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#1 Posted on 9.1.05 1812.44
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Me and my girlfriend are heading out to Vegas in February, I just need to know what to do once we're there. Any suggestions on:


Also, is there any way to get discounted tickets for shows? Any success stories from people who went away with more $$$ than they came with? Thanks for your help!
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#2 Posted on 9.1.05 1936.16
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If you like meat--I mean, really like meat--you don't want to miss the Samba Grill. Basically they keep bringing out an assortment of different meat on skewers and you can choose what you want. Excellent stuff. It's in the Mirage.
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#3 Posted on 9.1.05 1958.52
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Hotels - I've been to Las Vegas twice, and stayed at Luxor and Monte Carlo. Luxor was cool and original, since the elevators (called "inclinators") literally travel diagonally up the side of the pyramid. The rooms were decent, but the food options left a little to be desired. Monte Carlo was a more traditional hotel, and is conveniently located right smack dab in the middle of the strip next to places like NY NY, Paris, Bellagio, and Caesar's. It also has a great, simple food court for those mid-morning / early-afternoon pre-dinner munchies. Especially during the week, both places are pretty cheap, you can go to their websites and book online to save a few bucks more.

Food - If you are there on the weekend, visit the Bellagio and take part in their "gourmet" buffet. I normally shun such establishments, but for approximately $30 you are sitting down to a near 4-star encounter that includes Kobe beef, crab legs, and other gourmet goodness.

Attractions - head to the top of the Stratosphere, one of the tallest buildings in North America, and gape at the beauty that is the Strip. Plus, if you are adventurous, you can even ride the roller coaster nearly 200 stories up in the air! Of course, if you've seen Ocean's Eleven, the Fountains of Bellagio (every 15-30 mins) merit at least two or three viewings.

Best gambling story - while staying at Monte Carlo, I headed down to the casino around 4 AM and found a completely empty craps table. Played my standard system, wound up staying at the table for over three hours, developed a small audience from my rolling skill, and left up in the high four digits. Hence, I loved Vegas so much I vowed to move there one day. Typing this up is only making me want to go back...have a great time!

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#4 Posted on 9.1.05 2003.29
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The buffet at the Rio is the best I've ever had (and working in the industry and looking the way I look, I am an expert).

Cheapest gambling in the heart of the Strip is at O'Shea's. Cheapest drinks too, if you're not gamblin'.

The coaster at New York, New York is loads of fun, but might not be open in February.

The combination of price/view/food at Binion's Steakhouse (downtown) can't be beat.

Anyone who has read some of my other travel posts will recognize this: Gordon Biersch. It's a brewpub restaurant that's off the strip, but well worth your while. They have 'em on tap at the airport and at the Golden Nugget (last time I was there). I'm already counting the days until April when I get to go.

I haven't been since they put in the monorail, but that seems like a cheap way to get around if you don't mind walking a little bit to get to a station.

Have fun!!
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#5 Posted on 9.1.05 2105.04
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Check out for some great reviews from a mid-20s/early-30s perspective.
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#6 Posted on 9.1.05 2128.53
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    Originally posted by DrewDewce
    The coaster at New York, New York is loads of fun, but might not be open in February.

It is open in February. I was there over Valentine's Day weekend in 2003(while NJ was getting pounded with 2 feet of snow, HA) and the coaster was open. The line during the day was an hour though, so we skipped it.
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#7 Posted on 9.1.05 2335.34
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I'm going to agree with Drew on the Rio buffet. It is truly an excellent deal. When I went they were having a deal where if you signed up for a players club you got a free lunch. Not sure if they still do it, but well worth looking into.

As for places to really depends on what your poison is. I will say though I know the Bellagio had tables for $10/card War, which really is just too cool.

This thread read my mind actually, as I just booked my flight to Vegas for the weekend after next. Time to go play poker for two days...I think I'm going to a wedding somewhere in there...maybe. ;)
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#8 Posted on 10.1.05 0154.59
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This is great timing on this thread - I've been mulling over a trip to Vegas recently and was wondering about the Vegas experience -vs- doing the resort hotel/casino Indian casino experience.

I ask, because it's about $700 right now for two people to fly into Vegas and get rooms for three days - and I was thinking for that kind of money I could probably get a really sweet setup at one of the local Indian Casinos (Sycuan, Barona, or Viejas). There is also a Harrah's at the Rincon reservation near here.

I've been to Vegas before and I know that it is bigger than the sum of it's casinos - but I'm thinking that for what I want (gambling, relaxation) that the weekend at the local casino might be good enough?

Anyone ever actually stay at a reservation casino and have any good stories? Everyone I know here drives up and back the same evening.
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#9 Posted on 10.1.05 0444.02
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Damn, it's threads like this that make me wish my old website with my whole Vegas trip page was still around.


Food: I recommend the buffet at The Orleans Hotel. Good stuff, and one big-ass variety. Runner-up: Circus Circus.

Hotel: Stayed at The Stratosphere. It was a little annoying to be at one end of The Strip and having to traverse the whole thing to get to cool Strip attractions, but the hotel was quite nice. View = awesome. Roller coaster? Yes, please.

Entertainment: I didn't get into Studio 54 at the MGM Grand like I wanted, but the Polynesian disco band they had playing at the hotel was WAY cool.

Other suggestions: see if the Rat Pack impersonator show is still playing at The Sahara (you NASCAR fans'll love that hotel's indoor/outdoor roller coaster), and go dig The Star Trek Experience at the Hilton. How they turned one dark room into the back bridge of the Enterprise-D just by turning the lights off and on, I'll never know.

Gambling: Go to New York, New York, hit the $10 blackjack tables, and ask for Dave from Florida. (Yeah, right, like he remembers me.)

And always, ALWAYS, catch a lounge act...and bring home the little free porn books guys are handing out on the Strip. Viva Las Vegas, baby!
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#10 Posted on 10.1.05 0704.17
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Bill Simmons would tell you that no trip to Vegas is complete without a visit to the Hoover Dam.
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#11 Posted on 10.1.05 1119.51
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Vegas...the memories!

Food: Many nice cheap buffets outside the hotels and strip. For me the best meal is the Steak and Shrimp at Mr. Lucky's in The Hard Rock Hotel ($5.99), it isn't on the menu but ask for it by name. For a more expensive and incredible meal, Gahllager's at the New York New York has stakes to die for. I saw a special on Bobby Flay's new joint at the Ceasar's that looked damn good also, so it might be another good spot to check out.

Hotel: I've stayed at: a) Circus Circus during summer, I got a deal for 20 BUCKS per night which was too good to refuse. The hotel is more family oriented, and it's far from Mid/North strip where all the hipper hotels are but for that deal one gets a nice room and actually pretty good service. Now the only thing to worry about the summer is that pesky 114 degrees outside. b) Excalibur: just don't terrible service, motel like rooms, and just dirty and loud all over. Only good thing about it was the Krispy Kreme. c) Monte Carlo: For me the best deal of the strip, nice old school hotel, fairly price, good service and smack down in the middle of the strip (MGM, New York New York, Mandalay, Luxor, etc. at walking distance) For me the best choice between the three I've stayed and a great overall choice for any one heading to Vegas. Always check for the best offers available, best page for up to the minute deals.

Entertainment: We can put two categories here: a)Free/cheap: Obviously as stated before, Bellagio's Fountain is a great/romantic show. During daytime is great to go visit the hotels, especially the corner where Bellagio/Venitian/Ceasar's/Bally's is. The paintings at the Venitian and the size of Ceasarís including the shops are just a sight to behold. Worthy of a visit also is Paris with its Eiffel Tower replica and the Flamingo for old school Vegas. Also cheap is Downtown Vegas, there is Freemont St. where they have the street lighted dome which tourist go at least once although it fairly sucks. And the casinos tables have lower limits; I've managed to play $1 Black Jack from 3am till 7am with free drinks! Which brings me to another tip (I feel like Rachel Ray); playing at any casino= free drinks, so don't be afraid to ask for drinks, coupons and casino comp cards where ever you play to get the most out of your casino dollars. And remember tipping is rewarded immensely. b)Shows/clubs: The show to go is "O" by Cirque, just an incredible experience, the 100 bucks is a great investment, but tickets are difficult to come by so buy them online or as soon as you get to Vegas. Other shows I or friends have enjoyed were Zumanity, Penn & Teller at the Rio, Blue Man Group at the Luxor and Danny Gains (sp?) who is an impersonator. Next trip I'm defiantly going to a Wayne show or the Rat Pack tribute. Clubs: For top 40/dance/hip hop Rain at the Palms is king, thanks to the MTV connection, Palms by it self leaves a lot to be desired as a hotel, but the clubs are huge and have great music. Be prepared to either do a big ass line or slip a $20 to the hostess and enter line free. Other great clubs/bars: Club 54 at MGM, Coyote Ugly always fun at the New York New York, House of Blues at Mandalay and The Joint at the Hard Rock. Off strip, The Beach and Ice. Do your online research to see what kind of club you like the most.

Guru: I'm thinking of heading to the Rincon Harrah's for the WSOP Circuit stop over there, any info you get please send over...thanks.

So final tip: Go mid-week on a non holiday week, insanely cheaper and almost no lines anywhere. You'll get more bang for your buck. I'm planning my trip for the WSOP in June, any W's who are heading over to play let me know so we can meet.
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#12 Posted on 10.1.05 1358.01
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I can't recommend enough stopping for a drink at "The Peppermill"
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#13 Posted on 10.1.05 1545.55
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They do what's called a "tasting" at Emeril's at the MGM Grand (ask the maitre'd when making reservations). They bring you a series of courses designed by the chefs (different every time) accompamnied by perfectly matched wines until you say, "Please stop, I can't breathe anymore."
Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Also, swing by the Spearmint Rhino Gentleman's Club and say hey to doorman/bouncer extrordinaire and UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir (hopefully back at work after a brutal motorcycle accident).
Spearmint Rhino
3344 Highland Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 796-3600

The Sportsbook at Caesar's Palace is the best on Earth. NFL Sundays are heaven here.

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#14 Posted on 11.1.05 0046.59
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If neither of you have been to Vegas before, there's one thing I can't stress enough: COMFORTABLE SHOES. Vegas is the only place on Earth where "next door" = 1/2 mile away, and if you're planning to walk the strip you've gotta have 'em.

Of course, I'll be there both the weekend of the 23rd and the 30th, but I've been before so I've got the shoes-thing DOWN.
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