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Going to Las Vegas for the first time.
#1
Hi, not sure where to post this and kind of in the dark about this place called Las Vegas. 

So...does anyone have any recommendations of what to do in Vegas? for a first timer...whats cool, where is good to eat etc?
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#2
I've never been either, so I can't help you.
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#3
As far as shows, I really liked Love, Zombie Burlesque, and Absinthe. If you enjoy seeing women dancing with their tops off (who doesn’t?), Fantasy at Luxor was cool. New York New York has a fun roller coaster. Hash House a Go Go and Peppermill Diner for breakfasts big enough to choke a horse. My gambling is limited to slot machines and video poker and my dollar went a little further in the Fremont Street casinos.
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#4
I remember the view from the Stratosphere was pretty cool.

Then again, I had $200 worth of Alcohol in my system at the time so I might be misremembering.
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#5
That's like four drinks, lightweight!
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#6
Heh maybe. Going from just drinking Bud Light at home to having White Russians, Jager bombs and dirty margaritas all in one sitting....not one of my brighter decisions. But to be fair, the $500 porn star I was with bought the drinks. I wasn't exactly making bright decisions to begin with that day.
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#7
Last time I went was 10 years ago when the Hilton still had their Star Trek experience.

I think the Hyatt still has their collection of classic cars (and their inimitible 70s decor).
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#8
I remember going to Vegas in the late 1990s. It was fun but what a soulless town. I have no desire to go back ever again.
Originally Posted by ImmortanNick 

Saw Batman v Superman.
Now I know what it's like to see Nickelback in concert.

That's my review.
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#9
On Fremont Street you can do Slotzilla and at night on the weekends appreciate what you can see on the street.
You can do the Skyjump from the Strat if you can handle jumping off the 108th floor of a building.
The Mob Museum has an exhibit where you can try some use of force training.
The Atomic Testing Museum is something you have to see to appreciate.
Best trick for the buffets...Go just before the lunch buffet is about to end...They will start switching over to the Dinner menu and you will have been charged the Lunch price which is usually cheaper.
There are lots of things you can find online to get better rates for all sorts of Las Vegas attractions.
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#10
I know Las Vegas pretty well, I'd like to think (over the course of my life probably 60-70 lengthy trips).

Here you go, random tips and tricks in no potential order:

1.)Fun stuff to do that doesn't involve gambling: Red Rock Canyon has some great slot canyon hikes that are right off the main road. Very weather dependent, so YMMV. There is an awesome vintage toy store that feels like a museum to visit. The National History Museum is actually a fun hour or so trip and has a surprisingly rich collection given its size. People watching at any venue overlooking the strip is generally fun. The SAW Escape room (you need four people) has the best production values of any escape room I have ever seen (I think I've done about 25 of them at this point). It's amazing. The Siegfriend and Roy private garden is pretty cool if you like zoos, plus it's relatively easy to wander into the pool area if you want. The Mandalay Bay aquarium is WAY overpriced for what it is. The rollercoaster at New York New York is pretty nuts. Fremont street has a ton of carnival-type stuff and is a fun place to wander around.

2.)Clubs: Mandalay Bay has the best mix of decadent and class, IMHO. The private vodka room is pricey, but awesome.

3.)Here's a little known secret in Vegas: unless a gambling area is licensed as private, it is a MASSIVE fine for them to deny you entry for the purpose of gambling. This is a very powerful bit of knowledge to have. You can obtain entrance to several pools (most notably Hard Rock and Tropicana) even if you are not staying there simply by saying you're heading to the gambling tables. Once inside, you're free to do what you want. Several hotels have semi-private gambling areas on different floors (the playboy club used to be the best example of this, but it's sadly gone now): if you say you're going to gamble, they have to let you in. I have used this technique probably 10-15 times with no problem (usually for the Hard Rock pool). Head over to the tables, play a few hands, then enjoy the pool.

4.)My goal with gambling is usually to try to drink for free for a set amount of time. If I end up even or ahead, great! If you are disciplined, you can make a few hundred bucks last a long time at craps or blackjack. Smaller hotels are going to have better rules. If they're hitting soft 17 AND you can't split aces more than once AND blackjack only pays 6:5 AND you can't double after a split, etc., I will just keep on walking and find a different hotel. At this point anything less than a $15.00 minimum bet at a big name strip hotel is rare and less than $10.00 for craps is rare. Heck, there are usually only one or two of those available, as well.

5.)The best lunch/dinner buffet, by a mile, is the one at Caesar's. Unbelievable. The best breakfast buffet, IMHO, at the Wynn (which is also a damned good lunch and dinner buffet). The best buffet for the money is probably Paris, but I'd rather spend the cash and eat at Caesar's.

6.)Best cheap show? Probably the Elvis impersonator at Planet Hollywood. He's pretty good and with groupon you can get tickets for like 20 bucks. Gotta like Elvis, though. Best semi-free show? Easily, without a doubt, the dueling pianos in New York New York which will keep you entertained all night (get there early, tables fill up and people tend to not leave ... all night). Also, Fat Elvis is a great free show, though I'm blanking on which hotel the guy is at.

7.)Best expensive show? I'm not really a "show" guy, and I hate the Cirque du Soleil crap, but the impressionist with the puppets (Fator, I think) was pretty good.

8.)The best deal in town for GREAT food is lunch at The Palm in Caesar. Absolute can't miss. Most of their best dishes aren't on the menu: for example, their crab cakes. They took them off the menu but you can still order them as of a few months ago, and they are delicious.

9.)Most of the high end restaurants are really hit or miss for me. I can't think of any that I can consistently recommend, particularly as I often can't seem to get a great steak twice at the same place. The two restaurants at the Bellagio, one of them is the Picasso something or other, are very good. The Paris restaurant up in the Eiffel tower is pretty great, and you can't beat the view. Dinner at the restaurant used to also let you ride up to the top of the tower, which is like a free 20 dollar bonus per person.

10.)Favorite place to stay is probably the Venetian. Centrally located, nice suites at an affordable price, and the elevators don't require a two mile hike to get to. If I'm not staying at the Venetian I usually am at Mandalay Bay. If not one of those places, off strip at Terrible's or Rio if I'm going cheap. I used to like to stay at Bally's because it has the best and most convenient casino/elevator/entryway layout of any of the big hotels, but their prices became outrageous for what you get. Maybe they've dropped. I can't stand staying in some of the really poorly laid out hotels, such as the MGM Grand, or Planet Hollywood, because you're walking miles to get anywhere.

11.)Hard Rock Hotel is awesome to visit, but I wouldn't stay there. Loudest hotel I know of in Vegas.

12.)Club Paradise and Spearmint Rhino still the best stripclubs. They are "full service" with some of the girls, but it will be a very expensive night. The Friday-Sunday flights from LAX or SNA airports in Southern California are the "stripper flights" in which all the girls head to Vegas for the weekend to earn their pay. Those flights are UNREAL.

13.)Never, ever, ever call a "date" to your real room. If you want to go that route, call them to the room across the hall and see what they look like through the peephole, cause it won't be the photo. Go from there. If they show up to your actual room and you don't like what you see, they will not fucking leave you alone.

14.)Everything is much farther away than it appears. Walk at your peril.

15.)I can't stand smoke so I avoid gambling in hotels with low ceilings. Mirage, Treasure Island, and much of Caesar's are the biggest offenders. I prefer Mandalay Bay, Bally's, or any of the smaller places on the strip to gamble at.

16.)The days of asking valets, taxi drivers, or hotel staff for stuff like narcotics are long over. Bring it with you or forget about it.

17.)When you're at the tables and ordering drinks, specify what you want, don't get the well. If the limit is high they'll give you pretty much anything. If you are walking and see a waitress taking orders at a high end table, put your money down, order a very nice premium brand drink (and tip her a few bucks), then reduce your bet or "wait for your turn," get your drink, then go. Don't worry, Vegas isn't hurting for money.

18.)Fave pools: Hard Rock, Mandalay Bay, and Tropicana. Probably in that order. Considering it's a desert, it's amazing how many of the pools in Vegas are terrible.

19.)Downtown Vegas is a waste of time, IMHO. The Golden Nugget does have a pretty great pool, though, including a water slide that goes through a shark tank.

20.)Very little of "old school Vegas" is left. The Las Vegas Hilton feels pretty old school, some parts of the Flamingo are the oldest in Vegas, and then there are a few old dumps. Like Circus Circus. Other than recreating the scene in Fear and Loathing, there's nothing worthwhile.

21.)Go check out all the gun ranges where you can shoot a tommy gun and other fully automatic assault rifles. Tons of fun.

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#11
Never been, but my folks just went and got put up at the Bellagio.  Dad had a work conference, Mom just chilled at the amazing looking pool complex there.  Don't think they ever even gambled.  Just wandered around with a side trip to the Grand Canyon.  Someday, but if I ever want to lose money, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are 45 minutes away.
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(06-18-2019, 07:02 PM)scottieferguson Wrote: Never been, but my folks just went and got put up at the Bellagio.  Dad had a work conference, Mom just chilled at the amazing looking pool complex there.  Don't think they ever even gambled.  Just wandered around with a side trip to the Grand Canyon.  Someday, but if I ever want to lose money, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are 45 minutes away.

Dad check out Spearmint Rhino's or Club Paradise?

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#13
Far as I know, no, but my mom would probably have joined him.  They did go on the LINQ,  Which is basically the London Eye, but bigger, and with full bar service in the cars.
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#14
I was last in Vegas in 1998. I stayed at the Luxor and enjoyed it, and I recall that the buffet was excellent (especially for breakfast). Not sure if that's still the case or not but there you go. I agree that downtown Vegas is pretty worthless apart from seeing the big nightly display over the main street. I recall that the blackjack rules were different between the strip and downtown back then, so maybe research into that if you plan on doing any gambling.
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#15
Vegas baby!

My wife and I used to go to Vegas on weekend trips often when we first got together in the early 2000's.  We like our drinking and gambling vices.  We liked it so much we got married there in 2004.  Not a chapel o' love sort of place, a wedding hall with over 100 guests and 60 blocks of rooms reserved across two hotels.  It was fantastic, and about 1/3 cheaper than anything we could find in the NYC area (why we did it, really).  Then we had kids and eventually bought our house and had no money for fun, so we stopped going.  

But!  We managed to get back for our 10-yr anniversary for a weekend and had our vows renewed in a classic chapel o' love with about 15 or so friends in attendance, and that was fun too!  And we're going back for the 15th anniversary this November (no vow renewals though).  Can't wait!

I can't really top Overlord's very detailed post above.  I agree with him re: the Trop's pool, we've stayed there many times and its fun.  We like gambling at the "old" Strip on Fremont, but only because we like craps and the tables are far cheaper there, like Four Queens.  Ovie isn't wrong about the smoke/low ceiling effects, but even though we quit in the last few years, we'll probably buy a pack while there, so that's not a problem for us.  Not really big on shows so can't comment.  Always liked the buffet at Ceasar's.  Michael's Gourmet Room is out of the way, but its pretty high-end dining, if you're willing to spend the money for an elaborate multi-course 5-star experience.
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Glad that you guys worked that out amongst yourselves.

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#16
Is The Glitter Gulch still there?
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#17
Really appreciate the tips, OL, Neil, and everyone. Headed down in September.
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#18
Flights to and from McCarran are typically one of the cheaper deals from Canada, and my wife and use it when we want to get a way from winter in January or February and out to the desert for a few days of hiking. In addition to some of the closer hiking areas mentioned by Overlord, Vegas to Flagstaff/Sedona is about a four hour drive, Vegas to Zion National Park is about three hours, and Vegas to the Grand Canyon is about four.  The temperatures are cooler and the crowds are small. Depending on our flights, we typically overnight on the first day and last, which is enough for us to blow a bit of money (we set a limit), find a decent buffet, and walk around. Being really cheap, we usually stay at the Motel 6 (yes, really!) on Tropicana, which is across the street from the MGM Grand (I have no complaints about their lunch buffet whatsoever), and is within walking distance of a monorail connection, New York, New York and the Luxor. Like I said, Vegas is more of an entry/exit point than a destination, and a day or so if its excess is typically enough for us.
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#19
A suggestion if you're going to actually gamble in Vegas: figure out how much money you can financially AND emotionally lose to determine your stake for the trip. These can be vastly different amounts depending upon your financial position. Whichever amount is lower is your stake for the trip. A lot of people just figure out what they could financially lose without considering the emotional consequences of a loss. If you could quite literally light a match to $200 and be emotionally ok with it (but not a penny more), then $200 is your total stake. If you get on the tables and lose $200, you're done. Walk away and be content. Don't hit the ATM and try and get it back, just write it off.
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#20
My current employer does annual managers meetings at Vegas and also holds executives' 50th birthday parties there so I've been there about 10 times in the last 7 years. I'm also not a golfer so they organize side adventures for the handful of us.

- Indoor Go Kart racing at Fast Lap was some fun shit. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and you might get light headed from all the fumes.

- Sundance Helicopter tour of Grand Canyon was a fun way to spend a couple of hours. The trip out to the landing point at the bottom of the canyon (where you get a 15 minute break to take pictures and they serve you champagne and snacks) made me a bit airsick but the trip back was smooth (I guess I just got acclimated to the shaking). Plus they play Harold Faltermeyer's Top Gun anthem in your headphones when the chopper takes off from the heliport and that gave me a huge ass buzz.

- I chickened out of the Stratosphere bungee jump but my co-worker did that 3 years ago and he still remembers the experience fondly. Maybe next year.

- My absolute fave was the indoor shooting range where I got to fire an Uzi, H&K MP5, Glock, and another automatic assault rifle that I can't remember off the top of my head. They only gave us 20 bullets per gun so it was super quick but fun. I recall this one Chinese tourist 3 stalls away shot a mini-gun and that shit made everyone go deaf for about half a second.
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#21
Show: I enjoyed the Penn & Teller magic show at the Rio; Penn hangs out in the lobby to chat afterward.

Steak: If you want an expensive steak, Charlie Palmer's in the Four Seasons is worth a look.

Spend: If you win a lot of money gambling, check out Bauman's Rare Books in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.
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#22
Overlord - thank you so much, your post was invaluable to me whilst I was there and I kept it open on my phone and lived by it. Really appreciate it man.

Oh and I had tickets to Penn and Teller at the Rio Saturday night and it was cancelled...
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#23
If you are driving there, avoid going near Barstow.
That place is Bat Country!
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(06-26-2019, 09:46 AM)TheMaxx Wrote: Overlord - thank you so much, your post was invaluable to me whilst I was there and I kept it open on my phone and lived by it. Really appreciate it man.

Oh and I had tickets to Penn and Teller at the Rio Saturday night and it was cancelled...

Wow, that sounds great!

Give us the highlights!

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#25
That's too bad about Penn and Teller-- it really is an excellent show. When I saw them a couple years ago at the Rio, I was lucky enough to be "volunteered" to take part in a trick-- it was weird that basically the first time I've heard Teller speak was in whispered conversation with him.
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(06-26-2019, 06:14 PM)slim Wrote: That's too bad about Penn and Teller-- it really is an excellent show. When I saw them a couple years ago at the Rio, I was lucky enough to be "volunteered" to take part in a trick-- it was weird that basically the first time I've heard Teller speak was in whispered conversation with him.

Eh ... it was okay.  The gimmick of explaining/revealing what they were doing got very old for me very, very fast.  

Do they still have Penn out there playing a bass with "the band" during the opening, wearing a wig so maybe you won't recognize the 6'8" giant who's sitting there?

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#27
Explaining the trick while making it work as illusion has always been part of their act. So if you're a fan-- which I am-- it goes with the territory.

I didn't see that there was an opening music act at all. I was rushing from dinner and was late-- which is to say, on time.

Penn did, as mentioned upthread, hang out to meet and greet after. My wife asked me if I wanted to say hello, and I said, nah, I just saw the show. Meeting any kind of celebrity isn't my thing. That's what I meant by being volunteered for one of the bits above-- it was random and would not have been my preference.
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(06-26-2019, 04:30 PM)Overlord Wrote:
(06-26-2019, 09:46 AM)TheMaxx Wrote: Overlord - thank you so much, your post was invaluable to me whilst I was there and I kept it open on my phone and lived by it. Really appreciate it man.

Oh and I had tickets to Penn and Teller at the Rio Saturday night and it was cancelled...

Wow, that sounds great!

Give us the highlights!

The highlight for me was being in a helicopter for the first time and going over the Grand Canyon. Luckily I was wearing the brown pants...amazing though.

Other highlights were winning 300 bucks at roulette, what a weird place Freemont Street turns into after 11pm, Spearmint Rhino, erm….Guy Fieri's Mexican place in the Rio. Being hungover as balls on the last day...
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