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Willy
12-09-2006, 10:17 PM
My wife and I are going to Vegas with another couple. It has been about 10 years since I visited the city of sin. Any recommened places to eat? sights to see? or avoid.

We have tickets to see Seinfeld one night, so looking for some activities that are lighter on the budget.

Listening to all thoughts.

max venable
12-09-2006, 10:41 PM
I've only been once. I can, however, highly recommend brunch at Caesar's Palace. Two words: Un and Believable. Never been so full in my life. Jumbo Crab legs cut in half so all you have to do is pull the meat out with a fork.

On your flight out...check the airline magazines for coupons. Several casinos will give you $5 free slot play with coupon. My wife won about $50 at the Aladdin using the free slot play coupon. We're not gamblers so we cashed out and went to dinner...thanks Aladdin!

oneupper
12-09-2006, 11:20 PM
Went with the family last year.

Everyone does the "hotel tour" as in walking up and down the strip to see the hotels. There's a roller coaster on top of the New York New York hotel, it you like that kind of stuff. There's a nice aquarium at the Mandalay Bay.
Every hotel has some kind of side attraction.

We did Lance Burton and the Blue Man Group shows.

My wife got sick due the smoky environments in the hotels/casinos, we ended up in Red Rock Canyon for a few days to recover.

Then there is Hoover Dam (a short drive) and the Grand Canyon is about 5 hours away by car, but a short hop in a chopper.

It was a weird trip which we had to prolong since Hurricane Wilma hit our home while we were in Vegas.

Patpacillosjock
12-09-2006, 11:51 PM
Smith and Wellisnky's is the best place to grab a quick lunch or dinner..great bar atmosphere too

edabbs44
12-10-2006, 12:26 AM
I am telling you....you must go to Il Mulino in Caesars. It will be expensive but it is beyond worth it. I've been to the original in NY and the one in Vegas and will be hitting the one in San Juan in February. If you like Italian, it has been rated #1 in NY in like 28 of the last 30 years or something ridiculous like that. It is a different type of dining experience and a must visit.

Also try Il Fornaio in NY NY (also very good and less expensive). We also went to Circo in the Bellagio. Not bad but not worth the $, IMO.

jmcclain19
12-10-2006, 02:08 AM
Willy - My wife and I and our friends try to go to Vegas 2 or 3 times a year.

Some things I would definitely do.

I would say, if it is your first time in a long, long time, go to as many casinos on the strip as you can. They all go way over the top theme wise, and have eye candy galore to check out. You'll like some, you'll think others aren't your bag, and so on. The atmospheres are widely different, as is the clientele. From there, you can branch out and decide to see more.
Plus going in all the casinos is free.

-Pay to go to the observation deck of the Stratosphere. If it isn't windy, it's an absolutely amazing site from the top.
-Personally, the New York-New York Casino is my favorite. The way it's setup, the atmosphere, the bars & restaurants, that's always my choice. Paris Las Vegas is a close second.
-Watch the Bellagio Fountains. They go off every 15 minutes after dark. Seemingly different music & formations every time. Worth catching a couple of times while you are there.
-Take a ride in the Gondolas in the Venetian. It's an impressively setup Casino, to match Venice - probably the most intracite of any of the Casino designs on the strip.

For food - Emeril's Fish House in MGM is excellent but pricey. We also liked Il Fornaio in NY NY like edabbs recommended.

For Gambling - you Can't beat Downtown(Old Town) Las Vegas or some of the really old Strip Casinos like Barbary Coast. My wife and I always spend a good amount of time in Barbary because they have all the newest penny slots for her and all the table games have low minimums for me.

You'll really struggle to find anything less than $10 minimum bets at any tables on the strip at the big casinos.

Check out this site as well
http://www.cheapovegas.com/index.php

Really good information about each casino - the food, the attractions with some candid opinons.

Good luck - and report back to tell us how it went.

George Foster
12-10-2006, 02:36 AM
You have to go downtown. The hotel's are smaller and it has an enclosure. It is a mall atmosphere. They have a lazor light show every 15 minutes. It is called the "Freemont experience." If you are a real gambler, the odds at the blackjack tables are better downtown as well. Have fun. Tell your wife not to be offended by all the "escorts" magazines that clutter the strip. It is sin city.:D

I like downtown the best because you walk a lot less, and I go there to play cards and the real card players are downtown. They have a great buffet at the Horseshoe...Primerib and shrimp as big as your hand.:thumbup:

dsmith421
12-10-2006, 04:51 AM
In terms of good Italian food at a decent price, this place can't be beat:

http://www.battistaslasvegas.com/

I went there with a bachelor party of Italian guys from Chicago and they all raved about the food.

Highlifeman21
12-10-2006, 09:29 AM
Smith and Wellisnky's is the best place to grab a quick lunch or dinner..great bar atmosphere too

I have to respectfully disagree.

Smith & Wollenskys @ Vegas was very disappointing compared to other S&M's I've been.

Great bar atmosphere, I'll agree there, but the steaks just seemed very dry and lacked the taste I remembered from other locations. Had 2 dinners there during separate trips, and both were regrettably forgetable.

Willy
12-10-2006, 09:51 AM
Willy - My wife and I and our friends try to go to Vegas 2 or 3 times a year.

Some things I would definitely do.

I would say, if it is your first time in a long, long time, go to as many casinos on the strip as you can. They all go way over the top theme wise, and have eye candy galore to check out. You'll like some, you'll think others aren't your bag, and so on. The atmospheres are widely different, as is the clientele. From there, you can branch out and decide to see more.
Plus going in all the casinos is free.

-Pay to go to the observation deck of the Stratosphere. If it isn't windy, it's an absolutely amazing site from the top.
-Personally, the New York-New York Casino is my favorite. The way it's setup, the atmosphere, the bars & restaurants, that's always my choice. Paris Las Vegas is a close second.
-Watch the Bellagio Fountains. They go off every 15 minutes after dark. Seemingly different music & formations every time. Worth catching a couple of times while you are there.
-Take a ride in the Gondolas in the Venetian. It's an impressively setup Casino, to match Venice - probably the most intracite of any of the Casino designs on the strip.

For food - Emeril's Fish House in MGM is excellent but pricey. We also liked Il Fornaio in NY NY like edabbs recommended.

For Gambling - you Can't beat Downtown(Old Town) Las Vegas or some of the really old Strip Casinos like Barbary Coast. My wife and I always spend a good amount of time in Barbary because they have all the newest penny slots for her and all the table games have low minimums for me.

You'll really struggle to find anything less than $10 minimum bets at any tables on the strip at the big casinos.

Check out this site as well
http://www.cheapovegas.com/index.php

Really good information about each casino - the food, the attractions with some candid opinons.

Good luck - and report back to tell us how it went.


Thanks for all the great reports everyone.

jmcclain19-Well one good thing is we are staying at NY NY. The last time I was there it was new and I knew I had to stay there. Talk about detailed!!

I've been on the cheapo site, a must for anyone traveling to vegas, those guys are a riot.

A couple quick questions:

1. My wife was hopeing to do some shopping without the strip pricing, are there any outlet malls close by?

2. I know its only suppose to be about 60 during the day and much colder at night. That being said, How much can we walk to from NY NY, looking at te map everything looks close, but what is in a reasonable walking distance.

3. Taxi, monorail, or Bus?

edabbs44
12-10-2006, 10:06 AM
Thanks for all the great reports everyone.

jmcclain19-Well one good thing is we are staying at NY NY. The last time I was there it was new and I knew I had to stay there. Talk about detailed!!

I've been on the cheapo site, a must for anyone traveling to vegas, those guys are a riot.

A couple quick questions:

1. My wife was hopeing to do some shopping without the strip pricing, are there any outlet malls close by?

2. I know its only suppose to be about 60 during the day and much colder at night. That being said, How much can we walk to from NY NY, looking at te map everything looks close, but what is in a reasonable walking distance.

3. Taxi, monorail, or Bus?

Not sure about #1.

From NY NY, you can hit basically all the hotels from Mandalay to Monte Carlo. Bellagio is a bit of a walk but it won't be too hot so its doable. Not sure what your walking tolerance is, but I know my wife would have my head if I made her walk to the Bellagio (we stayed at the MGM).

Monorail. That's an easy one. It starts at the MGM and it rides on that side of the strip.

cincyinco
12-10-2006, 03:56 PM
Bouchon's in the Venitian is awesome french food.

And if you like Sushi, go to Osaka Sushi... There is one on the strip somewhere, the other just south in Henderson. Ra sushi at the fashion show mall also has a very nice happy hour selection. But Osaka has free sake for happy hour..

Try to get in on the "local" stuff... you can find tons of cool things to do for real cheap. Last August I went, and I got into the Killers for free - their first show for the 2nd album. I had to wait in line for about 4 hours, but it was worth it...

Shopping? go to the fashion show mall, its got everything.

Clubbing? depends on what you like - but there are TONS of clubs. The ghost bar at the top of the Palms is pricey, but fun - and the view is awesome if the weather is nice.

Amusement rides? The NY NY has a roller coaster, as does the Sahara.. which is a short ride, but one i find thrilling nonetheless. The stratosphere has 3 awesome rides at the top of its 110 or so story building...

westofyou
12-10-2006, 04:16 PM
I went here once while in Vegas.

http://cdn.tripadvisor.com/Images-g45963-d260011-b1163570S-a_caption.-Little_Church_of_the_West-Las_Vegas_Nevada.jpg

Red in Chicago
12-10-2006, 08:23 PM
For Gambling - you Can't beat Downtown(Old Town) Las Vegas or some of the really old Strip Casinos like Barbary Coast. My wife and I always spend a good amount of time in Barbary because they have all the newest penny slots for her and all the table games have low minimums for me.

You'll really struggle to find anything less than $10 minimum bets at any tables on the strip at the big casinos.


what he said regarding downtown...you'll have a blast there:beerme:

FutureRedsGM
12-11-2006, 04:57 PM
I will also be heading to Vegas soon (Dec 14 through 17). this will be the first time there for myself and all of my tarveling partners (girlriend and another couple). We are staying at Stratosphere and trying to go on as small a budget as possible. Any suggestions for us?

Chip R
12-11-2006, 05:11 PM
3. Taxi, monorail, or Bus?

Monorail!
Monorail!
Monorail!
Monorail! ;)

GIK
12-11-2006, 05:15 PM
I went here once while in Vegas.

http://cdn.tripadvisor.com/Images-g45963-d260011-b1163570S-a_caption.-Little_Church_of_the_West-Las_Vegas_Nevada.jpg

Honestly, I'd like to do this and am looking into it. My wife and I were married the traditional way (ie, in a church) and, honestly, it wasn't our dream scenario...more like her parents'. I'm thinking about flying her down on our 1-year anniversary and doing it "our" way. Now I know it won't be legal (because we're already married) but I hope some place would allow us to just do the ceremony.

Caseyfan21
12-11-2006, 05:20 PM
Can't believe no one has said it yet....

Gotta go visit Pete! :D

Myself and a couple college friends visited Vegas in August when we were working in Phoenix this summer. We did it on the cheap staying in the Stratosphere (worked out well) and we didn't do any shows. We walked the entire strip from the Stratosphere all the way down one of the nights. We went into most of the casinos and did a little gambling but mostly just checked out all of the displays. Really cheap and great way to spend a night.

We did see Pete in the Ceasar's Palace shops the next afternoon purely by accident. There was a car display over there we went to check out and we were walking thru the mall and all of a sudden there's Pete. Definately did not pay the outrageous prices they wanted for autographs and pictures.

westofyou
12-11-2006, 05:22 PM
Honestly, I'd like to do this and am looking into it. My wife and I were married the traditional way (ie, in a church) and, honestly, it wasn't our dream scenario...more like her parents'. I'm thinking about flying her down on our 1-year anniversary and doing it "our" way. Now I know it won't be legal (because we're already married) but I hope some place would allow us to just do the ceremony.


Elvis married An Margret there at the end of Viva Las Vegas at that particular place.

Afterwards we rode the coaster at NY NY, it was an apt reaction to the paradigm shift.

http://www.patricklewis.net/vegas/nyny.jpeg

Chip R
12-11-2006, 05:23 PM
Can't believe no one has said it yet....

Gotta go visit Pete! :D

We did see Pete in the Ceasar's Palace shops the next afternoon purely by accident.


Sorry to tell you this, but it was no accident seeing Pete at a casino. ;)

Caseyfan21
12-11-2006, 05:28 PM
Sorry to tell you this, but it was no accident seeing Pete at a casino. ;)

:laugh:

Actually the whole rest of the day we kept joking about where we thought we would run into Pete that night. I think we decided he would be at one of the older casinos running up a huge tab.

Johnny Bench had also been there at the same table earlier in the day. I don't know if Bench has joined Pete out there on a regular basis or if it was a one time thing.

Reds Fanatic
12-11-2006, 05:35 PM
Can't believe no one has said it yet....

Gotta go visit Pete! :D

Myself and a couple college friends visited Vegas in August when we were working in Phoenix this summer. We did it on the cheap staying in the Stratosphere (worked out well) and we didn't do any shows. We walked the entire strip from the Stratosphere all the way down one of the nights. We went into most of the casinos and did a little gambling but mostly just checked out all of the displays. Really cheap and great way to spend a night.

We did see Pete in the Ceasar's Palace shops the next afternoon purely by accident. There was a car display over there we went to check out and we were walking thru the mall and all of a sudden there's Pete. Definately did not pay the outrageous prices they wanted for autographs and pictures.

Pete actually works in the memorabilia shop in the Caesar's Palace Shops. He apparently is there several days each month.

Red in Chicago
12-11-2006, 09:26 PM
earlier this year, i went to see pete...got a few pictures and and an autograph ball...sure, it cost a few bucks, but it was worth it...it made my vacation

RBA
12-11-2006, 10:14 PM
Try the $20 trick at check-in.

See this for more info:

http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/messageview.php?catid=63&threadid=529706&highlight_key=y&keyword1=vegas

jmcclain19
12-12-2006, 01:16 AM
Honestly, I'd like to do this and am looking into it. My wife and I were married the traditional way (ie, in a church) and, honestly, it wasn't our dream scenario...more like her parents'. I'm thinking about flying her down on our 1-year anniversary and doing it "our" way. Now I know it won't be legal (because we're already married) but I hope some place would allow us to just do the ceremony.

GIK - four words

"Drive thru Wedding Chapel"

http://www.alittlewhitechapel.com/html/tunnel_packages.html

Seriously

jmcclain19
12-12-2006, 01:20 AM
I posted this last year after I ran into Pete at Paris Las Vegas

I figure it's easier to cut & paste than re-summerize.


Rose is at Casears 15 times a month. Repeat that - every other day of every month he's in Vegas hawking his autograph. No one is paying him to come back with that kind of frequency if he's not making bank for that business.

I've been to Vegas four times in the last 24 months. I've seen him in Casears on every trip. Twice he had a monster sized crowd around him, two other times I walked by and there wasn't a soul who seemed interested in him signing. Heck, I was in a little bistro in Paris-Las Vegas getting a meal last march madness and sat at the table across from him - he saw my reds visor on my head and gave me a wink and a thumbs up.

It's $50 for an autograph - $100 for an autograph and to have your picture taken with him. I picked up two baseballs from him on one trip - one for my father and one for my grandfather. We talked for a few minutes - it was one of the non busy times, where I told him that the last time I tried to get his autographs he was swamped and he said "it comes and goes". But he was nice overall.

Rose did an interview in this month's FHM where he said that the Casears deal is a two-fer for him. He gets to easily bet on the horses and it's a nice chunk of change for him.

TeamMorris
12-12-2006, 10:50 AM
I was there in early November of 2000. I won the trip through a local radio station (WEBN). It was a whirlwind trip! Left on Friday and came back Sunday night but was a blast (took a week to recover)! We stayed at the MGM. Was very nice. We spent Saturday casino hopping. My favorite was NY NY! Really cool place and rode the coaster a few times. Saturday night we went to The Hard Rock to see STP and Godsmack in concert. The Hard Rock was pretty impressive also.

Only had 2 meals while we were there and they were at this buffet place across the street from the MGM. I have no idea what it was even called. I just know that we had coupons for buy one get one. The two of us were able to eat all we wanted for $4.99. It was pretty good also.

I can't believe how laid back it is! We were waiting in line for a cab to take us to the Hard rock at the hotel. My friend and I were both trying to finish our beer before we got in. The cab driver told us not to chug it and gave us each a paper cup to put our beer in and we finished them in the cab on the way! They are kidding when they say anything goes in Vegas!!

Would love to go back some day when I have more time to really enjoy it. Very fun place!!

Willy
01-09-2007, 08:45 PM
Just wanted to give everyone my quick review.

First off we had a great time, NY NY was a cool place.

The strip was packed, gambling in the new hotels on the strip were a joke, saw very few slot winners, and the tables were $15-25 min. and you saw a cocktail waitress once an hour if you were lucky.

KIDS,KIDS,KIDS... they were all over the place. Walking down the strip you were constantly tripping over strollers:bang:

Downtown was great!!! No kids, and a lot less crowded. Saw more slot winners, and the tables limits were $5. Cocktail waitress were always coming around. A drink on the strip was $8-9, same drink downtown $3.

We did charge all of are food and drinks to our room, and when we checked out we were comped about $50 of it.

When I do it again I would either stay downtown, or stay at one of the older hotels at the strip. We had a blast at the Tropacania, and hung out there the last night because it was a lot more like downtown.

Just my 2 cents

minus5
01-09-2007, 10:37 PM
I haven't been to Vegas since '79...I'm guessing a lot has changed.;)