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Long Overdue (but Short) Trip Report from August

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by sageblue, Jan 24, 2016.

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  1. sageblue

    sageblue High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I've just finalized plans to return next month and realized I forgot to write some things down about my last trip. I hope you find it useful or entertaining.

    New Things I Liked
    • Vegenation: the BF is now vegetarian, so we decided to try this place. Even if you're not vegetarian, it's a good place. The service was excellent and the lunch we had there was quite tasty.
    • Bocho: sushi options downtown are limited, but again--great food, great service, and a good atmosphere.
    • Mermaids: I hadn't ever been here for more than a deep-fried Twinkie, but we decided to try it out--basically to get quick drinks and have a good time. 20 minutes later, we had three drinks and four shots and were well on our way. The cocktail waitress we had should really be arrested for how many drinks she was pushing us. It was a great time though.
    • Hussong's Cantina: Claims of inventing the margarita notwithstanding, it's a damn fine margarita. Add in happy hour prices, tasty corn, and a great bartender, and we had a great time here.
    New Things that were Meh
    • Minus 5: MyVegas deal. I'd heard it referred to as a boring bar on ice, and that's basically it. Glad we did it; no need to return.
    • Shark Reef: MyVegas deal. Lots of people, not really that impressive.
    I'm glad to have returned to:
    • Downtown Grand and Cosmo: my luck wasn't great at either place, but the rooms are wonderful, the staff attentive, and the food options good. To me, they are in the top 3 of their locations.
    • DOCG: This is my second meal here, and for very good Italian food with good service at affordable prices, I don't think it can be beat. The pici with braised duck sauce was amazing.
    • Ellis Island: we usually go here once a trip, but it had been a while since we had gotten the steak dinner deal, and it didn't disappoint.
    I regret not
    • Getting a verbena at Chandelier or some wonderful concoction at Vesper
    • Doing more of the social hour at Cosmo
    Next time, I might give up on:
    • Main Street Station: for the third straight trip, I've had lousy luck at both video poker and craps
    • The D: unless I get a good offer, I might just skip it from now on because I don't have good luck and it's too freaking loud.
    • Luxor, Excalibur, and New York New York: I really just have need for these places. They are all usually too crowded, with too many kids, with too little in the way of interesting gambling or eating options. Not even worth my time to walk through.
    In addition to these observations, there was some great three card poker at Harrah's of all places, a lot of drinking without eating enough, resulting in half-crazed searches for food, and general amusement.

    This next trip, we're headed to SLS for three free nights owing to a local casino deal; it's pretty adventurous for us since we've not been there yet, but it's a good way of shaking up our routines.
     
  2. VegasDave

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    I agree about the minus 5 ice bar. Glad we did it once, but boring and over priced. Why would I spend that much on drinks when I sit down 15 feet outside the door and get them "free"?

    Also love social hour, I think it is the best happy hour I have been to anywhere. Stk was my personal favorite but last time I looked, they down sized their menu.
     
  3. tringlomane

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    I feel like that's a place to sucker you in once so you can say you "did it". You're never going to want to stay there for a long period of time anyway.

    Nice summary sage!
     
  4. carolineno

    carolineno High-Roller

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    cool, thanks for the reviews. I'm not vegan but I just am not super crazy about meat either, and I've been thinking of trying Vegenation. Also wanna try Mermaids - everyone says the gambling is bad, but hey, cheap drinks, sounds like an experience :)
     
  5. sageblue

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    My BF swore by the vegetarian meatball sandwich at Vegenation; they had some other interesting takes on very meat-heavy dishes that might interest you as well.

    As for Mermaids, just be prepared to be harassed by the cocktail waitresses--in a good way. I swear the ratio of waitress to customer is around 1:2. We started off with just having a drink; she suggested and then just brought without request the shots...over and over again.
     
  6. sageblue

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    I also think that the boring part comes from the size and conditions. First, it can probably only hold forty or so people at a time; when we were there, there were maybe seven other people. Any other bar and that would be "dead." Then--and not that I have to be stimulated constantly--you can't have your phones and there aren't any TVs. The ambience is thus dependent on whatever music they have, which can vary in quality, and your own conversation. It's a lot of pressure;)
     
  7. stackinchips

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    I've always found the concept of Minus 5 to be funny. Maybe it's because I live in the North? I mean if I wanted to sit in a cold ass bar, I'll go sit on my porch right now and sip on some small batch...
     
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