- For great beer with an onsite brewery, you can't beat Ellis Island
on Koval Lane behind the Strip. It's got a unique casino/dive bar
flavor that attracts both locals and tourists. You can eat, drink,
gamble, and still have change from a $20 bill. Check out this article I wrote about the place and my blog post of my meeting with the brew master.
- If you like the blues, go to the Las Vegas Blues Society's website and get on their mailing list. They sponsor open jams in gritty bars that are a lot of fun.
Also, the Music on the Mountain
series at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboarding Resort is a nice way to
enjoy some music and beer without sweltering. Bring a lawn chair and
- Michael Grimm and
his band play in the Ovation Lounge at Green Valley Ranch every
Saturday night. Station Casinos is tightening their belt and so now it
cost $5 to get in for what used to be a free show, but he's still worth
- Although I'm way too Private Benjamin-y to ride a motorcycle, I do
love the biker scene. Nobody cares what you're wearing, how fat you
are, and they're all having a bad hair day from the helmets--perfect.
Plus, I love classic rock. If you ever want to take a little Sunday
drive, there's always an afternoon band down in Goodsprings at the
historic Pioneer Saloon,
about 25 miles down I-15 South. In the summer, head out to the Mountain
Springs Saloon in the mountains about halfway to Pahrump. Both are fun
weekend afternoon biker destinations.
- I feel kind of guilty for admitting it, but I have yet to warm
up to downtown Las Vegas. There's not enough acid, heroin, or Oxycotin
on earth to make me find the Fremont Street Experience entertaining. I
know all the tech-hipsters are into the downtown revitalization, but
having lived in a gritty city with no place to park for the first 43
years of my life, I'd rather hang out elsewhere. That said, The Griffin is a cool bar, and Hogs and Heifers is a lot of fun.
- I'm not much for dining out (why ruin the buzz with food?), but for a
special dinner, you can't beat the restaurant at the top of the
Stratosphere. Make your reservation for about an hour before sunset so
you can enjoy the daytime and nighttime views. If you just want to go
up to the top without paying, don't get in line with the tourists; tell
them you're having a drink at the bar on the top and you won't have to
pay or stand in line to go up. Also, RiRa, the Irish bar in Mandalay Place has the best fish and chips I've ever had in my life.
- If you haven't been to The Peppermill yet, grab a friend and march your ass there immediately.
- For an overnight getaway, I highly recommend the Desert Pearl Inn, just outside Zion National Park. And if you head to Sedona, I recommend Sky Ranch Lodge. On the way, be sure to stop and eat at The Oasis Lounge
in Ask Forks, AZ. It looks like a dump, but the food is amazing. I've
written a lot about Sedona on my blog; if you haven't been, you're in
for a treat.
- Here's a piece I wrote on the Grand Canyon West Rim. It's closer than the South Rim, but not as spectacular. Good if you're pressed for time.
- For yoga: Check out Sherry's Goldstein's Yoga Sanctuary. It's right on Eastern in the same plaza as Einstein's Bagels. I just started taking classes there--very impressed so far.
- Finally, look into Fill-A-Seat. For a yearly fee (which you'll recoup in no time), Las Vegas locals can attend any of the shows they offer for free. They have a ton of comedy, which, of course, I'm into. It's a great deal. Spring for the four-pass deal if you have a lot of friends come into town.
What am I missing? Anything you want to add?