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7 Must-Visit Destinations That Embrace Vegas’ Glamorous History

Vegas is a city steeped in history and teeming with stories from the past. While there are countless modern marvels to be enjoyed during a visit, the city’s nostalgic glamour makes it unique. Though many attractions of the past have been replaced and updated, there are a few spots to visit if you want to experience the Las Vegas of the past in the present.

1 – Bar Prohibition

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Located in downtown Vegas, Bar Prohibition in the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is an escape to the past while also expressing the Las Vegas history. The original bar was the beloved hangout of thirsty pioneers of the last frontier, rebels of the roaring 20’s, and members of the Rat Pack like Frank, Sammy, and Dean. Since 1906, the bar (and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino) has served as a place to let loose and have fun. Transport yourself to the past as you’re immersed in a historic Vegas hangout.

2 – The Neon Museum

Signs included in the tour at the Neon Museum.

If you’re looking for an authentic, up-close view of the Vegas aesthetic through the years, The Neon Museum is your destination. The museum features various signage and other types of relics from Vegas’s flashy beginnings and knowledgeable tour guides have a plethora of stories and facts to go along with each piece. Visiting The Neon Museum is a great daytime activity that will give you a well-rounded perspective of Vegas.

3 – Jubilee

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This show is a Vegas classic. Even with its new makeover, Jubilee embodies everything Old Las Vegas is known for. This display of glamorous showmanship will transport you back to the 80’s when the show opened. The captivating costumes and nostalgic choreography keep the spirit of the original show and the history of Las Vegas alive.

4 – Golden Steer Steakhouse

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If you’re searching for an amazing steak and a Vegas historical experience, visit Golden Steer Steakhouse. Founded in 1958, this steakhouse was favorited by icons like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Though some updates have been made to the restaurant decor, the principles of fine dining at Golden Steer have never wavered. If fact, some of the staff has been here for over 30 years, adding to the historical charm of this classic spot.

5 – Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Representation of Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.

Erected in 1959, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign has become an iconic symbol of the city. Seen in countless movies and in every souvenir shop, it’s safe to say the sign is one of the most recognizable landmarks. In 2008, the city added a small parking lot to accommodate the thousands of picture-taking visitors eager to snap their shot of the sign. It was added to the State Register of Historic Places in 2013 and has undergone minimal changes since its installation.

6 – Golden Gate Casino

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Palpable nostalgia greets you as you walk through the doors of the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. The casino made its debut in 1906 and continues to facilitate classic Vegas fun. Modern updates adorn the expertly preserved space, making it easy to both appreciate the past and enjoy the present. While most original casinos and hotels have been replaced, Golden Gate’s authentic, classic feel helps maintain its status as a staple in the city’s downtown area.

7 – Battista’s Hole in the Wall

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Sit down to a delicious Italian dinner just like the Rat Pack used to do. Nestled in a modest building near the LINQ Promenade, Battista’s Hole in the Wall serves up some of the best Italian food in the city. This place trades glamour for gourmet, as each dish is prepared traditionally and with expert care. The full dinner experience includes a soup or salad, bread, an entree, all you can drink wine, and a hot beverage for dessert. This historical place in Las Vegas has pretty much remained consistent with its offerings since it’s opening in 1970 – so much so that the same accordion player, affectionately known as Gordy, will serenade you as you eat. This place is a must-visit.

Today’s Entertainment Capital of the World as we know it is the result of a long, rich history. Las Vegas was born out of the appreciation of the good life and its unapologetic glamour made the city a hot spot for A-listers and music legends alike. People from all over the world flocked to experience the flashing lights and buzzing energy of the city for themselves. These days, Vegas continues to thrive and although advancements and developments keep the city state-of-the-art, the original magic is still very much alive. A visit to historic destinations like Bar Prohibition or Battista’s Hole in the Wall will take you right back to Vegas’s not-so-humble beginnings.

Performer at Las Rageous in front of the screaming crowd.

8 Reasons Why Las Rageous 2018 is Going to be the Best Yet

It’s about to get outrageous in Downtown Las Vegas. Las Rageous is back for its second year, after a successful 2017 debut. The rock and metal concert drew sellout crowds of more than 10,000 attendees from all around the world and is back for more. The 2nd annual Las Rageous music festival will take place Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The lineup this year is even harder than the last with headliners like A Perfect Circle on Friday and Five Finger Death Punch on Saturday.  Calling all headbangers: Las Rageous 2018 is going be a riot. Are you ready to rage?

Las Rageous Lineup 2018

Performers at Las Rageous.

This rock/metal festival, sponsored by Live Nation, will be held at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. At least nineteen artists and bands will perform on two stages over two days. While set times won’t be announced until two weeks prior, they have announced who will be performing at Las Rageous 2018.

Day One: Friday, April 20

-A Perfect Circle
-Ghost
-Clutch
-Underoath
-Beartooth
-Pop Evil
-Atreyu
-VYCES
-DED

Day Two: Saturday, April 21

-Five Finger Death Punch
-Judas Priest
-In This Moment
-Saxon
-Hollywood Undead
-Black Star Riders
-The Picturebooks
-Joyous Wolf
-Adelitas Way
-Bad Wolves

The Best Year Yet

Multiple performers on stage for Las Rageous.

If the stacked lineup doesn’t have you convinced, these predictions for Las Rageous 2018 will! Here are eight reasons why this festival will be one to remember:

1. You’ll Hear New Singles. A Perfect Circle will be playing material from their newest release at this years Las Rageous festival. The new single, “The Doomed”, is their first song since 2013, and the album is set to release sometime in 2018.

2.You’ll Jam Out to Old Favorites. Legendary band Judas Priest recently announced a 2018 tour across North America, with openers Saxon and Black Star Riders. These favorites will appear at Las Rageous 2018 during their tour.

3.There Are Discounts for Returnees. Returning festival attendees can purchase tickets with a special discount code. Visit Las Rageous’ Facebook Page for more information.

4.You’ll Experience a Larger Lineup. Last year, over sixteen notable groups performed, including Of Mice and Men, Mastodon, Avenged Sevenfold, and Breaking Benjamin. This year has even more noteworthy groups, with at least nineteen bands scheduled to perform.

5.There’s Free WiFi. Need we say more?

6.It’s An Event For All Ages. Ages 5 and up are allowed to attend Las Rageous, so everyone in the family can enjoy this fun and unique Las Vegas activity.

7.It’s All About Location, Location, Location. With several great hotels located in Downtown Las Vegas within a 5 minute walk of the festival site, the ease of getting to Las Rageous alone should convince you to make the trip. If you opt to stay on the Strip, it’s only a short 5 to 10 minute cab ride.

8.We’ll Celebrate Hometown Heroes. Las Vegas locals, Five Finger Death Punch, will be performing on Day Two.

Head to Las Vegas to watch some of the most talented rock and metal performers and get ready to rage. Add a weekend at Las Rageous to the top of your 2018 concert bucket list for an outRAGEOUSly good time!

Fremont Street compared to the Las Vegas Strip.

Faceoff: Downtown Vegas vs. The Strip

If you’ve ever visited the Entertainment Capital of the World, then you know that Vegas doesn’t disappoint. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind show, the best happy hour, a peaceful hike through Nevada’s red rocks, or thrill-chasing memories, you’ve come to the right place. But, the million dollar question is: do you choose the Strip or Downtown when visiting Las Vegas?

Follow along as Downtown Vegas and the Strip battle it out in a faceoff. Which location will be victorious when it comes to pleasing the desert’s visitors?

Round 1: First Impressions

Las Vegas visitors are greeted by breathtaking views, amazing lights, impeccable weather, and an electric vibe. In round one, we look at the Strip and Downtown’s first impressions!

The Strip

The fountains of Bellagio on the Las Vegas Strip.

Generally, when you mention to people that you will be visiting Las Vegas, their first thought is of the Strip. These 4.2 miles are filled with many remarkable Vegas landmarks. There’s The Fountains of Bellagio, a free activity centered in the middle of the Strip, and the many hotels dotting the Strip give visitors plenty to gush over. The Cosmopolitan, ARIA, Caesars Palace, and many more exhibit the city’s modern edge and history. And when the sun goes down, the millions of city lights come out to play.

Downtown Vegas

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As you stroll North of the Strip, you’ll reach Downtown, or Fremont Street. The area is lined with some amazing hotels, such as the Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, The D, and Plaza, that contribute to the birth and growth of fabulous Las Vegas. Each hotel houses a casino and provides something unique for its visitors.

As you continue down the Fremont Street Experience, you’ll notice the amazing canopy above. Take in the dazzling lights, witness high flyers on Slotzilla, cheer on the street performers, or hop into a bar for a drink. There’s no denying that the Strip makes a great first impression, but don’t underestimate Downtown’s charm.

*Round 1 Winner: The Strip

Round 2: The Bar & Restaurant Scene

We’re sure that one of the first things on your Vegas checklist is finding the perfect restaurant or bar. Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience, something quick and easy, or a trendy new pick, Las Vegas has you covered. But do you head to the Strip or Downtown?

The Strip

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When it comes to top notch Las Vegas cuisine, you probably want to make your way out to The Strip simply because of the wide variety of dishes available. Whether you’re looking for an Italian dish, the freshest sushi, or a mouthwatering steak dinner, you can find it all. Bardot Brasserie specializes in luxury and impeccable flavor, while ARIA’s elegant cafe is the perfect place for French comfort food and wine. If you’re looking for something a little more “Vegas,” check out Cabo Wabo Cantina, right in the middle of the Strip.

The Las Vegas Strip has some delicious food choices, but what’s dinner without a drink? But beware, drinks on the Strip are sure to cost more than their Downtown counterparts. You pay for the drink, the service, the environment, and the experience. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some awesome happy hours to be had. Margaritaville at The Flamingo offers nickel beer hour from 5-6pm every night, and Beerhaus at The Park has happy hour from 2-6pm and features $4 draft beers and hot dogs (and free yard games!).

Downtown Vegas

Exterior of Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas.attribute: https://downtowncontainerpark.com/

It’s hard to beat Fremont Street’s restaurant and bar scene. Container Park is a fun area in Fremont East District that’s made out of shipping containers and has a number of food and drink options. Le Thai is a favorite among both locals and visitors, and although the waitlist can get long, the delicious Thai food is worth it. Plus, you can always pop into the many nearby bars to enjoy your time. Another mouthwatering pick is Andiamo Steakhouse at The D. Enjoy American prime steaks with an Italian edge.

Complement your meal with a drink or two at one of Downtown Las Vegas’ many happy hours. These deals blow the Strip out of the water and include beers, specialty cocktails, and brunch beverages.

*Round 2 Winner: Downtown Las Vegas

Round 3: Unique Activities

The Strip

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Not only is Vegas known for being the gambling capital of the world, but it’s also home to quite a few unique experiences. Some include the roller coaster at New York New York, the High Roller at the Linq Promenade, and riding in a gondola on the canals through the Venetian. And of course, there’s shopping! With so many elegant and unique shops around, it’s hard to walk away without getting at least a little something for yourself. If you’re looking for practical stores, check out Fashion Show Mall. Or, go all out at the shops at the Bellagio or Planet Hollywood.

Downtown Vegas

Neon Museum at night in Downtown Las Vegas.attribute: http://www.neonmuseum.org/

The Strip may be big and flashy, but Downtown Las Vegas reigns with truly unique opportunities. There is the nightly light show on Fremont Street, unique casino games like Sigma Derby at The D or coin slots at El Cortez, and other picks that show off Vegas’ individuality. Not into gaming? Check out the many museums in the area, such as The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

The list doesn’t end there, though, for Downtown Las Vegas’ unique attractions. There is also the Slotzilla Zipline and Zoomline, Axehole, the Golden Nugget shark tank, Fear the Walking Dead, and – for the foodies out there – Heart Attack Grill! There’s no doubt that downtown wins this round.

*Round 3 Winner: Downtown Las Vegas

After three intense rounds, Downtown Vegas has come out victorious as the best overall Vegas experience! Other stand-out qualities include:

-The easy walkability
-Affordable hotel, food, and drink prices
-Smaller crowds compared to the hustle and bustle of the Strip
-The rich history
-The people-watching opportunities
-The art
-The overall vibe

Whether you choose to visit the Strip or Downtown Las Vegas, you’re sure to have a great time and will quickly want to come back for more fun and excitement.

Close up photo of girls celebrating a bachelorette party and clinking champagne glasses.

Bachelorette 101: 5 Key Ingredients for a Memorable Weekend

The glittering lights, the luxe amenities, and the indulgent lifestyle all make Las Vegas the perfect destination for a bachelorette weekend getaway. With so much going on in this bustling city, it can be hard to decide what to do with and for the bride-to-be. We think that the perfect Vegas trip includes a mix of relaxing, flashy nightlife, gourmet meals, and adrenaline-inducing thrills.

Below are five key ingredients for a memorable weekend:

A Lively Atmosphere

Famous Fremont Street Sign - Las Vegas.

Immerse your group in the atmosphere that Vegas is famous for. Considered one of the most dazzling streets in the world, Fremont Street is a must-see during a Vegas bachelorette trip. While simply walking around the area is entertaining enough, it’s also lined with attractions and world-renowned bars and restaurants. A zip line runs right down the middle of the street while the world’s largest video screen provides entertainment from above. With 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system, the Viva Vision screen shows off stunning visuals that enhance the Fremont Street experience.

Unique attractions, live music, and glittering casinos add to the lofty list of things to do. Stop into Bar Prohibition at Golden Gate Hotel and Casino for handcrafted drinks and a glamourous speakeasy vibe. The original bar was an oasis for the wild men and women of the roaring 20’s, including Frank Sinatra. Steeped in history and updated with modern glamour, visiting Fremont Street and all of its attractions is sure to be on your bachelorette checklist.

A Thrilling Adventure

Dad and child enjoying the zipline at Rio in Las Vegas.
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From the rides on top of the Stratosphere to the High Roller, Vegas is full of thrilling rides and attractions. Perfect for any adventure-seeking crew, the Voodoo zip line is a great option that can pump some adrenaline into your Vegas trip. Located between the two Rio hotel towers, the zip line sits 500 feet above the ground and can accommodate two riders at a time. This is a great opportunity to get a 360-degree view of the city from above. We recommend taking this thrilling ride at night so that the city lights come to life as you zoom across at speeds up to 33 mph. Since the zip line takes about one minute and ten seconds to complete, having each person in your group take a turn won’t take up a huge chunk of your night. After you’re done (since you’ll probably be in need of a couple drinks), there are a variety of bars and clubs within walking distance for your whole group of gals to enjoy.

A Well-Rounded Nightlife Experience

View of Omnia nightclub from the DJ booth in Las Vegas.
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Nightlife is Vegas’ bread and butter. If your Vegas bachelorette party group is eager to explore the club scene, consider joining a club crawl. A club crawl eliminates the waiting-in-line factor and lumps all club covers into one ticket price (which tends to be cheaper if you’re planning on going to multiple clubs). Most club crawls include a party bus that will take you and your squad from one club to the next so you don’t have to worry about transportation. Sin City Club Crawls offers some great package deals for some of the most acclaimed clubs in Vegas including Omnia, Chateau, Jewel, and Light.

A Historic Landmark

Neon Museum in Downtown Las Vegas.
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Since its inception, Vegas has been the go-to getaway for stars, which has created a rich, interesting history. The Neon Museum is the perfect place to immerse yourselves in that deep-seated culture and learn more about the city’s roots. Featuring a collection of signage and other Vegas memorabilia from as early as the 1930’s, the museum gives guests a unique peek into the history of Vegas. Knowledgeable tour guides share their wealth of information about where the signs came from, what role they played in Vegas culture, and how the aesthetic and technology shifted over time. The Neon Boneyard is filled with vintage signs and presents the perfect opportunity for a group photo to remember your Vegas bachelorette party. Since you need to reserve spots for the tour, we recommend booking early to secure your spots.

A Girly Activity

Group of girlfriends enjoy drinks at the Tea Lounge inside Mandarin Oriental.
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Having all the girls together is an opportunity to indulge in things like group manicures, facials, and even a tea party. Satisfy your inner tea-party-loving girl with an afternoon tea session at Tea Lounge. Located inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Tea Lounge serves gourmet teas and deliciously delicate foods. Afternoon tea gives your group the perfect opportunity to catch up, indulge, and recover and/or prepare for a night out. Floor to ceiling windows show off gorgeous, Instagram-worthy Vegas views, while plush interiors elevate your experience. Nourish your bodies with detoxifying tea while you enjoy each other’s company at a tea party fit for queens. Since availability is limited, we highly recommend making a reservation beforehand for this bachelorette party activity.

Kiss your bride-to-be’s single years goodbye by enjoying everything Vegas has to offer. Every bachelorette group is different, but the perfect weekend away is almost always made up of nightlife exploration and Vegas-style indulgence. Our city makes it easy to send your bride into married life with bachelorette memories that will last a lifetime.