I've enjoyed reading everyone's trip reports and observations, and this will be my first real trip staying downtown. I've been to Vegas 8-10 times, only coming downtown once. I haven't been out at all in a year or so, and felt like doing something different, and I also will also be travelling solo to Vegas for only the second time. I will be staying Downtown Sun-Thurs Oct 5-9(Sunday GN, Mon-Thurs The D), and then comped at PH on the Strip Th-Sun. I'm 34/m and have usually come out with girlfriends or friends, and although they are used to me disappearing to play a lot of poker, the amount of freedom on this trip is almost overwhelming ;-) I like to drink, talk to random people, and enjoy good bars/lounges (can be dive, high-end, love them both) more than clubs, typically. I love live music. Goals/Plans for Downtown: 1.) Play ~20 Hours Poker at GN and maybe a little at Binions/Plaza(E-Table) if fun. A lot of this will be played late Saturday night when I get in through to check-in Sunday (don't ask ;-) , kinda last minute) I'm "slumming" it here a little (GN only has 1-2NL from my understanding), but I haven't gotten to play live in a while, so I'm excited! 2.) Check out GN Pool on Monday between checking out of GN and into D, maybe rent a lounge chair at the Hideout. 3.) Establish significant play at whatever hotel(s) I enjoy the vibe at for future trips, maybe backend comps on my stay. From research, I'm liking the feel of The D and MSS. (Seriously, they need to change that name. I just reread that sentence.) I typically play $.25-$1.00 VP, $25-$100 BJ, and some craps sprinkled in. I'm planning on gambling a lot of hours this trip. 4.) Consider upgrading to the D big suite rooms (currently in premium corner king, but the suites look really cool) 5.) Hang out at the Boar's Head bar for MNF and sportsbetting/VP/drunkeness 6.) Check out Downtown Grand on Tuesday and max out their new player bonus thing (I think 5K pts first day), and to get on the radar for future....and to see if I like it, apparently it's cool but a ghost town. May check out the Plaza and 4 Queens as well. 7.) Have a good dinner or two at Hugo's (may be the least appealing if solo, sounds like a cool date/group thing, with the whole salad prep and rose, etc. stuff), top of Binions, Triple George, Adiamos, Chart House, or Vic and Anthony's. I'm a meat and seafood guy. Have a casual dinner or two at 777, the MSS buffet, do the GG Shrimp Cocktail (obvs), Pizza Rock, missing any other good standbys? Actually heard the D Grill was solid as well. 8.) Get a 3-4 day membership at 24 hour fitness. I manage a couple of personal training departments and have a bad tendency to get REALLY lazy on these trips when my hotel/casino doesn't have a gym (and the D doesn't). I'm pledging to be better this time. 9.) Hit up some cool bars. I've been told Gold Diggers is actually pretty fun and cheesy, Hogs and Heifers (although I hate Coyote Ugly, I'm thinking this is more pleasantly seedy, and I like country), the Griffin...any other good places to chill, get drunk, and listen to music? Any place for good bourbon/scotch? 10.) Check out El Cortez just for fun, and Insert Coins(another one that is probably better in a group). 11.) Walk around drunkenly, hopped up on $2 Vodka(ish)-Redbull(ish)s and 64oz collector footballs/windmills/elvis statues full of sugarliquor and just people watch and relax as much as humanly possible because I have been working WAY too much lately. So what am I missing? What would you add to this trip, considering it's my first real stay downtown? Many singles downtown? I've been down twice briefly before, both times staying at the GN, and I just don't like the vibe of that casino for some reason. I'm sure it's the nicest, but it's still not THAT nice, and it seems to lack the charm of some of the smaller properties. I'm sort of stuck there for a poker option until I'm on the strip though. I promise to trip report in exchange for all of the secret information you provide.