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weekends downtown

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by Bosco, Jun 10, 2013.

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  1. Bosco

    Bosco VIP Whale

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    I am arriving Saturday morning at 9 a.m. I have avoided weekends in the past, but the airfare was too good to pass up. We are staying at Bally's, but I really don't want to deal with the strip on a Saturday. Plan is to check bags and hang out until we get our room, then head downtown for the night. A few questions:

    How are table minimums on a Saturday?

    Is it uncomfortably crowded?

    I like the fun and excitement, and a little drunken debauchery, but when it gets too crowded, I'm over it. I think I'm getting old and cranky.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ronniebebad

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    crowds

    I think it is pretty crowded on Saturday night, but it is crowded 7 days a week now.
     
  3. gerry53

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    the last couple of saturday nights I have been on fremont it has been wall to wall people

    still lots of fun but crazy busy.
     
  4. robert m.

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    Table minimums on a Saturday night downtown are lower than a Wednesday morning at the Bellagio.

    If you are in the epicenter of downtown, like the middle of the FSE at 10 p.m., then yes....it is crowded.

    So, just back off to some site less congested. Try the Cal or the MSS. The Plaza is seldom congested. Four Queens gets busy, but not crazy.

    My point is, by walking a short distance, you can go from "Mardis gras" type crowds to gentile revelry (think Hawaiians at MSS).

    Another thing -- it is easier to find nice (not five star) places to eat on a Saturday evening. With minimal effort you can snag a reservation at the Redwood Room, Binion's Ranch Steakhouse, Flame, Triple George, Andiamos, Chart House, etc. I have an aversion to standing in long lines at buffets on the weekends, so I am uncertain how these compare to the strip.

    Anyway, I applaud you for trying something different. Worse case scenario, you don't like it & hop a cab or a Deuce back to Bally's.

    Best wishes!
     
  5. ernestoc33

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    You should consider staying in downtown. I converted when Sahara closed and I never looked back. It can get busy, but never ever like the strip. The crowd tends to be less roudy, think less frat house and beer bongs; more mellow islanders and older people. My wife and I are in our mid 20's and we love to party, but within limits and the overly crazy drunks drive us nuts!
    I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
     
  6. Bosco

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    Thanks,ernestoc33. I have stayed down there a few times in the past. Large group going this time and many "virgins" that want to stay on the strip. Besides, get comps at CET. I love downtown, too! Always get down there once or twice every trip, just never been down there on the weekends. I agree about the clientele. I get really tired of the frat boy crowd. Bally's is a little less that way.
     
  7. atom

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    Crowds downtown on the weekend (nights) will be greater than during he week, but there is also more going on. It's easy to get away from the crowds, even at the busy times. If Fremont St gets too congested for you, just walk a block north or south to get around be crowds -two blocks if you're trying to get around the Nugget. The casinos away from the FSE are almost always less busy... Plaza, the Cal, MSS, El Cortez...
     
  8. Darreningreenwood

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    Yup, easy to go from the crowds in front of the stages to calm casino or side street. One thing I will say if it's one of the "special" concert weekends, it can get very crowded, especially around the stages. We went up there on a Saturday night when there were some big concerts going on, we were forced to walk over to Ogden and back to get around Binions.

    You asked about minimums: It depends on which casino you go in. The Golden Nugget being what they are, they will generally up the limits a little bit. Good luck finding $5 blackjack. But most other places keep things pretty low. They may reduce the number of cheap tables, but not eliminate them.

    I'm going to be there on a weekend in July. No concerts, but I know it will be busier than my usual weekday stays.
     
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