Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by sco5123, Sep 29, 2013.
Vegas would not be Vegas without...?
This isn't exactly man-bites-dog news, but gambling, of course. Take gambling out of Vegas and it doesn't really exist as a major American metropolis, and it doesn't exist at all for us.
Even as our gambling somewhat lessened over the many trips, and though we love so much of the non-gambling side of the vacation getaway in Vegas, take away blackjack and VP and the like and, well, we'll continue to get our desert love in Scottsdale and Tucson and southern Utah, our food fix throughout the coast here or not that far either direction in So Cal and the Bay Area, golf could be anywhere and everywhere, etc. It's a strange mix of an activity that is not #1 in our time or expenditure but which is absolutely central to being there.
lots of gambool. golf is also a must as is dinner at Le Cirque and breakfast at the Mansion regardless of where I'm staying.
UFH in Baccarat. It is the sole reason I would drag and torture myself through that six hour plane ride. Plus many empty tables where I can play by myself in the wee hours of the mornings. In Vegas to much surprise say when a casino has eight tables of a certain game whether it is bj, Casino War, Spanish 21, baccarat, etc, six tables would be opened even during the quiet down time. In other places especially AC, they would just open two.
Gotta agree. Vegas is nothing without gambling.
What are things I absolutely must do when I go to Vegas:
Dupars at GG
Watch a show or 5
Walk strip and soak up energy
Watch the Bellagio fountains
Big resort casino action. Even when we stay at smaller or off strip properties I have to hit the strip and take in some big time casino action.
It has also become a tradition to hit Mix Lounge and have a few drinks while overlooking the strip and just taking in the sights/sounds of the city.
Gambling while smoking indoors and enjoying a complimentary adult beverage.
It's the only place I've been with the trifecta of debauchery.
On a more specific note:
Luv-it frozen custard
cocktails at Frankies Tiki Room
Krispy Kreme donut (only if the light is on)
Double-single-annimal-protein at In-N-Out
Is that something I can do as a low rolling once a year visiting Brit? Your stories of breakfast there in the past have really blown my frock up.
if you know somebody to get you in.
Hanging out at Ziggy's Bar at Terrible's with Ziggy.
Hanging out at the Alligator Bar at Orleans with Hank the Magnifico.
A romantic dinner at Casa di Amore.
My last few trips had less and less gambling but there was always some. My next one will have lots.
I always like to visit the Bellagio Conservatory. On this next trip I'm staying downtown and thought of not visiting the strip but I feel like I have to visit the conservatory.
I like to visit the Wynn. My new tradition is a cocktail or two at the Lake of Dreams. If I'm visiting the strip to see the conservatory then I'm sure I'll visit the Lake of Dreams.
Lastly, rent a car and go out to nature. Red Rock, Valley of Fire, Mount Charleston. The farthest I've gone is Zion.
You have stated what I've been thinking, of course much more eloquently. But yes, this. Exactly!
The gambling aspect. For me, I go to Vegas to gamble. And while I enjoy my favorite pastime, I indulge in all the other wonderful things the city offers:
Gambling defines what Vegas is, even if gambling is not your major reason for visiting. All the other things you can do in Vegas can be found elsewhere.
The only thing we do absolutely every trip is gamble. There are lots of other things we like to do, but may or may not do on every single trip other than gamble.
Ellis Island - We must eat here every trip.
Pool - if its pool season we will spend at least one day by the pool
Shemoni Sterling Silver Jewelry in Miracle Mile - My wife has to hit this place every trip. She loves it and spends two hours or more in there. Thank God I can just go gamble at PH while she does.
Downtown - Not sure if its a "must do" but we prefer to spend at least one night hanging out downtown even if we don't stay there.
Here's a strange one - One of our strange Vegas rituals actually starts here at Hobby Airport. We always get Chinese food from "Return of the Phoenix" once we get through security. Breakfast or lunch we always eat there on our way out. This past trip I broke tradition and got Pappasitos instead...mmmmm
I see Carrot Top at the beginning of every trip. It's become a tradition and always sets the mood of the trip off just right.
I have come to enjoy it, and during a 24-hour Vegas cameo a few years ago I made time for pinball, but not gambling. I have my favorite little quirky things to do while in town, but it would depress me to spend time in Vegas and not access pinball machines I cannot find in God's country.
Vegas wouldn't be Vegas without the machines and tables, but it is no longer essential to my enjoying time there. I gamble every trip, but often I don't end up gambling on the first night, as I'm tired and I want to relax. It's not the same, but thanks to tribal casinos here in God's country I can play blackjack every hour of the day for the rest of my life. No, they don't serve me complimentary cocktails, but gambling in Vegas doesn't provide the fix that it did for my aunts and uncles when they would go to Vegas 25 years ago.
And where might one find, good places to play pinball?
And where would be a good palce in Vegas to play pinball?
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