Ms. Gecko and I aren't criticizing (so please don't flame us), but we're bewildered by all the posts about stopping for booze on the way from the airport to the hotel, and so much concern over locating the closest liquor stores and best prices. Now, we know gambling is down overall, but do people really go to Vegas primarily to drink or don't they gamble enough to get more than enough? Many casinos have super cheap beers, margaritas, etc., and even the most minimal play just about anywhere will still get you free ones. In fact, we would think liquor stores would have a tough time surviving the competition, but apparently not. I can't remember how long it's been since we actually bought drinks outright in Vegas; and by the time we call it quits for the day and stagger back to the room, the very last thing we need or want is more alcohol. Then we start up again the next morning with bar top VP with mimosas or screwdrivers before heading to the tables and more "free" drinks. Of course, if we'd probably be sick if we added up what we spend on tips over a week-long trip, but suspect that those who buy the six packs and bottles still have that same expense. (I guess some will mention it's the only way to get their favorite whatever, but I'll save that "debate" for another time.) And by the way, we're anything but teetotalers. We stock many types and brands of whiskey, Scotch, gin, vodka, tequila, rum, and numerous liquors, and almost always have a couple drinks before dinner. Sometimes we enjoy wine or beer with dinner. While in Vegas, "all things in moderation" goes out the window and we drink like fishes! And because we go to Vegas primarily to gamble, there's always a constant supply of "free" drinks. Surely, it must be a lot cheaper and safer to imbibe at home if drinking is one's main motivation. It's as if the Eighteenth Amendment (which started Prohibition) has been reenacted and Vegas is the only place that's exempt! Oh well, there will always be things we can't understand.