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!

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.

Best Places to Watch the Big Game Bash Downtown Las Vegas

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

Where to Watch the Big Game?

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

Plaza’s Big Game 2019 Viewing Party

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

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

Get a Room

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

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

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

The William Hill Race & Sportsbook Bar

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

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

The Halftime Show

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

After the Big Game

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

Fremont Street Experience

fremont street experience

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

SlotZilla Zip Line

slotzilla downtown las vegas

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

Neon Museum

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

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

The Place to Be Downtown

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

 

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.

Independence Day Pool Party at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

No other holiday brings out the patriotic spirit of our country more than 4th of July. On that day in 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England and Americans love to celebrate with a barbecue and cold beers. It’s a day that all Americans come together in the high heat of the summer and celebrate the independence of the United States of America.

Many people choose to celebrate with fireworks and some with meat on the grill, so we’re honoring that tradition at our annual Independence Day Pool Party!

Independence Day Pool Party at the Plaza

On July 4th, there will be fireworks above downtown Las Vegas and a hot dog eating contest where hotdog lovers can win a $200 cash prize, 2-night stay at The Plaza, $150 to Oscar’s Steakhouse, and a poolside cabana with $50 for food and beverages. There will also be a live DJ and drink specials so you can dance the night away.

Summer Fun All Summer Long

The fun doesn’t stop when the 4th of July is over. On July 5th, there will be a special pool day where you can get a flamingo drink holder and cool off from the Vegas sun by enjoying the pool.

On July 6th Beverage Olympics takes place when teams of five people will come together and participate in “Olympic Events” such as ice cube clear out, pitcher chug, flip cup, and beer pong. There will be cash prizes based upon how many teams and players are entered.

If you’re spending the 4th of July holiday weekend in Las Vegas, there’s plenty to do downtown like exploring the Fremont Street Experience and visiting top-rated bars and restaurants. Downtown Las Vegas is known for its retro feel and unique character, and there will be no shortage of ways to celebrate Independence Day.

Fun Things to Do on Father’s Day in Las Vegas

Father’s Day is the one time of year we get to show that special appreciation for our dads and truly show them how thankful we are to have them in our lives. It can be hard, however, to know what to do with dad on his special day.

Fun Things To Do On Father’s Day in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has so much to offer with great Father’s Day ideas to make him feel appreciated. We’ve put together a list of some of our best ideas to show dad a great time in Vegas.

Take Him Golfing

las vegas golf courses

There are plenty of excellent golf courses in Las Vegas. You can start the day off by taking him to play a round of golf and giving him the opportunity to relax and enjoy time out on the course.

Play Pickleball

Pickleball courts

A great alternative to golf is taking your father to play pickleball, which is a game similar to tennis. If Dad has never played pickleball before, this could be a fun and memorable experience for him. The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers unlimited pickleball play for Nevada locals for only $3/day.

Go to A Museum

Some dads aren’t the athletic type, and that’s all right! You can take dad to one of the many museums the city has to offer. Downtown Las Vegas has some exciting museums that dad will love. Some noteworthy mentions are the Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Check Out a Brewery

If Dad is a fan of beer, taking him to a brewery for lunch could be a great choice. Downtown Las Vegas has many unique breweries such as Banger Brewing, Chicago Brewing Co, and Hop Nuts Brewing. Take a break from your activity-packed day to grab a brew and a bite.

Enjoy a Pool Day

A lot of our fathers work tiring endless work weeks. Give dad the chance to relax out by the pool. If you don’t have a pool of your own, the Pool at the Plaza allows Nevada locals over 21 to enter the pool for free. If you’re looking to give your dad some extra relaxation, look into booking a cabana suite for him.

A Steak Dinner

When it comes to dinner, most dads love a good steak. We know that a great meal is the way to any man’s heart, so Oscar’s Steakhouse is serving up a special meal for Father’s Day. There will be an appetizer of Sweet and Sour Pork Belly and tomahawk ribeye steak served with potatoes and asparagus for the entrée. Oscar’s has one of the best views of Fremont Street and a classic atmosphere for any dad to enjoy.

A Room

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Las Vegas Days Rodeo

Las Vegas Rodeo

When you think of Las Vegas, you might think of all the lights, clubs, and fantastic shows. While Las Vegas does have a lot to offer in the way of nighttime entertainment, the city knows how to party during the day too – especially with Las Vegas rodeos!

The city of Las Vegas got its start as part of the Wild West, and Las Vegas Days (formerly known as Helldorado Days) celebrates the spirit of the Wild West with a Las Vegas rodeo and cowboy themed event!

On May 10th and 11th you can grab your favorite pair of boots, blue jeans, and a cowboy hat and head to the all-new Core Arena where there will be:

  • Bull riding
  • Barrel racing
  • Team roping
  • Tie-down roping
  • Steer wrestling
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • And bareback riding

Admission to enjoy the event is free and there will be a parade held on Saturday, May 11th.

History of the Las Vegas Days

The Las Vegas Helldorado event began in 1934 when Arizona carnival barker Clyde Zerby saw an opportunity with the thousands of visitors to the Hoover Dam site.

The first Helldorado was a rowdy affair that took the flavor of the Old West to the next level, celebrating everything wild about the wild west.

In 1935, Las Vegas was a booming town, and Fremont Street was exploding with gambling halls, hotels, and restaurants. City leaders knew the boom could end and Las Vegas could wind up a ghost town.

In comes the Helldorado Days festival to provide a sense of community spirit that would entice Dam workers and their families to stay in Southern Nevada.

As Las Vegas grew, so did Helldorado Days. Several of the salacious events were replaced with family-friendly entertainment including:

  • Award-winning marching bands
  • Best Float awards
  • A rodeo that drew superstars and a national audience
  • A beauty contest
  • And more!

The festival inspired a sense of community among long-time residents and for newcomers, it renewed interest in our history and the spirit of our past.

Big Blues Bender Las Vegas: Packages & Schedule

Big Blues Bender 2017 Music moves the soul. It is a universal language that everyone can enjoy. And no other music genre can do it better than Blues. Blues music has been around since the end of the 19th century, and it incorporates spiritual sounds, folk music, and jazz. Call and response patterns characterize this genre, which roots come from African American history.  The individual notes used in this style of music give it a very individualized sound and makes Blues the perfect music to get you moving and dancing. big blues bender 2016 performer For four days in September, the soulful sound of Blues music will take over the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. The Big Blues Bender is starring over 50 artists for a total of over 100 performances on September 6-9. The event will be featuring artists like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, JJ Grey and Mofro, Elvin Bishop, Samantha Fish, and many more!

Schedule

The schedule will be released in early August. Please check back soon.

Big Blues Bender Packages

There are many different packages to choose from that include options for a four-night stay at The Plaza with a wide selection of hotel rooms. These hotel room packages also include music panels, access to the vendor village, and activities like yoga, photo booths, and even themed nights. It is possible to buy a wristband to the bender, but if you’re from out of town, the package packs a lot more bang for your buck. Back by popular demand, we will be offering “all you can drink” wristbands! We don’t want anyone to miss out on this great event, so payment packages are available so you can pay over time. pool-at-the-plaza-performance All the action will be happening in the heart of downtown Las Vegas right by the famous Fremont Street Experience. There is plenty to do, see, and eat in downtown Las Vegas so you can enjoy all that the city has to offer. Packages are selling out fast, so be sure to book now! Buy Big Blues Bender Tickets

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  

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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Where to Watch UFC in Las Vegas with Food and Drink Specials

ufc watch party

Few sports satisfy our competitive desire and primitive need like the UFC. The sounds of combat athletes with the roar of the crowd fueling them on is unique and exhilarating.

Many people dream of attending a live UFC event in Las Vegas. The fights bring in a lot of people from all over the country and the strip and downtown Las Vegas become flooded with passionate UFC fans.

If you can’t watch a fight live, going to a UFC viewing party is the next best UFC Experience available.

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Where to watch UFC in Las Vegas?

UFC viewing parties wrap up all that Las Vegas has to offer into one event.

You’ll get the best seat in the house with a clear view of the fight on multiple screens. You’ll be surrounded by other passionate and excited UFC fans enjoying drink and food special all night.

Admission to our UFC viewing party is free with a $15 minimum spend per person. Our watch party takes place at the Plaza’s Brightside Breakfast & Burgers. This means you can catch all the UFC action while chowing down on a juicy burger and a variety of beers.

You have the option of beer bucket specials with five domestic beers for just $20 or five imported beers for $25 at our free UFC viewing parties.

Brightside Breakfast & Burgers has meals for every type of eater. The menu includes favorites like steaks, chicken, pasta, and other classic meals. As well as breakfast platters, sandwiches, fries, salads, and deli favorites to please anyone.

Last year’s event for UFC 214 was epic with Daniel Cormier taking the win. You won’t want to miss out on UFC 237 on May 11th to see Jessica Andrade challenge Rose Namajunas for the Women’s Strawweight Title.

Stay and Party

Party responsibly and book a room at the Plaza after you’ve enjoyed all the festivities that Downtown Las Vegas has to offer after a major UFC event. You can pay $30 for an Uber to and from your car the next day OR

You can book a room at The Plaza Hotel & Casino and party it up knowing a safe place to relax is only a few short steps away.

The Plaza is in the heart of the Fremont Street Experience and walking distance from downtown bars, attractions, and events so you can turn fight night into a fun night on the town.

The Plaza Ranked First Place for Best of Las Vegas

The best of vegas Las Vegas is a big beautiful city where people come to dream and play. The casino lights and glamour of the city are dazzling to locals and visitors alike and the splendor of the city can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be hard to decide what is worth your time and what isn’t, especially if you’re on a short vacation to Las Vegas. There’s so much to do here and even living here it’s nearly impossible to do it all. Luckily, The Best of Las Vegas has dedicated the time and effort to searching the city for the best places to go for many different categories, so you won’t have to waste your time researching or guessing where the Vegas hot spots are. It’s no surprise that the iconic Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas came out on the top in several categories. The Plaza was voted first place in 2017 for:
  • Best Bingo in Las Vegas
  • Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas for our steakhouse, Oscar’s
  • Best Pool in Downtown
  • Best Slots in Downtown
  • Best Hotel in Downtown
Plaza also took second place for Downtown Table Games. This means that the Plaza can be your ultimate destination for a great time in Vegas.

What Is Best of Las Vegas?

The 2017 Best of Las Vegas, invites, engages and allows their audience to vote for their favorite businesses in multiple categories, 290 to be exact. The winners are decided by locals and tourists in several categories including, things to do, places to go, and more. The Best of Las Vegas relies on their audience to supply them with the name of outstanding businesses and recognizes those winners every year in their annual Best of Las Vegas awards. Winners are announced in Mid-November and all winners are honored in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s special section publishing the Best of Las Vegas.

How to have The Best of Las Vegas in one day?

To have a perfect day at The Plaza you can check in and spend some time by our rooftop pool. When you’re done relaxing by the pool you can try your luck at bingo, slots, or one of the many table games. Then go out and explore the Fremont Street Experience and cultural district of downtown Las Vegas. After your adventure, come back and have an excellent dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse then end the night with a great night’s sleep in one of the many comfortable hotel rooms that The Plaza has to offer. In a city as great as Las Vegas, it’s easy to find many places to have fun and relax. There is no shortage for a good time in the city and you’ll always be able to find something to do, see, eat, or drink. But, why settle for good when you can stay with the best?

Voting is now open for 2018

We are excited to have won Best of Las Vegas 2017 and honored to be nominated again for 2018! Now we need your continued support to help us win the categories got nominated for this year. VOTE TODAY

“The Man” by The Killers filmed at The Plaza

music video location plaza hotel casino the killers Having formed their band in Las Vegas, The Killers are well known in the Las Vegas music scene for their iconic rock sound and Vegas subject manner. Their new album being released on September 22, 2017, “Wonderful Wonderful” brings Plaza Hotel & Casino into the spotlight with them. This will be The Killers’ fifth album and it’s already looking like it will be a great success. the man by the killers music video The music video for the first single off the album is “The Man” and it was filmed almost exclusively at The Plaza. The video features shots of The Plaza lights and valet, as well as the showroom and casino. the plaza valet killers music video In the video, you can see lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, living large in Las Vegas amongst showgirls and high roller players in the casino (one of which is played by former Mayor Oscar Goodman.)

About The Killers

The Killers were formed in Las Vegas in 2001 and are familiar with the downtown Las Vegas scene. They even played as headliners at the first Life Is Beautiful festival in 2013. Since The Plaza has been a staple of downtown Las Vegas since the 1970’s, it was an obvious location choice for The Killers to film a music video with a classic old Vegas feel to it. plaza events center music video shoot In the beginning of the video you can see the camera panning to the entrance of The Plaza where you will see the hotel’s marquee letters and valet drive up. The whole music video is an ode to Las Vegas living. Classic scenes of Las Vegas are pictured throughout the video like members of the band having fun gambling in The Plaza Hotel & Casino and Brandon Flowers singing on stage surrounded by beautiful Las Vegas showgirls in The Plaza Showroom. the killers gambling at the plaza

Music History and The Plaza Hotel Casino

The Plaza’s music scene has been growing over the past few years. During Life Is Beautiful at the end of September, The Plaza will even hold a private MGMT concert for festival goers staying at the hotel. The hotel and casino has become a cultural hub for the artistic vibe of downtown Las Vegas. With its classic old Vegas feel mixed with modernism and artistic design, The Plaza is a great visual setting for bands and artists to shoot their music videos. The Plaza combines the best of both worlds, the old and the new. The fifth album from The Killers, “Wonderful Wonderful”, is being released towards the end of September 2017. To gather ideas for the album the band members
  • Brandon Flowers (lead vocals)
  • Dave Keuning (lead guitar)
  • Mark Stoermer (bass)
  • Ronnie Vanucci, Jr. (drums)
began working at their own Battle Born studios as well as renting houses in San Diego and Joshua National Tree Park. Brainstorming together for the album is an integral part of The Killers creative process. The album was recorded with Jackknife Lee, who was recommended to them by U2, in his private studio in California as well as at National Southwestern Recording Studios in Las Vegas. The album features guest artists like Mark Knopfler from Dire Straights and Australian musician Alex Cameron. “Wonderful Wonderful” has already received noteworthy praise. Mark Savage from BBC News referred to the album as The Killers most vital album since “Sam’s Town”, which was released in 2006. Q Magazine called it a “glossy indie-pop album with sonics as slick and glistening as a brand-new Vegas skyscraper”. The album has three singles, “The Man”, “Run for Cover” and “Wonderful Wonderful”. However, “The Man”, which was released on June 14, 2017 has definitely earned the most play time on the radio and has woven its way into fans hearts as one of The Killers big hits and a staple song of the summer. The Killers refer to the song as “funkier than anything we’ve ever done before”. With its synth liftoff, backup choir, the overdubs, and the unique bass, the song is different than any of the band’s previous hits. There is speculation about what the song means among fans. Some say that “The Man” is an ode to Brandon Flowers’ ego and others say the song is him making fun of himself and his fame. The intentionally overdone glitzy music video plays well into the second concept that The Killers are in on the joke of the egotistical aspect of the song. On the band’s Twitter profile they posted a photo of Brandon Flowers in front of The Plaza with the caption “Who’s the man?” The Killers had a fun time making their music video at The Plaza and many other stars have enjoyed filming at the hotel and casino over the years. Many movies such as Back to the Future II, Casino, Girl Next Door, and even The Hangover have been shot at The Plaza. To inquire about filming location, please e-mail plaza.marketing@playlv.com Watch the Full Video Here

National Finals Rodeo: The Wild West Comes To Sin City

young girl with a lasso at the national finals rodeo There’s no event to bring out the spirit of the Wild Wild West like the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. From December 7th to 16th, the NFR 2017 will take over Las Vegas for 10 days and bring the true spirit of the country to Sin City. Rodeo fans will be seen all over the city wearing cowboy boots, blue jeans, and big hats. The strip and downtown Las Vegas welcome the rodeo goers with a Vegas spin on Southern hospitality. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. However, you will be able to watch a live feed of the NFR in the comfort of the Plaza Events Center from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. every day. There are 17 flat screen TVs in the events center for your viewing pleasure and the live feed will also be played throughout multiple locations in the casino. The night doesn’t have to end when the events stop. Starting at 9 p.m. and running late into the night, The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host The Cowboy Fresh After Party. During the week, you can enjoy food and drink specials from several locations at The Plaza. Oscar’s Steakhouse will offer braised short rib, prime rib, and BBQ glazed sirloin steak with classic Southern sides like grits, loaded mashed potatoes, and green beans. Brightside Breakfast and Burgers will pull inspiration from the South and offer a Good Ole Boy Breakfast complete with biscuits and gravy in addition to the Bustin’ Britches Platter which is a classic barbecue plate served with brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, baked beans and cornbread. There will be specials on the country classics, whiskey and beer starting at $3. If you’re visiting from out of town and need a place to stay we’d love to have you at The Plaza. We even provide a free shuttle service to and from the Thomas & Mack Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Traveling with some four legged friends or in an RV? We have oversize parking available on site. So put on your best boots, grab a cold one, and join us for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!  

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!

Come Watch UFC 214 At The Plaza Hotel & Casino’s New Event Center

UFC 214 - Cormier vs. Jone Here in Las Vegas we take our mixed martial arts seriously and there’s no better place to watch the UFC 214 fight than in The Plaza Hotel & Casino’s new event center. Gather your friends and family and come enjoy the 5,000 square foot event space. There are 18 large flat screen HD televisions, two projectors, and an impressive top quality sound system to watch the much-anticipated rematch at UFC 214 between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones on Saturday, July 29th, 2017.

Will Jon Jones Complete His UFC Comeback?

Former UFC light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound UFC Legend Jon Jones returns to the octagon Saturday, headlining UFC 214 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Jones is looking to make a comeback from various personal and legal issues and reclaim his title and place among the top of the UFC’s most elite fighters list. Jon Jones became UFC’s youngest ever world champion when he was 23 years old after defeating Shogun. He is 6’4, 205 pounds and has the longest wingspan and reach of any UFC fighter.

Will Daniel Cormier Avenge His Only Loss?

Daniel Cormier is a former Olympic wrestler. He believes that perseverance and hard work will put you on top. He is 5’11, 205 pounds and 38 years old. When he faced Jones previously at UFC 182 in Las Vegas, he was undefeated. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. This match is seen as a must win by many MMA fans to solidify Daniel Cormier as the true UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Cormier looks to avenge his only loss to Jon Jones on Saturday, July 29th, 2017.
View the fight between Jones and Cormier with the light heavyweight title on the line in a state-of-the-art event facility. Admission is only $20 per person and guests will receive buy one get one free cocktails and a free raffle entry for prizes like tickets to watch the next UFC fight in person at the newly built Las Vegas T-Mobile arena in The Plaza’s box. Food and drink specials will also be available. Watch Cormier and Jones duel it out and place bets on who you think will win the title of UFC light heavyweight champion. Be sure to book a room at The Plaza Hotel & Casino so you can have all the fun you want while watching the fight without having to worry about finding a safe ride home. Booking a room is the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family after the fight So come join us, grab a drink, sit back, and enjoy the fight. May the best man win.

Purchase Tickets To The UFC Viewing Party

General $20 Purchase Tickets or Learn More About The UFC 214 Viewing Party

Don’t Miss The Scintas

The Scintas One of the longest running shows in Vegas, The Scintas, provides guests with a night full of entertainment. Brothers Frankie and Joe Scinta dazzle the audience along with “honorary Scintas” Peter O’Donnell and Janien Valentine. The show is full of music, comedy, and striking impressions. During the show, every audience member is invited to join the cast at Oscar’s steakhouse at the Plaza for a nightcap after the show, bringing back the true feeling of “Vintage Vegas”.
The show has been so popular that it was extended through the end of 2017 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Audience members love the authenticity of the show and Frankie says that no show is ever the same because they interact with the audience and cater the performance to the people who are there. The Scintas have performed at many venues in Las Vegas since 2000, but they have formed a connection with the Plaza and are proud to call it the current home of their show. Both The Plaza and The Scintas work to bring alive the feeling of Old Vegas, reminiscent of the Rat Pack era. The last date of the show at the Plaza Hotel & Casino will be on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2017. The remainder of the schedule can be found online. For guests looking for a special experience, tickets can be purchased which includes a three-course meal at Oscar’s Steakhouse, referred to by Frankie as “one of the best steaks in Vegas”. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this iconic show in Plaza’s vintage showroom. More Info about The Scintas

First Annual Las Rageous Rock Festival

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center will be the home to some of Rock’s biggest names on April 21st and 22nd.  The first annual Las Rageous Music Festival will be a two day festival headlined by Godsmack and Avenged Sevenfold. las rageous rock festival Other bands attending will be Coheed and Cambria, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Mastodon, Breaking Benjamin, and much more. The festival will include Las Vegas’ top food trucks and freak show performers to create an atmosphere that Downtown Las Vegas has never seen before. If you love rock music, this festival is a must. Many of the bands on the bill have released or will release new music this year, this is your chance to see your favorite bands perform some of their classic songs with brand new material. The lineup is a mix of rock veterans who always deliver a great set and a good time.

Stay at the Plaza Hotel Casino During Las Rageous Rock Festival

The event takes place during one of Las Vegas’ best months, April. Why not make an entire weekend out of the first annual Las Rageous Rock Festival? You can stay at the Plaza Hotel Casino for less than the cost of an Uber or Lyft ride. Enjoy your entire weekend without having to worry about getting home or fighting after-concert traffic. Taxis and ridesharing apps might be convenient, but can also be expensive. Uber/Lyft are also very cautious about accepting fares from intoxicated passengers. deluxe plaza hotel room The Plaza Hotel Casino has several room options to fit any budget. Our rates are competitive and you are walking distance to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Book Now

Things To Do Before and After Las Rageous Rock Festival

The Plaza Casino Hotel is surrounded by great entertainment. The Fremont Street Experience is home to some of Las Vegas’ best restaurants and most entertaining attractions.

Breakfast/Lunch

Located inside the Plaza Hotel Casino, Brightside Breakfast and Burgers offers guests an authentic New York style deli with traditional breakfast items, speciality and made-to-order sandwiches, burgers, and salads served all day. brightside plaza hotel casino items Brightside’s menu contains a variety of breakfast items including quick items and breakfast favorites. Brightside offers breakfast classics including:
  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
  • Smothered Southern Chicken Sandwich
  • Bagel, Smoked Salmon, and Cream Cheese
  • Fresh Croissants
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Brightside also offers some signature dishes such as our Avocado Toast, which is made of thick cut toast topped with avocado, tomato, goat cheese, and basil. Whether you are looking for a late breakfast or an early lunch, Brightside Breakfast and Burgers has you covered.

Rooftop Pool

The Plaza is also home to a rooftop pool. The newly renovated pool deck provides guests with over 70,000 square feet of relaxation and entertainment. Prepare for a rocking weekend by lounging in style on our rooftop pool and enjoying one of the largest pool decks in downtown Las Vegas. rooftop-pool-at-the-plaza New additions to our rooftop pool include a refurbished wet deck, recreation facilities, and an onsite food truck. Our pool also offers six brand new cabanas to provide guests with a private poolside retreat. Each cabana has its own TV, fan, and refrigerator. Not in the mood for a swim, but still want to hang out on the deck, we offer a recreation area with tennis, basketball, and Pickleball. pool-at-the-plaza-food-truck

Fremont Street Experience

Visit the world famous Fremont Street Experience, which is a 24-hour mall featuring a huge LED canopy, casino & restaurant access, and free live entertainment.

SlotZilla

SlotZilla, a 12-story slot machine inspired zip line attraction. Fly high above the Fremont Street Experience as you whiz by some of downtown’s most famous neon signs at nearly 35 miles per hour.

Downtown Container Park

You can also enjoy world-class shopping at the Downtown Container Park. The Container Park is an open-air shopping center filled with boutique retail shops, restaurants, and live entertainment.

Downtown Bars

Keep the party going long after the music stops by visiting some of downtown Las Vegas’ premiere bars. Downtown Las Vegas offers some of Las Vegas’ most popular bars including Commonwealth, The Griffin, and the Beauty Bar. Each bar has a unique vibe and their own twist on drinks.

Street Art at Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas offers amazing street art. When you walk around downtown Las Vegas, you can’t miss art murals decorating the walls and street. The Plaza Hotel Casino joins the art installments at downtown with two massive murals on the side of the hotel.

Shepard Fairey Mural

Shepard Fairey, completed his masterpiece, “Cultivate Harmony”, on the Plaza Hotel in February 2017. Fairey is known for the iconic 2008 “Hope” poster from Former President Barrack Obama’s initial White House run. Fairey’s piece reminds us that peace and harmony are the only way to maintain what sustains us. Fairey is one of the most recognized street artists of our generation and the Plaza Hotel Casino is proud to be home to one of his latest art installments. shepard fairey plaza mural downtown las vegas

D* Face Plaza Mural

Shepard Fairey isn’t the only renowned artist transforming the Plaza Hotel Casino. English artist D*Face unveiled his art mural shortly after Shepard Fairey and brought his own unique style to the Plaza Hotel Casino. D*Face’s influences include hip-hop, punk rock music, animated cartoons, and fellow street artist, Shepard Fairey. His influences can be seen in his art, which uses mediums like spray paint, stickers, posters, and stencils to create beautiful modern pieces of street art. Face in Las Vegas

About the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) is home to Las Vegas’ best outdoor festivals. Located in the heart of downtown, the DLVEC has taken the party atmosphere of Fremont Street and compressed it into one amazing venue. The Downtown Event Center is located at 200 S 3rd St., minutes away from the Plaza Hotel Casino.

Parking

Parking at the Downtown Las Vegas Events center can be challenging. Street parking is limited and metered, parking tickets can usually be found on many vehicles taking the chance at timing concerts. We recommend parking in our self-parking garage. The fee is far less than a parking ticket and our parking lot exit drops you off on Main Street.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Downtown Las Vegas

There is nothing like ringing in the New Year with friends and loved ones. In fact, Downtown Las Vegas is showcasing a number of NYE2017 events and parties for the entire family. As the epicenter of global entertainment, the City of Lights will feature a myriad of social functions guaranteed to keep you and yours dancing all night long. From champagne celebrations and fireworks to the hottest bands and entertainers. With an array of amazing celebrations for locals and visitors to enjoy. Here are our top picks for the best New Year’s Eve festivities happening in Downtown Las Vegas.

Party on the Plaza

oscars steak house downtown las vegas Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza will host a fabulous New Year’s Eve Party for one and all. Enjoy the hottest dance tracks and pop music spun to perfection by live DJs in the Lounge. This fun-filled event will feature all night appetizers, midnight Champagne toast, party favors, and stunning performances by Frankie Scinta. There will also be a spectacular fireworks show emanating from the towers of the Plaza. Tickets are only $49 per person and the party goes on till 2 a.m.! From locals to tourists and guests, Party on the Plaza will leave you with NYE memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Fremont Street Experience

fremont street experience during new years eve The Fremont Street Experience is truly a NYE party like no other! Just a stones throw from the world-renowned Plaza Hotel, “America’s Party Downtown” will feature 15 bands on three stages. Dance and sing with over 25,000 party goers and usher in the New Year with Mayor Carolyn Goodman. What can you expect to find at this year’s New Years Eve celebration?This open-air extravaganza will also showcase a spectacular laser light show, and the premiere of “Green Day – Revolution Vegas”. With ample parking and plenty of space to party and celebrate, nothing speaks Downtown Las Vegas better than the Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Jam!
  • Immersive, next generation laser light show spectacular from the producers of the Super Bowl, EDC and Life is Beautiful festivals.
  • See the premiere of the new Viva Vision light show show, “Green Day – Revolution Vegas”
  • Fly into the New Year on the SlotZilla Zoomline.
With ample parking and plenty of space to party and celebrate, nothing speaks Downtown Las Vegas better than the Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Jam!
 

America’s Party on the Las Vegas Strip

This year, seven casinos will be letting off rooftop fireworks at midnight. The dazzling eight-minute display will be choreographed to music. For the best view, head to the upper levels of any downtown parking garage. You will be able to enjoy the spectacular fireworks while avoiding the massive crowds on the Strip. Remember, the Strip is closed to vehicular traffic on NYE at around 5:00 p.m., so you’ll want to arrive at your downtown destination before then.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Vegas with Kids

If you’re seeking a family-friendly, all-ages celebration in Vegas, there are several options available. At Sunset Station, youngsters can have a great time playing arcade games or bowling before ringing in the New Year. Another option is the group of libraries in the Clark County District, which have celebrations from 11 a.m. to noon that are fun and appropriate for all ages.

Backstage Bar and Billiards

Backstage Bar and Billiards will feature a live performance by XEB that simply cannot be missed! The band features the ex-original members of Third Eye Blind – Kevin Cadogan, Arion Salazar, Adrian Burley, and Tony Fredianelli. From classic rock to the latest in synth-wave and dance, the Backstage Bar will ring in the New Year with pulsating beats and heart-pounding numbers. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 the day of the event. There is ample parking on Fremont Street, and all patrons will receive free posters and get to meet the band in person. Be ready for a number of NYE surprises that night as well!

Tips for Making the Most of New Year’s Eve

Before heading to any of the NYE celebrations happening in Vegas, fuel up with a light meal at one of the Plaza’s restaurants such as Oscar’s Steakhouse or Pop Up Pizza. Dressing for the weather is crucial when it comes to comfort; it’s hard to have a good time if you’re too cold or too warm. Because Vegas winters can range from mild to frosty, layered apparel is recommended. To keep your celebration stress-free, arrive at your New Year’s Eve destination a little early. Last but not least, have fun! Lastly, plan in advance and enjoy reasonable hotel room rates at Plaza while staying in the heart of downtown Las 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!

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.  

Where to Find the Most Unique Cocktails in and Around Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas offers visitors the chance to experience the same excitement and nightlife that the city is known for, but with smaller crowds than the Strip. Next time you’re here, make sure to stop by these top-notch spots and grab one of their cocktails you won’t find anywhere else. Or you can just try all of them—decisions are hard.

Oscar’s Beef • Booze • Broads

KAREN HILL’S PALOMA On the second floor of the Plaza, one can find a flurry of refreshing cocktails on Oscar’s cocktail menu. These cocktails include Karen Hill’s Paloma made with tequila, Jarritos, Pamplemousse Liqueur, and lime, the Fairy Nectar comprised of gin, Lillet Blanc, Domaine de Canton and plum bitters, and the Whiskey Dreamcatcher with Maker’s Mark, elderflower, apricot and orange juice. Paying tribute to the extended run at the Plaza of the popular and critically acclaimed music and comedy show, the Scintas, Oscar’s cocktail also offers The Scinta Affair that floats a tequila infused lemon sorbet in sparkling wine.

Oak and Ivy

APPLE PIE HARVEST When it comes to the cocktail game, Oak & Ivy is a real standout. Nestled in an upgraded shipping container in the center of Downtown Las Vegas’ Container Park, Oak & Ivy’s trained mixologists combine both classic and innovative ingredients to bring patrons the ultimate cocktail experience. Their “Apple Pie Harvest” is all the rage and certainly something you won’t find anywhere else. To make the superstar staple, mixologists behind the bar combine Apple-scented Clyde Mays with Bar Keep Apple Bitters and finish it off with a pipette of Allspice Dram.  And since this is Vegas, they blowtorch a brown-sugared Granny Smith apple slice topper right in front of you as well. Side note: they also have a cult following for their Moscow Mules (but you weren’t going to get only one drink anyways, right?).

Downtown Cocktail Room

MATING CALL The Downtown Cocktail Room (or DCR as locals call it) is a Las Vegas favorite due to its ever-changing seasonal menus. Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall all feature deviations from their classic drink list, keeping locals coming back for new custom specials. One of their most unique drinks is a year-round keeper though, and comes with some unusual toppings. The “Mating Call” is a fusion of Cachaca (a sugar-cane spirit) and Yerba Mate tea, garnished with a cut of smoked cheddar and sugar-soaked blueberry decor. The mixologists at DCR surely stepped up the current sweet and savory culinary trend with this one since its ingredients combine to form a sultry smoky-sweet elixir. If this combo seems too adventurous you can always grab a friend and share one of their classic cocktail punch bowls, served exactly as the name hints.

Herbs & Rye

BLOOD AND SAND If a cocktail menu organized by time period and a generous set of happy hours (both dinner and drink) pique your interest, then Herbs and Rye should be top on your Las Vegas bucket list. The restaurant’s “Blood and Sand” cocktail is listed under the Prohibition era, but there’s nothing secret about it—since it’s lit on fire before being served. The cocktail’s ingredients are listed on the menu as scotch, cherry heering, sweet vermouth, and orange juice with some zest—a combination sure to please even after the main display. Speaking of their happy hour—half price steaks? Order up.

Park on Fremont

DERBY BREAKFAST CLUB Park on Fremont is the perfect place to catch breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’ve got drinks to pair with their food for every meal. Shoot for an AM dining time and experience what many would say is their most unique doozy all day: the “Derby Breakfast Club”. Served in a mason jar, this drink is a twist on the classic Bloody Mary using bacon-infused vodka, hickory smoke, and fresh house-made Mary mix. What makes the drink really unique though is its toppings—a piece of perfect bacon and an entire pickled egg. Make reservations for the porch ahead of time and get a great view of Fremont Street while sipping and eating your drink.

Velveteen Rabbit

GREEN BITCH Velveteen Rabbit is a cocktail bar featuring classic vintage decor, but their drinks are anything but old. The owners are two entrepreneurial sisters who are also expert mixologists. Their “Green Bitch” cocktail features a set of very unusual ingredients including Green Chartreuse, Strega, lemon, celery, egg white, simple syrup, and curry bitters. The components of the drink were carefully selected to offset the French herbal liqueur, creating a mixture that combines to form a perfectly balanced drink. PS: If you’re looking for a pick-me-up after the Green Bitch try the fluffy “Dorian Grey” – it’s an Earl-Grey infused vodka cocktail and comes with a shortbread biscuit.

Vanguard Lounge

TENNESSEE ROSE Vanguard brings a perfect combination of superb mixologists and guest DJs to Fremont Street. This has made this lounge a favorite for locals and tourists alike. The space is decorated in super trendy industrial chic, which many consider a nice break from the numerous themed bars in the neighborhood. Their top-of-the-menu “Tennessee Rose” is a sure favorite for its whiskey flavor and sweet undertones- a.k.a. a combination of Bonnie Rose Apple Spiced Whiskey, Lime Juice, Sumac Grenadine, and Maple Syrup. If you’ve got steady enough hands, make sure to grab a the unique drink and head to Vanguard’s dance floor—where music and cocktail combine to form bliss.

Classic Jewel

THE HEAT Chandeliers and a glass bar wall may decorate Classic Jewel, but the real stunners are the drinks. “The Heat” lives up to its name as a blend of Sauza Hornitos Reposado, chili and jalapeños, sweet agave nectar, orange juice, and lime juice. Luckily, Classic Jewel’s mixologist allows you can choose the heat of your peppers on a scale of 0-2 before creating the drink, depending on how brave you are. One of the best parts though? If you really like “The Heat” you can even live above Classic Jewel (since it’s located at the base of a residential high rise).

Atomic Liquors

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME Atomic Liquor is a staple in Las Vegas, mostly due its history of famous Vegas clientele and long-gone rooftop mushroom cloud shows—courtesy of a former government bomb-testing area a mere 50 miles away. While you may have missed the window for that explosive experience by half a decade or so, Atomic Liquor is still sending shockwaves through Vegas today for their stellar cocktails. Their “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” mix is quite a crowd pleaser and unlike other bars, actually includes the title ingredients and not just flavor. The drink is a perfect blend of rye whiskey, sloe gin, blackberry, and peanut butter served in a mason jar. It’s exactly as mouthwatering as it sounds. Just like mom used to make, right?

The Best Ways to Relax in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas offers plenty of excitement for guests to enjoy; however, there is also a broad range of relaxing activities in DTLV to soak in. If you’re seeking a Vegas experience that’s fun and low-key, the downtown area won’t disappoint. Check out our picks for the best ways to relax in downtown Las Vegas.

Attend Second Saturday at Emergency Arts

You’ve probably heard of First Friday — an incredible art festival held downtown on the first Friday of every month, but you might not know about Second Saturday. Held at Emergency Arts on the second Saturday of each month, this event is a quieter celebration of art and is an opportunity to socialize with other art enthusiasts.

See a Show

Downtown Las Vegas is also a great place to see a show. For an evening of unforgettable entertainment, see The Scintas at the Plaza. This performing group is popular with fans of all ages due to their unique brand of variety-show-style comedy entertainment. The Scintas have been performing in Vegas since 2001, and the reason they have been able to stand the test of time is because of the unparalleled passion they have for putting on a great show. At their show in the iconic Plaza showroom, guests can expect to see impressions (keep an eye out for Bruno Mars), live music from the full band (you’ll love the horn section), both classic and non-traditional singing numbers, hilarious banter, and much more. No two shows are alike — so even if you’ve seen The Scintas before, you’re guaranteed something new at the next show.

Indulge Your Love of Books

The Writer’s Block is located on Fremont St. and is a book lover’s paradise. Browse through imported stationery, one-of-a-kind treasures, and plenty of books. This establishment even has its own bookstore bunny that guests can scratch behind the ears. The Writer’s Block is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Sunday when they close at 6 p.m.

Get Back to Nature

Visit Sixth St. and Carson to see the first “parklet” in downtown Las Vegas. The parklet is small, yet still serves as a green oasis in the concrete jungle, offering guests and locals a breath of fresh air in the midst of the city. Visitors to the parklet are shielded from the sun; take a break at the table and read the amazing facts engraved on the seats. It’s a mini-escape that lets you unwind without leaving the city.

Take a Stroll to See the Street Art

Downtown Las Vegas has a thriving art scene; in addition to its galleries and boutiques, there’s plenty of street art to see as well. Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and head to Stewart and N. 6th to see a depiction of a blood-spurting horned lizard, then check out the array of murals in the vicinity.

Sip Coffee at The Beat

The Beat isn’t just a coffee shop. Although the java there is excellent, this establishment also serves as a vinyl records shop. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped through time when you enter this laid-back cafe. This Fremont Street establishment also showcases local musicians and is open to patrons of all ages.

Have Dinner at Oscar’s

A leisurely meal is certainly a relaxing pursuit and that’s exactly what you get at Oscar’s — a steakhouse located right at the Plaza. Oscar’s steakhouse in downtown Vegas serves up a tempting array of appetizers, entrees, and of course, an extensive selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. The elegant décor and fantastic American cuisine make Oscar’s a Vegas legend. Although these activities are certainly something to consider, you may simply decide to relax in the plush indulgence of your downtown Vegas suite. No matter how you decide to relax, you can easily do it in downtown Vegas. Though the city has a reputation for exhilarating fun, you’ll find that relaxing in DTLV can be incredibly enjoyable, too.

Your Guide to the First Friday Festival in Downtown Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas isn’t just about bright lights and casino excitement. Although DTLV is legendary for its neon lights and historic gaming establishments, the area also offers its fair share of arts and culture. The amazing art scene is due in large part to First Friday — a free art festival held on the first Friday of every month that’s been going strong since its 2002 debut. Today, First Friday welcomes over 20,000 guests and is the largest event of its kind in Las Vegas. First Friday is popular with locals and visitors alike; some guests to downtown Las Vegas travel here specifically for this event. Here is everything you need to know about this eccentric event.

First Friday Transportation and Parking

First Friday is held in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas. The spacious district also referred to as 18b, is home to a variety of galleries and boutiques that participate in this highly popular event. It’s so popular, in fact, that reaching the festival by car can sometimes be a challenge. Consider using a parking garage, such as the free lot at 7th and Ogden – just make sure to arrive early at this lot to get a space. Paid parking areas are also an option, such as the Fremont St. Experience lot on 4th and Carson, or The Plaza Hotel & Casino lot on Main and Carson. Royal Rewards members may qualify for free parking. If possible, walking to First Friday is a hassle-free option, although crowds can get heavy at times.

The First Friday Experience

First Friday is an art event; however, guests also enjoy incredible food and live entertainment. The event is a great opportunity for both visitors and locals to discover talented local artists. Thanks to this venue, pedestrian traffic in the downtown area has grown by leaps and bounds. First Friday has also helped promote the fantastic small businesses in the district. Dress comfortably — think outdoor festival wear — and prepare for lots of walking. If you need a break, there are ample cafes and restaurants where you can rest your feet and grab a bite. A piece of art purchased at First Friday is a great souvenir to commemorate your time in Vegas.

Area Attractions

The Arts District spans 18 blocks; here, you’ll find art galleries and so much more. Visit Glam Factory Vintage on Colorado for incredible vintage clothing. If its home décor you’re after, stop by Inside Style, a boutique specializing in interior décor. You’re likely to work up an appetite at First Friday — luckily, there are plenty of palate-pleasing downtown Vegas food options available. Casa Don Juan serves up authentic Mexican cuisine, and for fusion fare and cocktails, head to Mingo’s. There are even hair salons and tattoo parlors in this eclectic district.

First Friday: Something for Everyone

Although there’s nothing wrong with relaxing in your plush downtown Vegas hotel suite, First Friday is a fantastic opportunity to get outside and mingle with guests and locals. You don’t even need to be an art enthusiast to enjoy this event because there’s something to appeal to everyone! Although you’re sure to discover art that appeals to you at this event, there’s plenty of food, beverages, and street entertainment to enjoy as well. When visiting Vegas, attending First Friday is part of a well-rounded experience.

Must-See Spring Shows in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas delivers exciting shows this spring, ranging from art exhibitions to comedic performances. There are so many options when it comes to entertainment in downtown Vegas that it can be difficult to decide which show you’d like to see. From comedy to classical music, there’s a little bit of everything from which you can choose. Check out our picks for the best spring entertainment options in downtown Las Vegas.

The Scintas

When: April 8, 9, 15 & 16 / May 6, 7, 13 & 14 / June 3, 4, 24, 25 / July 8, 9, 15, 16 / August 19, 20, 26, 27 / September 16, 17, 23, 24 / October 7, 8, 14, 15 / November 4, 5, 11, 12 Where: The Plaza You don’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class entertainment — because it’s right here at the Plaza! The Scintas are a four-person comedy troupe that offers variety show style entertainment that varies at every show. The Scintas truly offers something for everyone. At any given time during a show, you have the opportunity to see Mick Jagger, Dean Martin, Bruno Mars, exciting music from a full horn section, opera numbers, and more. The show is an emotional roller coaster that will have you laughing, crying, and hoping it never ends! Scintas-Home-Page-Slider-1600x500 If you’ve seen this act before, don’t worry — you’re guaranteed to see new material from this talented foursome. The Plaza is also currently running The Scintas and a Steak $99 special where guests can enjoy a delicious dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse before heading down to the iconic showroom for The Scintas.

My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Still in Therapy…

Where: The Smith Center When: Throughout April Get ready to laugh! Steve Solomon will take you on a journey through his hilarious and often brow-raising family life in this show that centers around his eclectic family. If you like stand-up comedy, you’re sure to appreciate this comedic offering.

Exhibitions at The Arts Factory

Where: The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd. When: Throughout April Thanks to First Friday and an impressive array of art galleries, downtown Vegas has earned a reputation as an art hot spot. Many galleries – like The Arts Factory, hold regular exhibitions. Every month, The Arts Factory showcase changes and is not announced until First Friday. Although, if you want to get an early peek, attend Preview Thursday. Regardless of what kind of art is on display, The Arts Factory is sure to delight art lovers from all walks of life.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast

Where: The Smith Center When: Throughout April If you’re in the mood for some Disney magic, you won’t want to miss Beauty and The Beast at the Smith Center. This classic tale is the story of Belle, a headstrong yet kind young woman, who awakens true love in the heart of the Beast and changes his life forever. Check show times and buy your tickets for this heartwarming romance at The Smith Center’s website.

Mozart, Poulenc, & Beethoven

Where: The Smith Center When: April 26 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of beautiful classical music at The Smith Center. Masterpieces by Mozart, Poulenc, and Beethoven will be performed by talented musicians on piano and wind instruments. Get your tickets at the Smith Center website. Downtown Las Vegas has it all — arts, entertainment, and so much more. In addition to the shows listed above, there’s always the Omaha Lounge at the Plaza. Every night, guests are treated to a rotating variety of entertaining performances.

The Tours of Downtown Las Vegas you Don’t Want to Miss

The next time you find yourself in Las Vegas, consider taking some time to tour the downtown area. There are all kinds of fun guided tours of this vibrant cultural area, so no matter where your interests lie, you should be able to find the perfect tour to enhance your Vegas experience. While exploring the city on your own is certainly an option, there’s nothing quite like a guided tour to give you a detailed look at everything Downtown Vegas has to offer. Here are a few of the best tours of the downtown area to consider.

Zappos Downtown Escapade Tour Experience

For an incredible look at Downtown Las Vegas, opt for the Zappos Downtown Escapade Tour Experience. For only $35, you’ll get to tour the Fremont Street Experience, the El Cortez Hotel and Casino, Inspire Theater, and Container Park. You’ll even receive a complimentary coupon book and downtown adventure guide that will serve you well for the rest of your Vegas vacation.

Segway Las Vegas Tours

One of the most modern and exciting ways to tour downtown is on a Segway! This tour company offers an array of Vegas tours, with several of them located in the downtown area. Choose from the following tours: Fremont North, Fremont Experience, or the Early Bird Tour of Fremont Street.

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Helmets are provided; however, it’s also important to dress for the tour in flat, closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Reservations are required, so be sure to reserve your spot at least two hours before the tour starts.

Lip Smacking Foodie Tour

A foodie tour combines the dazzling excitement of Downtown Vegas with fine cuisine for a look at the city that you won’t soon forget! This tour will take you to as many as five delicious restaurants, where you’ll get to sample each establishment’s signature dishes.
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Along with the food tastings, this tour will educate you about the history of Downtown Vegas and provide you with ample opportunities for photos.

Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour

Another fantastic tour for food lovers is the Downtown Las Vegas Food Tour. This tour takes 2.5 hours and takes you to several incredible establishments. You’ll learn about Vegas history and get an up-close-and-personal look at local culture. On this tour you’ll visit: Cous Cous Mediterranean Cafe, Rachel’s Kitchen, ChillSpot by SASASWEET, Uncle Joe’s Pizza, The Beef Jerky Store, and Simply Pure. This tour is an excellent way to have lunch while discovering and exploring Downtown Vegas at the same time!

Las Vegas Walking Tours

A walking tour is a perfect way to see the downtown area while getting fresh air and exercise. Tour choices include the Past to Present Downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street tour and the Glitter Gulch Fremont After Dark Tour. These two-hour tours take you through downtown Vegas’ hottest attractions for only $35. Before heading out on your tour, make sure to dress comfortably for the weather and wear athletic walking shoes. After your tour, head back to the Plaza where you can relax in style at your Downtown Vegas suite. Later, head to one of the Plaza’s delicious restaurants or catch a show. It’s the best of Las Vegas all in one place!

2 Exciting New Exhibits Opening at The Plaza

Last year, the Plaza opened a special gallery full of some of the most iconic sports memorabilia. The Las Vegas Club Gallery at the Plaza was filled with hundreds of sports-related items available for purchase by the public. The exhibit was a huge success, with many of the items quickly bought by eager sports enthusiasts and collectors. In response to the overwhelming success of the Plaza’s sports memorabilia exhibit, the Plaza is doing it again. This time, with two exciting new exhibits that pay homage to the hotel’s old Vegas roots. These exhibits are an excellent way to showcase the history of not only Downtown Las Vegas, but also the unique role the Plaza Hotel & Casino has played in shaping the area into what it is today. Whether you are a local or visitor, the Plaza’s new displays are sure to give you a distinct perspective on the rich and interesting history and culture of Downtown Las Vegas.

Jerry Misko

In a style true to the artistic and creative vibe that flows through downtown, the Plaza’s first new exhibit will be one from famed local artist, Jerry Misko. The exhibit, which opened on Jan. 15, features a collection of Misko’s edition prints accompanied by one-of-a-kind paintings of classic Vegas neon signs. Misko, a Las Vegas native, has collaborated on projects with some of the most recognizable names in the city, including the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the Neon Museum, First Friday, and even the city of Las Vegas. These collaborations, combined with 12 years of experience as a practicing artist in Las Vegas have given Misko’s art a distinctly Vegas personality perfect for the Las Vegas Club Gallery. Those looking to take a piece of Vegas nostalgia home with them will be able to purchase Misko’s retro-meets-modern interpretations at the exhibit.

Union Plaza Then and Now

The second exhibit, which opens Feb. 4, is an exciting look at the evolution of the Plaza throughout the past five decades. The free exhibit, “Union Plaza Then and Now,” offers guests a rare look into the history of the Plaza through artifacts, photos, and videos. The exhibit is one of many from the Museum of Gaming History, a non-profit educational project of The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc. that aims to preserve gaming history. Since it opened in 1971, the Plaza has cemented itself as a cultural icon, not only in Vegas but throughout the world. The exhibit aims to explore this rich and iconic history by showcasing the evolution of the Plaza. “Union Plaza Then and Now” will feature over 150 artifacts including chips, dice, ashtrays, postcards and even a unique lightbox display of a rare shot glass collection. Museum-of-gaming-history-plaza-hotel Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the history of the Plaza through a series of photographs that chronicles the progress made by the hotel from its groundbreaking to present day. For an even broader perspective of the transformation of both the Plaza and Downtown Las Vegas, guests will be treated to a 30-minute video about the hotel’s place in the historical development of downtown. A special grand opening of both exhibits will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. The museum will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Whether you are a seasoned Las Vegas native with a broad understanding of the history of the city, or someone looking for a fun and unique activity downtown, you are sure to love the one-of-a-kind insights garnered from both exhibits.

Come Check Out What’s New at The Plaza

Craps is one of the most timeless Vegas table games, evoking images of taking a big risk for an even bigger payout. Classic craps is likely to remain a Vegas staple for the long haul, but like much of the city, it too, has evolved. If you’re wondering how a stronghold like craps could get any better, imagine never losing on the comeout roll. Crapless craps, now at The Plaza Hotel in downtown Vegas, is perfect for seasoned craps aficionados and new-to-the-table players. Ready to learn how to play?

The Breakdown

Crapless craps, in its most basic form, is simply a rule variant to regular craps. The rule variant being that no player can lose a pass bet on the comeout roll. In regular craps, on the come out roll (or first roll of the dice during a betting round) pass bets win on a 7 or 11 and lose on a 2, 3 or 12. Don’t pass bets win on a 2, 3 or 12 and lose when a 7 or 11 is rolled. In crapless craps, if a player rolls any number other than a 7, it becomes the point, and you can’t lose on 2, 3, or 12. This fast-paced spin on the old Vegas classic is sure to provide all the thrills and payout of the original!

Crapless Craps at The Plaza

downtown vegas craps table The Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas is the perfect place for anyone looking to play this exciting variant of their favorite game. Crapless craps at the Plaza lets you bet on the 2, 3, 11, or 12 with big payouts every time your number rolls. There is no possibility of “crapping out” because you cannot lose on the comeout roll as every number is a point. In this easy to learn game, your bets will stay up until a 7 rolls, giving you plenty of opportunities to get paid. What’s better than getting paid every time your number rolls? Not much. If you’re ready to learn how to get started winning with crapless craps, head over to the Plaza. Every Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., you can get free lessons on both traditional craps and the quick-moving crapless craps. While you’re there learning or playing crapless craps, be sure to stop by the Plaza’s newly opened Party Pit.

Plaza Party Pit

The Plaza Party Pit is the perfect mix of some of the most uniquely Vegas entertainment options available. The innovating Party Pit is meant to immerse guests in an atmosphere that offers the best of both gaming and traditional Vegas partying. Not only will you get to play some of your favorite Vegas table games at plenty of different limits, but you also get to enjoy great music and even better company. Aside from the stunningly charming dealers and gaming, you’re sure to appreciate the one-of-a-kind view right down the heart of Fremont Street. The beautiful dealers, great music, and upbeat atmosphere are ideal for anyone looking for a less than traditional gaming experience. No matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find it at the Plaza. Exciting variations of your favorite games? Check. Tons of opportunities to win big? Check. Beautiful table dealers? Check. Great views and even better music? Check. So, what are you waiting for?

The Best Happy Hour Hotspots in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city that has most everything you can imagine, including some great places to have a drink. Whether you’re a visitor to the city or a resident entertaining friends or family from out of town, you’ll find an array of happy hour hotspots within convenient walking distance of each other. Here are some of our favorites.

Velveteen Rabbit

The locally-loved Velveteen Rabbit bar has happy hour every day except during the monthly First Friday events. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., you’ll save $2 on specialty cocktails, $2 off beer, $4 off well drinks and $1 off any other menu items.

Commonwealth

Enjoy happy hour at this cocktail lounge — inspired by the pre-Prohibition era — from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Well cocktails and domestic beers are only $3; premium cocktails and craft beers are reduced to $5. Music and a rooftop patio make this bar a favorite of locals and visitors like.

Therapy

Therapy is a hip Vegas haunt with happy hour daily from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., as well as on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Menu items include draft beer, handmade sangria, and signature cocktails. Be sure to try the refreshing Deal Maker, a combination of Hana Gin, grapefruit, maraschino, and fresh lemon-lime soda.

Fizz

Champagne lovers, rejoice! From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (or 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Fizz offers the Bottomless Bubbles deal. You will get unlimited glasses of J. Roget Champagne during the two-hour period for only $36. Pair your bubbly with a delicious offering from the menu such as Caviar on the Rocks or Wagyu & Horseradish Panini Bites.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

Of course, you don’t even need to leave your hotel in Downtown Las Vegas to enjoy a fabulous happy hour. Just head to Oscar’s Steakhouse at the Plaza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday for great deals on drinks and food. Not sure what to try first? Oscar’s is famous for its steaks, of course, but you also don’t want to miss the signature martinis. Taking advantage of great happy hours in Downtown Las Vegas is an excellent way to get more bang for your buck. No matter what kind of libations you are looking for, you are sure to find them at one of these great happy hours.

Exploring Downtown Las Vegas’ Beer Garden

 

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Downtown Las Vegas is a hub of fun activities and a large variety of different cuisines sure to appeal to anyone. Although there are dining options including everything from a decadent steak dinner, to oversized favorites such as chicken and waffles, there is nothing quite like the Beer Garden at Plaza. This unique venue aims to recreate the traditional European beer gardens with its own unique twist. Those looking for a quick and delicious bite to eat and a frosty craft beer straight from the tap will love Beer Garden.

Food

 
 
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The food offerings at Beer Garden are German-inspired and are sure to please. The venue offers a variety of great snacks to pair will you beer including an extra giant size German pretzel that feeds 4 and crispy onion strings served with your choice of dipping sauce. The real draw here, however, are the signature wursts.
 

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These artfully crafted wursts include options such as The Westerner, with smoked polish sausage, roasted jalapenos, crispy fried onions and a chipotle aioli and The Golden Slipper, with andouille sausage, crispy bacon, and cream cheese topped with a fried egg. You also have the option to create your own wurst and even order a slice of specialty pizza from neighboring Pop Up Pizza. This is the perfect food to satisfy after a long day of exploring Downtown Las Vegas.  

Beer

There are few things that go together better than an ice cold draft beer and a wurst. Beer Garden takes things to a new level by offering over 20 different craft beers to pair with your food. No matter what flavor profile you are looking for, Beer Garden is sure to have it.

 

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There are so many options including from American and European pale lager, cider, fruit beer, IPA, Irish stout and Belgian golden. The selection is wider than you will find anywhere else downtown.  They even offer interesting suggestions on which beer will pair best with certain menu offerings.  

Atmosphere

 
 
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Aside from the great food and wide variety of craft beers on tap, Beer Garden also boasts a uniquely fun atmosphere. If you are in the mood for a quick bite, the spacious indoor bar area is the perfect space to indulge. For those who are in the mood to hang out while enjoying the delicious food and drink offerings, Beer Garden also features a fully equipped outdoor area.

 

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Modeled to feel like a home backyard, this outdoor area features picnic table seating, artificial grass and plants along with table games and live entertainment. This urban oasis overlooking Fremont Street stays true to the beer garden experience with downtown’s only living wall. The wall is a 400 square foot garden with more than 900 different plants growing on it.

 

This makes Beer Garden the ultimate pub experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Make sure to stop by and try one of their amazing wursts and a frosty beer!

If afterwards you’re ready for some rest, take advantage of our affordable hotel room rates at Plaza and stay in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.

Everything You Need to Know about Downtown Las Vegas’ Art District

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Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most culturally and historically rich areas in the entire city. One of the many reasons both tourists and locals alike love this area of the city is the Downtown Arts District. This eclectic area, officially known as 18b Arts District is well known as the hub of the art scene in Las Vegas. The area is full of art and working galleries, antique and other unique shops and restaurants and unique lounges. Only a short walk from Fremont Street, the 18b Arts District is the perfect place to go for a different side of Vegas.

History

The area originally gained its reputation as an art location when a family owned and operated business, Desert Art Supplies was established. Several more art based businesses and museums opened in the area throughout the years, including The Arts Factory, Enigma Garden Café and The Contemporary Arts Center. The area was officially created in 1998 and was named for the 18 block zone set aside for the district. Although the area is larger today, it was initially bounded by Hoover Avenue, Colorado Avenue, Las Vegas Boulevard, Commerce Street and 4th Street.

Goals

The initial goal of the area was to provide the otherwise dull area with a unique identity apart from what you would find on the Strip and Fremont Street. The ideal mission was to inspire creativity in everyone who visited and lived in the area. Today the area is managed by the 18b Las Vegas Arts District Neighborhood Association and strives to encourage art in general. They also make large efforts to enhance current and new businesses in the district by creating growth and promoting enhanced pedestrian traffic.

First Friday

Now well known as the premier art event in the city, First Friday was first established in October 2002 and was attended by around 300 people. First Friday is the largest arts and culture event in the city, held on the first Friday of every month and hosting up to 20,000 visitors. The uniquely fun event brings in a substantial amount of foot traffic, allowing visitors to mingle the galleries, shops, restaurants and food trucks in the area. This is great for many local and upcoming artists and other vendors to gain recognition and sell some of their original artwork.

Preview Thursday

Held the first Thursday of every month, Preview Thursday was established as a scaled down version of First Friday. The reasoning behind this, is to allow more serious art buyers with the chance to beat the large crowds and potentially buy anything they are interested in. Preview Thursday is a great, more upscale way to enjoy the offerings of the Art District.

Must Visit Places

If you find yourself in need of a great meal while exploring the Art District, stroll over to Casa Don Juan for the best authentic Mexican food you will find anywhere. This family owned restaurant offers all of your favorites including carnitas, tortas, tacos, fajitas and much more.

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For anyone in need of an afternoon pick me up, or smaller food offerings will love everything at Makers & Finders Coffee. This coffee house serves up one-of-a-kind hand brewed favorites such as lavender infused lattes and small tapa like dishes including arepas, empanadas and shrimp ceviche. Head over to the Velveteen Rabbit for unique handcrafted cocktails in an atmosphere that perfectly embodies the spirit of the Art District. One of the best places to visit if you find yourself in the Arts District is the Arts Factory. Started in 1997, it is a warehouse full of a wide variety of different kinds of art including contemporary and traditional. Also make sure to find some of the many different street art murals in the area for a unique look at some of the ever-changing community art pieces. Finally, be sure to take a stroll down the First Street Art Trail as a way experience a unique variety of public art.

Family Friendly Attractions in Downtown Las Vegas

The transformation of Downtown Las Vegas over the past couple of years has made the area more family friendly than ever. Today, there are plenty of different attractions and activities to keep every member of the family happy. The eccentric atmosphere of Downtown Las Vegas means you are also sure to find truly unique activities while enjoying the area. If you are in town with younger family members, make your way Downtown for a day the whole family can enjoy.

Container Park

  This open air shopping area is made up entirely of shipping containers is one of the best places to go to entertain the entire family. The complex features an interactive kid’s play area, known as the Treehouse, unique shopping opportunities for both kids and adults, and enough food options for even the pickiest eaters in the family. Don’t forget to check the events calendar before heading to Container Park, as they host family movie nights, live music and much more.

Slotzilla

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This one-of-a-kind zip line attraction lets visitors experience Fremont Street from unexpected heights. This attraction offers two different experiences, one from 77 feet up and the other from 114 feet up. This attraction is sure to get your adrenaline pumping with speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Although there is no age requirement, flyers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult and meet weight requirements. Slotzilla is perfect for all members of the family and is an experience you are not soon to forget.  

Segway Las Vegas

 
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If you are looking for a new and exciting way to explore Las Vegas, look no further than Segway Las Vegas. This unique tour company specializes in tours of Segway Personal Transporters throughout the city. These tours give you the opportunity to operate your own Segway while cruising around different parts of the city, presenting unparalleled photo opportunities. The age limit for these tours is 12 year of age and are sure to be the most exciting tour you will ever take.

Museums

Discovery Children’s

Perfect for kids of any age, the Discovery Children’s Museum, located in Symphony Park, is both fun and educational. The three story, 58,000 square-foot facility features nine award-winning interactive exhibits including toddler town, eco city and water world. Each exhibit and interactive activity in the museum is geared toward teaching children more about how certain things work. Discovery Children’s Museum provides hours of fun and exploration for the whole family.  

Natural History

  Created in an effort to foster understand and appreciation for global life forms, the Las Vegas Natural History Museum, located in the Cultural Corridor of Downtown Las Vegas, offers a truly unique experience. As a Smithsonian affiliate the museum features exhibits with treasures you can’t see anywhere else. Explore everything from Egyptian relics to displays on diverse African wildlife and much more. These are only a few of the exciting family friendly activities Downtown Las Vegas has to offer. So the next time you are in town with your family, remember that Las Vegas is fun for both adults and kids!

5 Unique Shops to Check Out at Container Park

Made entirely out of empty shipping crates, Container Park is one of the most unique shopping and entertainment centers in the city. With a distinctly downtown Las Vegas feel, Container park is full of fun stuff to see along with one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities. The shops located inside the 3 story open-air retail center give visitors a chance to find boutique apparel, jewelry, art and more while supporting small, local businesses. Here are 5 of the most unique shops to check out next time you are exploring Container Park.

Blumarble

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Blumarble offers unique, handcrafted glassware, jewelry, gifts, home décor pieces and much more that you can feel good about. This is because Blumarble collects as many glass bottles from the Las Vegas Strip as possible, and then upcycles them into unexpected products that can add variety into your everyday life. They partner with businesses on the Strip and currently collect over 15,000 bottles of month to keep up with the high demand for these amazing products.

IndianSoulArt

Founded in 2004 with the goal of sharing Native American Arts and Crafts with others, IndianSoulArt not only sells art, but provides a space for display as well. Offering and expansive collection of paintings, pottery, totems, dreamcatchers, jewelry, traditional baskets and much more IndianSoulArt also offers documentation of authenticity for all pieces of art. No matter what kind of original Native American products you are looking for, this is the place to go.

San Miguel Trading Company

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Featuring an eclectic mix of authentic home décor, furniture, art, jewelry and apparel offerings, San Miguel Trading Company strives provide customers with only the most unique offerings. The company was founded in an effort to bring the rare and one-of-a-kind artisanal goods from Mexico to share with more people. All of the good in the shop are handmade with lots of love and pride and are sure to bring you joy.

Max Luxx

Max Luxx is the perfect place for anyone looking for great prices on authentic designer handbags, wallets, belts, travel gear, sunglasses and much more. This unique resale boutique that combines the best aspects of luxury and affordability. With amazing products from some of the most well-known designers in the world, you are sure to find exactly what you want at Max Luxx.

Kappa Toys

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This one-of-a-kind toy store is carefully designed and well-stocked to instill a heavy dose of nostalgia to everyone who enters. The store is sure to provide hours of discovery for both adults and children. With never before seen toys from all over the world to classics sure to remind you of your childhood, Kappa toys is a great place to find something fun for both you and the kids.

Mob Museum Spotlight

It’s no secret that the mob was linked with the establishment of the city of Las Vegas as it is today. The history of both the city and some of the better known hotels in Las Vegas is strewn with some of the most recognizable mob names imaginable. Although this was previously considered to be a weak point in the evolution of the city, it has been embraced in recent years. This is in large part due to the opening of the Mob Museum in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas. This uniquely Vegas museum breathes history, including everything inside, along with the building in which it is houses.

The Building

One of the most exciting aspects of the Mob Museum is the corresponding history of the building where it is located. Falling perfectly in line with the rich history of the entire Downtown area, The Mob Museum was originally both the U.S. Post Office and courthouse and was opened in 1933. Although it was not primarily used as a courthouse for several years after opening, in 1950 the building gained notoriety for holding one of the Kefauver Committee Hearings.   The famed hearings, led by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver, were to investigate organized crime in interstate commerce. Although these hearings took place across the country and were intended to investigate organized crime in general, it became clear the mob connections in Las Vegas were front and center. The courtroom on the second floor of the museum, where testimony was heard for these hearings, has been restored to its original glory. The building was sold to the city in 2002 with the agreement that it be preserved and used as a museum.

The Museum

The idea of the museum was proposed by the Mayor of Las Vegas, and well-known mafia criminal defense lawyer, Oscar Goodman, as a way to tell the complicated story of organized crime in society.
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Officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement the museum is an interactive journey using a vast collection of exhibits to tell true stories. The underlying theme of the museum is how mobsters led to the rise of the city and how law enforcement led to their eventual downfall.

Exciting Exhibits & Artifacts

One of the most anticipated exhibits in the museum is the restored second floor courtroom where visitors can see video clips of the actual Kefauver hearings that were broadcast to Americans during the time. There are also plenty more interactive exhibits to visit including a wiretapping display, a firearms simulator and an audio visual panel where you can see FBI testimonies. The most valuable and exciting artifact in the entire museum, however, is the blood stained and bullet battered brick wall where the infamous Chicago Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre took place. Some of the other notable artifacts include the sunglasses worn by Bugsy Siegel on the day of his death, the white suit famously worn by John Gotti during court appearances and a 1919 World Series ticket showing the game has been fixed.

Notable Names

 
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Those who curated the amazing artifacts for this one-of-a-kind museum clearly spared no expense in securing artifacts from some of the most well-known names in organized crime. There are rare items from Al Capone, Charlie Luciano, Tony Spilotro, George Moran, John Gotti, Bugsy Siegel, Carlo Gambino, Edgar Hoover, Estes Kefauver, Eliot Ness, Rudy Giuliani and many more. This unique museum is a must visit next time you find yourself looking for something interesting to do in Downtown Las Vegas. You are sure to leave the museum with a great understanding of how organized crime infiltrated American culture and society during these times.

6 Restaurants to Check Out in Downtown Las Vegas

Dining Downtown Las Vegas The exciting transformation of Downtown Las Vegas continues as more retailers and restaurants come to the area. As the community continues to grow, we are able to experience some of the most amazing new food the entire city has to offer. No matter what you are looking for, you are likely to find it right here in Downtown Las Vegas. So come down today to check out some of these great restaurants.

VegeNation

As one of the few truly vegan restaurants in the city, VegeNation is sure to get you excited about healthy eating. Featuring a wide variety of different types of cuisine, you can get everything from Vietnamese pho to Mexican and Italian dishes all made with 100 percent plant-based products. Don’t forget to also check out their signature “juicetails” featuring local distilled liquor and cold-pressed juice while you are there!

Carson Kitchen

This Downtown favorite, located at Sixth and Carson streets features a perfectly crafted menu of new American food with a unique twist. The restaurant also has a garden-style rooftop patio for an outdoor dining option. Designed for sharing with your party, the menu features favorite items including crispy chicken skins, bacon jam, sandwiches, flatbreads and much more. The restaurant also features a wised variety of beer, wine and stiff specialty drinks.

Le Thai

Frequently lauded as one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, Le Thai is a small restaurant that delivers big flavor. Located across the street from the El Cortez, the restaurant features a large outdoor dining space complete with a misting system for those warm Vegas nights. Le Thai is best known for its delicious three color curry complete with strips of fresh daikon, carrot and basil. Other must-try dishes include the short rib fried rice, awesome noodles and fried bananas.

La Comida

La Comida, located on Sixth street, is a rustic yet chic interpretation on a traditional Mexican cantina. The vast restaurant features a large indoor dining area complete with interesting furniture and light fixtures along with a comfortable outdoor dining area as well. The menu features plenty of tasty Mexican classics such as Pozole, Mexican street corn, ceviche, tacos and much more. Take some time to sample one of the over 100 tequilas on the menu or one of their famous fruit margaritas.

Therapy

This hip new restaurant, located in the Fremont East District, touted as a “gastro-lounge” gives a whole new outlook on American cuisine.  The restaurant features both tapas-style dishes that are meant for sharing, along with individual entrees, and something called cast iron s’mores, which sounds worthy of a trip on its own. The restaurant caters to everyone with offerings like a wagyu beef burger, charred kale salad, steak tartar, Scottish salmon and much more.

Monta Japanese Noodle House

Monta Japanese Noodle House serves “KURUME” style Tonkotsu Ramen, with a broth made from selected pork bones and the unique soy sauce imported from Japan. The prices are great and the portions are large, pick up any of their delicious Ramen bowls downtown. Downtown Las Vegas is quickly becoming the place to be if you are looking for uniquely delicious food offerings. Make sure to stop and check out one of these new restaurants next time you are looking to try out something new.

5 Pieces of History Worth Visiting in Las Vegas

Las Vegas History Las Vegas boasts a rich history, and the city offers up plenty of opportunities to step back in time. Throughout the years, Las Vegas has undergone several shifts in identity leaving traces of each change behind. From the Wild West era to mobster playground, and now a gambling mecca, Las Vegas is more than just neon lights and craps tables. If you’re looking to experience something a little different next time you visit, here are 5 pieces of Las Vegas history sure to change the way you think about the city.

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Serving as the very first permanent structure in the valley, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort was built in 1855, strategically located near a spring fed creek.  The original structure was a 150-foot adobe fort intended to serve as a mid-point regrouping area on the trail from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Today, a small portion of the original structure still remains just east of Las Vegas Boulevard. Make sure to take some time to check out the visitor center of the state park for great details about this historic place.

Railroad Cottage District

The rail services in the area helped Las Vegas develop into the city it is today. In order to provide housing for those building the rails, the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad built a total of 64 cottages in what is now Downtown Las Vegas. Although only a handful of cottages remain in the original district, the area remains on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is sure to bring you back in time.

Famous Neon

Vegas Vic is the unofficial name for the famous neon cowboy located outside of a souvenir shop that was formerly The Pioneer Club. This staple of Downtown Las Vegas since 1951 measures in at 40 feet, and can wave and talk. Located directly across Fremont Street is another famous piece of Downtown neon known as Vegas Vickie. She is a seated cowgirl with a leg kicked over Fremont, erected in 1980, who now sits over the Glitter Gulch Neon Sign. In 1984, Vic and Vickie were married in a fun ceremony covered by local news. For more pieces of Vegas neon history, be sure to check out the Neon Boneyard.

The Bellagio Fountains

Since their first show over 15 years ago, the fountains at Bellagio have become an award winning staple of Las Vegas. This amazing (and free) fountain show takes place at regular time intervals every day and featured over 30 different combinations of water movements carefully choreographed to a variety of popular songs. The fountains are located on an 8-acre manmade lake and feature over 4 thousand lights and over a thousand nozzles. For another amazing free show, make sure to head down to The Mirage for the famous volcano show!

Hoover Dam

One of the most well-known manmade landmarks resides just outside of Las Vegas on the border of Nevada and Arizona. The Hoover Dam, completed in 1935 to control flooding and irrigation along the Colorado River, was built from 5 million barrels of cement and 45 million pounds of reinforced steel. This amazing artificial wonder of the world created Lake Mead, the largest manmade reservoir in the U.S., now a mecca for outdoor activities in the area. Make sure to take some time to check out some of these amazing historic sites next time you find yourself looking for something different to experience Downtown.

5 Unique Shopping Destinations in Downtown Las Vegas

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Downtown Las Vegas is one of the most unique areas in the city. Over the past couple of years, and still continuing today, the area has undergone a massive transformation to make it a truly captivating destination for locals and visitors alike. One of the many things making Downtown so unique is the one-of-a-kind shopping presented by the wide array of boutiques located throughout the district. Whether you are looking for a special Vegas-themed antique, the perfect book for the gambler back at home or a highly coveted record, the shops in Downtown Las Vegas have you covered.

11Th Street Records

The perfect stop for the music lover in your group, 11th Street Records is dedicated to buying, selling, trading, and even recording records. The store boasts vinyl listening parties, in-store parties and performances, live streaming webcasts of these performances and much more. Stop in and do your part to help support the music industry and community today.

The Writer’s Block

The Writer’s Block is the only independent bookstore in the entire city and is much more than just that. The shop boasts not only an amazing selection of unique books, but also books from larger publishers, a collection of children’s books, apparel, collectibles and a book machine that prints, binds and trims paperback books in 5 minutes.

Retro Vegas

Just up the street from the Plaza, Retro Vegas is the place to go if you are looking for one-of-a-kind Vegas antiques. This massive shop is full of both Las Vegas themed collectibles and general mid-century antiques, and enough variety to fit into any price point. While you are there make sure to check out the famous pink kitchen. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply saunter up Main Street for over 10 more different antique shops to peruse.

The Gamblers General Store & Book Club

For the widest variety of gambling related products, including books, The Gamblers General Store is your go-to in Downtown Las Vegas. For over three decades, this Downtown staple has specialized in providing all your gambling needs including personalized chips, high-quality cards, dice, poker tables, memorabilia and much more. If you are searching for a book about gambling, check out the over 3,000 gambling books available at Gamblers Book Club.

Container Park

What good would an article about shopping in Downtown be without a mention of the amazing Container Park? This one-of-a-kind open-air shopping area is made entirely from shipping containers and contains enough activity to keep everyone in your group (especially the kids) occupied and entertained for hours. No matter what you are looking for, you are sure to find it here. Don’t forget to check out some of the mouth-watering food and drink options while you are here. No matter what you are looking to buy or do, Downtown Las Vegas has it all.  So make sure to give yourself ample time to explore this district the next time you are in town!

The Best Spots in Downtown Las Vegas to Have a Nightcap with “Old Vegas” Nostalgia

Atomic Liquors Las Vegas Travel back in time to the days of Elvis, Frank Sinatra, mobsters and showgirls. Here  nightcaps are in style and cocktails are elaborate concoctions unique to every bar, lounge or speakeasy on the streets of Vegas. Flash forward to present day: The magic of Old Vegas is alive and well downtown. Many of the vintage bars and cocktail lounges have become a part of the downtown renaissance — destinations that are reminiscent of days long passed but with a decidedly modern twist. Here are some of the best spots to have a nightcap with Old Vegas nostalgia.

Atomic Liquors

The oldest freestanding bar in Vegas, Atomic Liquors has been around since 1952.  The name comes from what used to be the main attraction — watching nuclear blasts at the nearby atomic test site from the roof of the bar. This downtown gem has quite a history in show business and was frequented by the Rat Pack, the Smothers Brothers and Barbara Streisand. Today, it boasts a well-stocked bar, a fabulous drink menu, late night hours and special events just about every day. Step into the Atomic and head right back to the 1950s.

Downtown Cocktail Room

Located in the Fremont East Entertainment district, the Downtown Cocktail Room is an upscale cocktail lounge and speakeasy that serves up luscious libations in a Bohemian-Chic atmosphere. The handcrafted cocktails are one-of-a-kind creations that have acquired a huge following among locals and visitors alike. Be a part of the downtown scene that escapes the spectacle of the Strip — and embrace the glamour of Vegass’ past, present and future.

Oscar’s Steakhouse

Locatedin the iconicx dome at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, Oscar’s has been attracting discriminating visitors to its restaurant and bar since 2011. Oscar’s famous bar, adjacent to the steakhouse, serves up world-famous martinis in a glamorous, old-school Vegas atmosphere. Overlooking the Fremont Street Experience, Oscar’s also has the best view in town.

The Commonwealth

This swanky, 6,000-square-foot cocktail lounge was inspired by pre-prohibition era design. Serving a huge array of cocktails, craft beers and other libations, Commonwealth boasts over-the-top chandeliers, bow-tied bartenders, a dance floor and a rooftop patio. What more could you want in a classic, downtown bar? When you are ready to reminisce, there is no place like downtown to find that Old Vegas style. With such a unique array of nightlife opportunities, these are truly hidden gems, tucked away from the circus of the Strip. If you have been neglecting the downtown area, now is the time to visit these popular watering holes to see what you’ve been missing.

5 Spots that Showcase the Downtown Las Vegas Revival

Praying Mantis at Downtown Las Vegas Downtown Las Vegas may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Vegas, but in recent years it has done a fabulous job of rebranding itself. Instead of competing with the circus of the strip, downtown Las Vegas has worked hard to create an image that embraces art, music, and culture in a world-class destination. If you’re wondering why you should consider a stay in downtown Las Vegas, here are five must-visit spots that showcase the best of the downtown revival.

Mob Museum

Located in the heart of downtown, the Mob Museum shares the thrilling story of organized crime in Las Vegas. The mob scene played a huge role in the shaping of modern Las Vegas – helping it evolve and to become the “Entertainment Capital of the World.” At the Mob Museum, you’ll explore high-tech theater presentations, unique artifacts, and awesome interactive exhibits that tell both sides of the story; that of the mobs and that of the law’s. This intriguing presentation of Las Vegass’ colorful history will surprise and enthrall you. A must see.

Smith Center for the Performing Arts

From Broadway shows, to jazz, ballet, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, there is always something happening at the Smith Center. This thriving cultural complex has enabled southern Nevada to take its place on the international stage, and the sprawling campus has become a mecca for world-class culture, art, and musical events. In fact, the Smith Center is an exhibit in-and-of itself, with unique architecture, outdoor sculptures, and beautifully landscaped grounds. A picnic in Symphony Park is almost as exciting as the first-rate performances.

Downtown Container Park

Downtown Container Park is a truly unique experience, unlike anything in Las Vegas. A Fremont Street destination built entirely of shipping containers, this urban gathering area features nightly music, boutique shopping, world-class cuisine, and a kids’ play area, complete with a 30-foot slide and water-play attraction. There’s always something going on at this hip, downtown destination.

The Neon Museum

Neon Museum Downtown Vegas

Founded in 1996, the spectacular Neon Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and displaying the iconic Las Vegas signs that used to tower over Sin City. Indoor and outdoor display areas, with more than 150 rescued signs, chronicle the changes and trends in sign design and technology from the 1930s to the present day. This uniquely Las Vegas museum is located downtown on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Discovery Children’s Museum

Located in Symphony Park, adjacent to the Smith Center, the Discovery Children’s Museum has helped redefine downtown Las Vegas as a cultural and artistic destination. This huge, interactive and educational play space provides a vibrant and engaging experience for kids of all ages. The 58,000-square foot building has nine exhibition halls spread across three stories. Science, art, technology, music, and theater: It’s all here, just waiting for your family to discover. Over the years, Las Vegas has become so much more than an opulent gambling destination. Thanks to a modern revival, Downtown Las Vegas is now an attraction in its own right, helping to define Vegas as a culturally diverse and internationally renowned urban center.    

How to Make the Most of Your Convention in Las Vegas

Conventions in Las Vegas If the mere mention of the word convention has you hiding from your boss and hoping you won’t be the one that has to represent your company this year, you’re not alone. Chances are you’ve experienced a host of regular conventions in run-of-the-mill cities across the country. Enter: Las Vegas. Here, conventions are an entirely different experience altogether. Sure, you’ll do your fair share of networking and work, but forget heading back to your hotel room after hours to watch reruns. Vegas never sleeps and when your work is over for the day, the fun is just beginning. Here are some tips for making the most of your Las Vegas convention.

Navigating the Las Vegas Convention Center

For your conference or convention, chances are you’ll be situated in the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). This 3.2-million square foot building is sprawling, crowded, and unique. When packing for your trip, the most important item to include is a pair of the most comfortable shoes you own. There is a lot of ground to cover, and your feet will feel like lead balls if you don’t coddle them from the start. The LVCC does a great job of keeping its visitors full and hydrated throughout the day. There is a food court, a Starbucks, and a plethora of vending machines. Note:  There really isn’t much within walking distance of the convention center any more.

Getting Around

The LVCC is conveniently located to Downtown Las Vegas and the Strip, making it easy to navigate the city after hours. While taxis are the most popular transportation choice, there are also RTC buses (subway like) that service both areas with single and multi-day passes available.

Dining

After a long day of networking, a world-class meal will refresh you and will help prepare you for a little nightlife. Downtown Las Vegas boasts some of the best restaurants in the area. Here are some suggestions to satiate your appetite.
  1. Tripe George Grill – This Downtown Las Vegas staple is a foodie favorite for their fresh-made, well-conceived cocktails and classically inspired, Bay-area style cuisine. The space is cozyand on the slightly smaller side, so it would be advised to get a reservation beforehand.
  1. The Peppermill Inn — Eat your fill whenever the urge strikes! This iconic restaurant on the strip is open 24 hours. The Peppermill Inn is famous for its giant portions and classic Vegas atmosphere.
  1. Oscar’s Las Vegas Steakhouse — Want a steak cooked to perfection served in a classic old-school Las Vegas atmosphere? Look no further than Oscar’s. This sophisticated restaurant features perfect martinis, excellent service and the best food around. It is located just three miles from the LVCC, in the iconic dome at the Plaza Hotel.

Paint the Town Red

Looking for a little nightlife before heading back to your hotel? Check out the Fremont Street Experience. Stroll the pedestrian promenade, watch the mesmerizing light show or fly on the Slotzilla Zipline. You can’t have these adventures anywhere but Vegas! Also, the Fremont East district offers a vibrant nightlife scene that goes until the wee hours of the morning. Catch a show, boogie down to some live music, or just sample the fantastic cocktail selections. No matter how much time you have in Vegas, you’ll never run out of new experiences. Make the most of your convention with a stroll Downtown, where anything can happen. Las Vegas is full of surprises.

Get Ready for the Ultimate Fight and Sports Weekend in Vegas This Year!

Vegas Fight WeekendThe long anticipated boxing match between Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather will be held in Las Vegas on May 2. With the annual running of the Kentucky Derby also taking place, it is shaping up to be the ultimate fight and sports weekend of the year. If you still need a room for the excitement, take advantage of a special offer from the Plaza Hotel and Casino by entering the code “RUMBLE” when you book your room. Then take a look at some of the great events that will be happening in Las Vegas during your stay.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Kick the weekend off with the official weigh-in on May 1. Tickets will be $10, so be sure to reserve your seat in advance. The main event will take place the next day at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. You can also watch the fight live from any of the MGM Resorts Properties in Las Vegas. Look for ticket availability on MGMGrand.com. End your night with a little downtown revelry at the Fremont Country Club’s Pacquiao-Mayweather After-Party. The music will be provided by The Amazin Kreskin, The Old School Show, DJ Magreni, and DJ Tino.

Kentucky Derby

Easily the most highly anticipated event of the year in horse racing, The Kentucky Derby has become a full-day celebration that extends past the roughly two minutes of race time that is the main event.  On May 2nd, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky will be packed with race fans looking to get in the spirit for the annual “Running of the Roses;” however, Vegas will still command much of the attention as hotel sports books throw their own bashes.  Finding a good spot to take in the race is as easy as getting an early seat at the sports book and ordering the race’s traditional drink – a mint julep.

English Premier League

The first weekend in May kicks off the final month of the English Premier League 2015 schedule. Place your bets and watch a match or two in the newest William Hill Race and Sports Book at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Enjoy the action on any of the 75 screens available in downtown’s largest sports book, while placing a bet in comfort and ease with the mobile sports wagering app and a self-service wagering kiosk. Whether you will be watching the big fight or not, it is sure to be this year’s ultimate sports weekend in Las Vegas. Book your room at the Plaza Hotel and Casino and get ready to rumble!

Vegas Hopes to Score with an MLS Team

soccer  player Las Vegas has almost everything – nightlife, casinos, world class entertainment, amazing food, haute couture and more. Despite all of that, Sin City is without a professional sports team. Venue proposals and pitches to various sports leagues and teams have come and gone for nearly 20 years, including baseball and hockey bids, but nothing has come to fruition. That could soon change. Bids to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Las Vegas began in 2011. A proposal was made for a multi-use stadium in the downtown area that would share space and construction dollars with UNLV, but MLS wanted a venue that was primarily dedicated to its sport. The idea has since been revived and talks started again earlier this year. MLS officials have visited the area and appear to be interested in discussing further. Additionally, it seems as if there is both the backing and the desire needed to have a pro team in Las Vegas, but there is no confirmed deal as of yet. In a recent interview with USA Today, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman stated, “[Las Vegas is] the perfect place for people to come and enjoy all the amenities we have, and we’re certainly ready for major league sports. We’ve made so many advances in the medical community and in cultural offerings. Pro sports is the one little piece we haven’t quite gotten the hook around.” The population of the Las Vegas metro area has grown to nearly two million people, which is more than two metro areas currently home to MLS teams – Columbus, Ohio and Salt Lake City, Utah. Will Las Vegas become home to an MLS team? We’re hopeful, but cannot be sure. However, it is one of the largest cities in the country without a pro sports team.

Food Diary: Eating Our Way Through the Day

Plaza breakfast 7:00 a.m. The alarm clock went off and there was no hitting snooze. We had a lot to get to at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, but before we could do anything, whether work or play, we needed to eat a solid breakfast. The best way to start the day is with breakfast at Hash House A Go Go. One of our favorite dishes there is the classic Boston Hash – crispy potatoes, mixed onions and fresh tomatoes crowned with blue crab cake drizzled with horseradish cream and served with eggs and fresh fruit. After a breakfast of that magnitude we were almost ready to begin the day. We just needed to stop by Cafelatte for a Lavazza coffee first. 12:32 p.m. Before we knew it, it was already time for lunch. We were still a little full from breakfast and were busy making the most of the day so we opted for something quick and easy at Pop Up Pizza. We indulged in a slice of cheese, but also had a salad. Mom always said eat your veggies! 5:00 p.m. Five o’clock rolled around. It was a busy and productive day, but now it was time to relax and enjoy the evening. It was a beautiful fall day in Vegas. Today’s sky was a mix of pink, orange and red as the sun set. We headed to the Bier Garten for a craft beer and to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown Las Vegas from the outdoor area. In addition to our beers, we ordered a giant pretzel and wurst to share as a snack before dinner. Bier Garten food and drinks 6:52 p.m. We had a reservation at Oscar’s for 7 p.m. so we headed upstairs to the restaurant. The decor of Oscar’s is glamorous. It incorporates memorabilia from Oscar Goodman’s 12-year tenure as mayor as well as classic photographs of Las Vegas from over the years. It makes you feel like a star. We started with some calamari and chose the pork chop for the entrée. The calamari was nice and crispy on the outside and the pork chop had been perfectly seared. Not a bad way to wrap up another fun day at the Plaza. Oscar's calamari Oscar's pork chop

Celebrate 10 Rockin’ Days of Country in Vegas with NFR and Bucky Covington

Bucky Covington to Perform at Plaza in Vegas One of the biggest draws in Vegas every year is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – and this year is no exception.  For 10 days, Las Vegas will be overrun with some of the most passionate rodeo sports fans from around the world as the best in their respective events are crowned champion.  Capping off all of the excitement will be country star, Bucky Covington, performing at the Showroom inside of Plaza Hotel Casino.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas

If you’ve ever visited Las Vegas in the beginning of December, then you’ve surely witnessed the way that the National Finals Rodeo takes over the city.  Fans from around the world don blue jeans, cowboy boots and hats to gather in anticipation for the largest rodeo competition of the year.  Casinos, nightclubs and restaurants alike will all be dishing out their own brand of “southern hospitality” to welcome these loyal fans and give them the experience of a lifetime during their stay. Starting Dec. 4, NFR will take hold of Las Vegas for 10 days of pure competition as the top 15 ranked competitors from a wide range events, including bull riding and steer wrestling, display their talents for the chance to be recognized as the best in their respective field. In addition to a noticeable impact on the culture and energy of Las Vegas during this special time, you can also expect to encounter some of the biggest stars in country music and entertainment while NFR is in town.

Bucky Covington to Perform at Plaza Hotel Casino

At Plaza Hotel Casino, we are throwing our own celebration by featuring country star and former American Idol contestant, Bucky Covington, in our very own showroom to cap off the event on Dec. 13. Best known for hits like “A Different World,” “It’s Good to be Us” and “I’ll Walk,” Covington’s debut, self-titled studio album reached #1 on the US Country Charts in 2007 following his appearance and eigth-place finish on Idol. His latest single, “Buzzin’,” was released earlier this year on iTunes and we are sure that he’ll provide a proper sendoff to the 10-day celebration in Vegas with his passion and energy as he graces our stage. For tickets and information, please visit our entertainment page.

Holiday Shopping in Downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Container Park

holiday shopping downtown Everyone knows Vegas is one of the best cities to shop ’til you drop.  Whether it’s high end couture, beautiful boutiques or fantastic outlets, there are tons of places and a variety of ways to shop in Sin City.  Those who like to find special pieces that no one else will have should explore Downtown Container Park. It’s only a short walk from Plaza and has beautiful boutiques and a quirky design. And foor the bargain mavens there is Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, which offer an unparalleled combination of quality and great deals and are also located close to Plaza. Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful or just a task to cross off your to-do list. It can be quality, relaxing alone time or a destination event for the whole family. Container Park has an amazing array of stores (art, apparel, décor, toys), dining options (BBQ, Mexican, extravagant hot dogs, whiskey bar, wine bar) and activities (treehouse and play area for kids and adults, live music). You can bring the fun back to holiday shopping with a visit to this popular Downtown Las Vegas destination. It’s a fresh urban landscape and more than a collection of stores. The area is constructed from shipping containers stacked on one another and was created as a place everyone can enjoy. Spend the day perusing the boutiques, sampling the different food options and having fun in the park. While you can pay top dollar for anything you want in Las Vegas, you also can find amazing brand name goods at bargain prices if you visit the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets. Tell everyone you picked a little something up for them in Vegas – just don’t tell them you bought designer wear for less than designer costs! With 150 stores, the outlets offer all of the high end designers you’d find at malls and destination shopping venues.  Come visit Las Vegas and shop it up – you’ll love what you find!

Downtown Las Vegas Buzzes as Life is Beautiful Returns

Life is Beautiful
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Downtown Las Vegas is a vibrant area that speaks to both a great past and promising future. The Life is Beautiful festival, which returns to Downtown Las Vegas on Friday, is a testament of this. The festival will bring some of today’s greatest musicians, chefs, artists and speakers to the art district for a three day inspirational social platform. The Plaza Hotel and Casino has defined 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. 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. Adjacent to the arts district, the Plaza was a hub for those who attended last year’s inaugural Life is Beautiful festival and we be one this year as well. Whether you need a room to rest between days, something to eat or drink or just some help with directions, we are here to help make your Life is Beautiful experience as enjoyable and empowering as possible. For the full festival lineup, please visit lifeisbeautiful.com.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Louie Anderson

Meet Lou Magelwitz, our resident host at Bonkerz Comedy Club, where some of the best downtown Vegas shows can be found. Not only is he the host at Bonkerz, he opens for some of our clubs comedians, including Louie Anderson. Lou is also happens to be good friends with Louie, so we asked him, what are five things that nobody knows about Louie Anderson? Here is what he told us:  

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Lou Magelwitz and Louie Anderson

  1. Louie is a funny guy, but he is serious about getting healthy. He works out in his dressing room before every show.
  2. Louie is a friendly guy, but we figured that! He likes to hang out in the employee dining room and say hi to all the Plaza employees.
  3. Louie is a huge football fan. His favorite team? The Minnesota Vikings, he is from Minnesota after all.
  4. Louie gave up carbs because of his new healthy diet and lifestyle. What carb-filled food does he miss most? Toast with butter.
  5. Louie learned to swim only four years ago! Yet, he competed on the ABC show “Splash” this past January. Amazing!
Thank you, Lou, for letting us get to know Louie a little better. Make sure to catch Louie’s show right here in downtown Las Vegas.