Filament bar at the Fremont: This is a really beautifully done space IMO, with mahogany, real pewter on the bar, and great TVs. Much bigger than I expected it to be. Yeah, I know about the rough VP pay tables, but for me it's not a big deal and worth it for the nice environment. Just not a good place to sit for a marathon VP session. I was there on Sunday night when it was pretty slow...the bartender mentioned that they are thinking the place could be popular for NFL Sundays once the season starts due to the sweet TVs. And the security guard I chatted with that morning, before it was open (yes, they are actively guarding it due to the nice fittings) told me that the primary reason for installing an inside bar, as opposed to the trend of outside bars under the canopy, is that management speculates that the outside bars do nothing to draw players into the casino. So they are hoping it starts to get noticed from the outside, and/or gets enough of a reputation to get some momentum rolling. Benny's BBQ @ Binion's: Truly good quality bbq (I had the brisket) hidden at the back of the joint, and I was one of three total patrons at the time (Monday night). The experience could easily have been better if they didn't use ultra-ultra-chintzy plates & silverware, and if the bartender had even the slightest clue about any of the microbrews on tap. I would eat there again in a heartbeat if they manage to keep it open. Does anyone but me think that funky chandelier-ish thing over the bar towards the front of Binion's is pretty flippin' cool?? I'm starting to like the feel of the Downtown Grand casino...very nice, but without the somewhat-snooty vibe going on in the Nugget. Plus they had a quarter VP progressive up over $1650 on the bartops when I was there...I've never seen one that high before. Woulda been a nice place to hit my first-ever royal for sure. Witnessed a couple bartenders at 4Q do a nice job handing the situation of an extremely drunk girl sitting at one of the bartops very late one evening. Kudos to them. I stayed at GN in the Rush Tower. It was pretty good, with some minor disappointments -- the main one being that I was shocked at the small number of power outlets for almost-new construction -- but for just me, I probably wouldn't pay extra again for that particular tower. Especially since they sometimes didn't bother to staff the dedicated check-in desk...strange. It might be time to try staying at the DG next time. Oh yeah...since no downtown thread would be complete without a comment about this -- the Plaza scent is still over the top. Fingers crossed that they make good on their promise to fix that! And one non-downtown comment. Checked out the SLS for a little while during my one foray to the strip...really cool looking casino. Could be a fun place to play if they ever get a bit of a crowd in there. I still kinda miss the funky old Sahara, though.