Las Vegas Journals

Winter in Las Vegas

A December 2002 trip to Las Vegas by BeTheBuddha

Quote: Two words that perfectly describe Las Vegas are its nickname, SIN CITY. I've been to Vegas multiple times, and there's always something new to do and see. I hope to add something new with every visit I make to SIN CITY!

Winter in Las Vegas

Overview

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Why gambling, of course! I'm not a high roller, but you can win on the quarter and nickel slots, too . . . I did! Try playing new card games, if you're interested. Don't know how to play? Ask the dealer! They are more than willing to help you out (check out pai gow).Quick Tips: Take advantage of each hotel's "frequent gambler's" card. Now, a lot of the cards link to multiple hotels instead of just one--saves on the plastic, and you win since you don't have to gamble exclusively at one hotel to rack up the points. Look through the coupon booklets you get when you check in (if applicable). There's tons of savings, including free covers to clubs and cheaper meals. You can save a lot of c...Read More

New York New York Hotel & Casino

Hotel | "New York New York Hotel and Casino"

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This hotel had clean rooms, of average size. Maid service was timely and rooms were well kept. The only thing I wish is that there were more elevators located elsewhere. There's only one way to your room via elevator (that we found, anyway), and we were the farthest room away from the elevator. It would have been nice if there were another one located closer to us. The pool's pretty small for the hotel, and you may hear the rush of the roller-coaster if you listen hard enough. I heard it a couple times--it never woke me up or anything--but a friend in another room said he could hear it a lot. The tubs are deep enough to sink into. That was much appreciated. Its New York Art D...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

New York New York Hotel & Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6969

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I had very high expectations for Emeril's. I love his show on Food Network, think his cooking looks quite tasty and flavorful, so I was excited that we were going to try his restaurant at the MGM Grand. Boy, was I disappointed. Not only was the food overpriced, the waiter was not very knowledgeable of the menu (for this type of restaurant the waitstaff should know the menu forwards and backwards), and the food wasn't flavorful at all - it was just salty. I started with a salad, a friend had gumbo - hers was oversalted and my salad was the best part of the evening. We expected the dishes to be flavorful, full of taste from various spices used, but it looked like the chef s...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 25, 2003

Emeril's New Orleans Fish House
MGM Grand Hotel Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 891-7374

Gallagher's Steakhouse

Restaurant | "Gallagher''s Steakhouse"

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Gallagher''s is based on its original New York counterpart and offers their signature dry-aged and USDA prime beef. My friend and I shared the "King Cut" of the Prime Rib and it was ENORMOUS! We started cracking up because my friend is a petite girl and the waiter sets this monstrosity (and I say that in a good way) of prime rib in front of her, and it was practically bigger than her! The guys had the signature dry-aged New York sirloin ($30). They both really liked it. Top quality meat and worth the price paid for it. The server was very experienced and attended to our every need. I started off with a bowl of their split pea soup. Tasty, but nothing to write home about. Sides are ext...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2003

Gallagher's Steakhouse
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6450

ESPN Zone

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

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First things first: If you venture by the ESPN Zone, be sure to check out the rest room while you're there. You won't regret it. Don't leave without going to the bathroom! If you're waiting for your table, you can go upstairs and take in the arcade. It's like a mini-version of Gameworks across the street. If you're going to dine at ESPN on a gameday, be sure to get there early and/or make reservations. During major games, ESPN puts their gameday rules into play, which involve a per-hour minimum for parties there over a 2-hour period. A gameday code of conduct applies as well. If you're there just to eat and enjoy the atmosphere and are out of the establishment within 2 hours, these ru...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

ESPN Zone
3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 933-3776

Grand Buffet

Restaurant | "MGM Grand Buffet"

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MGM's Grand Buffet is really not that grand, after all. While it looks enormous, I found that a lot of the items on the buffet repeated as you went from aisle to aisle.

Food was average, as was the service. It was typical buffet far--roast beef, Jello, cakes, mayonnaise-y pasta/potato salads, fried chicken, etc.

We were there for lunch, so it may vary from dinner, but I doubt by much.

Well-placed slot machines near the buffet rang with winning pulls and made the customers itch to get out onto the casino floor.

If you're going to do a buffet while you're in Vegas, pass on this one and find another.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

Grand Buffet
3799 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 891 1111

Rain Nightclub

Attraction | "Rain"

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Rain is the hottest nightspot in town (as of the date of this article). It was actually pretty cool, and I'm not a club-hopper at all (ask my friends). Okay, I balked at the $20 cover, but that's the norm in Vegas. If you're lucky and you're female, some of the places don't charge a cover for women, but not so for Rain. Drinks are outrageously priced, but that's the norm, too. I think they ran around $8 or so per drink. The cool thing about this club is that when it rains, it pours . . . That is, the club takes on all forms of weather INSIDE. At various intervals, the club would get cool and misty like a light drizzle, then it would actually SNOW, and then flames of fire w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

Rain Nightclub
Palms Casino Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 942-6832

Mystere at Treasure Island

Attraction | "Cirque du Soleil's "Mystere!""

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We sat in the front row, but for this show I would suggest sitting somewhere in the middle so you can see everything, because there's a lot going on. What a wacky show! The comic relief was hysterical; be prepared! It involves some audience participation (or should I say specific audience members?). It's the audience participation that makes the show that much more delightful and appealing to all. I say this because I wasn't one of the audience members involved, and thank goodness! It's much better to enjoy the show than be a part of it! Still, fun was had by all. The acrobatics were amazing, to say the least. High up in the air, deep down below, the technical difficulty of some of the stunts wa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

Mystere at Treasure Island
3300 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 796-9999

Coyote Ugly

Attraction

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Two words--DON'T BOTHER! What a waste of time and money! Thank goodness we were staying in the hotel and had the coupon book that offered us free cover into the club. I would have been most irate if I'd had to pay a $20 cover for that piece-of-junk bar. Guys, if you want to leer at a fully dressed woman serving you drinks and at some point dancing a badly choreographed routine on the tiny "stage," then go right ahead. If I were you, I would save my $20 for your cover into Olympic Gardens or some other strip club. It was pretty ridiculous. No one was dancing, except some of the drunk female patrons who found themselves (of their own accord or others) on top of the bar. Even the guys we were with ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

Coyote Ugly
New York New York Hotel & Casino / 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6969

Rumjungle

Attraction | "Rum Jungle"

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It was one of the slower nights at Rumjungle. I liked the music when we entered the club, but the music later on wasn't the kind I normally dance to (but then again, I don't really dance). They do have two live drummers who play along with the music, which is kind of interesting. And, of course, there are the go-go dancers in their little birdcages high above. It was interesting to see them change shifts. Not much going on the night we went, but it looked like on a busier night it could probably be a happening club. Rumjungle serves food up until the time it opens for clubbers, though I'm not sure when the cut-off time for diners is. On your way in, be sure to check out Aureole, one of the resta...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 24, 2003

Rumjungle
3450 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada