Queens, however, as they’ve both upgraded their website and refreshed some of their guest rooms.
The new site is a huge improvement, without question. The previous incarnation, still partially accessible via Archive.org, wasn’t really worth visiting unless you wanted a laugh. Still, we can’t help but feel like Four Queens only made it to 2005 in terms of website design. Maybe it’s the old photos. Or, perhaps it’s just that seeing “no resort fee” makes us feel like we’ve stepped back in time.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Golden Nugget / Resort Fees / Tips / → All Tags
On Monday, Golden Nugget ended its $5 Downtown Destination Fee in exchange for a $22.60 tax-inclusive resort fee. But, if you don't want to pay, you don't have to. Of course, there's a string attached.
Vegas Observations / Just One Drink / Beer / Drinking / Pizza Rock / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
We’ve told you about Pizza Rock before. It’s located a block off Fremont Street at the corner of Ogden and 3rd (201 north 3rd Street, to be exact). They have a variety of specialty drinks and beers, but the fun choice is PBR. You see, Pizza Rock doesn't just serve Pabst Blue Ribbon. It sells 32-ounce cans of PBR. And, they serve them in paper bags! (Yes, as one of the newest writers for VegasChatter writer, I am just discovering the awesomeness of Pizza Rock for myself.)
VegasChatter Reviews / Spirit Of The King / Steve Connolly / Mike Hammer / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Four Queens / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
Shows in Downtown Vegas often seem to close faster than the time it takes to get from the ticket window to your seat. For the ever-changing 9 p.m. roster at Four Queens, that hasn't necessarily been something to cry over. We’ve endured some real disasters there for the sake of our readers (exhibit A and exhibit B). The current late-evening offering is an Elvis tribute, Spirit of the King, starring Steve Connolly. Will it make you want to stick around after the 7 p.m. Mike Hammer Comedy Magic show? You bet your blue suede shoes.
Tribute artists rarely receive the praise they deserve. In an era where some Vegas performers can get away with lip-synching and stumbling their way through a hit residency, the lowly celebrity impersonator has to wow you with genuine musical or comedy talents while simultaneously trying to convince you they’re somebody else. Even when impersonators use pre-recorded audio tracks (as is the norm for drag performances), they’re sometimes more entertaining than the real deal. If you doubt that, check out Derrick Barry’s stunningly convincing Britney Spears impersonation at Divas Las Vegas or Share Nightclub.
Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Eating / Dining / Coffee / Restaurants / Glutton / Makers And Finders / → All Tags
Next month, Fremont East's newest dining experience, Glutton, is expected to open on the corner of Carson and 7th near the Container Park. Hungry patrons will find New American cuisine here (if that means anything to you, if not, think lamb ragu, charcuterie plates and sweetbreads). A bar menu will feature playfully named cocktails like the Glutton for Punishment, a mixture of Seagram's gin, Cointreau and Krogstad aquavit.