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How much of a "Vegas local" are you?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by notfromconcentrate, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate High-rolling diner. Low-rolling gambler.

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    People are often surprised by how "integrated" I am into the city of Las Vegas, as if I live there part time. Which, really, we all kind of do in a way, as dedicated regular visitors. In any other city I'm visiting for the first, second, or third time, I'm a tourist like any other who has to Google things or ask random people for directions. But in Vegas, I feel like I do or have done enough things that most tourists would not do, and are much closer to being things that only locals would do, as a matter of course.

    Thus, I thought this could become a fun thread topic. What things do you do, or have you done, that make you more of a Vegas "local" than a Vegas "tourist"?

    Off the top of my head, here's my list...

    - Reading LVRJ newspaper content regularly
    - Doing grocery shopping at a big-box retailer
    - Taken "residential" RTC bus routes
    - Almost exclusively playing at "locals" (i.e. not strip or downtown) casinos
    - Done my own laundry
    - Visited a public library

    I'm sure we'll get some unique responses here!
     
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  2. Catzilla

    Catzilla High-Roller

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    Not only do I ride the residential bus routes regularly, but I don't ooh and ahh and point out the window at stuff. :rolleyes:

    I also do my own laundry and cook, but without benefit of a wash machine or stove!

    Locals casinos only, that's me.

    The only other thing I can think of is that I dress just like I do at home. Jeans, hoody, casual shoes.
     
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  3. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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  4. smerrian

    smerrian View from Bally's

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    I don't live there...so I'm not local enough. Wish I was.
     
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  5. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    We made one rather serious run at it years ago but thankfully pulled back. Just not the place for us as other than occasional visitors.
     
  6. ardee

    ardee It's only money.

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    So you're not a Vegas regular, ken?
     
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  7. SMG

    SMG Low-Roller

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    When my mom retired, she moved to Henderson and I use to visit her several times/year before she passes away back in 2012. So, I'm probably not the typical Vegas tourist who only goes to the strip and Fremont St. It's easier to venture off the beaten path when you have relatives or friends who are locals and they can show you where the locals hangout. Needless to say, the local stores, restaurants, etc., don't have the inflated prices like the strip and downtown which is good if you need to stretch your budget. If you were to stay at non-casino hotels further from the strip, you can also save on the cost of lodging.

    However, you sorta lose the "Vegas" vibe if you become too "local" and it sorta defeats the purpose on why I like to visit Vegas in the first place.
     
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  8. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    I don't know, ardee. I still show up more often than most here, but it's nothing like it was 10 or more years ago. By their standards I might be. By mine I'm not. I certainly don't know the town remotely as well as I once did. Not remotely.
     
  9. VegasSam

    VegasSam Tourist

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    Visit local casinos, other than Strip or DT.
    Read "Eater Vegas" daily, try new places when we visit.
    Cruise new areas (to us) to see what's of interest.
     
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  10. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    Love Eater. We use it all over, including Vegas!!
     
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  11. Glenn357M

    Glenn357M High-Roller

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  12. Reverb

    Reverb Tourist

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    - Reading LVRJ newspaper content regularly

    I'm a big newspaper reader when eating meals by myself. The Vegas paper is awesome, it's own little bubble where labor/casino issues get first billing over worldwide nuclear war.
     
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  13. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

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    One did, one didn’t and one was write-for-hire so not sure.
     
  14. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

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    All points noted in the OP, except LVRJ which I stopped buying under current ownership.

    My hotel mix now is primarily Downtown and Summerlin (SunCoast/JW Marriott or non-casino hotels), once in awhile Henderson/Boulder.
    I go to Sprouts and Total Wine, when I am not hitting up Aces and Ales or downtown breweries (HopNuts opening in Summerlin this month!).
    I typically avoid the strip beyond limit/tournament poker @ Flamingo/Ballys, and one or two sightseeing visits each trip.
    I like dining in neighborhood joints throughout the valley.
    I hit hiking trails and local parks with my nephews and family.
    I have more Las Vegas Knight gear than my hometown Blackhawks (also have 51s and Wranglers), and have been to more Knight games than Blackhawks games the past few years.
     
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  15. topcard

    topcard Older than the Stardust!

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    I can't be unwittingly 'long-hauled'.
    I know casino histories better than the cab drivers who try impress with their 'stories'.
    The wife has family living there & we've stayed with them (3 nights, comped ;) ) and I didn't gamble or go to any casino until the 3rd night (I played 3 hands of UTH while waiting to see 'Menopause').
    I hate the freeways.
    :beer:
     
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  16. kkinwi

    kkinwi VIP Whale

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    I know the bus routes pretty well, and can take the residential ones as needed to get places. I routinely walk the Arts District, and have gone thru some of the shops and restaurants.
    I have gone to the post office and library.
    Avid reader of the LVRJ and watch the local news while I am there.
    Attend frequent Catholic Mass during the week as well as Sunday.....lots of locals there and everyone always friendly.
    Not where I want to BE a local, but the craziness of the strip/Fremont is not what I enjoy for more than short periods.
     
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    Crawfordesquire Low-Roller

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    aces and ales is great stuff.
    i guess the feather in my local cap is i think i've dined as much off strip as on.
    i try to make my trips 50/50 off on strip.
     
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  18. tornadobox

    tornadobox Low-Roller

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    Interesting question for sure, made me think a bit.

    Despite several trips to Vegas, I suppose I'm still not really "integrated" and maybe that's part of the reason I keep going back.

    Really the first non-touristy thing I've done was on my last trip, we went to eat at Shang Artisan Noodle. Definitely lots of "Vegas locals" there rather than the visitors you see at all of the strip restaurants.

    ...there was also that one time I had strongly considered buying a condo at The Martin behind the Vdara...
     
  19. bdautch

    bdautch VIP Whale

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    I'm kind of a dive bar local, and that shall be the theme of my next trip report.
     
  20. sinnerman

    sinnerman Low-Roller

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    Unfortunately I haven't done a lot of 'local' things in Vegas. Like someone else said, mostly I feel like a local because I don't 'oohhhh' and 'ahhhhh' at the sights, as much as I love seeing them again.

    Also, when I go with visitors, I also know all the off strip restaurants that are amazing for every kind of cuisine (Lotus of Siam for Thai food, Mint for Indian style chaats etc) and very affordable as well, when compared to strip restaurants.