Las Vegas Journals

Labor Day in Vegas

An August 2003 trip to Las Vegas by colby73

Quote: I made my annual Labor Day trip to Vegas and met a few of my friends from back east. We stayed at the Palms and spent most of our time there and at Hard Rock and New York New York.

Palms Casino Resort

Hotel | "Palms Hotel"

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The whole place is geared to a younger demographic and since that’s where we fit in, we love it. Playing blackjack here is always fun since the dealers are almost always willing to socialize with the players and have a good time. Table limits seem stay somewhat low – it’s even possible to find a $10 table on a weekend night. Popular music plays throughout the casino, which also adds to the whole gaming atmosphere. One of our favorite things about the Palms gaming area is the TVs that hang throughout the casino, so you can keep an eye on that football or basketball game that you also have a wager on. The very attractive cocktail waitresses, along with the ladies dressed to hit the Palm’s very po...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Palms Casino Resort
4321 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 942-7777

ESPN Zone

Restaurant

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If you love sports, consider this place paradise. There’s nothing better than placing a few bets on the big sports events of the day and then heading over to The Zone to watch the games while eating some buffalo wings and drinking a cold beer. This place is divided into a few different areas a restaurant area, two bar areas and a game area. We strictly go here to focus on watching sports and they definitely don’t disappoint. Most tables in the restaurant have there own TVs and plasma televisions are hanging all over the bar. Every seat is a good seat. I haven’t even mentioned the food, which is surprisingly good bar food. I suggest the Buffalo wings or the nachos, and absolutely sav...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

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

Gardunos

Restaurant

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I really enjoyed this place. It's a casual place with a nice atmosphere and the food is very good. I got the burrito/enchilada combo and was very satisfied. They have a huge selection of margaritas, so if you are margarita drinker, this is the place for you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Gardunos
4321 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
+1 702 942 7777

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Attraction | "Hard Rock Casino & Hotel"

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This is another place that caters to the younger people. It’s always crowded and they seem to draw the beautiful people. Table limits are somewhat moderate -- you can actually find a $10-15 table on a weekend night. Much like the Palms, the music is blasting and the dealers are sociable and usually attractive. The only thing missing from this place is televisions in the gaming area so that you can follow the big game while playing some blackjack. Still that’s a minor complaint, since it’s hard to keep your eyes on a game when so many beautiful people keep on walking by.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 693-5000

New York New York Hotel and Casino

Attraction | "New York / New York"

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Although not on par with the Palms or Hard Rock when it comes to atmosphere, it’s still a fun place to gamble. This place gets big extra points for having an ESPN Zone restaurant/bar where you can watch any sport you want, while grubbing down on some very good bar food and drinking a beer. The gaming area is usually pretty crowded, although with much less of the younger set that you see at Hard Rock or the Palms. It’s lively and fun with the dealers usually getting into the whole Vegas spirit. Another bonus is that they have TVs strategically placed throughout the casino so you can follow the best sporting events while playing some blackjack.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

New York New York Hotel and Casino
3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Ghostbar

Attraction | "The Ghostbar"

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The bars at the Palms are top notch and, as expected, are very crowded. This is means if you plan on hitting Rain or the Ghostbar, you better arrive early or know someone or you might be in line for a couple hours. Arrive before 11pm or eat at the 9 Steakhouse and you can usually beat the crowd. The view from the Ghostbar alone is worth the wait and the cover charge. Also, this is a great place to see celebrities. It is expensive, but so are most of the nice places in Vegas.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

Ghostbar
The Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 938-2666

Times Square Bar

Attraction | "The Bar at Times Square"

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This is one of those dueling piano bars that every city seems to have. For some reason, we always have fun here. The cover charge is low ($10) and the dress code is non-existent. Need I say more. It’s easy to meet people of the opposite sex and that’s probably the main reason we like it so much. It’s loud and rowdy and the drinks seem to flow at the fastest pace. I'd suggest making a night out of hanging out at NY-NY, hitting the ESPN Zone for dinner, and then playing some blackjack, before heading here to finish your partying for the night.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

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

VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio

Attraction | "Voodoo Lounge"

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The Voodoo Lounge is a bigger, less trendy version of the Palm’s Ghostbar. Before you get the wrong impression, the Ghostbar actually copied off the Voodoo lounge, not vice versa. It has a tremendous view and it's still a pretty popular place to party. We had fun here and the view is great.

They have some specialty drinks that you might want to check out. I think the most popular is called the Witch Doctor's Brew. If you want to get the view of the Ghostbar without the long wait, I'd suggest heading here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 21, 2004

VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio
3700 W Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
(702) 777-7800