Bye Bye Bills hello Ganesvoort ,ahh crap

In the last couple of days the new version of Bills was released as the Ganesvoort. It will be a hipster  hotel with all the trappings of what I can’t stand in a hotel. It will cater to the club going, wanna be douche crowd that has already infested the strip.  Does the strip really need yet one more day or night club or how about over priced restaurants. I got an idea how about a few remodel rooms and lets over charge the hell out them.

What the hell happened to having good rooms at a decent price and not have everything cater to the DJ loving douche bags. If it sounds like I’m old its because I am. I believe anybody willing to spend $300 or more for a bottle of Vodka that sells for $25 is an asshole. Whats the purpose you sit in bar/club with crappy music that’s played at annoying levels.  You are only hoping to meet up with some other dumb ass and hope to hell not to get an STD for your troubles.

The reason this upsets me so much is that this was one of the great places you could get the old school feel of Vegas on the strip. In the days it was the Barbary Coast it was my favorite hang out. Then it became Bill’s and got a little lame but it was livable. As well I understand that Drais started out the club phase in Vegas but at least they kept it in the basement .  Gone are the days of cheap beer, decent table limits, reasonable room rates, and decent restaurants. Hello are the days of let’s be like the Cosmo.

For the love of downtown

Fremont east in downtown reminds me of what Vegas might have been when it was in it more sophisticated. Okay, granted I don’t know much about sophistication but I know it when I drink it. So with that being said I ingested a lot of sophistication the last time when I was out there.

One of the best places to start your education is at the downtown cocktail room. The last time I walked into this place was at dusk. It was empty and no bartender in sight. I sat down at the stainless steel bar and quickly a bartender came out and made me a Americano. It was full of flavor, unlike the drinks at times you get comped at a blackjack table. Not all drinks that are comped are flat but you normally don’t get the top self booze. The difference is like getting a tomato from a fresh garden rather than one from a Wal-Mart superstore.

More important than then drinks Fremont East & Fremont is a place for adults. It’s not geared for family’s or even attempts it. It leaves the overpriced nightclubs for the strip. There is no overpriced flavor of the month celebrity chef or lame pirate ship battles. It’s about gambling, good drinks, shows and solid meals.

 

New Life for Echelon

As reported by the Las Vegas Journal Boyd gaming has sold the Echelon site to the Genting Group. The Genting Group is based out of Singapore and has grand plans for the new site.

We have heard this before from Boyd when it purchased the Echelon site but due to the economic downturn it never got off the ground.

Genting is planning a massive 3,500 rooms and a huge 175,000 square foot casino. This all sounds great but will this be another in a long list of unfulfilled promises. I don’t think so. This is a major player on the world-wide stage of gaming and with the news of the SLS getting it’s financing this could be a domino effect for the North strip. I love hearing this news for the shuttered end of North end of the strip. In my fantasy land I would love to see the strip go all the way to Fremont.

My last wish is that a buyer comes forth to purchase the large blue tombstone of the Fontainbleau.

P.S Its always nice not to have another CET or MGM property on the strip

What the SLS needs to do

With news that SLS has received its financing, the question comes to mind what will they need to do to become succesful. I love the fact that another hotel/casino is getting a new lease on life but reading comments from the  management makes me feel they are in denial.

The comment that really got me thinking was how they were perfectly positioned to take advantage of the downtown resurgence and also cater to the strip. 

There in the worst position. Just far enough from downtown to ride on its coat tails and too far North of the strip that most people go to.In other words there in no man’s land, sort of like its somewhat neighbor The Stratospher.

So what does SLS need to do, shoot for the middle all the way. Be the hotel that people think of when value comes to mind. Have good rooms with a decent price and package it with one of your biggest items going for you, drum roll please……………..the monorail. I know that some folks hate this but I don’t. It’s a cheap quick way to get up and down the strip. If they package room rates with monorail passes it now appeals to those values folks who love the strip but don’t want to pay for it. Have a shuttle bus to go downtown. If you want to take advantage renewed interest in that area make it easy to get the. While on the topic of value please make your drinks price relative to downtown and not the strip. Two martinis should not cost $35 dollars.

 To wrap it up don’t have an unrealistic image of what your resort is.

A diet of a Puma

When in Vegas I seem to have the diet of a Puma. Only a few pounds a beef a day will suffice. With that being said I’m in luck because it’s a  law in Vegas that there is a steakhouse in every casino. I believe there are more steakhouse’s than Starbucks.

So where to go? While I am on my journey to stay and play at every hotel/casino in Vegas I thought it would a good idea to eat at the steakhouse where I will be staying but that leaves others to try out while I’m there. On my upcoming trip I’m thinking of going off the beaten path to try Austins Steakhouse at the Texas Station. This joint has gotten very good reviews for years . The other place that seems fun would be the Golden steer. It’s a throw back to the old days of Vegas and it has a load of history. The tables are identified to the celebrity that frequented the restaurant like John Wayne, The Rat Park, Marilyn Monroe, and others. 

While out on the next trip I will have to do some scouting for great burgers & dogs. I’m very excited to try American Cooney dogs at The D. I also have a 2 for one with my Las Vegas Advisor coupon book. On the burger from I have to try out the El Cortez deal of a half pound burger. beer and chips for $5.00. That’s about as good of a deal as you are going to find in town.

If you have favorite places you think I should try, let me know.

Cheers

Mike

Solo Vegas

From time to time I end up going to Vegas solo. I’ve been looked at by friends and family like a lunatic loaner but that is the opposite of a solo trip in Vegas. Here are some thoughts on the positive side of going solo.

The first thing to know that there is no better city to go solo than Las Vegas. It’s very common to eat alone at a nice restaurant and see a show by yourself. While we are on the topic of restaurants going alone is the best. There is no need to decide among a group of friends or couples on where to eat. There is no need for reservations for a solo dinner just eat at the bar. I also love the freedom to eat when I want. It always sucks with a large group to eat at what the majority wants. This also holds true for gambling. By the way its gambling not freaking gaming. I hate the way the industry try’s to soften the view of gambling but that’s another post. I love to gamble when, where and how long. It never fails when I go with people, there is always one person  having bad luck or gets out of a game and is just sitting and watching you play.

Shows are another fun thing to do alone for the same reasons as mentioned above. Going alone also allows one to see that Barry Manalow show with out having to let anyone else know .

Its super easy to find people to talk to in Vegas. On my last trip I meet up with people all the time  from different places. I played an hour at Binion’s with a Elvis street performer at Blackjack . I made the fatal mistake of asking him how it was going and he spoke for the next hour on cheap ass tourist.

Dont be fooled to thinking that going alone is all great. There are times you feel alone and times that make you feel odd. The worst part about being alone is being hit on by whores. Going alone is like being the wounded antelope in the heard and the lion picks you out for easy prey. This is the worst part for me as I have a definite issue with germs. It never fails to creep me out and then I get this thought of people pointing at me saying, yeah that guy over there was talking to the pro.  Besides that odd aspect of solo trip its a hell of look of fun.

If you have gone solo I would love to hear your thoughts and favorite places to go.

Cheers,

 

MIke

 

In the beginning

Howdy all and welcome to my inaugural post. I’m a Vegas addict with no interest for a 12 step cure. This is a blog for the sports-book,bowling.gambling,eating, and drinking enthusiast.

I have a ton of things I would love to write about but first I wanted to lay down is my ultimate buck list. I will embark on a journey to stay and play at every hotel and casino in Las Vegas and Henderson. I’ve been coming to Vegas for over 25 years and I tend to fall into very familiar patterns. Its time to break out and find all I can about my favorite vacation destination.

In the beginning I shall start in the revitalized Downtown area for my first step in a long fun journey.

Please let me know what places you enjoy downtown to stay, play, eat,drink and what to avoid.

 Mike