The Hidden Gems of Vegas

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January 16th, 2010 at 9:57:54 AM permalink
Croupier
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Any Vegas locals out there know of any hidden gems that are generally not know to tourists?

I will be returning to Vegas in June and I am looking for things to do that dont involve the normal tourist repertoire.

Any suggestions?
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January 16th, 2010 at 10:02:07 AM permalink
gambler
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Maybe you can get a little more specific. Are you looking for local hangouts, bars, places to eat, attractions, entertainment, best strip clubs?
January 16th, 2010 at 10:04:47 AM permalink
Croupier
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Anything and everything you just mentioned. I will be there for 2 weeks so am looking for things to do to fill the time.

It could be anything from your favourite restaurant to your favourite cocktail waitress outfits at a local casino. Just anythin that might be worth a visit while I am there.
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January 16th, 2010 at 1:19:19 PM permalink
teddys
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The Pinball Museum: they have a ton of old pinball machines that you can play for a quarter or whatever. It used to be on Tropicana east of the strip but I heard they were moving so not sure where they are now.
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Springs Preserve is pretty nice, as is Red Rock Canyon/Valley of Fire if you don't mind driving a ways.
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For restaurants I like to try the Asian places on Spring Mountain west of the strip. The Whale Island (Korean) is very good, as is Tofu Hut.
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I also like to visit a new casino each time I go to LV, not really for the gambling but just because I like going to casinos. Last time I visited the Klondike Sunset which is really interesting if you want to see a true low-roller's joint. The Rampart in Summerlin is also quite nice as is Red Rock Resort. The Skyline on Boulder Hwy. is an all coin-dropper joint which makes it kind of a museum in itself!
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The Rio would have to have my favorite cocktail waitress outfits. Nothing I've seen really comes close. My friend's and mine's jaws literally hit the floor when we first saw them.
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January 16th, 2010 at 1:26:27 PM permalink
pacomartin
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If you haven't tried it before take a shot at ethiopian cuisine . The community is getting bigger in Las Vegas. You eat with your hands with a very unusual bread called injera that is quite different from any kind of arabic or European bread.

Kitfo is a raw meat dish which is wonderful. It the idea of raw meat scares you then try tibs. Also consider a coffee ceremony . Just remember to eat with only your right hand. It is extremely offensive to eat with both hands, it is a behavior that they share that with arab culture.
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January 16th, 2010 at 8:09:02 PM permalink
DJTeddyBear
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The Neon Museum

Very cool stuff.

It's actually a junkyard, filled with retired casino signs.

They conduct small tours a couple times a week, relatively cheap. Reservations required.
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January 16th, 2010 at 9:28:24 PM permalink
inap
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i'm not a local, but my vote for cocktail servers and their outfits has got to be at the south point. pleasure pit at planet hollywood is nice too. and some of the dealertainers at imperial palace are fun.

i also try to visit at least one new casino and eating place every visit. i usually find something exceptionally good or unique at different buffets, but thats a personal thing. i like the beef ribs at the orleans buffet, and the cheese cake and fried garlic at the silverton buffet for example. lotus of siam is very good it you like thai food. going to try ellis island next trip. the list goes on.
January 16th, 2010 at 9:37:58 PM permalink
Croupier
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Ill will be making my way around most of the casinos in Vegas while I'm there, thanks to having invested in the 2010 American Casino Guide and its glorious coupons.

We probably wont be renting a car as I dont drive and I dont think my wife would be comfortable driving on the wrong side of the road :P.

Most places we visit will have to be within reasonable taxi ride distance for us to visit.

THanks for all your suggestions so far, keep them coming.
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January 16th, 2010 at 9:57:22 PM permalink
MrPapagiorgio
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Quote: Croupier
Ill will be making my way around most of the casinos in Vegas while I'm there, thanks to having invested in the 2010 American Casino Guide and its glorious coupons.

We probably wont be renting a car as I dont drive and I dont think my wife would be comfortable driving on the wrong side of the road :P.

Most places we visit will have to be within reasonable taxi ride distance for us to visit.

THanks for all your suggestions so far, keep them coming.


Love the Ahi Tuna Pizza from the M Casino (At the south end of Las Vegas Blvd) in their Veloce restaurant.
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January 16th, 2010 at 10:18:33 PM permalink
inap
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i always rent a car which makes it easier to get around, but depending on where your staying there are shuttles to many places. i would rent a car for one of the two weeks, (weekly rates are way cheaper than daily rates, i got one week and a day for less than four days rent for example), then visit off the strip for a week. you don't want to be driving around the strip anyway. then stay around the strip and walk or use shuttles for the other week. planning is very important to not waste any valuable vacation time. vegas has so much to see and do, we never get to do everything we hope to do no matter how much we plan our trip.
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