Decided to scratch the Vegas itch for a solo trip after a year+ absence. Was thinking of the strip, but wow I just can't justify the weekend prices! Going July 24-27 and the Nugget turned out to be the best price: $200 + resort fees for 3 nights in the Carson Tower. I don't mind the Carson Tower - unless you have mobility issues, the whole "long walk to your room" thing is overblown. After all the drink and food, a nice walk is good. I wanted a nice pool for my summer visit and don't mind the size and crowds of the GN pool. It has a nice energy and anyways I'll probably spend more time in the water to stay cool. Of course I'll also be happy downtown since I like to play craps and BJ not not at strip minimums. Also not so sure I can relate to the strip crowd anymore. I'm turning 42 and not much into the club scene. With that said, a few questions/notes: Thinking of doing the Hideout for a day, do they completely restricts entry unless you pay for a lounger? I'm ok with doing this for a day. How is Gold Diggers? By downtown standards, does it get a decent crowd? I'm also thinking of checking out the Fremont East bars - do any specialize in indie/alternative music? The distinctive dining menu at Vick and Anthony's sounds like a win! It's on my list. Does anyplace still offer beginning poker classes? It's still on my bucket list to play for "real" at a casino but not so sure about just jumping into a game. Looking forward to downtown again!