2nd Annual Taste of Downtown

The time of year where Vegas visitors and tourists can enjoy balmy weather has finally arrived. With the sun still shining, many still relax poolside in the thriving energy of Downtown Las Vegas. Add some of the most magnificent and delicious food in Nevada while enjoying a fine wine or cocktail and you have just another evening well spent. 

If you’d like to have a great evening out, join us for the 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown 2019. Food enthusiasts of all kinds will not want to miss this epicurean event of the season.

About Taste of Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas is known for having some of the best food in the city. You’ll find every cuisine you could possibly desire from a nice steak at Oscar’s Steakhouse to some excellent vegan food from VegeNation. 

The event will be held on Thursday, October 10, and will feature over twenty participating restaurants. Event attendees will have the opportunity to sample food and drinks from participating restaurants and see why the Nevada restaurant industry is famous for its culinary accolades.

What to Expect

With different types of cuisine from all over the world, Las Vegas has become a must-visit food destination alongside downtown Las Vegas which is also becoming the center of food culture for both locals and visitors. 

The proceeds from the event will go to support the Nevada Restaurant Association educational and scholarship programs so more budding chefs have the opportunity to hone their skills. Proceeds will go to programs like ProStart, a national high school culinary skill and restaurant management program that involves more than 3,500 students in the state of Nevada. 

When you buy a ticket to Taste of Downtown 2019, you’ll not only enjoy delicious food, but you’ll also contribute to a great cause!

How to Get a Taste

Tickets start at $70 for general admission and $299 for the VIP package, which includes a two-night stay at The Plaza in a poolside hotel room plus four tickets to the event. Attendees can reserve a cabana for the event.
Please visit here to purchase tickets or for the VIP package, email info@nvrestaurants.com or call (702) 878-2313.

The Place to Be Downtown

Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.

Halloween 2019: Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas

Halloween is the most thrilling time of year combining sexy, spooky, and scary all in one holiday. Let’s face it, none of us ever really quite outgrew asking ourselves “What am I going to be for Halloween?” even though our trick-or-treat days are long behind us. 

Halloween in Downtown Las Vegas

Fortunately for you, you’re in Las Vegas, and Halloween is our holiday. Just like Chicago has St. Patty’s Day, Las Vegas has Halloween. The entire city is a fantasyland on any regular day of the year. Add some spooky, a little extra sexy, and a whole lot of alcohol and candy, and you’ve got yourself a real Las Vegas Halloween. 

The biggest and probably most Googled question this time of year is: “What’s happening and where for Downtown Las Vegas Halloween?” We did all the research for you and navigated past all of last year’s posts and non-updated events (which were everywhere) to give you the most current and correct list of events. 

Discover all the things to do during Halloween this year, text your friends about it, and start your planning!

Spooky Things to Do Downtown

This year The Plaza Hotel & Casino is celebrating Halloween in downtown Las Vegas with some fun Halloween themed games like Super Bingo, a Blackjack Tournament, and a Kiosk Game.

Fremont Street Rock of Horror

Ready for live entertainment across three stages, plenty of bars, and a costume contest? The famous downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience celebrates Halloween in a big way every year in the five-block pedestrian area with lights overhead. Put on your best costume, and get ready for some fun.

The Fremont Street Experience is also putting on a bar crawl where you can drink and enjoy all the sites and scares downtown.

The LINQ Promenade

Every year the LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas goes all out in Halloween decor and celebration. Not only do they host their afternoon TRIQ or Treat event for families, but when the sun goes down, and the adults hoard in like zombies ready to party, it comes to life in a whole new way. 

With costume contests, DJs, booze and good eats the LINQ is highly recommended by locals as the place to go for Halloween. 

Nightclubs & Parties

If you want to dance the night away in a more intimate setting, check out some of the amazing nightclubs that Las Vegas has to offer. Here are some of the headliners at the most popular clubs:

The Place to Be Downtown

Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.

Best Places to Watch the Big Game Bash Downtown Las Vegas

The Big Game will be here before you know it. Even if you don’t know who you’ll be rooting for yet, it’s never too early to start your game day watch party planning! It’s considered the biggest sporting event in North America and should be considered its own holiday. In 2020, the game is taking place in Miami, Florida on Sunday, February 2nd at the Hard Rock Stadium.

Where to Watch the Big Game?

If you aren’t able to make it in person to see and experience this massive event, then chances are you’re going to at least make plans to watch it. The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is hosting the Big Game Viewing Party where you will find frenzied fans, a delicious buffet, and of course, an open bar.

Plaza’s Big Game 2019 Viewing Party

To watch the big game, join The Plaza’s massive Big Game Viewing Party in the newly renovated Sierra Ballroom. Included in the ticket price, we will have a stadium food buffet, open bar, William Hill betting stations and sports memorabilia for purchase. 

The game will be broadcast on several large-screen televisions and projectors, so you’ll have a great view, no matter where you are. Every year, the Plaza’s Big Game Viewing Party offers both residents and tourists an exciting environment, complete with excellent food and drinks, for rooting on your favorite team!

Get a Room

deluxe plaza hotel room

Amid the Big Game festivities, commercials, and performances, it’s also worth noting that Big Game Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Have you ever thought of a hotel room as an alternative to drinking and driving? 

The cost of a DUI can be $1,000’s of dollars and leave a permanent mark on your driving record. Taxis and ridesharing apps might be convenient, but they can also be expensive and time-consuming alternatives to drinking and driving. Drivers are also very cautious about accepting fares from intoxicated passengers. 

Our hotel rooms are oftentimes less expensive than a round-trip ride and are a short walk from all the action. Book your downtown hotel room at The Plaza Hotel early – rooms tend to run out fast for this special event.

The William Hill Race & Sportsbook Bar

Located on the casino floor of the Plaza Hotel is the William Hill Race & Sportsbook, the perfect place to watch the biggest game of the year. Place your bets and enjoy an array of beer, wine, and cocktail choices at this cozy sports bar. 

The best part is, you’re located near exciting casino gaming action — a perfect way to spend halftime if you don’t care to watch the show.

The Halftime Show

However, if you do want to watch the show you can enjoy watching this year’s performers from our viewing party. Grab yourself a drink, sit back, relax and be entertained.

After the Big Game

After the game, Downtown Las Vegas has several attractions to keep the party going well into the night.

Fremont Street Experience

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Enjoy the Fremont Street Experience with its many famous characters and attractions. Enjoy the free light shows on the world’s largest video screens with premium quality sound. Over 17 million people enjoy the Fremont Street Experience every year. 

SlotZilla Zip Line

slotzilla downtown las vegas

One of our favorite things to do in Downtown Las Vegas is to ride SlotZilla, which is a 12-story, slot machine-inspired zip line experience. Fly high above the crowded streets at speeds over 40 mph. Build amazing memories at one of the premier attractions in Downtown Las Vegas during one of the best weekends to be in Las Vegas.

Neon Museum

Need a light stroll after all that food and drinks? View The Neon Museum’s collection of historic and iconic signs from Las Vegas’ past. Listed as one of the top 20 things to do in Las Vegas by TripAdvisor, the Neon Museum is a short drive from the Plaza and a great way to learn more about the history of Las Vegas. 

Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about what inspired it, where it was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history. We recommend experiencing the magic of the Neon Museum at night to view the iconic neon of their restored signs. 

The Place to Be Downtown

This is just a small piece of things to do during the Big Game weekend in Downtown Las Vegas. Book your room and purchase your tickets now for the best Big Game Viewing Party in Las Vegas.

 

Free Things To Do in Downtown Las Vegas

People love coming to Las Vegas because of the endless entertainment and things to do everywhere you look. The fun never stops in Sin City and the possibilities of what you can do and see are endless. 

Free Downtown Las Vegas Attractions

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its artistic nature and vintage charm. The best part about downtown is that there’s plenty to do for free! With so many things going on each night, you’ll have no trouble finding something to do, but in case you need a starting point, we’ve put together a list of some of the best free adventures in downtown Las Vegas.

Experience The Fremont Street Experience

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As one of the most well-known things to do in downtown Las Vegas, the Fremont Street

Experience doesn’t disappoint. Amidst an eclectic soundtrack and atmosphere, walk down a long stretch of hotels and casinos with a light show overhead. Tourists and locals alike explore fun shops along the Fremont Street Experience, and you can grab a drink from many different bars and take it on the walk with you!

Enjoy the Free Summer Concert Series

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Downtown Las Vegas hosts a free summer concert series right under the lights of the Fremont Street Experience for locals and tourists to enjoy. The concerts are free and open to the public. Most concerns start at 9 PM, and in a city that never sleeps, the fun will continue into the night. 

This year, there are big names coming to downtown Las Vegas. If you’re attending one of the more popular concerts, we suggest you get there early to reserve a good spot since spots are standing room only with no reservations.

Visit Historic Casinos

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Some of the casinos in downtown are Las Vegas staples. In 1945, famous mobsters Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Gus Greenbaum, and Moe Sedway purchased the El Cortez Hotel and Casino four years after opening. When it first opened in 1971, The Plaza Hotel and Casino was the largest hotel and casino with over 500 rooms. It’s also been the location for films and music videos such as “The Man” by well-known Las Vegas band “The Killers”. 

The oldest operational casino downtown, The Golden Gate, is over 100 years old. It opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada and was renamed in 1955 to the current name.

Watch Street Performers

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There’s no shortage of street performers in Las Vegas, and downtown has some of the best ones. You’ll find all sorts of street acts such as musicians, rappers, contortionist, magicians, illusionists, characters, and even some showgirls. 

Get your picture with your favorite characters as you’ll see everyone from Mickey Mouse to Spiderman walking around downtown. In classic Las Vegas-style, you’ll also see some beautiful ladies and attractive gentlemen with which to take pictures as well. Watching the street performers and characters is always free, but tipping is definitely encouraged.

Stay Cool at the Pool

The Plaza Pool is now open

Many pools and pool clubs in Las Vegas charge entry even to locals but if visitors and locals over 21 are welcome to enjoy a night swim at the Plaza Hotel & Casino for free. Our downtown pool deck is one of the biggest in downtown Las Vegas with over 70,000 square feet. 

Relax in comfort on one of our many lounge chairs, day beds, and cabanas. If you like it hot, our 12-person hot tub is perfect for you.

Listen to Live Music

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The live music in downtown Las Vegas is always playing, and many bars and restaurants have bands and musicians that come to entertain their guests. You can catch some free music at the Omaha Lounge at The Plaza Hotel & Casino, but you’re also sure to see some shows out on the Fremont Street Experience where there are bands playing almost every night. 

Many bars in the area also put on shows that are free to attend. Just check around and see who’s playing that night.

Join the Fans for Sports Viewing Parties

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The sports scene is huge in downtown Las Vegas, and several of the bars host their own viewing parties for the games. Most of the viewing parties are free so you can go cheer on your favorites and chat with other fans. 

Try Free Slot Pulls

One of the best things about coming to Las Vegas is gambling, and it doesn’t get much better when you don’t have anything to lose! Some of the casinos in downtown Las Vegas offer free slot pulls. You’ll find them at Four Queens and Binion’s Gambling Hall with no strings attached. Other places offer free slot pulls, but sometimes you’ll have to listen to their pitch.

Check Out Some Antiques

When you think Las Vegas, you don’t typically think about going antiquing, but we have that too! You can take a self-guided tour of all the antiques in the Main Street Station Casino. You just pick up a map and brochure at their front desk and explore on your own. They have chandeliers from the Coca-Cola building, a piece of the Berlin wall, stained glass from the Pullman mansion, and much more!

Take a Picture Worth a Million Bucks

If you want to trick your friends and family back home into thinking you won big in Las Vegas, you can take a picture with a million dollars! Inside Binion’s Gambling Hall, there is a pyramid filled with a million dollars made up of bills ranging from $1 to $100, all adding up to a million. 

It’s free to take a picture, but you do have to be at least 21 to take a photo. You’ll even receive your photo in a nice souvenir frame. For many of us, this might be the only opportunity to ever see a million dollars, so don’t miss your chance.

Explore Container Park

Many uncover all sorts of art and architecture all over downtown Las Vegas, but the Container Park is a unique experience. It’s a park made up of shipping containers, so if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like cargo, look no further!

There are shops, bars, and restaurants in the containers for you to walk through and explore. Everything is completely free to walk through and check out, and there’s even a playground in the middle for kids of all ages. 

Enjoy free samples from some of the food places like Jojo’s Jerky. If you’re looking for some more entertainment, there’s a stage in the back that often has live music going on, so you can relax and enjoy the tunes in one of downtown Las Vegas’ most interesting atmospheres.

Walk under the Dome at Container Park

The Dome is part of Container Park, but it can be considered an attraction entirely on its own. It is an immersive 4K experience that speaks to the art culture present in downtown Las Vegas. 

When you enter the dome, millions of pixels and an HD 360-visual display surround you and will dazzle the senses. There are seats that recline and movie displays that play at the dome for you to immerse yourself in the experience. Some of the displays that play feature famous bands like U2 and Led Zeppelin. Other displays include Dinosaurs at Dusk and Perfect Little Planet. 

The tickets to the movie displays are not free. However, it is free to check out the dome and enjoy the architecture and engineering that went into building the structure.

Meet a Giant Praying Mantis

A 40-foot tall praying mantis that breathes fire looms at the entrance of the Container Park in downtown Las Vegas. No, we’re not kidding. Aerospace artist and engineer, Kirk Jellum, created the mantis after a real-life female one that he found out in a field. The mantis is mechanically operated and breathes fire into the sky. Sometimes the mantis even dances along to music.

Appreciate Art

Downtown Las Vegas is known for its art scene. From giant downtown murals on the side of The Plaza Hotel & Casino to painted walls along the streets, art is on display everywhere you look. Even many of the businesses and bars downtown can be considered works of art in their own way. There’s plenty of art to enjoy while having an adventure downtown. 

The Place to Be Downtown

Looking to stay at a downtown hotel? Try one of our many suite options or our new luxe rooms. Whether you’re visiting or living here, The Plaza is the place to be downtown.

Race for the Case: Slot Machine Contest Downtown at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

The slots are an integral part of Las Vegas culture. Slot machines are one of the distinct sounds and sights many recognize just as they depart the airplane. Players around the world compete in many tournaments and races while playing their favorite slot machines. 

At The Plaza Hotel & Casino, players will have the chance to compete over three days by racing to earn the highest points on their favorite slot machines. 

History of Slot Machines

Slot machines have a big history in Las Vegas. This is the place where the first fully electromechanical and video slot machines were made. Although the precursor machines were first invented in 1891 in New York, those slot machines happen to be based on the classic game of poker. Even one of the early slot machines dispensed different flavors of chewing gum, which is why some of the popular cherry and melon symbols remain part of some slots today.

Nowadays slot machines that you see on every Las Vegas casino floor have fun and unusual themes that range from TV shows to musical and pop icons.

Slot Machine Contest Downtown

The Race for the Case takes one Las Vegas’s staples and takes it to a whole new level. Players will compete head-to-head on their slot machines and try to get the highest points. There is no buy-in for the race and the first prize winner will receive a handsome reward of $15,000. Play your slot machine and race to become one of the top five players with the highest points.

The Rules

The top five will then get to choose from five briefcases. Each briefcase contains a different amount of money, which ranges from $1,000 to $15,000. The player with the highest slots points will be the first person to choose a briefcase. Winners will only have a minute to choose and are not allowed to switch once they have picked a briefcase, which means that the first place slot winner will not necessarily take home the most money.

people playing slots and winning

How to Join

All players have the chance to win the $50,000 Race For The Case. If you enjoy playing slots, this race is for you. The race will be held on November 1 – 3. Come have fun competing against others for the chance to take home $15,000.

RSVP for the Race for the Case

RSVP today and try your luck. Or, see all our upcoming events happening downtown.