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.