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    Craftsteak is supposed to be amazing, but I haven't had it. I do like good steaks, but I don't have the opportunity to eat really great lamb too often, so i went for that this time. The only real steakhouse I have done in Vegas is N9ne at the Palms - several years ago I had a very good night at blackjack and treated myself to a bone-in ribeye there and it was fucking great.
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    Craftsteak is wonderful. We got the Kobe beef chef selection and it lived up to the hype. Its very expensive but I would put it up there with the best steak restaurants that I have been to.

    Hitting Vegas this weekend. I have reservations to Lotus of Siam which I'm super excited about and I think we are going to do Yellowtail at the Bellagio since we are staying there.

    Whats the best option to get discounted Cirque or Concert tickets? We already are going to a couple late night shows and might want to double dip and go see a 7:00 or 8:00 show as well but I don't want to spend too much money since we are already doing dinner and a show each night. I'm looking at Beatles Love, Absinthe, or go see Jim Jefferies at the Hard Rock.

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    VG...it really looks like you and I are looking at very similar setups for our Vegas trips. We're hitting Lotus this time around as well.

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    ^Just a heads up, after watching the recent Anthony Bourdain Vegas episode, you should only order off the back section of the Lotus of Siam menu which is the Northern Thai (I think) chef specials.

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    Lotus is one of my fav spots in the city.

    Just a heads up locals secret, if Lotus is stupid busy (~1 hr wait), go to Komol across the parking lot. It's delicious Thai food that's nearly as good.

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    I went to Le Thai on Fremont St for late night grub on Friday night and it was absolutely delicious! Also very reasonably priced.
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    We've got reservations for Craftsteak on our July trip. I've heard a lot of good things about that place and am excited to try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vasoline Groove View Post
    ^Just a heads up, after watching the recent Anthony Bourdain Vegas episode, you should only order off the back section of the Lotus of Siam menu which is the Northern Thai (I think) chef specials.
    Is there a reason for this? I'm not a familiar with any of the Bourdain shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooOldForThis View Post
    Is there a reason for this? I'm not a familiar with any of the Bourdain shows.
    He's a respected writer/food show host that currently has a show on CNN called Parts Unknown. He had a recent episode on Las Vegas (from April 20, 2014) where he went to Lotus of Siam and stated that you want to order from the back section of the menu because that is where the Northern Thai chef specialties are located. Thats the region the chef comes from and what she and her husband are known for.

    I'm sure all the food is good. But it looks like the last four or so pages on the PDF menu from their website are where the Northern Specialties and Chef Specialties are located.

    It might be on CNN on demand to check out for yourself.

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    Hey I am going to vegas for my bachelor party and not at all into the club scene at all. Was wondering if there are any punk venues that are quality. Also we were hoping therre would be a fight going on how early are those announced?
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    Oh, I wanted to mention all the craft beer I ran into on Fremont street. it is definitely a thing in that part of Vegas and I was delightfully surprised.

    The Plaza Hotel has a little sausage place/bar in their food court called Bier Garten. They have a nice-sized outdoor beer garden with real grass and several picnic tables and have bands playing. They have 20 beers on tap. They tend to have a lot of sweet/flavored beers, but really good stuff as well.

    Main Street Station is a huge, beautiful casino that is off of Fremont and has its own brewery, Triple 7. The beers can be had at all the bards in the casino as well as in the brewery itself. They have a nice selection of styles, including an IPA that is different every time. Right now it's a sour IPA, which is something I never thought of, and it was pretty good! They also have coffee stout that is really good. The best part is their pints are only $3.50-4. They also sell growlers.

    There is another micro-brewery close by, actually on Fremont, called Banger Brewing. As this one is not affiliated with a casino and a legitimate, very small local brewery, the prices are pretty high. Really good brews, nice spot, and really nice staff though.

    Pizza Rock on Third Street has both very good draft and bottle lists, ad have good happy hour deals from both 3-6pm and 10pm-12am during the week. They serve something like 6 different styles of pizza. The food was delicious.

    There is a fairly new shopping area close to Fremont called the Downtown Container Mall, which is a really nicely designed jumble of actual shipping containers that have been repurposed to be tiny little shops. The whole place was really specially curated, so it's pretty cool to walk around. There is a playground in the center and a big grass area in stage. Among the shops and couple of restaurants are two places to drink. The one I didn't drink at was The Boozery, but I did pop my head in and they had several local craft brews on tap. The other one I did go to, Bin 702. it's more of a wine bar, but they carry a number of Belgian style beers and sours. The food looked really good too.

    Insert Coin(s) is a barcade and a great concept. They have a huge wall of vintage arcade games, and the opposite wall are bottle service booths with giant TV and console games. They also have huge tvs all around the bar with console games (mostly fighting games) and there is a big dance floor. The problem is it's kind of douchey and 1/3 of the games didn't work. But if you get there early it'll be empty and you can play some games, enjoy the music, and have some drinks before the party crowd comes in. They had a weird beer list from what i recall, but was able to buy a bomber of Coronado Idiot IPA, which is great and light years above the usual macros.

    There is Also The Griffin right across the street, which is a straight up clone of the Los Feliz location, but smaller. They had good beer, but didn't offer to go cups. it was crazy packed and the music was way too loud when I went.

    and finally, one of the cool things I noticed was that the bars in most of the Casinos on and around Fremont St are offering Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA alongside the other regular beers, for whatever reason.
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    Thanks for all that info, Drinkey. I've been to Triple 7 a few times but not the other places. Good to know there are more options downtown now.

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    Made it back from Vegas over the weekend. It was a fucking blur but a good time. Just wanted to say Lotus of Siam is definitely legit and lived up to the hype. Got the crispy rice, sea bass with drunken noodles, and the short rib with some sort of curry noodles and it was all extremely flavorful. My wife literally got teary eyed as she tasted the crispy rice for the first time. Wine selection was cheap too. Place was packed up even at 6:00 pm so reservations seem to be pretty necessary.

    We went to Hakkasan on Sunday night to see Deep Dish. I guess I should have known that was going to be a disaster, but what a fucking disaster. I figured since it was Deep Dish and it was a Sunday night, I didn't think it was going to be bros and hoochie mommas everywhere but I was completely wrong. We got there at 12:00, made our way around to see if there was any decent place to chill out. Found out Deep Dish was coming on at 1:30 so went to the bar and got two beers for $40 and realized that there was no way I was going to deal with that crowd for another 1.5 hours buying $20 beers and dipped the fuck out. Otherwise had another blast in Vegas and scored a $1,200 slot jackpot literally on the way out of the hotel Monday afternoon.

    Definitely heading back in the fall for some football bets and waiting to see if the Life is Beautiful lineup is any good. Bellagio was a nice hotel and I would stay there again even though their standard food is pretty overpriced.

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    Bellagio is one of my absolute favorite places to hang out in Vegas. Heather and I really love visiting the garden every trip, and I just love the casino floor. it's a great place to play, and they even have $5 blackjack from time to time. The in-casino bars and have great drinks too.
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    I had camped out on one of those $5 tables for literally 12 hours once. One of the best experiences of drunken shit talking I've had in vegas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    Bellagio is one of my absolute favorite places to hang out in Vegas. Heather and I really love visiting the garden every trip, and I just love the casino floor. it's a great place to play, and they even have $5 blackjack from time to time. The in-casino bars and have great drinks too.
    The garden is really lovely. Thats where we were eating the overpriced food (the Bellagio cafe) and looking at the garden/birdhouse/alice in wonderland area. But since the view was so nice we actually went there a couple times.

    Never saw a $5 table but did some some $10 ones early in the day. But by the time I was playing they were back up to $25, which can make your balls shrink a little bit when you start doubling down/splitting.

    I do have to say the staff were all really nice and we got a fountain view room at check in after we smoozed with the check in lady. Its funny how reading tripadvisor reviews before your trip can warp your expectations in good or bad ways.

    One thing that I noticed was that doing a Saturday to Monday trip we seemed to eliminate any lines at the airport and checking in. The only thing that you missed out on was going out Friday night but seemed like Sunday night was really hopping too so that didn't really matter.

    It would be nice to get the Life is Beautiful lineup. Flights from SF are only $168 right now.

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    Stayed at the Golden Nugget this weekend and also hit the Rio buffet. That was a near-religious experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    Bellagio is one of my absolute favorite places to hang out in Vegas. Heather and I really love visiting the garden every trip, and I just love the casino floor. it's a great place to play, and they even have $5 blackjack from time to time. The in-casino bars and have great drinks too.
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    I highly recommend the Sterling Brunch at Bally's Casino. It's $90/person, but you get filet mignon, lobster tails, king crab, jumbo shrimp, lamb chops, caviar, some of the best mashed potatoes I have ever had and bottomless high end champagne. The deserts were like sex in the mouth. It was amazing. It's in the steak house and the servers are top notch. Our waiter took us on a tour of the buffet and described in detail every dish and was on hand with the champagne bottle as soon as my glass got low. It ranks up there with the best meals I have ever had.

    We stayed at the Riviera for $45/night, I should have listened to you guys, it sucked. Our room was clean and the bed was comfortable, but the casino was a shithole. They pumped air freshener in there to cover up the smell of the stale smoke, it smelled horrible. The elevator broke in our tower on Saturday. So probably worth the $45, but next time I will wait until the last minute and book, I could have gotten a room at the NYNY for $80 if I had just waited a while longer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saydo View Post
    How'd you do at PRB? Are you recovered yet?
    I missed this, but I had a really amazing time at the festival. I didn't bowl, but the shows were awesome. It was out on freshly paved blacktop, which was brutal in 100-degree heart because it was like being in an oven at night. i would totally do it again though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by locachica73 View Post
    I highly recommend the Sterling Brunch at Bally's Casino. It's $90/person, but you get filet mignon, lobster tails, king crab, jumbo shrimp, lamb chops, caviar, some of the best mashed potatoes I have ever had and bottomless high end champagne. The deserts were like sex in the mouth. It was amazing. It's in the steak house and the servers are top notch. Our waiter took us on a tour of the buffet and described in detail every dish and was on hand with the champagne bottle as soon as my glass got low. It ranks up there with the best meals I have ever had.

    We stayed at the Riviera for $45/night, I should have listened to you guys, it sucked. Our room was clean and the bed was comfortable, but the casino was a shithole. They pumped air freshener in there to cover up the smell of the stale smoke, it smelled horrible. The elevator broke in our tower on Saturday. So probably worth the $45, but next time I will wait until the last minute and book, I could have gotten a room at the NYNY for $80 if I had just waited a while longer.
    Damn that sucks on The Riviera. A little extra money goes a long way sometimes. That buffet sounds tasty though. I'm not a big buffet guy anymore but champagne and filet sounds about as good as its going to get.

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    I don't typically like buffet either, but this had such rave reviews I thought I would try it. It wasn't like the normal buffet, they only put out small portions of each item and cycled them out quickly.

    My theory on a room in vegas is it's just a place to store bags, so there isn't a need to pay high dollar for a room. I still stick to that, but there are better hotels in the same price as long as I hold out on my purchase. I just need to get over my anxiety of not having a set plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by locachica73 View Post
    I don't typically like buffet either, but this had such rave reviews I thought I would try it. It wasn't like the normal buffet, they only put out small portions of each item and cycled them out quickly.

    My theory on a room in vegas is it's just a place to store bags, so there isn't a need to pay high dollar for a room. I still stick to that, but there are better hotels in the same price as long as I hold out on my purchase. I just need to get over my anxiety of not having a set plan.
    Yeah, but its nice to have a swank room/home base/casino. Plus a good strip view is worth a lot to me and my wife. I've been using Mlife casinos the past couple of years and they give you pretty decent discounts when you book through them. You also can get good comps which always helps. Sometimes they give you free rooms during the week. Otherwise I would be going through Hotwire/Priceline and gamble on what I could get for $100 a night.

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    Bally's used to have one of the best buffets on the strip. Glad to hear they're still staying alive.
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    Looking into checking out another show in Vegas and it looks like it's narrowed down to Absinthe and O. Which one is better?

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    Anyone been to After? I've been curious since seeing that list of "DJ rules" and they recently moved to a location inside Mandalay Bay.
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    I have a conference at Aria in November. The block of rooms is sold out. Secondary options include Vdara, Cosmo, or Mandarin Oriental. Considering I'll be back and forth quite a bit between Aria and wherever I'm staying, which is most convenient?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlayaDelWes View Post
    I have a conference at Aria in November. The block of rooms is sold out. Secondary options include Vdara, Cosmo, or Mandarin Oriental. Considering I'll be back and forth quite a bit between Aria and wherever I'm staying, which is most convenient?
    I was just at the Aria on Wednesday night. All of those above are really close to the Aria, but I did notice that the Mandarin Oriental shared a driveway with the Aria. I would think that the Mandarin also has the nicest rooms but thats just from what my friends were telling me and from my knowledge of Mandarin's overall quality. You should probably just call one of the hotels and they could tell you for sure though.

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    I just stayed at the mandarin. It is the closest to Aria, maybe a five minute walk. The rooms are very nice but the layout of the hotel is very strange. The lobby is on the 23rd floor. You them have to take a separate bank of elevators to get to your room. Everything above the lobby is personal apartments. No smoking, no casino, no self parking. It is very quiet though so it's a nice escape from the madness. I prefer the Cosmo but that's cause I enjoy the madness.
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    Also have a conference at Aria. Sept 21-23 and planning to play the 7pm $125 no limit tournament Saturday the 20th beforehand*. Can't wait to smoke those poker douches.

    The OP should come out for it.

    *also possibly looking at lodging unless just roll all night into morning football bets which would be the most ideal.
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