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LetsTalkPacers
05-30-2012, 02:02 PM
Looks like me and my wife are going to be in Las Vegas July 16th thru the 21st. Anybody got any reccomendations/tips?

We have gone once for our honeymoon, but didnt have a lot of money to spend. This time Im not concerned about money as much. Just want to have a blast.

Peck
05-30-2012, 09:17 PM
I leave Saturday for one week in Vegas. This is my first trip ever there so I'm looking forward to having a good time.

We have a show planned for every day we are there.

travmil
05-30-2012, 10:51 PM
We just went in February and stayed at The Stratosphere which is at the far north end of the strip. We liked the restaurant at the top, but truthfully, that's the only reason to stay there. Their casino isn't anything special and the location makes it pretty difficult to walk to the rest of the strip. I would much rather have stayed at a place near the center of the strip like Caesars or The Venetian. But, my wife won the trip so it's hard to complain. Shopping is pretty nice. The shops at the Venetian and Caesars are pretty high end, and you'll be supporting YOUR Indiana Pacers if you purchase anything there since they are owned by Simon. One of the strange thing I noticed was that people for some reason now bring kids to Vegas like it's Disney World. I couldn't for the life of me fathom people wedging their strollers between me and my view of the Bellagio fountains at 1:15 in the morning.

We saw two shows while we were there, Frankie Moreno at the Stratospehere. Kind of a lounge singer act. I wasn't impressed. We also saw Blue Man Group which was EXTREMELY good.

Suaveness
05-31-2012, 12:12 AM
Go to as many shows as possible? They're all very good. We saw Ka and Phantom of the Opera, both excellent

graphic-er
05-31-2012, 12:31 AM
I'd heard that a visit to the Cosmopolitan is a must. They have a chandelier bar that is like a bar/lounge that is inside a giant glass chandelier in the main lobby area. Along with a bunch of other visual goodies and hotties.

Atleast this is where I am going when I get out to Vegas again.

Peck
05-31-2012, 03:56 AM
I'd heard that a visit to the Cosmopolitan is a must. They have a chandelier bar that is like a bar/lounge that is inside a giant glass chandelier in the main lobby area. Along with a bunch of other visual goodies and hotties.

Atleast this is where I am going when I get out to Vegas again.

Is that a hotel or club?

We are staying at the Paris, I don't know if it is any good or not yet but I'll let you guys know.

Also I did not know Simons owned those hotels, that's cool although don't tell this to BillS because it will only further his paranoia about the Las Vegas Pacers. ;)

travmil
05-31-2012, 07:59 AM
No the Simons own the shopping centers connected to the hotels.

graphic-er
05-31-2012, 09:26 AM
Is that a hotel or club?

We are staying at the Paris, I don't know if it is any good or not yet but I'll let you guys know.

Also I did not know Simons owned those hotels, that's cool although don't tell this to BillS because it will only further his paranoia about the Las Vegas Pacers. ;)

Its a hotel/casino. Attached to the new City Center. Only been open for a year now. I heard the whole chandelier thing is like something thats never been done before, and certainly only one of its kind in Vegas.

http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Kegboy
05-31-2012, 03:27 PM
I'm going in a couple weeks, been 4 years I think. Interested in seeing the City Center, and hopefully I'll make it downtown this trip.

As always, the most important advice for anyone going for the first time:

Take comfortable shoes.

LetsTalkPacers
05-31-2012, 03:54 PM
I'm going in a couple weeks, been 4 years I think. Interested in seeing the City Center, and hopefully I'll make it downtown this trip.

As always, the most important advice for anyone going for the first time:

Take comfortable shoes.

This is our first time back in 3 years. They were building the city center when we were there. Lookiing forward to seeing that, and making it to downtown also.
I think we might spend a day to go see the Grand Canyon

Mr.ThunderMakeR
06-01-2012, 06:23 PM
I would actually recommend not trying to walk the whole strip. People always do this and it ends up being a waste of a trip. I know I've done it once or twice. You can literally spend all night just walking everywhere. Its much more fun (and less painful!) to pick 2-3 casinos in close proximity and spend all your time there.

travmil
06-01-2012, 06:50 PM
Also now that the Sahara is closed for renovation there is a LOOOOOONG stretch between Circus Circus and the Stratosphere where there is NOTHING on either side of the strip.

CableKC
06-01-2012, 08:06 PM
Is that a hotel or club?

We are staying at the Paris, I don't know if it is any good or not yet but I'll let you guys know.

Also I did not know Simons owned those hotels, that's cool although don't tell this to BillS because it will only further his paranoia about the Las Vegas Pacers. ;)
The Cosmo is one of the newer High end Hotel and Casino.

When you are at the Paris Hotel, try the Le Village Buffet....it's one of the better "not super expensive" buffets that has a french theme. It's really nice and my "last brunch buffet" before I fly out tradition.

CableKC
06-01-2012, 08:23 PM
Looks like me and my wife are going to be in Las Vegas July 16th thru the 21st. Anybody got any reccomendations/tips?

We have gone once for our honeymoon, but didnt have a lot of money to spend. This time Im not concerned about money as much. Just want to have a blast.
My suggestions ( not in any particular order ):

High End "Expensive" Buffets ( $35 to $40 a person ) - Wynn Buffet, Wicked Spoon ( at the Cosmopolitan Hotel )
Moderate Priced Buffets - La Village Buffet ( Paris Hotel ), Mirage Buffet, Village Seafood Buffet ( if you are into Seafood at the Rio Hotel ), Carnival Buffet ( at Rio Hotel )
Poker Room - Caesar's Palace, MGM Grand, Mirage, Bellagio
Show - Ka ( at MGM ), Penn & Teller ( at Rio Hotel )

I know that the "higher end / expensive Buffets" seem like A LOT for a buffet....but I'd suggest that you try AT LEAST one of them as they are a clear step above the regular buffet faire. If you want to try something different....the "Wicked Spoon" is a newer buffet that I went to last time that didn't disappoint. It's not wierd food or anything....the presentation and variety was really nice and different.

Go to the Venetian and walk around along the inside Canal. There are nice stores and restaurants to see....but mainly it's to walk around along the canal. Also....go see the water show in front of the Bellagio...I think it runs once every 45 minutes or hour.

I am sure that there are more....but I can't think of anything else for now.

CableKC
06-01-2012, 08:25 PM
I leave Saturday for one week in Vegas. This is my first trip ever there so I'm looking forward to having a good time.

We have a show planned for every day we are there.
Make sure that you go see Ka . That is my favorite Cirque Du Soleil Vegas show...only because it actually has a story that you can follow...and it's really cool.

CableKC
06-01-2012, 08:26 PM
I'm going in a couple weeks, been 4 years I think. Interested in seeing the City Center, and hopefully I'll make it downtown this trip.

As always, the most important advice for anyone going for the first time:

Take comfortable shoes.
City Center is nice....but IMHO....it's more of a REALLY high-end shopping mall. My wife LOVES to shop....but even she doesn't really shop there since everything there is SOOO EXPENSIVE.

CableKC
06-01-2012, 08:30 PM
I would actually recommend not trying to walk the whole strip. People always do this and it ends up being a waste of a trip. I know I've done it once or twice. You can literally spend all night just walking everywhere. Its much more fun (and less painful!) to pick 2-3 casinos in close proximity and spend all your time there.
Given that it's over 100+ degrees there now.....I wouldn't walk the length of the strip ( NY NY to the Wynn ) unless you want to get completely dehydrated, tired and lose a lot of water weight.

I find that it's best to take the LV Monorail from one end of the strip to another...or take one halfway and then get out and walk. It's not super-expensive...but I'd rather spend a few bucks than get a mild case of sun-stroke.

kielbeze
06-02-2012, 10:16 AM
Peck I think you need to find a good hiding place, hide a pacers trinket there and then give the location to letstalkpacers and see if it is there when he goes back. This could become a PD tradition. kind of like a geocache.

LetsTalkPacers
06-02-2012, 01:52 PM
Make sure that you go see Ka . That is my favorite Cirque Du Soleil Vegas show...only because it actually has a story that you can follow...and it's really cool.
We are going to watch Ka. Last time we missed out but did go see Blue Man.

LetsTalkPacers
06-02-2012, 02:12 PM
Peck I think you need to find a good hiding place, hide a pacers trinket there and then give the location to letstalkpacers and see if it is there when he goes back. This could become a PD tradition. kind of like a geocache.
Like a Pacers poker chip (http://i.ebayimg.com/02/%21BSy9yQQ%212k%7E$%28KGrHgoH-EEEjlLlyOEvBKFBiCcCLQ%7E%7E_35.JPG)

CableKC
06-02-2012, 09:42 PM
We are going to watch Ka. Last time we missed out but did go see Blue Man.
Don't go to the MGM Buffet if you want to eat before....it sucks. There are many nice restaurants at the MGM....from the Coffee Shop that is halfway decent to higher end restaurants along the pricing of Mo's or Izzy's.

Skaut_Ech
06-04-2012, 10:33 AM
Just got back from Vegas Friday. If anyone has any questions, I can tell you just about anything about the place after over 25 trips. :-o

Cable had some excellent suggestions. To dovetail onto some stuff he said, absolutely try a "high end" buffet. Yeah, it's pricier, but the reason I love them is that you get to sample a lot of stuff you may not come across on your own, or REALLY pay through the nose to try at a sit down restaurant. Frex, I had lamb risotto, spicy five cheese mac and cheese with jalapeno shrimp, a variety of gelatos and red velvet pancakes, all in one sitting. Try ordering that stuff individually at a sitdown restaurant and see what you pay. :surprised The thing about the high end buffets is they tend to put unique, gourmet spins on standard fare. It's worth experiencing at least once. I flip-flop each trip on which I consider number one between Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan and the Wynn buffet.

I think the Bellagio fountains are a MUST see. Especially at night. And especially if you've seen Ocean's 11. I've gone on guy trips and actually had some of my guy friends get a little emotional at the beauty of it. You can't stand and chat during it. Catch a good, slower song and just absorb. I literally take time every single trip to see them.

I also take time to check out the conservatory in Bellagio. It's made with all fresh flowers. Make sure you check out the blown glass flowers on the ceiling in the lobby as you walk to the conservatory.

And I will also throw out there, there is no reason to step foot in Imperial Palace or Treasure Island. Boring casinos and no real attractions to see. And it's a ways down there, but if you get a chance, you must see the Wynn casino area. Really beautiful.

graphic-er
06-04-2012, 10:48 AM
And I will also throw out there, there is no reason to step foot in Imperial Palace or Treasure Island. Boring casinos and no real attractions to see. And it's a ways down there, but if you get a chance, you must see the Wynn casino area. Really beautiful.

Spot on about the Wynn Casino area. My first trip inside the Wynn was the first time I ever thought I just plain didn't belong in there. So high-end, felt like I should be wearing a 3 piece suit.

CableKC
06-07-2012, 04:11 PM
Cable had some excellent suggestions. To dovetail onto some stuff he said, absolutely try a "high end" buffet. Yeah, it's pricier, but the reason I love them is that you get to sample a lot of stuff you may not come across on your own, or REALLY pay through the nose to try at a sit down restaurant. Frex, I had lamb risotto, spicy five cheese mac and cheese with jalapeno shrimp, a variety of gelatos and red velvet pancakes, all in one sitting. Try ordering that stuff individually at a sitdown restaurant and see what you pay. :surprised The thing about the high end buffets is they tend to put unique, gourmet spins on standard fare. It's worth experiencing at least once. I flip-flop each trip on which I consider number one between Wicked Spoon at the Cosmopolitan and the Wynn buffet.
Just be prepared to pay $40 to $50 for a single person for the buffet. Again...before you say that it is WAY TOO MUCH.....just mark this off as a "I am in Vegas, I want to try something different that I will never try in Indy" bucket list item. These High-End Buffets are 10x better than the ones that you will experience in Indy. At the very least, you have a story that you can tell your friends that you had a $40 buffet ;) . But seriously, I am a foodie and the type that likes to try different type of dining experiences....and whenever I go to Vegas.....going to one of these Buffets is on my "to do" lists.


I think the Bellagio fountains are a MUST see. Especially at night. And especially if you've seen Ocean's 11. I've gone on guy trips and actually had some of my guy friends get a little emotional at the beauty of it. You can't stand and chat during it. Catch a good, slower song and just absorb. I literally take time every single trip to see them.

I also take time to check out the conservatory in Bellagio. It's made with all fresh flowers. Make sure you check out the blown glass flowers on the ceiling in the lobby as you walk to the conservatory.

And I will also throw out there, there is no reason to step foot in Imperial Palace or Treasure Island. Boring casinos and no real attractions to see. And it's a ways down there, but if you get a chance, you must see the Wynn casino area. Really beautiful.
Yeah....if you just want to go walk around and take a look at different things that you don't usually see....then going to the Bellagio, Wynn and Venetian won't disappoint.

Also....if any of you have a Wife that loves chocolate...go here:

http://www.bellagio.com/restaurants/jean-philippe.aspx

http://www.jpchocolates.com/

It's at the Bellagio. When you are walking off your dinner....go look for this place...it's behind the Conservatory at the Bellagio. It's a nice after-dinner dessert place to go get coffee and have some chocolates....it has great dessert menu and a famous Chocolate fountain display.

CableKC
06-07-2012, 04:15 PM
Spot on about the Wynn Casino area. My first trip inside the Wynn was the first time I ever thought I just plain didn't belong in there. So high-end, felt like I should be wearing a 3 piece suit.
That's the thing about Vegas....unless you are going to one of those 5-star dinner restaurants.....you can wander in with shorts and they won't likely complain.

btowncolt
06-07-2012, 04:57 PM
Bring money.

If you see Etti dealing blackjack at the Monte Carlo, sit down and play. I've never lost money with her dealing.

Kegboy
06-16-2012, 06:50 AM
hopefully I'll make it downtown this trip.

Probably should have posted in Peck's new thread instead of bumping this, but I didn't want to tread on him.

Just got back from downtown, and without question, The D (formerly Fitzgeralds) is officially my favorite casino ever.

Here's why:

http://www.thed.com/casino/dancing-dealers/

As my friend said, "I feel like an idiot for wasting all that money at the strip club."

I'm too tired to accurately portray just how awesome this is, but I predict you're going to see copycats very, very soon.

CableKC
06-16-2012, 09:58 AM
Not that I am complaining...but they have these types of Hot Babes dealing you cards in tight shorts and bikinis at many of the casinos on the strip.

Peck
06-16-2012, 12:28 PM
Probably should have posted in Peck's new thread instead of bumping this, but I didn't want to tread on him.

Just got back from downtown, and without question, The D (formerly Fitzgeralds) is officially my favorite casino ever.

Here's why:

http://www.thed.com/casino/dancing-dealers/

As my friend said, "I feel like an idiot for wasting all that money at the strip club."

I'm too tired to accurately portray just how awesome this is, but I predict you're going to see copycats very, very soon.

The D is where we went to for our Murder Mystery Dinner (good show with lot's of crowd interaction and they have now incorperated facebook into the game so that added a lot). The one thing I liked about it was that they had a $5 table even in the evening for craps.

Are you in Vegas now?

Kegboy
06-16-2012, 08:03 PM
Are you in Vegas now?

Yep. Resting up for tonight.

And Cable, yes there are plenty of places where there are girls dealing. The difference is the girls rotate between dealing and continuous go-go dancing between the tables. I don't know how to put into words how infectious the energy is. Everybody is singing and dancing, even the cashiers, it's crazy. All that at a $5 table. I have never had nearly that much fun gambling, ever.

grace
06-16-2012, 10:07 PM
I don't know how to put into words how infectious the energy is.

I'm sure the energy isn't the only thing that's infected. :coodies:

Peck
06-16-2012, 11:18 PM
Yep. Resting up for tonight.

And Cable, yes there are plenty of places where there are girls dealing. The difference is the girls rotate between dealing and continuous go-go dancing between the tables. I don't know how to put into words how infectious the energy is. Everybody is singing and dancing, even the cashiers, it's crazy. All that at a $5 table. I have never had nearly that much fun gambling, ever.

Well.....

How about some updates on activities and locations visited? Feel free to jump in on mine or start your own.

I want details dammit cause I'm living through you right now.

CableKC
06-18-2012, 05:46 AM
kegboy, damn..I should have read your post better....I am in vegas now....it would have been nice to meet u. I'm leaving tomorrow though :(

CableKC
06-18-2012, 05:54 AM
Yep. Resting up for tonight.

And Cable, yes there are plenty of places where there are girls dealing. The difference is the girls rotate between dealing and continuous go-go dancing between the tables. I don't know how to put into words how infectious the energy is. Everybody is singing and dancing, even the cashiers, it's crazy. All that at a $5 table. I have never had nearly that much fun gambling, ever.
Note to self...next time when I am in Vegas...stop by the D. ;)