Off The Strip, Las Vegas
My little hideout is the Chinatown Plaza here in Las Vegas. When I'm in town, I go to Chinatown to practice my conversation skills, shop, and of course eat awesome Chinese food! I recommend going to the Diamond Bakery and getting the steamed buns. (filled with pork or chicken, both are excellent) Chinatown Plaza is located on W. Spring Mountain Rd and Wynn Rd.
Summerlin is a well-to-do, dare I say "normal" town just a few miles west of Las Vegas. Home to the spectacular hotel resorts, Summerlin is an extension of casino-loving Vegas but offers a more tame environment and plenty of golf terrain. If you like to do the slots and card games and shop but don't like huge crowds that Vegas draws, come to Summerlin.
To get to Summerlin, travel west on Sahara Ave from the Strip (about a 20 min drive) or take the 95 North, exit Rampart Blvd.
Located about a mile away from Downtown, walking south along the area of Coolidge Ave. The Arts District was something I stumbled across researching online.
Now, when you come to Vegas, you're gonna wanna remain on the Strip and see all the shows, no doubt about it. That's what people come to Vegas for, to party it up! The last thing on your mind would be to go to some Arts District. If you are a frequent visitor, though, you should break away from the mold and check it out.
The district we walked around wasn't too impressive, a mix up of strip malls and auto repair businesses. AH! But walk around and you will find some dope street art! If street art is your thing, you will love it. There's a lot of gems here. Who would've thought in Vegas eh? Of course, we only walked one section of the district, so there might be some more hidden gems I didn't come across. Definitely check it out!
The Attic Vintage store
This is a fun place to check out for cool retro stuff although it has a rep. of being somewhat (ok, very) inflated price-wise (while yer in the n-hood check out the Catholic Charities Thrift Store 1 block down, which is probably where they get most of the stuff anyway). Hit El Sombrero for lunch/dinner right accross the street.
1018 South Main Street
The Binion's Horseshoe Casino on Fremont St. downtown has a nice pool with the best view in the city. I imagine if you grease someone you could probably hang out up there w/o getting a room. (trans.: grease=tip/bribe)
For good live blues the Silver Dollar Saloon. It's a little rough around the edges, but don't let the harleys out front scare you, it's the best blues in Vegas. On Polaris near Spring Mountain Road. Go south on the strip (Las Vegas Blvd) turn left past the Mirage and head west on Spring Mountain, you'll see Polaris just after the freeway, turn left.
Enigma Coffeehouse and Hash House Restaurant.
Enigma is tucked away from the glitz and glamour of the strip, and it's a quiet haven to sit, drink a beverage and listen to some live performer or poetry.
Hash House has one of the best breakfasts off the strip. It's in a strip mall and you almost miss it! Try it out if you get a chance! It's on Spring Mountain Rd.
We stayed outside of town in this room, which was nice, but
expensive and we were lucky to get this! Next time we'll be
certain to have prior reservations and keep abreast of the
diverse and often foreign holidays which fill the town's available lodging beyond capacity!
If you stay for more than a week, hit some of the local bars. Vegas is known for its neighborhood bars at every corner. Rent a horse near Mt. Charleston and watch the sunset as the lights turn on the Las Vegas Strip. Go jet skiing in nearby Lake Mead and lose yourself in one of the isolated coves.
What most people miss when visiting is the surroundings of Las Vegas ...the desert and the beauty of it...the opportunity to visit the areas of homes, parks, schools, theaters for the people who live here. Away from the strip and lights..believe it or not, there are people living here.
tired of the hordes of tourists and crowds at the Strip? looking to gamble with less noise and more privacy? going on a day trip to Lake Mead and/or the Hoover Dam? you can all to this in one sitting if you have the whole day! why? since the Hacienda Hotel and Casino is the nearest Gambling area from the hoover dam and lake mead and even though gambling is prohibited in Boulder City, the Hacienda sits on the Freeway at US route 93 so that it is far from the center of Boulder City. The Complex is just minutes away from the hoover dam and lake mead and you would even see the lake if you are staying at one of their rooms here. The lower limit on the table games are just $ 5 and the casino is open 24/7.
address is: Highway 93, Boulder City, Nevada 89005
according to their webiste:
Dining options at Hacienda Hotel and Casino include 4 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Recreational amenities include a spa tub. This 2.5-star property has a 24-hour business center and offers small meeting rooms. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). This Boulder City property has event space consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a casino, a coffee shop/cafÃ©, and an arcade/game room.
289 air-conditioned guestrooms at Hacienda Hotel and Casino feature coffee/tea makers and complimentary toiletries. Accommodations offer mountain or desert views. Bathrooms feature showers. Wired high-speed and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Guestrooms offer phones with voice mail. Televisions have satellite channels. Guests may request refrigerators, irons/ironing boards, and hair dryers. Housekeeping is available daily.
Notifications and Fees:
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
* Pet fee: US$ 20 per pet, per day
* Pet deposit: US$ 100 per stay
* Deposit: US$ 10.00 per stay
* Fee for high-speed Internet (wired) in business center: US$ 3.00 (for 10 minutes, rates may vary)
* Fee for wireless Internet in business center: US$ 9.99 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
* )Fee for in-room high-speed Internet (wired): US$ 9.99 (for 24 hours, rates may vary)
* Refrigerator: US$ 10 per day
* Rollaway bed: US$ 5 per day
Crown & Anchor is, by far, one of my favorite bars in Las Vegas. It's located just a couple miles away from the strip and the University (Tropicana, east of Maryland Pkwy), which means you can expect a weird mix of students, adventurous tourists, and locals. You can easily miss it because it's not very big and, at times, it seems as though the few parking spots they have are not enough to accommodate the public, but all in all, it's for quite an entertaining experience.
There is both an indoor and outdoor seating area (considered its restaurant), seats around the bar with two dartboards nearby, an upstairs on one side with a pool table and a couple arcade games, and another upstairs area with more seating. If you come for the food, don't expect great service from the servers. They take forever to even realize you're sitting there waiting, and then even longer when you tell them you need a couple minutes to decide. If you want another beer, you better order it while your current one is still full in order to get it when you want it. Basically, if you plan on being there for a couple hours, you won't mind the slow service.
As for just going for the drinking, the establishment carries a variety of beers (They're all listed at its website under Bar Menu), and for a decent price, unlike what you will find at most of the bars on the Strip. My personal favorite is the Hefeweizen Apricot at $4 a glass - I suggest you try it if you're into Hef. The bartenders are all very attentive and nice, so tip well :)
There's also live music there every Saturday, which can be entertaining if you're into that, otherwise go on a Friday night instead for all the bustling of a busy night, minus the additional racket from a local band.
During soccer season, it gets pretty busy in there and both the crowd and staff get into every game, so it's a great way to watch them!
I've been here on many occasions, whether to celebrate a friend's birthday or merely hang out and talk for a while with some friends, and it hits the spot every time!
If you think you can hang with the locals try a place off the Strip. There are some great clubs out there that aren't in the big casinos. Examples would be ICE, Whiskey Sky, Club Seven, etc. These are the real hot spots even though they don't get the great entertainers they are hot spots.
Head to Silverton's Casino, on Diamond Ave off the 15. It's really a local's casino. The decor is currently that of an old mining camp, but rumors suggest it may become that of a Swedish Alps theme in the next few years. The dealers are extremely friendly and the casino is just large enough to have plenty to do, but not to too big to get lost in. The food available is definitely decent for the price.
The Palms Hotel & Casino is owned by the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings pro basketball club (no NBA action at the sportsbook, sorry). Haven't stayed here. Things I like about this casino: Convenient parking, great coffee shop, slots and vid poker machines that claim to return 100% or more (and NV Gaming enforces such claims). Purple dice, avant-garde design, TV sets above the tables so you can play and watch a ball game at the same time -- but don't ask 'em to tune in the Lakers!