Ep. 47 – Looking Back.

Jonathan, Lisa, Gary and producer Rich Johnson look back on the challenges of the past year: closing the hotel during the pandemic, figuring out how to operate once it reopened, dealing with ever-changing and often-conflicting rules and guidelines, and setting a course for the future.

All this as Plaza gets ready to celebrate its 50th anniversary!

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery


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Ep. 42 – Oscar’s Dinners & the Chef Who Cooks Them

We’re departing from our usual format this episode to bring two guests and a small slice of one of our favorite events: Oscar’s Dinner Series.

Oscar Goodman, himself, is on hand to talk about the first dinner in 14 months, and he’s joined by Ben Jenkins, Executive Chef of Oscar’s Steakhouse. Ben talks about his career and the changes he’s made at Oscar’s.

Then you’ll hear highlights from the dinner, in which Oscar told stories about being in the movie “Casino” – and hosting the stars for a dinner at his house back in 1996. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery


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Ep. 28 – Patrick McNeil, Faile

Is it a wolf? Is it a dog? You’ll find the answer to that question, and more about one of the huge murals on the North Tower of The Plaza from the artist, himself. Jonathan, Lisa and Gary dial up New York City and talk to Patrick McNeil, half of the art collective known as Faile. Patrick recounts the fun – and peril – of painting one of the three Plaza murals that are visible for miles.

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed, Gary Vickery


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Ep. 25 – Sheriff Joseph Lombardo

Clark County Metro Sheriff Joseph Lombardo shares tales of growing up in Las Vegas, graduating from UNLV, joining the force and rising through the ranks until he was elected Sheriff in 2014.

He spent much of his early career patrolling the streets of downtown, so he’s a first-hand witness to the dramatic changes in the past decades. And he tells the story of his only encounter with Tony ‘The Ant’ Spilotro — which was quickly followed by an encounter with law enforcement! 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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The Ultimate Guide to Blackjack

It’s one of the most popular gambling card games in the history of cards. Whether you’re looking to make a buck or two your next trip to downtown Las Vegas or learn the basics, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide to blackjack.

If you’ve read our ultimate guide to bingo, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how to play blackjack.

What Is Blackjack

Blackjack is a card game with one or two standard decks played against a dealer. Often played with betting, the objective is to get as close to 21 without going over based on the total value of cards dealt to you. 

Each card played has a respective numerical value. 2 through 10 equal their respective values so a 2 of spades equals a value of 2. Face cards Jack, Queen, and King, have the value of 10 while an Ace can be an 11 or 1. Once you use an Ace as either an 11 or 1, you can’t switch it to a different value. Once you use it as one value, you cannot use it the other until you are dealt a new hand.

Blackjack Beginnings

In the United States, we call this game that’s part luck and part paying attention blackjack but across the world, it goes by different nomenclatures, often simply referred to as “Twenty-One.” For obvious reasons, the game got its name from its objective; moreover, to reach 21 points without going over and using the ace as an 11 or 1.

“Twenty-One” has been around as early as the 17th century. By the time it finally arrived in the United States, gambling saloons introduced betting to entice players. Originally, these dealers would give a bonus to anyone who had an ace of spades with a black jack, a jack of spades or a jack of clubs.

Nowadays, there isn’t a bonus for when you get the black jack paired with the ace of spades but the name remains. And it’s still pretty cool when you do. 

Blackjack Basics

Learning to play is easy and requires little skill. It does, however, does require a strategy and understanding of the rules. Here are some of the basics to playing blackjack.

You are dealt two cards to start. If you’re playing at a casino, you play against the “house.” Once you count the total amount of your cards, you can decide to do one of the following:

  • Hit: This is the most common action to take after you receive your two cards. If your cards don’t amount to twenty one, you can “hit” to receive another card. Making sure the next card doesn’t put you over is the trick, though.
  • Stand: This action means you think you have enough to beat the house. You could have a perfect twenty one or you don’t want to take the risk of going over. Examples to come.
  • Double down: This is an additional bet you make if you think you have a winning hand.
  • Split: This is a strategy when you receive two 11s and split the hand into two separate hands. You pay twice the ante but you might be twice as lucky with a double black jack.
  • Surrender: A player would surrender their hand if they see their hands and think they won’t win. This can only happen after the house looks at the cards they dealt. Surrender rules vary casino to casino so ask in advance.

You win your bet when you beat the house with the total count of your cards or if the house goes over. You lose when you go over or the house beats your hand. If you both get the same amount, it’s considered a “push” and you both get your original bets back. In some places, dealers win ties so make sure you clarify before you start playing.

However, another component to this game is called insurance. Insurance is an option all players have at the table after the house reveals an ace card. The dealer will ask if anyone wants insurance after he or she reveals their face up card to be an ace of any suit. This is a side bet that pays 2:1. When the house reveals an ace, it’s a high probability the next card the house will be a ten.

How do you know when to stand and when to hit? We’ll go into some well-known (and not-so well-known) tips in the next section.

Blackjack Strategies

Now you know the basics but do you know when to split or when to double down? Here are some blackjack strategies to consider the next time you head to the tables.

  • When to hit: As a general rule, players should not hit past 16. However, some might depend on the odds and the stakes. Always hit on 8 through 13 no matter what the dealer has.
  • When to stand: Always stand on 17. 16 stands against dealer 2 through 6.
  • When to double down: Always double down on 11s.
  • When to split: Most agree you always split aces and 8. Never split tens.
  • When to surrender: Churchill would say, “Never surrender!” But sometimes it’s the safer bet if it’s offered. Not all tables or casinos have this opportunity. Surrender on 16 if the dealer has a 9 through ace and stand on 15 if the dealer has anything other than a 10 face up. 

These strategies are just the beginning and are not a sure fire you’ll win but with a little luck and a little practice, you may get the hang of it. Expand your prowess even further by reading these in-depth strategy charts.

Where to Play Blackjack in Las Vegas

Every casino you enter in Las Vegas will have blackjack tables. Typically, some locations will offer a variety of bet minimums or even have more decks, increasing the house advantage.

As you research the places to play, take into consideration how much you want to risk to start. Some places are more strict on certain rules like whether the dealer hits on a soft 17, also known as H17 at the table. Hitting on a soft 17 means the hand contains an ace that is being counted as an 11. 

You’ll find some of the high bet minimums on the Strip but downtown has a lot of great locations for low bet minimums with big payouts. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has plenty of table games to choose from, including regular Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack, and Free Bet Blackjack.

Double Deck Blackjack means you play against the house with only 2 decks and the dealer shuffles these decks at the beginning of each hand. This increases your odds in winning against the house. 

As the name indicates, Free Bet Blackjack allows players to play without betting but it comes with a catch. If the house gets a 22, all bets on the table push. This version is played with 6 decks, 3:2 odds, “Free Doubles” and “Free Splits.”

The Best Place to Play Blackjack Downtown

Whether you’re staying downtown or looking to party downtown, there’s no better place to play blackjack. Book a downtown hotel room and enjoy all that the Plaza and Downtown Las Vegas have to offer.

The Best Downtown Las Vegas Podcast

Are you looking for something to pass the time? Something entertaining yet informational to fill your eardrums? We have you covered at the Plaza with one of the best podcasts Las Vegas has to offer.

Discover the Downtown podcast that will feed your craving for the inside scoop about gaming, the growing arts scene, and everything in between. 

The Best Downtown Las Vegas Podcast

In January 2020, The Plaza Hotel and Casino present On the Corner of Main Street, a podcast about everything downtown Las Vegas and beyond. 

Have you ever wanted to know the behind the scenes of some biggest events in the Valley or what makes the gaming industry tick? Get your fix with exclusive interviews and insight with gaming industry leaders and entertainers. You can get to know local officials and everything there is to uncover in one of the fastest-growing destinations in the world.

With a myriad of exclusive and entertaining perspectives, special guests Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel discusses topics range from gambling and events to new projects, but more often than not, where Vegas got her start and where it’s going next.

Hosted by locals and Vegas-insiders Lisa Melmed, Jonathan Jossel, Russell Aaron and Gary Vickery.

The Plaza Podcast Episodes

Since starting in early 2020, the hotel and casino podcast has featured a variety of eccentric special guests, including former mayor Oscar Goodman, the namesake of the best steakhouse in Las Vegas three years in a row.

Episode 1: It’s changing, trust me.

The pilot episode for Plaza’s podcast doesn’t disappoint. Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel shares his journey in revitalizing the hotel and casino as well as meeting two important local figures shaping what Las Vegas Downtown is today.

“No better place to be than downtown on the corner of the main street.”

Listen to Episode 1 now.

Episode 2: A young guy making downtown better.

Continuing the conversation from last week, this episode talks about the steady growth of Downtown with the first special guest, Sam Cherry, developer and head of the City of Las Vegas Planning Commission.

Listen to Episode 2 now.

Episode 3: Well done… Weldon.

This week we welcome godfather of bingo, Weldon Russell. Hosts Lisa, Jonathan, Russell, and Gary talk with the legend and Vietnam Veteran and Plaza’s staple and popular entertainment, bingo.

Listen to Episode 3 now.

Episode 4: Oscar B. Goodman.

He’s not just the name on the steakhouse. Mayor and former lawyer for reputed mob members, Oscar B. Goodman joins the rest of the Plaza podcast crew and shares some never-heard-before stories about Sin City.

Listen to Episode 4 now.

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The Ultimate Guide to Bingo

It’s a ball game enjoyed by all that requires little to no skill but a whole lot of luck: bingo. Read our ultimate to guide bingo and learn where and how to play this timeless game of chance.

Where Bingo Began

The game got its name from Edwin Lowe and his posse who popularized the game and sold the first sets across the United States during the early 20th century.

Bingo has more history than just a game for grandmas and gamblers though. It has its origins in mid-16th century Italy where it quickly spread to France and Germany as players eventually added tokens and calling out numbers. 

As an alternative form of lottery, the French gradually began to add the squares and the coordinating numbered tiles. With their use of 27 tiles, this variation helped inspire the game we know today.

By the early 20th century, bingo emerged in the United States at carnivals across Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. Spearheading the charge was Hugh J. Ward who would go on to compose the official rule book in 1933.

Edwin Lowe would make the most profit from this 2-dimensional match of fate, selling beans and 24 cards across the nation. Lowe originally called the game “Beano.” Legend has it that one of Lowe’s friends accidentally yelled out “Bingo!” instead of beano out of sheer excitement so the name stuck.

How to Play Bingo

Learning to play bingo is easy, and winning is possible as long as you’re paying attention. 

There are different ways to play bingo across the world, including:

  • Bonanza (played with 43 drawn numbers)
  • Bingo U Pick Them (similar to Keno)
  • Stallion Race (up to 15 players)
  • 30, 75, & 90 Ball (the amount of balls, aka numbers that are drawn)

For all bingo variations, participants will receive a ticket, card, or sheet with several numbered tiles on it. Next, a number will be called out from a bingo ball. These balls are chosen randomly. If your sheet or card has that number called out, you can mark it with a token or a designated approved marker. 

“Bingo!” is called out when you get a:

  • 1 line win (1 line is covered or marked off)
  • 2 line win (2 horizontal lines are marked off)
  • Full house win (all numbers are marked)

Some restrictions or other rules may apply so make sure you know before that first bingo ball is announced.

At the Plaza Hotel & Casino, players have the opportunity to win HOTBALL or CASHBALL. During the first game of a session, the first number pulled will be that session’s HOTBALL, meaning bingo on the HOTBALL number wins the posted jackpot. CASHBALL BONUS BALLS are awarded on the next four balls pulled during that same session.

Winning on the Hotball number and catching at least two of the four CASHBALL BONUS BALLS anywhere on your card, you can win up to $10,000 in bonuses.

To play bingo for money at a downtown casino, or any casino for that matter, you have to be 21 years of age or older. 

Where to Play Bingo in Las Vegas

Whether you’re a local or just visiting the valley, you’ll find a few options across the Las Vegas valley to satiate your bingo craving.

The Palace Station

A local place, the Palace Station casino offers 307 seats in their bingo rooms. 

South Point Casino

They offer 8 bingo sessions daily at their hotel and casino, offering jackpots every session.

Rampart Casino

Way off the Strip-beaten path and within the Summerlin area, you can try your luck at the Rampart Casino. They have large bingo rooms and sessions every day.

The Plaza Hotel & Casino

The only place where you can play the best bingo in Downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino offers options to win big or just have a good time. Located on the 3rd floor, the 280-seat bingo room gives guests six daily bingo sessions: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm.

Super Bingo

Can’t get enough bingo and want to take your luck to the next level? Join hundreds of people from across the country for Plaza’s Super Bingo. Over two days, bingo contenders play over 60 games, competing in the tournament for the ultimate cash prize. 

The Best Place to Play Bingo Downtown

Whether you’re staying downtown or looking to party downtown, there’s no better place to play bingo, the classic game of serendipity. Book a downtown hotel room and enjoy all that the Plaza and Downtown Las Vegas have to offer.

Where to Watch the Madness This March

March may mean sunnier days in Vegas and a downtown St. Patrick’s Day party but it also means basketball madness. College basketball fans nationally gear up to watch the biggest tournament of the year. 

March is one of the best times of year to watch college basketball as the best teams in the country compete in a winner-take-all extravaganza. After the big football game in February, the basketball mania this March offers a whole month of watch party events across the country.

What Is March Mania?

This basketball madness happens in March, also known as March Mania. The tournament is played by 68 teams and holds 67 games over 19 days. It’s a jam-packed season that basketball fans go crazy over. 

In 2019, Virginia won against Texas Tech with a final score of 85-77. Last year was the first NCAA Tournament Championship for the Cavaliers. The college basketball teams favored this year include the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Kansas Jayhawks, Baylor Bears, and Louisville Cardinals.

If you’re in Las Vegas for the March tournament, you’ll want to find somewhere with large TVs and great drink specials to watch all the games.

Where to Watch March Mania Downtown

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas is the place to go to watch the March Mania tournament. The viewing party will be held in The Plaza Event Center, which has 18 screens, 2 projectors, and plenty of seating space. Every TV will play the tournament so every seat will have a great view.

The March Mania Viewing Party takes place March 19 – 22 with doors opening at 8am. Drink specials include: 

  • Jameson shot $5
  • Guinness $5
  • Jameson Shot and a Domestic Beer $8

Pop Up Pizza will provide its world-class slices. 

To gain access to the March Mania Viewing Party, purchase tickets online today! A March Mania one-day pass is $20 and a four-day pass is $40. Each pass includes 1 koozie, 1 drink & 1 food item for each day.

March Mania 2020

Don’t another year of March Mania and get your tickets today. You could also enter to win the $24,000 March Mayhem drawing.

Stay the whole weekend at the Plaza by booking a hotel room downtown.

Las Vegas Demolition Derby March 2020: Get Down & Derby

It’s that time of year to get down and derby in Downtown Las Vegas. The Demolition Derby is back this March 2020, for the CASINO BATTLE ROYALE weekend event you don’t want to miss.

What is a Demolition Derby?

A demolition derby is a heated competition but with cars. This kind of competition includes an arena with usually five or more drivers. The last vehicle remaining on all four wheels his hence dubbed demolition king or queen of the derby. 

It’s important to note for the car lovers out there that the derby involves demolishing much older cars. Although originally from the United States, many other countries have adopted this raucous occasion of cars crashing into one another for sport.

What makes the derby especially entertaining is that it takes place not on a race track or road of any sort, but a muddy track, which acts more as an outdoor boxing ring. This tough terrain slows down the cars and makes it more difficult for them to ram into one another. It’s nonetheless a heart-stopping competition full of muddy mayhem.

History of the Demolition Derby

Demolition derbies started gaining popularity in the 1950s and became a standard event at fairs and festivals. In the 1970s, the sport’s popularity was at an all-time high and events were commonly held in large arenas and broadcasted on television. 

Nowadays, the derby has its subculture and is still popular in certain areas across the world. A demolition derby event will draw the attention of many fans, including drivers of all ages.

The Demolition Derby in March 2020

This 2020 Spring, The Plaza Hotel & Casino, with the help and expertise of Stirrin’ Dirt Racing, the largest demolition derby promoter in the west, is hosting the CASINO BATTLE ROYALE Demolition Derby March 26th through the 28th. Those purchasing single-day or three-day tickets can expect a full weekend of mud and cars. The family-friendly event will take place at the CORE Arena on the Plaza property.

What to Expect

The event will be open to children and a fun event for anyone looking to see some action! There will be two car classes, Mini Cars, which are 80s to 90s front-wheel-drive foreign and domestic cars, and Stock Class, which are stock built old Detroit iron cars.

You can also book a room and ticket combo to save on the tickets and stay close to all the action during the Demolition Derby this March.

Down and Derby Downtown

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between Demolition Derby March 2020 events to relax and refresh. 

You’ll also be close to all the entertainment that downtown Las Vegas has to offer, so you can keep on partying even after the demolition derby events. See all of our upcoming events and entertainment.

St. Patrick’s Day Party in Downtown Las Vegas

What better way is there to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day downtown than by drinking green beer, pinching people who aren’t wearing green, and catching a free fireworks show?

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St patricks day downtown las vegas

Downtown Las Vegas is a popular destination for locals and tourists to come and celebrate the day. People come together and celebrate with fun party games and a photo booth. 

Starting at 7 p.m., The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be celebrating the holiday under the green dome, which will be lit up with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

RSVP today and bring your friends and family to enjoy live music and drink specials inspired by the holiday. Dance the night away under the dome and at 10:30 p.m. there will be a spectacularly green firework show.

If you’re looking for the best deal on drinks, The Plaza is offering drink specials starting with $5 Jameson or Guinness beer and an $8 Jameson shot with a domestic beer for the month of March.

About St. Patrick’s Day

Historically, the holiday was created in the early 17th century to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is celebrated yearly on March 17th, the day that Saint Patrick died. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish and celebrations usually include parades, festivals, wearing green, and shamrocks. 

Traditionally, the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted on St. Patrick’s Day, which has encouraged the tradition of consuming a lot of alcohol on the holiday.

Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t directly an American holiday, we Americans just like the Irish, love any excuse to throw a parade and drink a lot of beer, so we adopted the tradition. If you’re looking for more activities to celebrate the holiday in downtown Vegas, you can see if you have the luck of the Irish and try your hand in the casino. 

This year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday, which makes it the perfect day to drink a lot, party downtown, and have a spectacular Sunday Funday.

The Place to Be Downtown 

If you plan on participating in the holiday shenanigans, book your downtown hotel room now. The holiday is widely celebrated in Las Vegas so be sure to book a room in advance to ensure that you can party on all night long. We have some of the best views and suites downtown. We’ll see you there in your best green outfit!

Downtown Las Vegas’s The Party Pit with Single Zero Roulette

Are you looking for the perfect place to play table games while enjoying an immersive atmosphere filled with great music and a dazzling view of Fremont Street? You shouldn’t have to choose between partying and playing your favorite games, and now you don’t have to.

What Is the Party Pit?

The Party Pit at The Plaza Hotel and Casino has 3:2 blackjack and the only single zero roulette game downtown. The dealers are beautiful and sporty, adding a touch of fun to your traditional table games. The Party Pit features an upbeat atmosphere where you can dance to the music while playing your favorite games with a twist. 

Come try out the only single zero roulette wheel in downtown Las Vegas while partying with beautiful dealers and fun people. The Party Pit is open Thursday through Sunday 6pm to 2am weekly.

What Is Single Zero Roulette?

Single zero roulette, also known as European roulette, only has one zero and does not include a double zero. There are only 37 numbers total on a single zero roulette wheel, but there are 38 numbers total on a roulette wheel that also includes a double zero. A single zero roulette game has better odds for the player since there are fewer numbers on the wheel. 

If roulette isn’t your style of casino table games, you can enjoy 10x odds on Craps, 3 Card Poker, and so much more!

The Place to Play and Party Downtown

If you’re going to be playing a game of roulette, your best bet is to play at the Party Pit at The Plaza. The single zero roulette wheel can only be found at The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas

Join in the fun at Downtown’s sportiest party pit.

Best Bingo in Downtown Las Vegas

Bingo has been around since the 16th century. Learn where Bingo came from and where to find the best bingo in Downtown Las Vegas.

The History of Bingo

The game of bingo has roots dating back as far as the 1500s when a popular game in Italy called “Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia” was regularly played. The game was similar to bingo because players would mark numbers that were randomly drawn out of a sack. There have been many variations of the game throughout history, and bingo originally came to America under the name of “beano”. It was later renamed “bingo” for the similar-sounding word.

As bingo became popularized in America, a mathematician, Carl Leffler, was hired to create 6,000 different bingo cards to create more combinations and possibilities. Bingo is now a popular game in the United States, especially in churches, casinos, and among retirement communities.

How to Play Bingo

Bingo is very easy to understand. In fact, it’s one of the easiest games to teach. The easiness of bingo is part of why it has become such a popular game. Playing bingo can be broken down into three easy steps.

Step 1: Get a scorecard

A bingo scorecard is needed to play and it has 25 randomly numbered squares on it under the letters “BINGO”.

Step 2: Listen to the caller call out letter and number combinations

There will be a designated caller at every bingo game. The caller will randomly select letter and number combinations. The letters always start with one of the letters in “BINGO” followed by a number.

Step 3: Place your bingo chips/dotter marks on your card when the right letter and number combination is called

The goal of bingo is to cover your card with a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line. That’s called getting a “bingo”. You place a bingo chip/dotter mark on the letter and number combination on your card when it is called. When you have a line, then you say “BINGO!”

The Best Place to Play Bingo in Downtown Las Vegas

There are many places to play bingo in Las Vegas, but the only bingo room in downtown Las Vegas is at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. This bingo room holds 280 people, and there are six daily bingo sessions. Jackpots vary by session, and there are also hotball jackpots and cashball bonuses that can be collected. There are also frequent games of Super Bingo

Super Bingo

Super Bingo is everything the name says it is: a super event for bingo lovers across the country. People from Canada to Hawaii attend this epic bingo extravaganza featuring Our $175,000 tournament. Expect many fun-filled games of Bingo over 2 days and a super coverall both days. The Plaza Hotel Casino offers bingo only sessions for $130 or room-and-bingo packages that start at $239 for a three-night stay. 

Bingo Bash

Plaza Hotel & Casino is planning a bingo party in 2020 that you’ll not want to miss. Sunday, January 5, 2020, join hundreds for the $50 buy-in event, Bingo Bash. Enjoy package deals that include Friday & Saturday night for $100.

Bingo Millions

The fun doesn’t stop there. You can play to win MILLIONS every day at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Bingo Millions & Bingo Millions Mini cards be purchased and played on paper and electronics. Learn the official rules here.

The Place to Be and to Play Bingo Downtown 

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between bingo and other entertainment to relax and refresh. 

Parking In Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas parking has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. There used to be plenty of free parking in Las Vegas, but not so much anymore. When you park on the strip, many hotels and casinos will charge you even if you’re a guest staying there, but parking downtown is often much cheaper. 

Parking in Downtown Las Vegas

Most downtown hotels will allow guests staying there to park for free. Considering the cost of parking might be something you want to take into account when choosing whether to stay on the Strip or to stay in downtown Las Vegas. 

Parking downtown can be tricky, and we believe that your Las Vegas adventure should be hassle-free from start to finish, so we’ve compiled a parking guide to help you when it comes to finding a spot to leave your car downtown.

Parking at the Plaza

Parking at the Plaza Hotel & Casino is convenient and affordable. To access the self-parking garage and the valet service, head to Main Street and Carson Avenue. Located on Main Street at Bridger Avenue is a self-parking surface lot. Self-parking in these areas is always free for Plaza hotel guests, but everyone else can still enjoy free parking for the first 60 minutes! 

Non-hotel guests can have their parking refunded if validated at Oscar’s Steakhouse or the Plaza casino based upon play. Parking at The Plaza is often one of the cheapest options for parking downtown if you plan to stay for just a short time, or if you plan to play in the casino. Some of the advantages to parking at The Plaza are that your car will be safe, it will be covered and out of the heat, and it will be easy to remember where you parked your car. Parking for up to 4 hours is only $5 and parking over 4 hours is only $10.

Parking at the Fremont Street Experience

If you’re headed to the Fremont Street Experience, there are several options when it comes to parking. There are self-parking garages near the Fremont Street Experience, and valet parking at several casinos in the area, including the Golden Nugget, Fremont, and Four Queens. 

Also, you can find street parking that charges by the hour, or there may be free street parking at some times of the day. Be sure to check the signs around street parking because parking is prohibited during certain hours and it can differ even based on which side of the street you’re parked on. 

The five-block area that comprises the West End of the Fremont Street Experience is a popular attraction for visitors, and the Plaza offers excellent parking for this downtown area. Some members of the Royal Rewards Club may be awarded free parking in paid areas, depending upon membership tier and points earned. If you’re not already a member, it’s fast, easy, and free to sign up online!

Container Park Parking

For convenient access to Container Park, consider parking at the El Cortez self-parking area. The price to park at the El Cortez changes based on the day and time that you are parking, so be sure to check what the rates are. You can also find street parking in the area that charges by the hour, or pay-to-park lots. Many businesses and restaurants will validate a couple of hours of parking if you purchase something at their location.

Main Street Parking

If you’re headed to Main Street, there’s convenient valet parking between Stewart and Ogden or you can try the self-parking garage located slightly north of Stewart Ave. There’s another public lot at First Street. Both self-parking garages charge a few dollars for parking.

Downtown Parking Tips

When it comes to parking in Downtown Vegas, parking at the Plaza is one of the most convenient options — especially if you’re a Royal Rewards Club member or a hotel guest! There’s no denying that using the Plaza’s free 60 minutes of parking is the best option in Downtown Vegas, either. Your car will be safe from people and safe from the weather. 

shepard fairey plaza mural downtown las vegas

Read the Signs

There is parking available on downtown side streets for a small fee, although you’re likely to find garage parking far more convenient. If you do opt for side-street parking, make sure to have a major credit card handy to pay the parking fee, as cash is not accepted. Know what times you are parking and research the street parking rules of where you plan to park. The street parking rules and regulations vary downtown, and street parking is typically around one dollar per hour for most spots. 

Watch the Time

If you need to add time to your street parking, some stations will let you add it from your phone through the convenience of an app, or you can add time to your current spot with a code on the ticket that you will receive from the machine. 

For first-time visitors to Vegas, the idea of parking may be intimidating. However, it’s easier than you might think to find accessible parking downtown. When mapping out your Las Vegas itinerary, decide where you’ll be parking ahead of time. With a little planning, you can find the best parking and make your Vegas experience fun and hassle-free!  

If You Don’t Want to Park

There’s always the option of choosing not to park as well. In recent years, Lyft and Uber have become popular in Las Vegas because they offer cheap and convenient ways to get around the city without having to worry about parking or finding a sober driver. You can also take a taxi around the town. Please remember to never drink and drive.  

Where to Watch the Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo

The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas is a must-see event that’s been happening yearly for over 30 years. The Las Vegas NFR 2019 takes place December 5-14 and marks the 35th year of the rodeo. 

Wrangler Nation Finals Rodeo: The Big Game of Rodeo

The event attracts rodeo fans from across the world in addition to locals and tourists looking for some fun. Each year the NFR has a way of transforming the look and feel of Las Vegas. You’ll see people walking around in jeans, cowboy boots, and big hats all over the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.

About NFR

The main event takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, but this year CORE Arena and Equestrian Center returns with its two outdoor arenas, the perfect place for roping practice and exercise. The Plaza is one of the most equine-friendly places to stay in Las Vegas during Las Vegas NFR 2019. 

What to Expect

There will be plenty of large stalls for rodeo participants to keep their horses with 24-hour security and veterinarian services provided by Outlaw Equine. Participants can rest easy knowing their horses will be safe and well cared for.

The 2019 NFR is so much more than just your typical rodeo. Event attendees will see plenty of roping, wrangling, riding, and enjoy entertainment and performances from large country music stars. There will be drinking, dancing, cheering, and plenty of excitement. Be sure to get your NFR tickets in advance if you’re planning to attend because the event does sell out!

Where to Saddle up and Cheer

In addition to the equine accommodations, The Plaza has great rooms to stay for rodeo participants too! There are rooms starting at just $32 per night and special packages when booking rooms and horse stalls. 

The Plaza is just steps away from all the excitement of downtown Las Vegas and provides guests with plenty of great food and drink options like Oscar’s Steakhouse, which serves some of the best steak and cocktails in Las Vegas.

The Place to Be and Wrangle Downtown

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between NFR and other entertaining events to relax and refresh.

The Best Places to Play Keno Downtown Las Vegas

Keno. It’s a gambling staple that many locals and visitors enjoy. It combines numbers and chance into a potentially lucrative pastime. Discover how and where to play Keno in Downtown Las Vegas.

What Is Keno?

Keno is a gambling game similar to lottery or bingo that is typically played in casinos. It is a game of chance that is based on drawing numbers that have to correspond to numbers on a card. 

Players choose numbers from 1 to 80 and then 20 numbers are drawn at random. If enough numbers drawn match the numbers that players selected on their card, then the player wins.

Where Does Keno Come from?

The origins of Keno can be traced back to China where legend says the game saved an ancient city during a time of war. It is also said that the funds raised from Keno helped to build The Great Wall of China. 

However, the word keno has Latin roots meaning “five” or “five winning numbers.” The game was brought over to America by Chinese immigrants in the 1800s.

How to Play Keno

You may have heard of keno but you may not know how to play it. Here are the steps to learning how to play:

  1. Get a Keno Card. This can be acquired from the live Keno lounge on the casino floor.
  2. Select Your Numbers. You can select numbers from 1 to 80 to play. Each number you select is called a spot
  3. Pay for Your “Spots.” The amount you place to bet depends on the game.
  4. Wait and Follow Along. Watch as the winning numbers are selected and match them up to the numbers you selected for your Keno card.
  5. Collect Your Winnings! If enough of your numbers are selected, you win!

Where to Play Keno Downtown

You can now have a date with lady luck and try your hand at Keno downtown at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. Games run every five to eight minutes in the brand-new live Keno lounge on the casino floor from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Monitor your game live in various locations throughout the casino, giving you the perfect opportunity to explore and grab a drink or bite to eat while you play keno downtown.

There are monitors located in the Brightside Breakfast & Burgers Restaurant, the Race & Sportsbook bar, Omaha Lounge, Hash House A-Go-Go, and the bingo room on the third floor.

The Place to Be and Play Downtown

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the place to be downtown. With a downtown hotel room at The Plaza, you’ll be able to go back to your room in between Keno and other entertaining events to relax and refresh.

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.

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 guests staying at the Plaza Hotel & Casino can enjoy a dip at the pool 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.

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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.

What to Expect at the Life Is Beautiful Festival 2019

Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant area full of art and culture that speaks to both a great past and promising future. The Life is Beautiful Festival, which returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, September 20th, and runs through Sunday, September 22nd, is a testament to this unique culture. 

The festival will bring some of today’s most celebrated musicians, chefs, artists, comedians and speakers to the downtown art district for a three-day inspirational social platform and celebration of life.

The Plaza Hotel and the Life Is Beautiful Festival

The Plaza Hotel and Casino has been an integral part of Downtown Las Vegas throughout its historic past. Today, as the area continues to undergo substantial change and growth, we continue to create the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication while providing an old-school Vegas feel paired with modernism.

The effort put forth by the Life is Beautiful team is something we admire, and as a fellow Downtown Las Vegas business, we certainly appreciate the buzz it creates for our community and downtown culture. 

Adjacent to the arts district, The Plaza has been a hub for those who have attended previous Life is Beautiful festivals and will continue to be one this year as well. Whether you need a Luxe room to rest between days of the festival, something to eat and drink, or just some help with directions, we are here to help make your Life is Beautiful experience as enjoyable and empowering as possible. 

There are three free re-entries per day for all general admission festival guests, so come to enjoy a meal and drink with us at one of our many restaurants and bars and sit back and rest your feet. The Plaza Hotel and Casino will also offer event parking for the festival at a competitive price.

The Music at Life is Beautiful

There will be a large variety of artists playing at Life is Beautiful over the three days. With headliners like Chance the Rapper, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and many more, there’s no doubt the festival will be packed with good vibes and great sounds. There are multiple stages where you and your group can enjoy the music, including one stage that is a dome with an electronic feel where most DJs will play. 

The first shows on the lineup will start around 2 or 3 p.m. and headliners will close out the festival around 11 p.m. or midnight. The festival provides music lovers with a variety of genres, and you’ll find everything from rap and hip hop to EDM and alternative.

The Art of Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is a celebration of art and culture. There will be modern art exhibits, walk through art exhibitions like the “Art Motel,” and traditional art exhibits with photography and paintings. The whole festival can be thought of as a work of art, providing an opportunity at every corner to enthrall the senses of festival attendees. 

Outside festival grounds in the Downtown Las Vegas community there is also plenty of art to be seen. There are plenty of beautiful art pieces to take in and enjoy, and they also act as the perfect setting for photos.

Murals at Plaza Hotel Casino

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is adorned with murals by street artists Shepard Fairey and D*Face that scale the whole building from top to bottom. These murals were some of the most challenging murals they’ve ever created. Each artist had to overcome personal and unexpected challenges like changing weather patterns. 

Using scaffolding and the natural curvature of the Plaza Hotel, each artist transformed a side of the hotel into a living piece of art. Both murals will add color and life to an already vibrant downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience. Come to see the murals today for yourself and explore the rest of the art downtown.


Above: Shepard Fairey’s piece “Cultivate Harmony”. Fairey, known for his iconic 2008 “Hope” poster of President Obama has transformed American pop culture with his modern art and now he’s transformed the Plaza into a living piece of artwork

Above: One of the latest pieces of art to join the Downtown Las Vegas area is a large mural created by D*Face, an English multimedia street artist known for his sold-out galleries and collaboration with the world’s top music artists

The Food

Over 70 local and regional eateries with a variety of cuisine will be present at Life Is Beautiful 2019. Attendees can enjoy food from different cultures such as Mexico, Asia, and India among others. There will be many places for festival-goers to enjoy food and learn about the art of cooking. If you’re looking for a bite to eat after the festival, you can come over to The Plaza to grab a late-night bite at Pop Up Pizza or Brightside Breakfast & Burgers.

The Drinks

For those over the age of 21, there are plenty of excellent alcoholic drink options like craft beers and artisanal cocktails. Drinks will be available from specific alcohol vendors as well as at full-service bars at the festival. There are also plenty of bars to enjoy outside festival grounds in the downtown Las Vegas area. Come and join us for a drink at The Plaza where we will have drink specials for festival-goers.

The Location

The downtown Las Vegas area has a lot to offer to festival-goers inside and outside of festival grounds. Just outside the official festival grounds, you’ll find the Fremont Street Experience which is an overhead lights display lined with bars and casinos on each side. 

At the end of the Fremont Street Experience, you’ll find The Plaza where you can enjoy casino games, great food, and refreshing drinks when you need a break from the festival. There is so much to see in downtown Las Vegas that you’ll want to set aside some extra time for exploring outside the festival grounds.

Tickets & Packages

There are several different ticket options for Life is Beautiful. Entrance to Life is Beautiful starts at $145 for one day General Admission and $315 for 3-day General Admission. If you’re looking to upgrade your festival experience, there are VIP, VIP+, and All-In options that start at $665 for the three days and include things like shaded lounge areas, concierge services, exclusive food and drink vendors, and private bathrooms. 

The All-In pass gets you everything at all the other levels, in addition, to access to the artist hospitality lounge, an exclusive culinary tasting experience, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

After Parties

Each night after the Life Is Beautiful festival ends; revelers can keep the partying going Unde the Dome at the Plaza. This Life Is Beautiful after-party features a live DJ set and complimentary entry to everyone that is looking to dance under our famous lights. Festival-goers over 21 and over can enjoy a refreshing drink from the bars opening up for the after-party.

Man Wins $270K at The Plaza After Betting His Life Savings

Ashley Revell: ‘That spin was the most amazing moment of my life. It is a cliché but time did stand still. It was just complete calm.’

Ashley Revell

For Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old man from London, gambling his life savings in Las Vegas actually paid off. In possibly the most famous bet of recent years, a 32-year-old Ashley Revell from Kent sold all of his worldly possessions to bet everything he owned on the roulette table in Vegas.

Back in 2004, he won $270,600 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in a double-or-nothing bet at the roulette wheel. Revell chose to bet on red with a less than a 50/50 chance of doubling his life savings of $135,300.

There was a whole film crew there to film his wager. At first, the bet was supposed to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel, but they wouldn’t accept the wager.

The Plaza was up for the fun though! As the roulette wheel spun the anticipation grew before finally landing on Red 7.

Ashley Revell sold all of his possessions in order to make up the $135,300 he bet at The Plaza. After winning the $270,600, Revell decided to start a poker website, Poker UTD, and he also entered the online gambling market with an iGaming recruitment website. Revell decided to take a trip to Holland shortly after the bet in Las Vegas where he met his wife. They now have two kids.

There hasn’t been a bet quite as unique as Revell’s since then. It even spawned a reality television show called “Red or Black” created by Simon Cowell.

If you’re wanting to test your luck like Revell did, you can come down to the Plaza Hotel & Casino and play one of the many tables or slots with the hopes of winning big.

Play To Win A 2019 Ford Mustang

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The Mustang is one of the most well-known and well-respected sports cars. As the best-selling sports car in the world, it has an excellent  reputation. If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a Mustang, now you’ll get your chance to win a 2019 Ford Mustang just for playing in the casino at The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

There will be a total of 15 winners selected, and five car qualifiers will compete in an exciting live stage game to win a brand new 2019 Ford Mustang! The drawing for the $30,000 Mustang Mojo will take place on March 30th at 8:15 PM, but players will have the ability to earn points from until March 30th. Players earn entries by playing on the slot machines, table games, or bingo. For the slots, one point is one drawing entry. For bingo, every dollar wagered is one drawing entry. Entries for table play is earned based on time played, average bet, and type of game.

About the 2019 Ford Mustang

The new Ford Mustang is extremely fast and comes equipped with plenty of exciting features like standard LED headlights and a rear-view camera.

The 2019 Ford Mustang is even being used as a racing car in places around the world like Australia where it will make its Supercars debut. All models of the car come with power handling for on and off the track. Ford has expanded their color package, and the 2019 Mustang will be offered in more colors than ever seen before. All models of the 2019 Ford Mustang have powerful engines and great speed.

Downtown Las Vegas Casino

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is one of the best locations in Downtown Las Vegas for slot play and table play. There are plenty of slots to choose from on the casino floor, and each point on the slots will get you one entry to win the 2019 Ford Mustang.

To get the most out of your play, sign up for the Royal Rewards program to get discounts, promotions, and free offers while you play.

You can register for the Royal Rewards program free online.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday in Las Vegas

Revised: November 21st, 2018

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are finally here. Here are some tips to maximize your experience this year.

After a day of turkey and football, the attention turns to the shopping spectacle known as Black Friday, the day of the year when every retailer rolls back prices to levels far below ordinary sales.

Black Friday Travel Deals

Black Friday isn’t only for televisions and personal items, travel deals are some of the best Black Friday deals available. If you want to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars on your next getaway, Black Friday might be the best time of year to book your hotel room. Start planning your next winter wonderland or summer escape vacation by booking your hotel room and flights.

Save Money on Hotel Rooms

Black Friday is a great time of year to book hotel rooms. Many online travel agencies will be promoting great offers, but the best rates are still directly through hotels.

Plaza’s Black Friday Deal

The Plaza Hotel Casino will have our own Black Friday/Cyber Monday hotel room offer. Save 30% off current room rates on travel thru March 31st.

Black Friday Cyber Monday Hotel Room Sale

If our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale doesn’t apply to the dates you are traveling, check our promotions and deals page for other offers where you can still save up to 25% off current room rates.

Save Money on Flights

After you’ve saved money on your hotel room, it’s time to book your flight. Black Friday means the lowest fares are on display from the largest airlines in the world. Most major airlines will be offering ridiculously low fares on domestic and international flight. Here are just a few of the airlines to keep track of.

Southwest Airlines

While Southwest is promising to announce daily deals throughout the holiday weekend, they’ve already started offering discounts on flights for Black Friday. Check out their offers below.

  • Save $125 on U.S. destinations with promo code SAVE125DOM.*
  • Save $250 on international destinations with promo code SAVE250INT.*

*see website for full restrictions

Delta Airlines

Not to be outdone, Delta Airlines has teased several Black Friday and Cyber Monday flight deals that they will be releasing on their Flight Deals page.
*see website for full details & restrictions

Other Airlines

Want a live feed of flight deals for Black Friday? Skyscanner has you covered. Skyscanner is publishing flight deals as they happen. Keep their Black Friday live feed loaded up in your browser as you shop online to snag the lowest prices on the most popular destinations throughout the world.

Pair a ridiculously low airline fare with the Plaza’s great Black Friday deal for a vacation that will leave you with plenty of entertainment money for all the amazing shows that Las Vegas has to offer.

Entertainment Black Friday Deals

Now that you’ve booked your hotel and room, now comes the fun part. With all that extra cash, you can enjoy some of the best shows Las Vegas has to offer at a discounted price. Here are just a few of the fun things going on around Las Vegas.

Best Retail Black Friday Deals

If you’re going to be in the Las Vegas area this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, check out some of the local Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals available at both retail stores and their online sites.

Best Buy

The wildly popular electronics retailer is a huge destination on Black Friday. They’ve just posted their pre-Black Friday deals with some items at discounts of 70% off or more! Best Buy deals on the Monday after Thanksgiving are often better than on the morning of Black Friday, so plan carefully to get the best prices! Check them out at their location near The Strip at 3820 S Maryland Pkwy. or at www.bestbuy.com/site/black-friday/sale-ad/.

Walmart

Massive retailer Walmart is one of the flagship Black Friday venues this year, and leaked information has indicated that they’ll have a 65” 4K TV on sale for $398, a deal on the Xbox One S 1 TB with Minecraft for $199, and a Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider-Man Bundle for $199. Visit Walmart stores Thursday, 11/22/18 starting at 6pm to beat some of the Friday morning shopping insanity at 4505 W Charleston Blvd. or at www.walmart.com starting on Wednesday, 11/21/18 starting at 10PM ET.

Kohl’s

This all-time favorite clothing and household accessories retailer always delivers a stellar Black Friday experience, and they often start their deals a few days earlier to give shoppers plenty of time to get what they need. They just released their pre-Black Friday deals and it looks to be a good year! Their Black Friday Deals are available online now through Friday or in stores Thursday at 5pm(local time). Visit the Las Vegas location at 8671 W Charleston Blvd., just west of downtown Las Vegas or at www.kohls.com.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

The sports and outdoors experts always create a fun and exciting Black Friday experience for shoppers, and this year is sure to be a blast! They haven’t released their ad yet, but if it’s anything like last year, it promises to be full of hugely discounted gear for the active individual. From clothing to sporting equipment and everything in between, visit Dick’s at 3200 S Las Vegas Blvd. or at www.dickssportinggoods.com.

Lowes

The home improvement giant offers up a comprehensive Black Friday ad that includes everything from power tool sets to refrigerators. They do a great job of putting rows and rows of stocking stuffer-type goods on sale, so Black Friday is a great time to stock up for the tool-loving enthusiasts in your life. Find them at 2875 E Charleston Blvd. or at www.lowes.com.

Participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a rite of passage for most, but with some careful planning and a little patience, you can find some incredible deals and be in and out of the stores in no time. Be sure to pre-plan breaks in the day, like breakfast at your favorite Las Vegas coffee shop, or maybe lunch at Pop Up Pizza. Keep yourself adequately fed and you’ll only be hungry for the sales!

Bingo Millions

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What would you do with a million dollars? That’s probably a question you’ve briefly thought about, but never really considered. Would you go on vacation? Buy a brand-new car? Get a vacation house in Hawaii? Anything in your wildest dreams could become a reality just by playing bingo at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Every day we at the Plaza give you the chance to get rich instantly by playing Bingo Millions.

Games are hosted daily at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, 7 PM, and 9 PM in the Plaza Bingo Room. Prizes start at $500 for a coverall in 54 exactly and go over $1,000,000 for a coverall in 47 or less. You will have five chances every day to become a millionaire!

The origins of bingo root back to the 1500s. Where a very similar lottery game was being played in Italy. In 1778, the French game, called Le Lotto, appeared with nine columns and three rows. Then in the early 1920s bingo, as we know it today, was created by Hugh J. Ward. Today, bingo is primarily played in Las Vegas and in Native American casinos. The largest jackpot to date in Las Vegas history was $110,726 which was won in Summerlin’s Rampart Casino, but at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, you will have the chance to win a million dollars!

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is the only casino in Las Vegas to offer this variation of bingo. The million dollars are to be paid out in cash to the bingo winner. Specific rules and regulations apply.

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Vacation Giveaway: Live Like A Boss

3956--Like-a-Boss-Giveaway--Home-Slider-1600x500 Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live large in Las Vegas? You’ve probably seen plenty of shows and movies where people are staying in a luxurious penthouse and living out their wildest dreams in Sin City. People come to Las Vegas to play hard and win big, and now you’ll get the opportunity to do that while The Plaza pays the bills. Doing a luxurious trip to Las Vegas can come with a big price tag. Some of the best things to do in the city are dining at fine restaurants, enjoying a private cabana by the pool, seeing a show, and staying in the penthouse, but the vacation bill can rack up fast when you’re living large. That’s why we decided to do a giveaway where you can live like a boss! The Live Like a Boss Giveaway sponsored by The Plaza Hotel & Casino includes all the luxuries that Vegas high rollers enjoy during their trips. If you win, you’ll get to stay in the penthouse at The Plaza, a $200 dining credit to Oscar’s Steakhouse, and a cabana by the pool with $100 food and beverage credit to spend at the pool. The Penthouse Suite at The Plaza Hotel & Casino has all the amenities that your heart desires and you’ll be able to stay and play in luxury. With $200 to spend at Oscar’s Steakhouse, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest steaks in Sin City with exceptional views of Downtown Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience. Did we mention that Oscar’s Steakhouse won Best Steakhouse of 2017? Then, you can cool off pool-side in your own private cabana with someone to serve on you while you sip on drinks and have fun in the sun. If all of this sounds like a good time to you, then you can enter the Live Like a Boss Giveaway online. You have to be 21 to enter the contest and some rules and restrictions apply. To learn more or enter the giveaway, click the button below. Enter Now

Super Bingo Tournament At The Plaza

February Super Bingo at the Plaza Hotel Casino Bingo is one of the most popular games in Las Vegas, but Super Bingo takes it to an entirely new level. The Super Bingo Tournament brings hundreds of people from all over the world into Downtown Las Vegas for the chance to win big and meet other bingo players. It’s not uncommon to see people come from as far as Hawaii and even Canada to take part and play in the tournament. The tournament at The Plaza Hotel & Casino takes place over two days in the newly remodeled ballroom, and all players have the chance to win $175,000 overall. There is a super coverall both days of the bingo tournament, giving players even more of a chance to win. The super coverall on the first day of the competition awards $25,000 to a lucky player, and on the second day, $50,000 is awarded for the super coverall. To join the tournament, The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers bingo only sessions priced at $130. However, players also have the option to book room-and-bingo packages, which start at $239 for a three-night stay. The room-and-bingo packages are even a great option for locals because there will be an open bar during the sessions! Having a hotel room to go back to after a full day of the bingo tournament means that everyone can enjoy the open bar responsibly. A Super Bingo & Hotel Package includes a three-night stay at the hotel, two sessions of Super Bingo, two daubers to use during bingo, a gift, and provided lunch during each day of the tournament. The tournament takes place over several weekends during 2019. The next Super Bingo takes place February 10-12! Register Now In addition to the Super Bingo tournament, there is plenty to do and see in Downtown Las Vegas. You can step outside The Plaza and step right into the famous Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Las Vegas is also known for having some of the best food in the city. When you come to Las Vegas for the Super Bingo tournament you’re sure to enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Las Vegas Lights After Game Parties At The Plaza Hotel & Casino

3840--LVLFC-Logo-Box-550-x-247 The Las Vegas Lights FC made their debut in the United Soccer League in 2018, bringing even more of a sports craze to the city of lights. They are the first professional soccer team in Las Vegas since 1979 when the Las Vegas Seagulls of the American Soccer League played so bringing soccer back to Las Vegas was a big deal for many soccer fans. The name for the team was decided from a poll which included other names Las Vegas Silver Club, Club Vegas, Viva Vegas, and Las Vegas Action. However, Las Vegas Lights was ultimately decided on as the name of the team. Plaza Hotel & Casino is a proud sponsor of the Las Vegas Lights. The Plaza logo can be found on the front of their match shorts. Zappos, a large internet retailer with deep downtown Las Vegas roots, also sponsors the team. The Lights play at Cashman Field, which is in downtown Las Vegas so it’s safe to say that the team has many ties to the downtown area. Most of the team’s players are from the United States or Mexico, but there are also team members from Canada, El Salvador, Japan and even some Las Vegas locals, bringing great diversity to the team. The team has taken over the hearts of many Las Vegas locals and people are finding new ways to celebrate and support the team. After each Las Vegas Lights home game in downtown Las Vegas, fans from everywhere can come over to the Post-Game Pitch, which is outside in front of The Plaza Hotel & Casino, next to the Porte-cochere, to celebrate the team. If you were at the game supporting the team in person, show your game ticket to the bar staff at The Omaha Lounge to receive a Las Vegas Lights specialty drink on us! You might even get to meet some of the players while you’re there as they’ve been known to come celebrate with their fans. Come share your passion for soccer and grab a cold one to celebrate the Las Vegas Lights! See Schedule  

Cinco de Mayo at The Plaza

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The Best Cinco de Mayo Parties in Las Vegas

This year, Cinco De Mayo 2019 will be celebrated with plenty of Cinco de Mayo party opportunities to go all out and celebrate the holiday in downtown Las Vegas. There will be events and drink specials to keep you entertained in downtown Las Vegas including a party under the dome that The Plaza Hotel & Casino is taking part in on May 4th starting at 7 PM.

The party under the dome will have Lucha Libre Wrestling, a Mariachi Band playing live music, Folklórico Dancers, a Live DJ, Authentic Mexican Food & Drinks Specials, and Downtown’s Largest Piñata for you to take a swing at!

What to Eat at the Cinco de Mayo Party

One of the best parts of Cinco de Mayo is getting to celebrate by enjoying the Mexican culture’s food like street tacos and street corn. At the Cinco de Mayo party in downtown Las Vegas at The Plaza, you’ll have the chance to enjoy Zaba’s street tacos for $2.50 each or 6 tacos for $14.

There will be chicken or pork with the traditional garnish of onions and cilantro. To wash down your tacos, you can enjoy an Agua Fresca like Horchata, Pineapple, or Hibiscus. If you prefer something a little stronger, you can grab a margarita or a Mexican beer at one of the nearby bars.

This is sure to be the best party in Las Vegas with the most music, culture, and refreshments to offer. Get in the spirit of Cinco De Mayo and join us at The Plaza Hotel & Casino for the party and a couple of tequila shots. Olé!

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco De Mayo is traditionally a Mexican holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Pueblo in 1862. Cinco De Mayo is often mistaken to be Mexican Independence Day, but it is an entirely different holiday as Mexican independence was declared more than 50 years before the Battle of Puebla, which is what is celebrated on Cinco De Mayo.

Although the holiday is relatively small in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco De Mayo has become a celebration that incorporates Mexican culture, heritage, and tradition.

Additionally, the holiday celebrated in America often involves Cinco de Mayo parties which include eating traditional Mexican food such as tacos and drinking Mexican alcohol such as tequila or Mexican beer. The holiday is celebrated around the country with parades, parties, mariachi music, and festivals to celebrate the culture.

It’s a perfect time for people of all cultures to come together and celebrate all that the Mexican culture has to offer.


Luau Beach Party

3842-Luau2018-550x247-LogoBox When you think of the ideal vacation destination I bet two of the places that cross your mind almost immediately are Las Vegas and Hawaii. Unfortunately, the two are separated by the state of California and the Pacific Ocean so it’s hard to hit Las Vegas and Hawaii both in one trip. But, what if we could bring an authentic Hawaiian Luau Beach Party to Las Vegas? Hawaii and Las Vegas have a few things in common, they’re both hot and they’re both an excellent place to relax and unwind with friends and family. That’s why The Plaza Hotel & Casino decided to throw a Luau Beach Party and combine the best of both worlds. This authentic Hawaiian Luau in Las Vegas brings the beach to you at The Plaza’s rooftop pool. At this authentic Hawaiian Luau you get to feast like a king! Some of the items featured on the menu were Hawaiian favorites such as macaroni salad, lomi salmon salad, and Huli Huli chicken, and taro rolls. One of the main events of the feast was Lechon, slow roasted suckling pig which is a Hawaiian delicacy. There were also plenty of Hawaiian inspired drinks like Piña Coladas and a cash bar for convenience. The Aloha $15,000 Slot Tournament was a tournament with $150 buy-in and offered prizes to first place all the way through the fifteenth place. The first place winner took home $5,500! The slot tournament isn’t the only form of entertainment that will took place Memorial Day Weekend. There were Polynesian dancers at the Hawaiian Luau, a live fireworks show, and buffet serving authentic Hawaiian right next to the Pool at the Plaza.

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The Mob Museum and Oscars Give You A Deal You Can’t Refuse

Crime Lab at the Mob Museum It’s no secret that Las Vegas has strong ties to the mob that started around the 1950s. Originally, most of the casinos on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas were owned by the mob and organized crime was rampant throughout the city. The Mob Museum, or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opened its doors to downtown Vegas in 2012 and is one of the most popular attractions in the downtown area. The museum is an interactive journey through the history of the mob and organized crime as well as the history of Las Vegas and how the city’s roots are connected to the mob. Located in the old federal courthouse, the crown jewel of the museum is the second-floor courtroom where one of the Kefauver Committee hearings was held in the 1950s to expose organized crime. That courtroom now serves as part of the museum and plays a short film detailing the hearings and how they impacted the country.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

oscars steakhouse stock Just down the street from the museum is one of Las Vegas’ best restaurants, Oscar’s Steakhouse, named for Mayor Oscar Goodman himself. Before becoming mayor of Las Vegas, Goodman worked as a defense attorney and defended many clients that are featured in the mob museum that were accused of organized crime such as Meyer Lansky and Frank Rosenthal. Mayor Goodman has often been referred to as the city’s most popular mayor and served for the maximum amount of terms that a mayor can serve in Las Vegas. Named after Mayor Goodman, Oscar’s Steakhouse features perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill. The steakhouse overlooks downtown Las Vegas from its vantage point at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. In addition to the Mob Museum, a visit to Oscar’s is a must do when visiting downtown Las Vegas. Luckily, the two have teamed up to give you an offer you can’t refuse. You can get tickets to the Mob Museum and a three-course prix fixe meal at Oscar’s with a cocktail in one all-inclusive package which costs $99 per person. If you’re looking for a perfect night in downtown Vegas this is the best deal for you. Due to its popularity, we do encourage you to call ahead and make reservations at Oscar’s Steakhouse even if you’ve purchased a package. Book Your Package Now We hope to see you soon!

Here’s What to Expect at This Year’s Life is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant area full of art and culture that speaks to both a great past and promising future. The Life is Beautiful festival, which returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, September 22nd, and runs through Sunday, September 24th, is a testament of this unique culture. The festival will bring some of today’s greatest musicians, chefs, artists and speakers to the downtown art district for a three-day inspirational social platform and celebration of life. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has been an integral part of Downtown Las Vegas throughout its historic past. Today, as the area continues to undergo substantial change and growth we continue to create the perfect combination of comfort and sophistication while providing an old school Vegas feel paired with modernism. The effort put forth by the Life is Beautiful team is something we admire and as a fellow Downtown Las Vegas business, we certainly appreciate the buzz it creates for our community and downtown culture. Adjacent to the arts district, The Plaza has been a hub for those who have attended previous Life is Beautiful festivals and will continue to be one this year as well. Whether you need a room to rest between days of the festival, something to eat and drink, or just some help with directions, we are here to help make your Life is Beautiful experience as enjoyable and empowering as possible. There are three free re-entries per day for all general admission festival guests, so come enjoy a meal and drink with us at one of our many restaurants and bars and sit back and rest your feet. The Plaza Hotel and Casino will also offer event parking for the festival at a competitive price. If you’re looking to relax during the day before the festival we will host a Life Is Beautiful pool party at The Plaza on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. with music, dancing, and drinks.

Plaza Hotel Casino: Official Hotel Partner of Life is Beautiful

The Plaza is an official hotel partner of the Life Is Beautiful festival and festival goers.

The Music at Life is Beautiful

There will be around 80 artists playing at Life is Beautiful. With headliners like Muse, MGMT, Chance the Rapper, Gorillaz, Lorde, and Blink-182, there’s no doubt the festival will be packed with good vibes. There are four stages where you and your group can enjoy the music, including one stage that is a dome with an electronic feel where most DJs will play. The first shows on the lineup will start around 3 p.m. and headliners will close out the festival around 11 p.m. or midnight. The festival provides music lovers with a variety of genres to listen to and you’ll find everything from rap and hip hop to EDM and alternative.

Special Exclusive Performances and After Parties

On Saturday, September 23rd, festival headliners MGMT will play a private show in the iconic Plaza Showroom. Also on Saturday night, DJ Tokimonsta will be playing at the Plaza Events Center with free entrance. Both shows start at midnight. The night doesn’t have to end when the festival is over! Join us every night after the festival for a late night dance party under The Plaza’s dome with a variety of DJs or in the casino lounge where 70s disco funk band Wonder Boogie will play until 4 a.m. on Saturday. Full Calendar of Events Below
Event Name Venue Date Doors Open Cost
MGMT Showroom 9/23 Midnight Private Concert
Tokimonsta Plaza Events Center 9/23 Midnight Free Show
DJs Under the Dome 9/22 – 9/24 11:30 pm Free Show
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The Art of Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is a celebration of art and culture. There will be modern art exhibits, walk through art exhibitions like the “Art Motel”, and traditional art exhibits with photography and paintings. Art cars, which take festival goers to and from different stages, will be back in 2017 providing people with the opportunity to experience the marvels of light, sound, color and technology all working together seamlessly in one art piece. The whole festival can be thought of as a work of art, providing an opportunity at every corner to enthrall the senses of festival attendees. Outside festival grounds in the downtown Las Vegas community there is also plenty of art to be seen.

Murals At Plaza Hotel Casino

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is adorned with murals by street artists Shepard Fairey and D*Face that scale the whole building from top to bottom. These murals were some of the most challenging murals they’ve ever created. Each artist had to overcome personal and unexpected challenges like changing weather patterns. Using scaffolding and the natural curvature of the Plaza Hotel, each artist transformed a side of the hotel into a living piece of art. Both murals will add color and life to an already vibrant downtown Las Vegas and Fremont Street Experience. Come see the murals today for yourself and explore the rest of the art downtown. shepard fairey plaza mural downtown las vegas Above: Shepard Fairey’s piece “Cultivate Harmony”. Fairey, known for his iconic 2008 “Hope” poster of President Obama has transformed American pop culture with his modern art and now he’s transformed the Plaza into a living piece of artwork d face art mural downtown Above: One of the latest pieces of art to join the Downtown Las Vegas area is a large mural created by D*Face, an English multimedia street artist known for his sold-out galleries and collaboration with the world’s top music artists

The Food

Over 40 eateries with a variety of cuisine will be present at Life Is Beautiful 2017. Attendees can enjoy food from different cultures such as Mexico, Asia, and India among others. There will be many places for festival goers to enjoy food and learn about the art of cooking. If you’re looking for a bite to eat after the festival you can come over to The Plaza to grab a late night bite at Pop Up Pizza or Brightside Breakfast & Burgers, which will even have a DJ for your entertainment.

The Drinks

For those over the age of 21, there are plenty of excellent alcoholic drink options. Drinks will be available from specific alcohol vendors as well as at full-service bars. There are also plenty of bars to enjoy outside festival grounds in the downtown Las Vegas area. Come join us for a drink at The Plaza where we will have drink specials for festival goers. We look forward to seeing you at The Plaza in September to celebrate Life Is Beautiful!

WHERE TO FIND THE BEST WINE IN DTLV

Las Vegas-bound oenophiles rejoice! Good wine is easy to find in Vegas, if you know where to look

drinks dining restaurant bar party wine glasses red wine bottle Are you an oenophile? An oenophile is someone who has a true love of wine. Whether you’re new to wine tasting, a seasoned veteran who can rightfully claim the ‘enthusiast’ title, or you’re at the far end of the spectrum and the oenophile label applies to your obsession, you’ll find exactly what you desire in the Downtown Las Vegas wine scene. Read on to discover the best places to grab a glass of wine in DTLV. Fremont street is the ideal place to savor a glass of your favorite wine. Several restaurants and bars offer patio-style seating that delivers a front row vantage point for some serious people watching and wine drinking. Container Park, an innovative shopping, dining, and entertainment venue in the DTLV area, offers several outdoor seating areas throughout the top and bottom levels that are inviting and ideally suited to both adults and kids. The Arts District is home to several eateries and bars that serve a nice selection of wines – plus, many of these locales are situated right over hot spots like Charleston Boulevard or Art Square. Bar+Bistro is a nice spot in DTLV that offers a huge patio area that can accommodate live music acts on the weekends, which is right when they offer their Sunday Hangover Brunch. Mingo’s in DTLV is another great spot and it is situated right across from the Brett Wesley Gallery. Sidebar is located right next to the Mob Museum and delivers an appropriate speakeasy feel, handcrafted cocktails, a full wine list, and small plates – all in an intimately-designed space. Other great venues in DTLV include The Wineyard, which is located right at Fremont and 6th street, bin 702, tucked away discreetly in the center of Container Park, and Park on Fremont, offering an eclectic menu of food and drink options – including several wine varieties, right on S Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont Street. Finally, our own Omaha Bar is open 24 hours a day and is located right on the casino floor, if you don’t want to go far. A refreshing white wine is the perfect complement to a hot streak on the tables. To truly experience an incomparable wine list, you’ll want to make a reservation at Oscar’s Steakhouse, a favorite of hotel guests and outside visitors alike. In addition to select glasses of wine being offered at 50% off during our daily happy hour, Oscar’s Steakhouse is also launching a Local’s Night every Wednesday, starting Oct 26, with 50% off all wine bottles for local patrons. Regardless of where you choose to sample your favorite glass of wine, rest assured that DTLV is the place to be to discover exciting new food, drink, and entertainment offerings. Raise your glass, and toast the renaissance that is happening in the downtown Vegas.  

Beer Garden Concert Series

Among all of the places to grab a drink or a bite to eat in downtown Las Vegas, you can’t beat the ambiance of our indoor/outdoor Beer Garden space. With live music and a laid-back vibe, you’ll want to make sure to keep your evenings free this October. Visit the Plaza’s Beer Garden to gain access to incredible bands, DJs, food, and refreshments. Here’s a preview of what you can expect: plaza-beer-garden-concert-series  

October 1

HIDDEN LEVELS – Named after the concealed paths to success in video games, this band blends a simple structure with a bassist, guitarist/singer, and drummer, but they prove quality means more than quantity. Special-K – This Vegas-based, indie-rock band is a fearsome trio led by singer/guitarist Aldridge Basiga. Bass player Jacob Lasky and drummer Justin Ptak have helped elevate the band from desert show openers to local hero status. Indigo Kidd – Billing themselves as a post-punk/rock band, songs like First Light and Mr. Lepard will have you grooving in no time. DJ Fish – The upcoming show on October 1st will artfully showcase DJ Fish’s smooth DJ punk/new wave/indie sounds.  

October 8

The Acid Sisters – Members Elayna, Nick, Lizzie, Dusty, and Jacob deliver a unique blend of psychedelic garage rock that will get you feeling loose in no time. Serpentfoot – All the way from the front range of Colorado comes this trippy trio and their unique brand of psychedelic grunge rock. The Astaires – This local Las Vegas mod rock band is led by singer/guitarist Crom Fallon and is a perennial favorite at intimate venues in the area. DJ Jacob Savage – Spinning seriously infectious grooves, DJ Jacob Savage delivers a distinct sound that’ll get your pulse up when kicking back in the Beer Garden.  

October 15

Same Sex Mary – Hailing from Boulder City, Nevada, Same Sex Mary is an independent rock band that is well known on the Vegas indie music scene. Glass Pools – Electronic dance rock is the music of choice for local group Glass Pools. Join the fan club this October! DJ Fish – Returning for a second showcase, you can catch DJ Fish if you missed him the first time around or simply come back for more of his eclectic tunes.  

October 22

Adult Books – Alternative rockers with the provocative name return for a night of fun led by members Nick, Daniel, and M.M. No Tides – This East Las Vegas, NV band is back with their unique take on garage, surf, rock, and urban tunes. Kurumpaw – Psychedelic surf rock is the best way to describe this band. Though they are known for their adaptive style that can change from the beginning of the set to the end. DJ Cromm Astaire – A killer combination of soul and 60s-era mod is what you can expect from this popular Las Vegas Valley DJ.  

About Beer Garden

German Cuisine with Vegas Style

Everything is bigger and better in Vegas and the food at Beer Garden is certainly no exception. Run by Michael Vakneen, chef at Pop Up Pizza, Beer Garden’s menu offers mouthwatering German favorites with a unique twist. The beer snacks are perfect pairings with your beer. Choose from extra giant German pretzels, crispy onion strings, and plenty of sauces to mix and match. But the real highlight of Beer Garden is its signature bratwursts. Their bratwurst sandwiches are creatively named after old Las Vegas hotels such as The Western, The Hacienda, and The Stardust. You can even create your own bratwurst sandwich from their wide array of sausages (includes a vegan option), toppings, and buns.

Endless Selection of Draft Beers

Of course, you can’t stop by Beer Garden without having a beer (or two). Guests can order from over 20 different kinds of craft beers on tap and various microbrews. Beer Garden’s menu offers an impressive collection of American and European lagers, IPAs, Irish stout, Belgian Golden, and fruit beers. Beer options range from classics like Stella Artois and Guinness to local brews like Big Dog’s Dirty Dog IPA. Whatever you choose to drink, you definitely won’t leave Beer Garden thirsty.

A Backyard Space with a Downtown Vibe

Overlooking the scenic Fremont Street, Beer Garden creates an urban backyard in downtown Las Vegas. The unique venue features nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of real grass, authentic picnic tables from a 1980’s Munich Oktoberfest, and specially designed wooden trellises and greenery. The standout piece of Beer Garden, however, is its 400 sq. ft. vertical garden with more than 900 plants growing on the side of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. It is the only living wall in downtown Las Vegas, making it a one-of-a-kind, must-see attraction at Beer Garden. With so much greenery in one place, you’ll quickly forget that you’re in downtown Las Vegas!

The Plaza Presents “One Epic Night”

The Plaza Hotel & Casino is renowned for delivering affordable luxury and a variety of gambling and dining opportunities. Yet, one of the best attributes of this classic downtown Vegas hotel is the creativity inherent to its live entertainment offerings. The newest show at the Plaza, One Epic Night, is virtually unlike any other show in Las Vegas. Prepare to be amazed! plaza-one-epic-night-cast Debuting on August 29th and set to run until January 4, 2017, visitors have just four months in which to witness the live performances and carefully executed feats of skill that are the hallmark of One Epic Night. The show features headliners plucked from the latest television-based talent shows like “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” “Masters of Illusion,” and more. This limited engagement show is produced by Frank DiMaggio and Nick Padgett of entertainment group American Dream Concerts and is delivered in association with Bonkerz Comedy Productions. What’s better is the entire show is backed up by an incredible live band comprised of several nationally known artists such as Michael T. Ross, Stet Howland, and Brent Muscat. While the band guarantees a good time, so do the performers, which include:
  •  James Durbin, singer, and guitarist who finished in the top four on the 10th season of American Idol
  • Will Champlin, singer who placed third on season five of The Voice
  • Megan Ruger, a popular contestant from season six of The Voice and season 10 of American Idol
  • Jarrett and Raja, known as “The Magic and Piano Guys” who delivered their own brand of magic and music on shows like America’s Got Talent, Masters of Illusion, and Shark Tank.
… and more! You’ll be blown away by the talent gathered on one stage, and the 70-minute show is appropriate for all ages. It is presently running from Saturday through Wednesday of each week in the Plaza showroom. A special “dinner and a show” package is available that includes a preferred seating ticket to One Epic Night, as well as a three-course Prix fix dinner at the legendary Oscar’s Steakhouse. The rotating cast of standout performers will delight and entertain. Watch as you, your guests, and the entire crowd erupts in laughter as the impressionists, comedians, and other performers transport you away from the hustle of the casino floor to a showcase of quick-witted, incredible talent. All scheduled entertainers are uniquely suited to this type of fast-paced program. The intimate setting, stellar band, and rotating cast members will have you singing along in no time. To get tickets for One Epic Night, the show that is truly for everyone, visit the Plaza Hotel and Casino’s entertainment page, where you’ll find this show, as well as several other entertainment opportunities. Or, call the Casino Box Office at 702-386-2507. Ticket prices begin at $59.95 for general admission with meet and greet ticketing available.

Your Guide to Celebrating Labor Day Weekend in Las Vegas

 
View 2018 Labor Day Sale Hotel Room Rates & Availability Can you think of a better place than Las Vegas to celebrate Labor Day weekend? We can’t either! With enough entertainment, events, and parties to fill every weekend of the year – Las Vegas fully delivers on Labor Day weekend fun. Say goodbye to summer in spectacular style and indulge in all the luxury, excitement, and wild energy of Las Vegas. Planning your weekend? Let us help with a list of the hottest events in Downtown Las Vegas.

The Pool at the Plaza

All new and offering every amenity, the Pool at the Plaza is now open. This 70,000 sq. ft. aquatic oasis is sure to delight water lovers everywhere. The fully redesigned pool and deck area exudes a retro-chic vibe; perfectly blending the swagger of classic Vegas with the trendy-cool of the revitalized downtown area. You and your friends could easily stay at The Pool at the Plaza all weekend long, enjoying the sun, the atmosphere, and the wealth of amenities. This amazing pool experience boasts: cabana suites, lily pad day beds, 12-person hot tub, mini craps & blackjack, ping pong and recreational sports, a food truck, and even a stage and event space. The Pool at the Plaza is the spot for a Labor Day weekend to remember!

Sunset & Chill

If you’re looking to relax and unwind, then Sunset and Chill is the perfect event for you. Every Saturday from 6pm to sunset, you can enjoy a poolside happy hour with 50% off select beverages. Enjoy a stunning Vegas sunset paired with sounds of reggae music on the Pool at the Plaza, in the middle of Downtown Las Vegas!

Viva Vision Light Show

One can’t-miss attraction in DTLV is the Viva Vision Light Show, located at the Fremont Street Experience.  It is no surprise that this stunning installation pulls in 17 million visitors a year. Revel in the ingenuity and brilliance of modern technology and visionary minds as you experience the 1,500 ft. long and 90 ft. wide, high-resolution Viva Vision video screen, which is poised an awe-inspiring 90 ft. above the mall on Freemont Street. Comprised of 12.5 million LED lamps, and enhanced with impeccable sound, each Viva Vision light show lasts about 6 minutes – beginning at sunset and running past midnight. This modern marvel is a site you don’t want to miss!

Labor Day Fun in DTLV

Make this a Labor Day to remember and come to Downtown Las Vegas to experience the food, the fun, and the chic urban environment. With countless events and venues, your weekend will be overflowing with memory-making thrills and adventures.  

Highlight: Oscar’s Dinner Series at Plaza

oscar goodman oscar's dinner series plaza Located in the spectacular dome of the Plaza Hotel & Casino, Oscar’s Steakhouse exudes old Vegas swagger and charm. Join the Rat Pack just for the evening and surround yourself with the ambiance of Vegas’ glory days. Oscar’s promises Beef, Booze, and Broads and fully delivers on each of these promises. The true highlight of the restaurant, however, is the Oscar Dinner Series – a quarterly dinner series with the founder, Oscar B. Goodman. Through its Oscar Dinner Series, guests can enjoy a gourmet three-course meal while Goodman shares his experiences and Vegas’ interesting history. Although each dinner focuses on a certain subject, Goodman talks about whatever comes into his head – no script, notes, or filter. You’re sure to have an entirely unique experience when you attend an Oscar Dinner. So, head over to Oscar’s for dinner and relive Vegas’ glory days from a living legend himself.

The Man Behind It All

Before opening Oscar’s, Goodman had a colorful career as an actor, spokesman, mob attorney, and three-term mayor of Las Vegas. His criminal defense past, however, played a significant influence in the creation of the Oscar Dinner Series. As a mob attorney, Goodman represented high-profile mob clients, including Meyer Lansky, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, and Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro. Many of his stories at Oscar Dinners come from his encounters with these notorious mobsters. Just as colorful and charismatic as his personality, Goodman’s stories are definitely the highlight of each Oscar Dinner. Having worked with some of the most infamous criminals in Vegas, Goodman creates a whole new dining experience with his stories. During the Oscar Dinner Series, guests will truly feel like they’ve been transported back to the old Vegas, circa the 1970s.

Mobsters and Steaks

The inspiration for the Oscar Dinner Series comes from Jonathan Jossel, CEO of PlayLV, wanting to share Goodman’s eclectic background to the public. “We just thought this would be a great way to tell his stories, which are always entertaining,” Jossel said. With his colorful past, Goodman offers an interesting look into Vegas’ history and how far it’s come. The Oscar Dinner Series almost always sells out and attracts a variety of unique individuals. These usually include politicians, lawyers, FBI agents, IRS agents, business owners, and some of Vegas’ most eccentric characters. With the wide popularity of these events, Goodman and Jossel have no plan to stop the Oscar Dinner Series anytime soon.

Reserve Your Seat Today

The next dinner is on June 15th at 6:30 pm, at Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. At the upcoming dinner, Goodman will speak about “Lying Cops & Dirty Prosecutors”. For the dinner menu, guests can start with a Caesar salad or Oscar’s Chopped Salad. Entrée selections include a veal chop with sweet onions; halibut with saffron cream and rainbow chard; a signature New York Strip with fingerling potatoes and baby vegetables; or roasted chicken with artichokes and natural jus. Desserts include chocolate marquee or triple layer mousse. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP and pre-payment of $150 are required. To RSVP or for more information, please call (702) 386-7227 or email RSVP@playlv.com.

What to Know About Playing Vintage & Coin Slots in DTLV

 
  There is an iconic sound missing from the Las Vegas Strip these days – can you guess what it is? It would be the sound of coin payouts hitting the metal tray of coin-operated slot machines. Coin slot machines are an endangered species in the new digital landscape of Vegas slots. Though shiny, bright, and new, the coinless slot revolution lacks the satisfaction that many old-school players and retro-loving newbies seek from their slot machine experience.

Goodbye Coins, Hello TITO

In the 90s the casino world made a major move away from coin-operated slot machines, even though these machines, and their unforgettable clang of coins dropping, are a quintessential Vegas experience. Coin-operated slots are labor intensive for casinos. From the never-ending need to refill hoppers, complete repairs, and manage an endless tonnage of coins, these slots were certainly not cost effective for the casinos. During the 90s, a new approach to slots was introduced – the Ticket In/Ticket Out (TITO) method. Now, payouts are printed on tickets, which can be exchanged for cash or simply fed into a new digital slot. This “money-free” method makes gambling faster, easier, and truly hassle-free. Players said goodbye to scooping coins into casino-branded plastic cups; goodbye to lugging around hundreds of coins; goodbye to fingers stained with coin residue but also, goodbye to that intoxicating sound of a coin payout!

We Want Coin Slots!

The TITO system was a win for casinos everywhere, and was generally embraced by most gamblers, but there still are vocal and vibrant subsections of gamblers and classic Vegas lovers who miss the nostalgia of dropping coins into a machine. Slots don’t feel quite like slots when feeding a paper ticket into a machine with an HD display and a Dolby soundtrack! Where are the spinning wheels, the beeps and ticks, and the metallic scent of coins? Where is the Vegas of Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and Bugsy Siegel? The solution? Come visit DTLV, a vibrant area of Vegas that shines with retro-charm and the flavor of classic Las Vegas.

Coin Slots at the Plaza Hotel and Casino

The Plaza Hotel and Casino, located on Fremont Street in the heart of DTLV, is a bastion of old-world Vegas blended with modern elegance. Committed to preserving the best of traditional Las Vegas, while also providing state-of-the-art modern conveniences, the Plaza Hotel and Casino is the jewel of downtown Las Vegas. Coin slot lovers flock to the downtown area and the Plaza Hotel and Casino to find all their favorite traditional slots.  Come play the rare and hugely popular Joker Wild Poker – one of only four machines in the Vegas area and renowned for having the loosest pay table in town. Other classics favorites include: Full pay Joker Poker, Deuces Wild, Catch the Heat Vintage Vegas, and a 777 slot tournament every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You don’t want to miss all the action in downtown Las Vegas! Break open that coin jar… you finally have the perfect use for all those extra coins.  

The Beginners’ Guide to Pickleball

What exactly is Pickleball? Why is it called Pickleball? Does it have anything to do with pickles at all? The list of questions could go on and on for this oddly named sport. Don’t worry if you’ve never played or heard of Pickleball before. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful guide to explain this interesting game. Here are the basics you need to know about Pickleball.

What Is Pickleball?

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The game is played on a badminton-sized court (20 x 44 feet) with the net lowered to 36 inches at the ends. Equipment includes wood or composite paddles and a plastic, perforated ball. Just like other paddle sports, Pickleball can be played in singles or doubles.

Where Did Pickleball Originate?

Pickleball originally started as two friends’ attempt to resolve their families’ summer boredom. During the summer of 1965, Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell wanted to set up a badminton game since Pritchard’s home had an old court. However, they couldn’t find a complete set of badminton rackets. Using some creativity, they improvised with ping-pong paddles and a perforated ball instead. At first, they played the game with the net set at badminton height of 60 inches. After finding out that the ball bounced well on the asphalt surface, they lowered the net to 36 inches. With their friend Barney McCallum, they established rules for the game and created Pickleball.

How Did Pickleball Get Its Name?

According to Pritchard’s family members, the unique name came from the family’s maritime pursuits. Joan Pritchard, Joel Pritchard’s wife, was a competitive rower on Bainbridge Island, WA. She told her husband that the game reminded her of the pickle boat in rowing. A pickle boat consists of oarsmen chosen from the leftovers of other boats. This is similar to how Pickleball includes many borrowed characteristics from other paddle sports. Over the years, many news stories reported that Pritchard named the game after his dog, Pickles. The most common story was Pickles would chase after the balls and then hide in the bushes. As a result, he would refer to “Pickles’ ball,” which was later shortened to Pickleball. The Pritchard family disproved this story since they didn’t get Pickles until years after the creation of Pickleball.

How Do You Play Pickleball?

The game starts with the right-hand court serving the ball diagonally to the opponent’s court. The server must serve the ball under two criteria: underhand with their paddle below the waist and both feet behind the baseline. The serve needs to clear the net and the non-volley zone. This non-volley zone is 7-feet behind both sides of the net and prohibits players from hitting the ball before it’s bounced (or volleying). Players on each side must make at least one groundstroke before volleys are allowed. After the double bounce rule, players can either volley the ball or play it off the bounce. Players can volley the ball so long as they’re not within the non-volley zone. Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults. A fault includes failure to clear the net, hitting the ball out of bounds, and volleying from the non-volley zone or before the double bounce. The server continues to serve and alternate service courts until they fault. The first side scoring 11 points and leading with at least a 2-point margin wins the game. Interested in learning more about Pickleball? Head over to Plaza Hotel & Casino to play the game on its newly added Pickleball courts. The Plaza is the only hotel and casino in Las Vegas with dedicated courts for Pickleball. Just recently, the Plaza hosted a Pickleball exhibition with players from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). According to Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza, about 1,000 players have already signed up to play in upcoming Pickleball tournaments at the Plaza. The Pickleball courts will be open to the public later this summer. Be sure to stop by the Plaza and try out this fast growing sport for yourself!

GET STARTED – RESERVE A PICKLEBALL COURT AT PLAZA!

 

Embracing Warmer Weather in Downtown Las Vegas

If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas over the next few months, you’ll definitely want to compile a list of things to do that will help you beat the summer heat. Downtown Las Vegas is a great location to find unique attractions for having fun and staying cool. Here are five exciting, heat-approved attractions you should check out in Downtown Las Vegas:

Downtown Container Park

Located at 707 Fremont Street in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Container Park is a unique, open-air shopping destination that features food, shops, and entertainment options for the whole family. With an abundance of activities and attractions for everyone to do, this is the ideal location for family-friendly fun during the summer heat.

The Pool at the Plaza

What better way to beat the heat and introduce a sense of Classic Cool to your day than by lounging at the vintage Palm Springs-inspired rooftop Pool at the Plaza. With 70,000 sq. ft. designed for your enjoyment, the Pool at the Plaza is one of the largest pool decks in Downtown Las Vegas. Plenty of cabanas and daybeds, poolside entertainment, and scenic views of the Fremont Street Experience makes this pool perfect for all-day relaxation.

Commonwealth

More than just your standard bar, Commonwealth represents a new social opportunity in Downtown Las Vegas. Located on 525 E. Fremont Street, Commonwealth is a pre-Prohibition-style cocktail bar with a variety of off-the-wall drinks. There’s even a hidden speakeasy lounge inside Commonwealth, called The Laundry Room. With two bars in the same building, this is a great place to grab a drink with friends and take in views of Fremont East from the open air atop the rooftop patio.

First Friday Art Celebration

Just as you’d expect, the First Friday Art Celebration takes place on the first Friday of the month and is open to those of all ages. This free event features an ever-changing assortment of art, from ceramics to paintings, photographs to mixed media. Lots of food, drink and shopping opportunities are available in the area, too. Check it out at 107 E. Charleston Blvd from 6 – 11 pm – the perfect timeframe for enjoying slightly cooler Las Vegas weather. It certainly gets warm in Las Vegas over the summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to limit your activities to the confines of the casino. Instead, balance your agenda by visiting one or more of these unique destinations the next time you’re in Downtown Las Vegas. Sources: http://downtowncontainerpark.com/ https://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/downtown-las-vegas/commonwealth/ http://recesslv.com/10870/lets-go-to-the-laundry-room/ https://www.vegas.com/nightlife/bars/downtown-las-vegas/artifice-urban-lounge/ http://www.lasvegas.com/event/first-friday-art-celebration/11674/

Your Downtown Las Vegas Brunch Guide

Downtown Las Vegas has a wide array of fabulous restaurants to enjoy, including some incredible brunch destinations. Relaxing over a leisurely Sunday morning meal is the perfect way to unwind after a busy weekend, and Las Vegas has plenty of places where you can do just that.  Check our top picks for the best Sunday brunches located downtown:

MTO Cafe

Address: 500 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89135 Brunch Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. MTO Cafe is a favorite DTLV brunch spot for its friendly staff and tempting menu. Popular menu items include breakfast classics like orange juice and pancakes, in addition to lunch favorites like the BLT Chopped Salad and Vegan Falafel Wrap. Got a big appetite? Try the Hangover Burger — an Angus patty topped with bacon and a fried egg.

Eat

Address: 707 Carson Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. This aptly-named downtown hotspot is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its fresh approach to Sunday brunch. Linger over made-with-love dishes like cinnamon biscuits with strawberry compote and chicken fried steak, paired with fresh-brewed coffee or passionfruit iced tea. You can’t leave this gem without at least trying one of their famously fluffy pancakes, so don’t forget to at least order one on the side.

Glutton

Address: 616 E. Carson Ave. #110, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring your appetite and prepare to fulfill some cravings when you brunch at this buzzworthy restaurant. The focus here is on fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy Strawberry Cream Cheese Turnovers and Salmon Flatbread for starters, followed by a Wild Mushroom Omelet or a delectable Apple Pie Waffle. The brunch beverage menu includes smoothies, cocktails, and of course, champagne.

Du-Pars

Address: 1 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: Open 24/7 Du-Pars is a Las Vegas classic, and for good reason. This restaurant is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Stop in whenever hunger hits to enjoy brunch favorites like buttermilk hotcakes and farm-fresh eggs. Another dish to try is their famous Creamed Welsh Rarebit, served over an English muffin with cheese sauce and bacon.

Grotto Ristorante

Address: 129 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Indulge in a taste of Italy at the Grotto, where you’ll find delicious menu offerings perfect for Sunday brunch. Classic Shrimp Cocktail with a Caprese salad is always a good choice, especially when enjoyed with a fine Prosecco or Champagne.

The Perch

Address: 707 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. This trendy Las Vegas establishment has a brunch menu featuring sweet offerings like Brioche French Toast and Monkey bread, along with savory choices like Smothered Egg Biscuits and Chimichurri Chicken Sandwich.

Paradise Buffet

Address: 200 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stop by Paradise Buffet on Saturdays and Sundays for a champagne brunch with island flair. This buffet-style restaurant serves an impressive array of seafood, including fresh sushi. On weekend mornings, popular dishes include freshly baked muffins, scrambled eggs, and cheese plates — enjoyed with Mimosas, of course.

Sterling Brunch

Address: 3645 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Brunch Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The only thing this restaurant does is brunch, which is why they’re only open on Sundays. Enjoy a truly luxurious dining experience with menu items like Beluga caviar and lobster tail, with Champagne, naturally.

Hash House A Go Go

Address: 1 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Brunch Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Signature Bloody Marys and hearty American cuisine is on the menu at Hash House a Go Go, located in the Plaza. Fill up on Buttermilk Flapjacks or a Farm Scramble — fluffy eggs served with meat, vegetables, and cheese. If you’re in the mood for lunch, try a crispy salmon sandwich or one of the establishment’s incredibly fresh salads.

Donut Bar

Address: 124 S 6th St #140, Las Vegas, NV 89101 Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sometimes, only donuts will do. Stop into Donut Bar for tempting treats in flavors like Crème Brule, Strawberry Cream Cheese, and the vegan Matcha Green Tea. These donuts are so world-famous that people usually pre-order them online. If you decide brunch is better in your suite, Donut Bar is an excellent choice.   Sources: http://www.top10vegas.com/downtown/best-breakfast/

Top Pieces of Street Art in Downtown Las Vegas

Unique street art masterpieces are available for viewing right around the corner in Downtown Las Vegas. Far from the stoic galleries of the fine art world and thrust right onto the walls, bridges, and underpasses of busy city streets, street art is as innovative as it is enigmatic. Most artists operate like apparitions with paint brushes, descending on an approved area and rendering their own unique artistic vision in a matter of days, or even hours. If you’re in the Downtown Las Vegas area and want to immerse yourself in an artistic trend that is both thrilling and becoming increasingly popular these days, consider the following top pieces of street art in Downtown Vegas:

“The Horned Lizard” — by artist ROA

Hailing from Ghent, Belgium, street artist ROA is known for his depictions of birds and animals that are native to the areas being painted. He often uses basic color themes, but sometimes introduces full-color renderings to the urban areas that comprise his home range. “The Horned Lizard” was created in 2014 after four grueling days in the desert sun, and now adorns the side of a large building on Stewart and North 6th in Downtown Las Vegas. It was originally created as part of the Life is Beautiful art festival in 2014.

“Peace Maker” — by artist D*Face

D*Face is a prolific urban artist and an associate of the world-renowned artist Banksy – both hailing from England and mired in the world of innovative street art. One large-scale piece that adorns the walls at 899 Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas is “Peace Maker.” This mural depicts the classic six-shooter with the barrel twisted out to spell the word “peace,” and was created in 2015 in anticipation of the Life is Beautiful event of the same year.

“The Maser Motel” — by artist Maser

Born in Dublin and now working in the USA, Maser became one of Ireland’s leading creative types in the mid-late 1990’s. His artwork emphasizes geometric shapes and simplicity of form, and one of his masterpieces can now be seen at the former Town Lodge Motel in Downtown Las Vegas – now reimagined as the Maser Motel. Maser spent 8 days transforming the walls of the Town Lodge Motel into his vision of artistic perfection. It was created just in time for the Life is Beautiful Event in 2014, and can be seen at 225 North 7th street in Vegas.

“Corner” — by artist Borondo

Spanish muralist Gonzalo Borondo creates massive murals that are innovative and tend to meld within the confines of the surrounding urban landscape. According to Borondo, “I focus on the public space, I feel the environment, I am always looking at reality. It is there, outside, not here on the canvas or in the gallery, it is outside.” Borondo created “Corner” in 2014 and it represents a compelling version of anamorphic artwork, in which art must be viewed at a specific angle and vantage point to bring the work to life. It can now be seen in downtown Vegas where it occupies one entire side of a massive parking structure. These street art examples are an integral part of a larger event known as the Life is Beautiful Festival (LIB), held annually in Downtown Las Vegas. LIB melds artwork, music, food, and life-learning opportunities in a festival-style setting. Our list of artists is among the many creative types who attend and showcase their unique stylings each year under the desert sun.   References: http://lifeisbeautiful.com/roa-horned-lizard-life-beautiful-2014/ http://www.graffitistreet.com/artists/dface/ http://www.paintthisdesert.com/field-notes/maser-motel http://www.designboom.com/art/maser-interview-lazarides-street-art-04-00-2016/ http://screamlondon.com/blogs/journal/25373825-maser-motel-the-most-vibrant-place-in-las-vegas-this-weekend

The Digital Evolution of Table Games [Infographic]

From blackjack and poker to pai gow, the casino games that we all love and enjoy are evolving. At Plaza Hotel & Casino, we are proud to be one of the only properties in Las Vegas to offer an all-digital poker experience for our guests. Its favorable reception has even been awarded an impressive 4.25 chip rating on PokerAtlas.com.

Poker isn’t the only casino game to go digital in the past few years, however. Many of the most popular table games on the casino floor have incorporated digital elements to the experience or have been given an entire digital makeover.

While none of the classic casino table games are going anywhere anytime soon, it is nice to have options for players looking for a refreshing experience. For some new players, digital versions of classics can also be a way to become familiar with a game without all of the nerves of “live” gaming.

In this infographic, we’ve created a list of classic table games compared to their digital counterparts to show just how far casino gaming has come over the years.

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20 Awesome Things to Do in Downtown Las Vegas [Infographic]

Downtown Las Vegas has been exploding recently with endless possibilities drawing people away from the Strip. The emergence of a fantastic arts scene, gourmet food, special bars, unique museums, and varied activities for every taste, have all attracted plenty of attention to downtown. Just like any city, even Las Vegas has hidden gems waiting to be discovered and explored. This infographic details the better and lesser known options that downtown Las Vegas has to offer for those eager to venture away from the Strip and learn something new about the city that is loved by so many people. Come on by and see for yourself why downtown is such a great neighborhood to be in!
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A Sneak Peak Into the Hidden Gems of Downtown Las Vegas

downtown Las Vegas Every town has their hidden gems – their “secret” local hangouts. You have to be on the inside in order to have the privilege of knowing about these trendy spots. Well, I’m here to give you a little insider information. Just about everyone knows about the famous Fremont Street Experience, and you may even know about the Rock of Vegas Summer Concert Series and the new Slotzilla zipline (that is being constructed all the way down Fremont Street). But what you may not know is that when you venture off Fremont Street you will find a bevy of speakeasy bars, a plethora of amazing food choices, and more art galleries than one person could see in a day – each injecting a thrilling sense of adventure and mischief into the regular Vegas experience. For the uninitiated, exploring downtown can be like opening a treasure chest of entertainment. Food is definitely plentiful in downtown Las Vegas and should not be overlooked. Key restaurants provide the best in American and foreign food, from the infamous burger joint Heart Attack Grill, to the gourmet, specialized food of eat. and even the wide selection at Le Thai. It certainly is easy to work up an appetite in this city so indulge yourself and try out one of these greats. The Laundry Room is hidden behind secret doors and has no markings. The unsuspecting might walk right by without any knowledge of the excitement held inside. This modern speakeasy bar operates under anonymity and specializes in classic cocktails. One of its unique features is the chance to simply name your preferred type of alcohol and have the bartender create something special for you. If you can find this hidden gem, make sure you make a reservation. Not on the list? No entrance! The Lady Silvia also falls under the category of the modern speakeasy, but come on in! No reservation required! There is no shortage of exciting activities when you step away from the downtown Las Vegas casinos, and engaging in downtown has never been more fun, so stop by and see what you’re missing!

Why You Should Cool Off at the Plaza Hotel & Casino and Beat the Vegas Heat!

No need to fear the summer heat. Cooling off has never been so much fun and entertaining. Soak 75 at the Plaza Hotel is the summer entertainment series to ensure that catching those rays and cooling off at a pool and hotel in Las Vegas are loads of fun. The pool deck is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am to 8 pm. Las Vegas pool party Fridays, enjoy drink specials and the smoothing acoustics of Cameron from 4 pm to 8 pm poolside.  Saturdays bring more drink specials and the energy of DJ Ryno from 2 pm to 6 pm. When you’re ready for a little A/C go on inside. There are just as many things to do and ways to stay and be cool at the Plaza. Pool parties happen at many different venues and attract hundreds of people each day. The best way to enjoy them is to arrive early, stake out your spot and enjoy the water as people flood in throughout the day. Happy hour at one of many bars is always an option as well. Something about an ice cold beer or cocktail sure makes it easy to forget the heat and take your relaxation to the next level. There is also plenty on offer as far as Las Vegas entertainment goes. From shows to casino floors, and plenty of great dining options, this city has everything you could possibly want and more. Enjoying the air conditioning in any number of locations can provide a welcome break so check out a museum, eat in one of the countless buffets or restaurants, sit back and enjoy. Summer temperatures bring a little sizzle almost everywhere. Only in Las Vegas does the fun and entertainment out-sizzle the heat.  

Royal Rewards: You Might Already Be Royalty and Not Even Know It

Las Vegas Hotels & Casinos Las Vegas casino downtown Las Vegas casino casino players club On July 1, 2013, the Plaza & Las Vegas Club launched Royalty Rewards, a brand new, four-tiered casino loyalty program, poised to lead the industry with some of the most advantageous Las Vegas casino rewards available. While most casinos offer a players club program of some sort, the Plaza & Las Vegas Club are unique Las Vegas hotels in their approach to providing loyal players with the best deals in the city. Royal Rewards boasts instant competitor tier matching, meaning that members of other players club programs from any casino in Las Vegas will immediately be placed into a comparable tier in Royal Rewards, where they can reap the same level of benefits they’ve been accustomed to right from the very first day they sign up! Royal Rewards also offers the city’s fastest tier advancement, so leveling up is faster and easier than you ever thought possible! Royal Rewards spreads across four tiers, aptly named Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, with increasing benefits as you advance from one tier to the next. Queen members receive 10% off hotel rooms, dining, and show tickets, while Kings receive 20% off, and Aces an incredible 30% off! King and Ace members also receive the added perks of guaranteed room upgrades, anytime pool and fitness center access, VIP lines throughout both properties, priority valet parking, and that just scratches the surface! We haven’t even gotten to the gaming perks yet…

Royal Rewards Players Club

Media Planet’s Vince Esposito declares: “I get “insider” information on industry related news- expert feedback, product/ service reviews, consumer response etc. Well, in speaking with several of these sources, they raved about Royal Rewards!  The industry experts and insiders spoke very highly of the program, calling it ‘a phenomenal program that LV visitors should take advantage of’ and ‘Royal Rewards stands out in a crowded picture.'” On July 1, the very first player to tier match into Royal Rewards came to the Plaza and presented a Total Rewards Seven Stars card, and was immediately matched to the Ace tier. Less than six hours later, he hit a Royal Flush jackpot for $20,000, and because of his Ace status, he received an additional 100% back in free slot play, for a total win of $40,000. It doesn’t get much better than that! Media and public support for Royal Rewards has already been overwhelmingly positive. VegasChatter.com said that Royal Rewards “now joins Boyd Gaming casinos as the most transparent and detailed players clubs in downtown,” while 4Flush.com claims it’s “an improvement just about across the board. The higher tiers are easily the best player’s club for slot players in Las Vegas.” Even our own customers are chiming in to say things like: “I’ve been a member of basically every rewards program in Vegas (I swear, I don’t have a problem) and this seems like it’s by-far the best one yet.” The Plaza & Las Vegas Club’s approach to downtown Las Vegas gaming is geared towards offering their most loyal players the absolute most rewarding experience possible. In just the first 11 days following its debut, Royal Rewards had 282 tier matches, and that number continues to grow each and every day. You might already be royalty and not even know it. So what are you waiting for?