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Memorial Day weekend through Thursday trip report

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by farkingidiot, Jun 9, 2004.

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  1. farkingidiot

    farkingidiot High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    I’ll touch on the main places that left an impression on me, rather than a long report detailing each day, like the one I did a couple of months ago. And sorry, not quite the craziness of my last report. And yes, I’m leaving stuff out for the sake of pseudo brevity. Rather than give you a blow by blow (with little anecdotes), this is more informational for folks who haven’t been to some of the places we went.

    This trip was with my wife, instead of the boys, so a little different vibe. [​IMG]

    When I was booking our rooms, I was determined to have a Saturday arrival to get a jump-start on our visit. (Sat-Thurs) After much searching on travelaxe for weeks, I simply couldn’t find a Saturday arrival that didn’t involve staying at a low rent, downtown hotel. I wanted to be on the strip. Despite all websites AND travelaxe saying they had nothing available, after a phone call, some humor and a little pleading, Barbary Coast said they could accommodate me. YES!! I’m serious. We’ve wanted to stay there for years. It just looks like kitchy, fun. So I end up getting a deal of a little over $200 for Sat and Sun, with a hotel change to Aladdin on Monday-Thurs.

    BARBARY COAST

    I’ve noticed posts from time to time asking about this place. First of all-very clean. We had different rooms both nites and I liked them both. I didn’t feel like I was slumming a bit, like at IP or Casino Royale. We had a late Sat arrival (5:30 p). We go to check in and the manager immediately asks us if we want a free upgrade to a suite!! Wha?? :eek: Best we can guess is they ran out of rooms and were afraid of bad customer service with us. I dunno. I DO know that we got a BIG suite with a Jacuzzi tub, fridge, bar, bathroom and a half, stereo system, pit group of couches, two TVs, huge conference table and a view of the Bellagio fountains. [​IMG]

    Sounds like heaven, right?

    Well, it was, but even more than you’d imagine. This room was stuck in a décor time warp. I swear, the entire décor was straight out of 1970. It was hilarious: The fixtures, paintings, the coral centerpiece on the table, the black and gold motif. OMG!! We were rolling. What high roller would ask to stay in THIS room? Even the bathroom fixtures were old and probably put in during the 70’s….but as everything, really, really clean.

    So we’re settling in and vegashost gives me a call, touching base. I sent him a last minute email seeing if he might be able to swing anything for me and asking him to make no special effort. Nice of him to call. He said he’d try and do what he could, but DID get us on the list at Curve @ Aladdin, right off the bat. Thanks again!

    Barbary Coast has a nice little funbook with free drinks and whatnot. Very cool. I dug it.

    The standard room we had on Sunday looks just like the photos posted in the Strip Hotels thread by jenaphir under Topic: new pictures of vegas hotel rooms, specifically, here:

    http://community.webshots.com/album/146470717yOkSbv

    I really liked the feel of the hotel. Regularly saw the same staff and people were just nice, they chatted with you. I plan on staying there again. Plus we got to have our fav late night snack: The late night, quite cheap, breakfast menu in the Victorian room. Please, if you want some late night/early morn breakfast food, please don’t go to Denny’s. This is just as cheap and much tastier.

    CURVE

    I now have a new fav club. You have to understand. A ton of people go to Vegas to gamble. My attraction is partying!! [​IMG] I fit gambling in, but it’s all about getting my swerve on. Curve has the best of both worlds, ultra lounge and dance club. The BEST part about it is that there is a balcony that overlooks the strip and it’s FREE to go out there. None of the VIP crap like at Risque. The place is broken up into rooms. There’s a room playing techno/trance with a huge main bar. (I think I’ll die of shock the day I ever see a brotha dancing to techno. Reminds me of that Dave Chapelle episode talking about music and race.) There’s a second room playing top40/rap/R&B/dance. That room was BUMPIN’! Kanye West, B.I.G., Jay-Z, Beyonce, Outkast, you name it. Most of the people were in here. Connecting the rooms are smaller rooms with couches where you can chill and chat, hence the ultra lounge aspect. There’s a big VIP area just off the room with the non techno. Seemed it was a lot easier to strike up a conversation here than at….

    OPM

    We hit this place the next night. We had passes, but they weren’t good, since it was a “special†night. Why was it special? Slick Rick was going to be there. Remember him from the 80’s? This bar played the same type music as the R&B room at Curve. Nice mix of ages from 20s-40s, though not many 40s. That was left up to us oddball fogey’s who still like to party at 40.

    The place is in the forum shoppes at Ceasars and let me tell you, a drunken walk to find the street was NOT fun!

    So anyways, the place has one dance floor, with a small VIP area next to it, and a bar on the other side. Moving a little further away, there’s a second bar, which is next to big VIP area. Due to space logistics, the big VIP doesn’t allow you to see the dance floor. A major minus to me, if you’re a VIP type person. Then there’s a curving hallway with tables, so you can lounge and talk, but still hear the music. At the end of the hall is a minibar. Fun club.

    Now about Slick Rick. We happened to be standing next to the stage when he came out, so we had a front room seat. He comes out and starts freestyling, then goes into some of his old stuff. Of course he wearing the trademark eyepatch, covered with fake diamonds of course. Well the guy has the place going crazy. All these twenty-year-olds are singing along with every word. My wife was laughing how they were barely born when he was big. So Ricks’ got the house rocking…and then he goes political. He starts talking bad about Bush….then Kerry…the goes on a don’t do drugs rant, then, he quite simply loses the crowd. You never saw so many blank faces. [​IMG] He instantly sapped all the energy from the room in one, quick, self indulgent, ill-advised stroke.

    I liked OPM. Matter of fact, the top three on my list for next visit are Curve, OPM and VooDoo lounge. My favs right now. (and of course late night at Margaritaville! [​IMG] )

    BTW- it’s funny watching what people drink. I like dirty martinis. An old guy at a martini bar turned me onto them. It’s funny seeing bartenders hesitate a bit when I order one at the clubs in Vegas. Seems it’s not quite the norm.

    BTW2-Both my wife and I both got hit on and it was pretty funny. In one case, there was a bachelorette party there and this 6-1 redhead with the party is talking about her new boobs to the bartender. (My wife’s a redhead, too, so no special enticement there.) She gets her drink, sees me and stops. (My wife, of course, conveniently went to the bathroom) She starts smiling at me, then just starts yapping. I’m not really listening, cause, I have to admit, she’s pretty hot and she keeps inching closer to my face and I feel like the mongoose to her cobra. Or is it the other way around? She’s doing that flirt thing. Just then my wife comes walking back. She circles around behind the girl and starts making kissy faces and smirking. We have a deal where we don’t pull that “He’s with me!!†or “I’m with her!!†crap. We’re big people. We can tell someone “no†on our own without being saved. When the redhead says “Look, we’re the same heightâ€, then stands with her mouth inches from mine as she shows me we’re standing at the same level, old fark had to grudgingly withdraw from THAT little conversation. That’s what I love about Vegas. It’s such an ego boost. :D

    Of course, my wife was mercilessly imitating her…until this guy who looked like a skinny Sammy Sosa comes up to her and starts his rap. At one point her holds her face and tells her that she was so stunning that he had to say something to her, even if it did sound corny. She bragged the rest of the night about how Sammy Sosa found her stunning and maybe she’d have to kick me to the curb. I liked seeing her ego get lifted. When we check out places like Hard Rock, she feels a little self conscious about her age, despite weighing about the same as when I met her 14 years ago and still able to wear those damn belly shirts. Most folks guess her at early thirties. I gotta thank Sammy.

    Okay, I said I would get too long-winded so I’ll simply mention one more stop..

    HAWAIIAN MARKETPLACE

    I think this area has some REAL potential. It opened a few days before we got there. It’s situated just north of MGM, across the street from Monte Carlo, south of Aladdin. It’s a little walkthrough area done up in a Polynesian theme with a boardwalk where the sell ice cream and food, have a little place to have cocktails and such and have animatroic parrots. They’re planning to put in some restaurants. Do some web searchs to find out more about it, but I found it interesting. We didn’t really stop, but added it to our “to do†list for next time. You might want to check it out.

    Okay, one more thing before I shut up..

    GHOSTBAR

    We went for their special Tuesday night “Always on Top†If you decide to go, get there before midnight. The place fills up quick. I hadn’t been to the ghostbar in over a year. I didn’t realize they’d added two little side bars to the outdoor deck. Nice addition. Fun place to temporarily post up, but I can’t see making it a night of it there.

    No one’s really dancing (As if that place is a dance bar) when this group of four kinda heavy, not that attractive girls start dancing together. About that same time, two REALLY hot girls start dancing with each other, rubbing on each other and whatever. (I think they were trying to get the attention of a couple of dude sitting by them. They succeeded.) What I thought was cool is that no one was looking at the not-so-attractive girls and pointing or being jerks. People let them be. I’ve been places where they would have been the source of mean spirited sniping. That’s what I love about Vegas. To each his own. [​IMG]

    Okay, I’ll shut up now. I was gonna give you my opinion of the differences in the buffets at Bellagio, Paris and Aladdin, but I wanted this report to be info on places you may not know about yet. Sorry about being my usual long winded self.
     
  2. doctor_al

    doctor_al VIP Whale

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    As always, fark, your Tales From Clubland are a fun read. "we're the same height!" [​IMG] classic. And thanks for providing feedback on vegashost - credit where it's due is what this site is all about.
     
  3. KathyinNY

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    I love trip reports that make you feel like you were walking right with that person throughout the whole trip. I remember when we were in Vegas (2 years ago) we were semi drunk walking back from Harrah's Carnaval Bar to the Tropicana when this guy put animated balloons on our heads. We laughed and said only in Vegas can you look and act like who cares and gives a crap because they won't remember you the next time in town-or something along those lines.

    I do want to know, since I am not a martini drinker, what is a dirty martini?
     
  4. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    A dirty martini has olive juice in it--and is the only thing IN a martini I would drink ;) Nope, not a big martini drinker....(my best friend loves dirty martinis too [​IMG] )
     
  5. Heathcat

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    Dirty's the only way I can take 'em (gin, not vodka)!

    It's a regular martini with some olive juice thrown in- makes it cloudy, or "dirty". YUM!

    Thanks Fark, I'm enjoying you report, as usual!
     
  6. Heathcat

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    Ah, Hoya beat me to it! Glad I wasn't incorrect in my reply!!! :D
     
  7. HoyaHeel

    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    :D I did say I don't actually drink them, I just know what they are because of other people....
     
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    Thanks! I do not like olives and olive juice sounds disgusting to me. [​IMG]
     
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    HoyaHeel Grammar Police & Admin

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    Yeah, that's kind of how I feel about gin :rolleyes: Thank goodness there are SOOOOO many alcoholic choices out there--something for everyone! I do love martini glasses though ;)

    Farking--if I may--how old are you?? I couldn't party like you when I was 21, much less a decade later---sounds like you have a blast when you go out! [​IMG]
     
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    Gin makes you sin.

    And I like the taste of pinecones with my tonic.

    Mikey
     
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    I'm 41, Hoya. :eek: [​IMG]

    It's actually gotten to be a bit of a joke with my wife and our friends. Most people my age don't go out much, so most of the time my party companions are a group of early twenty year olds who work for my wife. I also hang with my nephew and his friends, who's 22. I'm starting to get a little grey in my mustache, so the jig may be up.

    Most weekends, my wife teases me about how long it will take till one of the twenty year olds calls wanting to know if "fark can come out and play."

    I have this closet dream, when I retire, to bartend at night and write in the day. I just like the environment.
     
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    I know when I DO go out I'd much prefer a bartender who enjoys what s/he is doing than one who would rather be someplace else! Guess that's true of any job....
     
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    I like that one, gin makes you sin. I too love those martini glasses, just not the drink. I agree that there are so many other drinks out there for everyone to enjoy.

    My favorite - TEQUILA! [​IMG] Salt, lime and a shot and too boot, never a hangover the next morning - gotta love it! Does make you do crazy things [​IMG] Tequila and cranberry - that is the best for me.
     
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    So what's keeping you from coming out of the closet?

    [​IMG]

    p.s. to paraphrase Ben Franklin, a vodka martini made with love and a twist of lemon is proof God intended us to be happy.

    [ June 10, 2004, 10:35 AM: Message edited by: doctor_al ]
     
  15. kenophile

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    Great report!

    Who is Slick Rick? Did he have any popular songs?

    If you have a chance, why not go ahead and rate the buffets?
     
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    "Once upon a time not long ago, when people wore pajamas and lived life slow....."

    I miss those days. :cool:
     
  17. vegashost

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    Hey Farking...thanks for the shout out. Sorry I wasn't able to do more for you when you were here. I'll be sure to get you into some more venues and have a drink with you next time.
     
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    Great trip report! I am 50 and my partner in crime is 57 and we love to go to clubs and love the party atmosphere. It does seem to get more difficult to find places where we feel comfortable. I just feel weird partying with individuals that are younger than my kids!! If anyone knows of some good clubs for us in Vegas, please let me know. Dirty martinis - love them - with vodka. [​IMG]
     
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    Great trip report! I am 50 and my partner in crime is 57 and we love to go to clubs and love the party atmosphere. It does seem to get more difficult to find places where we feel comfortable. I just feel weird partying with individuals that are younger than my kids!! If anyone knows of some good clubs for us in Vegas, please let me know. Dirty martinis - love them - with vodka. [​IMG]
     
  20. vegashost

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    I myself see peopel of all ages. One of which would be Curve. I see a good range in ages from 21-60 there. All seem to have a good time. VooDoo is also a great spot. You'llget mroe of the 30's + crowd there.

    Just remember to shake what your mama gave ya and shake it liek no ones watching. [​IMG]
     
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