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Some of my favorites:
1. (Learned on VMB): If you cut through the back of Binion’s, and take a left on that street, only about a block away is the east entrance to the Cal. Then you can either play there, or go up the escalator and over the walkway to MSS. Cuts off blocks going the other way.
2. The 4Q has the best drink service. All the staff there are friendly, and very generous with the cocktails, especially when playing at the bar.
3. The Vue Bar upstairs at the D is the best spot to sit and recipe for a moment, and enjoy the light show.
4. Upgrades are way easier to get downtown. I usually offer a tip, and have never been turned down for a suite (four times running).
5. Lovo Cigars–Now in Neonopolis. Quality smoke for a good price, unlike that place in Binion’s, outside of Benny’s Bullpen.
6. Benny’s Bullpen–Great spot for a snack or a drink. Great prices and generous portions.
7. Mob Museum–Awesome spot.
Ok I can’t believe I’m saying this but what about bingo? I like that there’s a place to “slow it down” for even just an hour without heading back to the room. A fifty at the plaza will get you an auto machine, 2 drinks, and elbow room from others. Probably a twenty would do it, I like how you can still game a bit but less stimulus than the full loud casino. Last trip I won every session I played and there was probably average 40 or so players.
Also, what I think I really liked was chain smoking cigarettes and beating old grumpy ladies off their pots, meh. It’s also fast and short so not to tie up hours, nice and quick. And you can pull it off even quite hammered, just don’t nod off, those crabby ladies won’t help you at all if you’re “winning too much”. It’s an often forgotten nook downtown.
In early October as we got off the elevator, we noticed the door to the now closed Pullman Grill was wide open. It was being used by one of the Hawaiian tours as a place to check luggage for a late evening departure. The room was deserted except for numerous groups of luggage and a gentleman going over some kind of list. I asked if we might step in and look around.
The woodwork for the bar and cabinetry was just awesome—just beautiful wood everywhere you look, amazed to see that Pullman car there. I didn’t want to push our luck, so we did not ask him if we could walk through the train car. That room is worth a small fortune for sure. Larger room than I expected. If you ever get the chance you have to see it.
And Even More Thoughts to Share
If you come down the escalator and walk past the Main street exit on your right it is just a little farther down on the same wall on your right. It is a single door which usually has some sort of ‘authorized personnel’ sign on it. Usually a security guard hanging around in the area, ask the guard about it. Allow yourself about thirty minutes because you are likely to get the full tour (the guards get bored and the tour seems to be an additional duty they can perform, time permitting).
Actually, the lines are long on some nights because the Vacations Hawaii charters arrive in the evening. Guests won’t see their luggage for a few hours (they normally say it will take 2 hours to unload and sort out the luggage to deliver to the Boyd hotels, then get the porters to drop off the bags to each room) so to kill time they go eat something. While the plane does serve a meal it isn’t a heavy meal so many want to eat something substantial after they arrive to acclimate themselves to Vegas.
Many of us actually eat early to avoid the dinner crowds, especially when they have something special like the seafood buffets. Usually I will get to the buffet by 5 pm so I won’t have to wait very long in line. But then that crowd may also want a night time snack and will go to the diners to eat at 10 or 11 pm.
I do try to keep myself on Hawaii time, going to bed around 3 am (only a 2 or 3 hour time difference between Hawaii and Vegas) but I don’t keep my meals on Hawaii time. I usually try to get up early for breakfast (around 8 am) so I have the whole day to do stuff. There’s Las Vegas’s 7 best!