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dannyboy
08-11-2005, 04:52 PM
This time next week, my wife and I should be arriving in Las Vegas for our belated honeymoon and we have absolutely no plans. She has never been and I've only been once on a one day trip with my parents when I was about 11 during our Los Angeles vacation, and all I remember is the huge Circus Circus arcade.

I was wondering if anyone that is familiar with Vegas has any suggestions on what to see or do, and what popular stuff that may be overrated and not worth the time. I plan to dedicate only one evening to the casino(s) and I'll probably end up cutting that short if I'm not up five-hundy by midnight. Every other day/night until our return the following Monday is wide open.

I figure we'll stumble into plenty to do, but any help is appreciated.

Since86
08-11-2005, 05:00 PM
Bunny Ranch? :shrug: :D

ChicagoJ
08-11-2005, 05:47 PM
If you're walking down the "strip" with your new wife, and somebody claps their hands together and tries to hand you something, don't take it.

If you do take it, don't show the picture to your new wife.

If you do show the picture to your new wife, don't suggest to her to call the number to inquire about pricing and services.

Unless of course you're into that. In that case, nevermind.... :zip:

denyfizle
08-11-2005, 06:24 PM
there's a helicopter ride over the strip... if ur into clubbing go to pure at ceasars or rumjungle at mandalay bay... walking down the strip is always nice. water show at the bellagio, the volcano by sahara and the pirate show at treasure island. hit the Palms for sure! Rain is the bomb!

Kegboy
08-11-2005, 06:53 PM
One night for casinos? ONE NIGHT FOR CASINOS??! ARE YOU MAD??? :crazy:

Doug
08-11-2005, 09:27 PM
Paging Scott H, paging Scott H, please report to this thread.


Actually, I think we've talked about Vegas before. Try a search.

Evan_The_Dude
08-11-2005, 09:41 PM
If you can catch a show, I recommend "O" which plays at the Bellagio. It's performed by Cirque Du Soleil. It's basically a circus on water. Very interesting and entertaining and never a dull moment EVER. Some of the stunts they do are damn risky so you'll always be on edge!

It's a little pricey but well worth it believe me. They go on a dark date from Aug 22-30th which means when you get there you'll have 3 days to see them before they take a break. There's also the Blue Man Group too, but from everybody I know who's seen both, O is better by far!

http://bellagio.com/images/ent/O_theatre.jpg

Mr. Pink
08-11-2005, 10:41 PM
If you can catch a show, I recommend "O" which plays at the Bellagio. It's performed by Cirque Du Soleil. It's basically a circus on water. Very interesting and entertaining and never a dull moment EVER. Some of the stunts they do are damn risky so you'll always be on edge!

It's a little pricey but well worth it believe me. They go on a dark date from Aug 22-30th which means when you get there you'll have 3 days to see them before they take a break. There's also the Blue Man Group too, but from everybody I know who's seen both, O is better by far!

http://bellagio.com/images/ent/O_theatre.jpg


I was gonna recommend Cirque Du Soleil. I've seen them twice. Once at Disney World and once in Las Vegas. They are an awesome show to watch.

Also Blue Man Group is pretty fun to attend. I was lucky to get front row center tickets for it. The tickets were CHEAP! I remember it was like close 35 bucks for them.


I HIGHLY recommend watching the Bellagio Fountains that are in front of the Bellagio Hotel. I only got to watch them twice, because of the wind. These fountains are awesome and they play like ever 15 minutes or something like that.


One last thing, go through each hotel! All of them are freakin amazing and worth the trip of just looking at. There are a couple of malls to walk around to, as well. There are millions of the things to do in Vegas. In your hotel, there should be a spa and salon. GO TO IT!

SycamoreKen
08-11-2005, 11:30 PM
One last thing, go through each hotel! All of them are freakin amazing and worth the trip of just looking at. There are a couple of malls to walk around to, as well. There are millions of the things to do in Vegas. In your hotel, there should be a spa and salon. GO TO IT!

This is a must. We have gone 3 times and have seen all of the big hotels except Ceasers. Don't forget to spend a night downtown and see the Freemont Street Experience. The older, smaller casinos down there are old school and it is easy to get around. Just don't go past the small mall built at the opposite end of the Plaza. It can get scary down there. Visit the coffee shop in the Horseshoe next to the slots. The food is good and cheap. If Mel still works there he is a great guy to talk to. the Players Club offers cheap roulete and blackjack if you are cheap like me.

A trip to Hoover Dam is very neat too. We went on a tour which means we didn't have to drive. Have fun!

Oh yea, make sure you put money on teams to win the Super Bowl and NBA finals while you are there as well. One time I went i had the chance to play the field against Tiger Woods in a tournament at great odds and didn't do it. He ended up losing.

sweabs
08-11-2005, 11:52 PM
If you're walking down the "strip" with your new wife, and somebody claps their hands together and tries to hand you something, don't take it.

If you do take it, don't show the picture to your new wife.

If you do show the picture to your new wife, don't suggest to her to call the number to inquire about pricing and services.

Unless of course you're into that. In that case, nevermind.... :zip:

HAH!!!

Wow, that's funny...because that became such a big deal on my trip to Vegas. I was probably 17 at the time, and my younger brother would have been around 15 years old. Just think...a 15 year old boy being handed these cards on every corner. Needless to say, by the end of the week I think he had a stack of those cards numbering around 70-80. He brought them back home and showed them to his friends..."Hey, look what I got!"

Anyway, I really enjoyed my time in Vegas. I'm planning to go there with some friends once we've all turned 21.

My favourite part of the trip was our tour of the Grand Canyon. We booked a helicopter tour, and it was breathtaking. My first time on a helicopter as well...it was real exciting.

I also enjoyed the Blue Man Group performance. Those guys put on an awesome concert, and they really have a unique sound to them. I ended up buying a CD afterwards because I enjoyed things so much. Not only is the music great, but it's a real interactive concert that keeps you laughing and involved.

I also got to say that the rollercoaster ride on top of New York, New York is unbelievable. Being on top of that building is high enough...but travelling at high speeds, doing loopty-loops over the main strip at that height is just crazy! There is no way to describe the feeling. Yes, the coaster ride is expensive, but it is definitely the best one there (in my opinion). It's a long ride (near 5 minutes I believe), and just one of the most memorable rollercoasters (for me at least).

But to sum things up, I think you could have just plopped me in front of one of the many buffets for the week (preferably the Luxor buffet), and I would have been quite happy. My parents were thrilled with my brother and I for getting our money's worth at dinner time. I think we surprised the waitress/drink lady too!

You Americans sure know how to eat!!! :D

Mr. Pink
08-12-2005, 12:02 AM
Another cool thing about Las Vegas is that it is soooo easy to get beer.

For some reason everyone in Las Vegas thought I was atleast 23 years old. I was 17 when I went last year. I took advantage of that! I was a gamblin fool!

God, Vegas is soo much fun. I'm was 17 and had a blast. I'm scared to see what these basketballin fools are gonna do.

sweabs
08-12-2005, 12:09 AM
Another cool thing about Las Vegas is that it is soooo easy to get beer.

For some reason everyone in Las Vegas thought I was atleast 23 years old. I was 17 when I went last year. I took advantage of that! I was a gamblin fool!

God, Vegas is soo much fun. I'm was 17 and had a blast. I'm scared to see what these basketballin fools are gonna do.

Similar experience as well. I actually did a lot of gambling while I was there (on slots and video poker, mind you...stayed low key) - but I was only 17 at the time as well.

Oh, and this rather "scantly-dressed" woman came up to me while on the main strip making friendly chit-chat. Then, when she asked how old I was she replied "****...I thought you were at least 21-22?!"

Oh...I can't wait to get back to Vegas. :laugh:

Skaut_Ech
08-12-2005, 12:48 AM
Paging Scott H, paging Scott H, please report to this thread.


Actually, I think we've talked about Vegas before. Try a search.

Vegas?? Did someone say VEGAS!!?? :toomuch: :yay: :dance3:

I've been jonesing bad. This is the first year I haven't been in the past five years. I'm hoping to go for our anniversary in November.

SooOOOoo, dannyboy, hitting Vegas for essentially the first time, eh? I go several times a year, so if you have any questions, just post 'em, and/or send me a private message.

Let me start off with one thing for you to do that's a great couple's thing: See the fountains in front of Bellagio. Sacto is so right. Have you seen the recent Ocean's 11? At the end where they stand in front of fountains with this great music playing? That's it. Make sure you do it at night and stand right in front of the fountains, not right across the street. Corny as it sounds, it will move you.

Okay, that being said, one thing to do is make a little tour of the casinos. Just spend a day doing walkthroughs. Start at one location on the strip and kinda work your way up. (BTW, where are you staying?) Key hotels you simply must walk through: Venetian (walk through the canal shoppes, then take a gondola ride), Ceasar's (just take in evrything), Bellagio (You MUST go by the front lobby and see the botanical gardens. Every season they make these huge scenes made entirely of flowers.) are all close to each other and are higher end hotels. Take some time to stop and watch people play at the casinos. You'll see some big oney people playing. Now the other high end hotel I haven't seen yet, cause it was just built is the Wynn. It's nice to hit those places to see trour opulence. Then you can check out the other hotel/casinos.

You said you were down by Circus Circus? Don't do it again! :yuck: That area is getting pretty rundown and a couple of those casino/hotels are being eyed for demolition. The only reason I go down there is to visit "Slots O' Fun", which has ONE DOLLAR craps. It's a fun way to pass some time and it's great way to learn craps, if you don't know how to play.

Now continuing your tour, New York, New York has a casino and restaurants made to look like a New York city block. Nice place to walk through. Paris is another nice one to walk through, name explains it all.

I could go on forever about the different hotels, places to eat, places to party. And trust me, you'll spend more than one night at the casinos gambling. It'll just sorta happen. You'll see people having fun on your way somewhere, you'll buy in, then presto, you've been there for 2-3 hours. :green::fight:

Let me know what kind of music you like, food, etc, and I can give you some pointers on where to go. Some people only care about getting food cheap as possible, so places like the Rio seafood buffett or the Bellagio Buffet aren't a consideration. Some folks like rap, but not techno music, so clubs like ICE may not appeal to them. I don't know how old you are. but clubs like Rain, at the Palms, has an extremely young crowd.

Certain clubs play certain kinds of music and have different crowds and vibes, so if you can give me some direction on what kind of music/atmosphere, I can help ya out.

(Just as an FYI, I've stayed at MGM, Aladdin, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Casino Royale, Barbary Coast, the Palms, Mandalay Bay and the Venetian, if you want to know about the rooms and/or pools.)

Actually, if I have some time tommorow, I'll write you out a little list of my fav places and why.

Anthem
08-12-2005, 01:13 AM
Are you a nature lover? There's some cool stuff within striking distance. If you have a rental car, you should absolutely take a day and see Zion National Park (right up I-15). If you can't spare that kind of time, there's Red Rock National Park just 20-30 minutes off the Strip. It's got world-class rock climbing.

My favorite show is Blue Man Group. And Mystere is almost as good O, but it's a lot cheaper. I've always thought the Fremont Street Experience was overrated, but that's just me. And even if you don't want to spring for the (really expensive) tour, you should absolutely go to Hoover Dam just to look off the side.

Best way to do the South Strip in one evening is this: Park at Alladin, walk the Desert Passage, watch the Bellagio fountains from the street, walk to the other side of the fountains and watch again, see the conservatory in the Bellagio, walk through the Bellagio to the Ceasar's Palace, walk through the Forum Shops, walk through FAO Shwartz and get pictures taken on the horse, then get dessert at the Cheesecake Factory. You can do that whole route without running into porn pushers. The Venetian's cool as well, but it's surrounded by pushers unless you drive in the back and park there.

The Wynn just opened, and it's fabulous. There's a great ice cream shop where you can sit out under the waterfall and eat. They've also got an absolutely awesome art gallary in-house, and the Wynn Gallery is connected. Plus you can walk across the street to the Simon's best mall.

dannyboy
08-12-2005, 01:48 AM
Man, these are great suggestions! I'll try to get to as many as we can, although the Bunny Ranch may be a bit awkward. :laugh:

For our hotel accommodations, we ended up choosing the Statosphere over Imperial Palace, only because the package we chose offered a nonstop flight out of Houston, whereas the other package had a 3 hour lay over in Utah both ways. I'm not very picky about hotels but I don't care for sitting in airports.

Also, I have been informed about accepting things from people on the street. I tend to not accept stuff from strangers anyway; I guess that's just how I was raised. ;)

As far as spending lots of time in the casinos, I'm all for it. But my wife isn't really into gambling (which pretty much means I'm not really into gambling). I know she would go to the casino with me repeatedly if I asked her to, but each time she does will mean I have to go somewhere she really wants to go, such as a Celine Dion show. :shudder:

I do plan to put some money on several teams to win championships, namely the Pacers, Astros, Longhorns, and maybe on the Texans to make the playoffs, and hope for 1 out of 4. My wife will also probably want to put money the Rockets.

Btw, we are both in our mid 20s and we listen to pretty much any type of music, but mostly rap, r&b, and jazz.

Anthem
08-12-2005, 02:25 AM
As far as spending lots of time in the casinos, I'm all for it. But my wife isn't really into gambling (which pretty much means I'm not really into gambling). I know she would go to the casino with me repeatedly if I asked her to, but each time she does will mean I have to go somewhere she really wants to go, such as a Celine Dion show.

I gotta repeat... take a day and go see Zion National Park. Your hotel can give directions, but it's just straight up I-15. It's the coolest set of canyons in America. I like it better than the Grand Canyon.

I had forgotten it, but you can also do the North Rim of the Grand Canyon as a very easy day trip.

foretaz
08-12-2005, 07:08 AM
if ur staying at the stratosphere, make sure to eat dinner one evening at the Top of the World restaurant....its pretty spendy, but a great experience with great food....i would think the wife would really enjoy....its very , very romantic...

the rio has a nice show that they do of an evening in the casino...

make sure to visit the canal shops in the venetian....as well as the forum shops at caesars....the forum shops have a nice little short free show that is done regarding zeus, the gods, etc...

i, too, am not sure how u could go to vegas and only spend one nite gambling, but hey....im anxious to hear if u actually pull that off...let me know...;)

for sheer gambling, the mandalay is the best in my opinion....the high ceilings make for an incredible feel....they also have a fantastic sports book...though ive never been impressed with the overall attitude of those working at the mandalay....

for attitude, the venetian is tough to beat....ive always thought the bellagio is a bit overrated, though the fountains, as mentioned, are a must...the gambling environment isnt bad at the bellagio, but i prefer the mandalay....

im sure someone has mentioned the mirage as a great hotel to walk thru....im assuming they still have the white tigers....

the bellagio also has a scenic gardens thats worth a look...

make sure u check out the pool at the mandalay....hell, for that matter, make sure u check out most of the pools ;)

mandalay also has a cool aquarium show....

like some others, i could go on and on....and im much more into the gambling than most, but theres still so much to see, u cant help urself....

see if u can get a peak at one of the rooms at the venetian....once u see it....u wont stay anywhere else the next time..

Gyron
08-12-2005, 09:01 AM
I just got back from Vegas a in May. Spent a week out there for work.

One suggestion: TAKE VERY COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES. OH, and you might want to take a couple pair....you will walk ALOT in vegas. Everything looks so close, but its not as close as you think.


You will get lost in the casino's, they are just huge.

I stayed at Ceasar's in the new tower in one of the suites. VERY nice hotel. Definitely check out the venitian, bellagio, ceasaer's, MGM, hell see as many as you can.

Treasure Island has a neat little public show that lasts about 15 minutes outside in front of the hotel. I would recommend checking that out one night. When they shoot the fireworks off in front of the hotel at the end of the show, its an amazing visual.

Someone already mentioned it, but take in a few of the fountain shows at Bellagio. Each show is different, and done to different music. Also, there is a REALLY cool chocolate fountain in the back of the bellagio you should check out. Cool sight, especially for those chocolate craving women.....

Spend some time just walking around the Casino floors in like Ceasars, or Bellagio or Venitian, or at least one of the nicer casino's and watch some of the tables. Its interesting just to watch peoples behaviors around the tables.

Cheap way to get up and down the strip? Take the monorail. It runs from one end to the other and its only a couple bucks versus the cabs. The cabs will cost you around $10 or more depending on time of day and traffic to egt from one end to the other.

Here are some pictures I took while out there.

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gyronspynmite/album?.dir=2971&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gyronspynmite/my_photos

The one thing I didn't get to do because I ran out of time(I was out there for work) was get down to the old strip and see all the lights and such down there.

I can't wait to go back!

Mr. Pink
08-12-2005, 10:10 AM
I also forgot to mention that there is a McDonald's in front of the Marage Hotel!

Very worth the money and time! :)

Mr. Pink
08-12-2005, 10:11 AM
One thing that I noticed from Gyron's pics is that the Bellagio Fountains always produce just great pictures. I took a couple with my cell phone and they turned out absolutely beautiful! If I knew how to post pictures, I would put them on here.

Kegboy
08-12-2005, 03:13 PM
One thing. Make sure you've got a good pair of walking shoes. Last time I went I had new shoes that weren't broken in, and the first night I got a major blister that I struggled with all week.

grace
08-12-2005, 03:17 PM
As far as spending lots of time in the casinos, I'm all for it. But my wife isn't really into gambling (which pretty much means I'm not really into gambling). I know she would go to the casino with me repeatedly if I asked her to, but each time she does will mean I have to go somewhere she really wants to go, such as a Celine Dion show. :shudder:

You're going to have to bite the bullet and do at least one thing she wants. After that just tell her if she wins enough money for the tickets then you can go.

foretaz
08-12-2005, 03:40 PM
This time next week, my wife and I should be arriving in Las Vegas for our belated honeymoon and we have absolutely no plans. She has never been and I've only been once on a one day trip with my parents when I was about 11 during our Los Angeles vacation, and all I remember is the huge Circus Circus arcade.

I was wondering if anyone that is familiar with Vegas has any suggestions on what to see or do, and what popular stuff that may be overrated and not worth the time. I plan to dedicate only one evening to the casino(s) and I'll probably end up cutting that short if I'm not up five-hundy by midnight. Every other day/night until our return the following Monday is wide open.

I figure we'll stumble into plenty to do, but any help is appreciated.

one other thing....if u go up 500 the first nite...

quit...

dont gamble anymore....of course im assuming ur not gonna be gambling around 100 a hand/roll etc....

if u dont quit....u will lose it all and then some....that i promise u...

in fact....id bet u ...;) ;)

Doug
08-12-2005, 04:08 PM
You can also find some laid back table games that are just as relaxing as sitting in a bar, except with free drinks.

My wife were in Tahoe skiing a while ago and found a 50 cent roulette table. You lose your money slow enough that you can sit and gamble and enjoy the free beer.

dannyboy
08-12-2005, 04:55 PM
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gyronspynmite/album?.dir=2971&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gyronspynmite/my_photos
Very nice photos. I hope to get some similar shots myself.

Going to see the canyons sounds pretty cool, too.

As far as being up 500 the 1st night, I was just throwing in a "Swingers" quote. I do, or I did have a good streak of going to casinos without losing money. I have been to several casinos through out Louisiana and one in some hotel in LA, and have won money almost everytime, breakin even a couple of times. I have developed a system that seems to work. The only casino that got the best of me was on a cruise ship last year. I'll found out soon enough if I'm ready for the big time.

If I did happen to win big the first night, I certainly would not want to press my luck.

foretaz
08-13-2005, 12:26 AM
Very nice photos. I hope to get some similar shots myself.

Going to see the canyons sounds pretty cool, too.

As far as being up 500 the 1st night, I was just throwing in a "Swingers" quote. I do, or I did have a good streak of going to casinos without losing money. I have been to several casinos through out Louisiana and one in some hotel in LA, and have won money almost everytime, breakin even a couple of times. I have developed a system that seems to work. The only casino that got the best of me was on a cruise ship last year. I'll found out soon enough if I'm ready for the big time.

If I did happen to win big the first night, I certainly would not want to press my luck.

just remember.....they build all those incredible hotels u will see off of people who say the exact same thing....;) ;) people who think they re smarter than most....people who think theyve found a way to beat the system.....

people win for one reason....luck....but the mistake they make is thinking that its something theyre doing.....and then luck changes and then they lose....but they feel like the system is a good one....so they keep on figuring its only a matter of time till they win.....and they just lose some more....;) ;)

trust me....take it from those of us who have been there countless of times....and had systems we thought worked....there is an evolution that a gambler goes thru....having a system that works is early on in that evolution....enjoy it for the thrill and rush....if u think u have a system that works, u ultimately will be very disappointed.....ur best chance is to get lucky in the beginning, and then quit....but rarely do people do that....and therefore, rarely do people win....;) ;)

Evan_The_Dude
08-13-2005, 01:28 AM
Ahh the Stratosphere...

It's toward the end (opposite the airport) of the strip. If you plan on doing the hotel to hotel thingy DON'T WALK from the Stratosphere to them! Take the trolley or bus down to Treasure Island and then walk your way down from there. The distance that everything SEEMS to be from the Stratosphere is a complete illusion. Everything might look close but the walk -- especially in the hot weather is a veeeerrrry long walk!

I was 21 when I last went 3 years ago and was in great shape as was my girlfriend. We stayed at Luxur which is the first hotel on the strip (the pyramid) and one NIGHT we decided we were going to walk all the way to Stratosphere and ride the coaster at the top. By the time we made it there it was 12:30am and we had been walking for an hour and a half sweating, backs hurting, feet hurting, and the coaster was closed. It seemed like we walked from Luxur to Treasure Island 3 times nonstop. Coming back, we took the trolley. There was no way in hell we were walking all the way back.

So like I said, don't fall for the "everything looks close" illusion! Also, don't think it's going to get cooler at night either. The only difference between night and day there is the lack of sunlight at night. The temperature stays virtually the same.

dannyboy
08-14-2005, 03:55 PM
ur best chance is to get lucky in the beginning, and then quit....

That's my system, in a nutshell, which would require me limiting my time in the casinos, i.e. dedicating one evening to casinos and then staying away.

Really, its just a matter of me coming up with a dollar amount that I'm comfortable with losing before hand, then rationalizing it by saying its just the cost of entertainment. Most times I have been lucky early and quit while I was ahead and on a roll, but I do have doubts about how things will go in Vegas.

dannyboy
08-27-2005, 05:21 PM
That is one hell of a place to visit.

First, thank you to everyone that shared his or her thoughts and experiences with me. They really came in handy out there. I wish we could have got to everything but there just wasn’t enough time in the day(s). Hopefully, we can rent a car on our next trip and see the canyons, Hoover Dam, and everything else that requires driving.

We at least walked through just about every hotel and casino on Las Vegas Blvd. The Stratosphere was pretty nice, no real complaints. The Top of the World restaurant was a very cool experience, as was watching people ride those thrill rides up there that I would personally never set foot on. Freemont Street was pretty cool, too. And A+ for the Luxor buffet. The Bellagio fountains were definitely worth stopping for whenever we were in the vicinity. And if you haven’t seen the Wynn, you will be impressed, from the fountain/waterfall, to the endless casino, to the Ferrari gallery, to the shops, and so on (these are toward the front, we never made it to the back). And the buffet is simply ridiculous.

Since by the time we called there were only individual seats for “O” and we wanted to sit together, we saw “Mystere”, which was outstanding. I was just as impressed with the live musicians and vocalists as I was with the physical performances. Excellent show.

My mother went to Vegas a few weeks before me and saw Gladys Knight and bought us tickets and insisted that we go. I thought Gladys was wonderful, didn’t take a single break for an hour and 40 minutes. I don’t know how old she is, but she can still bring it.

A little advice: if you don’t know somebody that can get you on a list, DO NOT attempt to get in Pure on a Friday or Saturday. You could lose your life.

And my feet say thank you all for the warnings about the absurd amount of walking that would take place and the need for proper footwear. Monorail pass >>>> Bus pass, as you simply sit (or stand when crowded) in traffic on the bus as pedestrians pass you by.

As far as gambling, I quickly discovered that one night in the casino was just not feasible. I gambled in about half of the casinos that we went to and my wife gambled in about half that many. She did better than me, although we both pretty much broke even. We actually came out ahead by something like $50 or $60. I sat at a game of Texas Hold Em and quickly turned $30 into $90 before finally getting up with about $40. At the Stratosphere, there is a Blackjack dealer named Milton that was doing his thing. I was able to sit at his table twice, and I stacked chips both times.

At the end of the trip, we came to the conclusion that it is pretty much mandatory that we go back in the near future.

Once again, much gratitude for all of the replies.

Mr. Pink
08-27-2005, 06:01 PM
Glad to hear that you had a good trip! Welcome back!

Anthem
08-27-2005, 11:52 PM
A little advice: if you don’t know somebody that can get you on a list, DO NOT attempt to get in Pure on a Friday or Saturday. You could lose your life.

I think there's a story here we need to hear.

Kegboy
08-28-2005, 12:07 AM
I miss Vegas. :(

Mr. Pink
08-28-2005, 04:18 AM
I miss Vegas. :(


I hear ya on that.

dannyboy
08-28-2005, 05:22 PM
I think there's a story here we need to hear.
I exaggerated a little bit. It was just a level of pandemonium that we were not familiar with. Out here, in Houston and Austin, as long as you show up at the club with money and you don’t look like you just murdered your parents, you will get in and have a good time. We had never been to a place were you get there and hope you get to the door and get picked.

Anyway, it doesn’t seem as bad now as it did at the time, but here it is:

We walked past Caesars at midnight on Friday and saw this very long line of people stretching outside the casino next to a wall that said PURE. I said that’s the club we’ve been hearing about and maybe we could try to go on Saturday. She said cool, although I warned about the chances of getting in being slim. We were seeing Gladys Knight right across the street at the Flamingo at 7:30 and we would go straight from there to get in line a little after 9:00.

The place opens at 10:00 and we get there at about 9:15 and the line is already out the door. We jump in line and decide to stand there until we got tired of waiting. Eventually, we make it inside the casino and I suggest we take turns gambling or something instead of just standing there looking at each other. She eventually goes first and later returns. When my turn came, I didn’t feel like gambling, I just wanted to walk around some after standing still so long. Well, I walked and walked though and ocean of people and somehow ended up standing right in front of the club entrance face to face with the bouncers (still don’t know how I did it).

I called my wife and told her to try to get to where I was. I had to describe things on the ceiling since, with her being an even 5 ft tall, we wouldn’t be able to see each other. While waiting for her, I watched people that weren’t on the list get in by handing the bouncers literally hundreds of dollars. Every couple of minutes the people in the back would push forward, prompting the bouncers to push back, which meant pushing me. I am talking about several hundred people. It felt like I was in the scene from Star Wars were the walls are closing in.

My wife, who at this point is not too happy with me for leaving her, finally makes it to me (she has her own unpleasant version of a story similar to mine involving pushing, shoving, and nearly being trampled) and we immediately ask the bouncer to help us get to the exit. Just before we made it to the exit (and eventually to freedom on the main strip), the bouncer says to another guy “I hate Saturday night”.