They say that Christmas is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” but you know the only thing that’s more wonderful than Christmas time? Christmas time in Las Vegas!
During the short duration we were in Barcelona, people looked serene and appeared to be having fun, for there are lots of public parks and outside cafes where one can sit, eat, drink, or just enjoy life watching and petting the stray cats that beg for food around the cafés.
Talking of food, I put on several pounds enjoying the immense spread of food on the tables. My favorites are the tapas, like appetizers. In the evenings, one can go to a great Barcelona tapas bars and enjoy his drink and an unbelievable variety of food.
Some of the evening wanderers top the tapas by going to a restaurant afterwards. No wonder dinnertime never finishes in Spain, because people start around six or seven in the evening with tapas and bar hopping, and finish at a restaurant with main courses and deserts, eating late until after midnight.
That’s right, with the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas this week, it means that thousands of college hoops fans will be descending upon America’s most spectacular city in the coming days, for a week of hoops, fun, more hoops and definitely more fun.
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Either way, after all these trips I’ve gathered up a lot of information that – while generally pretty useless – will come in handy for visitors this week.
Here are the do’s, don’t and my personal recommendations on AT’s Guide to Las Vegas:
Let’s start with the essentials, as before we get to the drinks, food and nightlife, these are the basics you need to know.
Transportation: First off, I’m just going to tell you right off the top. You probably don’t need a rental car. There will cabs that will pick you up at the airport, cabs waiting at every major hotel, and just about everything on the Strip is walkable. Even most of the major excursions have busses that will take you to and from wherever you’re going.
I’m not telling you that you should 100 percent, absolutely cancel your rental car. But I think you should consider it. Chances are pretty good that it will just sit in the parking garage (many of which charge for parking) collecting dust, while you take taxis and ubers everywhere.
Stock Up Your Room: This is another major, MAJOR piece of advice: Before you even go to your room, have your taxi driver stop at a CVS to pick up all the little essentials for your room. Trust me, the taxi driver won’t be weirded out – they’re asked this all the time – and if you wait until after you check in, chances are pretty good that you’ll grab a drink, then another one, and you never get around to it.
And in the least surprising news ever, if you don’t stock up on your room, it will mean your week will be filled with buying $8 bottles of water, and $10 bagels for breakfast.
Therefore, again, just make a quick stop to get all the little stuff, waters, Gatorade, small snacks and even alcohol for your room. Trust me, even if you spend $100 at CVS, it’s still going to save you money in the long run. It’s also going to save you from the literal and figurative headache of waking up with a killer hangover, and going downstairs to buy a Gatorade or water at 8 o’clock in the morning.
Just trust me on this. You’ll thank me later.
Check-In: I’m just telling you from previous experience, check-in is a madhouse, especially if you’re coming at the end of the week (if you’re getting into town Tuesday or Wednesday it probably won’t be so bad). Some places now have self-check in which helps, but your spot doesn’t, just be warned, it’s going to take a while.
Also, if you ask for early check-in, the hotel will 1000 percent try to charge you an extra fee. I don’t care how smart you think you are, or if you’re a high-powered lawyer who negotiates for a living. If you want early check in, I’d say with 99 percent certainty you’ll have to pay for it.
Coffee: This is an AT special right here, but I just want to warn you ahead of time: In Vegas’s endless attempt to suck every penny out of unsuspecting tourists, most hotel rooms don’t come with coffee makers. I know, I know, what is this, the 1940’s? And even if your room does come with a coffee maker, ask before you use it, as you’ll probably end up getting charged to use it.
Unfortunately, I still haven’t found a good work around for this problem, except for this: If you think of it, just grab a coffee on your way up to room before bed at night. it will still be overpriced, but at least you won’t have to drag your butt downstairs at 7am and wait in line.
Plus the one thing every hotel room has is a microwave, so you can just heat it up, which should in theory help your hangover.
Clothing: Oh, one important thing: Pack winter clothes! I know, I know. You live in Kentucky or Ohio or North Carolina or Tennessee, and you think that 60 degrees during the day will be a heavenly reprieve from your cold winter. Well, first off, 60 degrees in the desert (where there’s no humidity) feels much different than 60 degrees on the East Coast with humidity. It’s way, WAY colder. And two, it’s going to get really cold at night. Maybe potentially as low as the 30’s.
Again, I know you think you won’t need a winter jacket. But you will. Please just trust me on this one.
Normally I’d suggest just hanging out at the pools and drinking cold drinks with umbrellas in them to pass your free time during the day. But, since the pools are closed for the winter, it gives you time to do actual “touristy” stuff, that doesn’t include “binge drinking alcohol” (which already makes you a better person than me).
Here are a few suggestions:
Golf: It’s not too late to sign up for the big golf outing at the famed Shadow Creek Golf Course. Details are available here.
High Roller Ferris Wheel: When you get into the city, one thing you’ll immediately notice is the “High Roller Ferris Wheel” at the Linq. Don’t be fooled by the name – you don’t need to be a high roller to go, it’s open to anyone. It also serves as the highest point in the city, and the people who work there recommend going at night for the best views. The Ferris Wheel is open every day until 1:30 a.m., with tickets going for $28 before 5pm and $37 for after. If you’re feeling frisky, the folks at the High Roller tell me that they also have special seating that includes “open bar” for an extra price.
Now me personally, I don’t know that I’d want to be drunk hundreds of feet in the air. But if that’s your thing, well, more power to you!
Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Tours: Admittedly, I’ve never done the Hoover Dam tour, but I have been to the Grand Canyon, and let me tell you, if you haven’t been, you simply need to go. This isn’t my opinion, it’s a scientific fact.
The one catch is that if you’re looking to go to the Grand Canyon, it’s an all-day event that lasts about 10 hours, with busses departing Vegas before sunrise and returning after sunset. As for the Hoover Dam, again, I’ve never been, but it’s about a four-hour tour, with a one-hour ride each way, and a two-hour tour once you get there.
If you want to go, simply ask the concierge at your hotel and they will set things up for you.
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Drinks and leisure:
Let’s be honest: Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas if you weren’t going to indulge in some alcoholic beverage consumption. Ultimately you can find drink specials just about anywhere, all you’ve got to do is ask. But here is some advice:
Day Drinking: If you’re looking to get the party started early, the best deal I have found is at Carlos N’ Charlies, at the Flamingo Hotel. There, you can get $5 bloody mary’s, mimosas and margaritas from 9 a.m. until noon every day.
That might not sound like much to you. But in Vegas, that’s considered a bargain.
Chandelier Bar at Cosmo: Listen, I wouldn’t recommend making a “night” hanging out at Chandelier Bar, as your wallet will hate you in the morning. But this is arguably the most famous bar in all of Las Vegas, and it’s worth it to at least stop by and grab a picture.
Plus, I once saw Dr. J hanging out at Chandelier Bar, so that’s kind of cool, right?
Before the Kentucky Games: Per my good friend and colleague Tyler Thompson, the UK Alumni Association will be hosting pre-game get togethers on both Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon at BeerHaus, which is located right next to the arena.
I’ve been there several times, and can tell you that the food there is excellent. And again, it’s right next to the arena, making it easy to get over for tip-off.
Friday Night with Your Boy Torres: Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that on Friday night, I will be holding my own happy hour for listeners of the Aaron Torres Podcast, and even if you don’t listen, you’re still welcome to stop by.
The event will start at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon at Lagasse’s Stadium, a really cool sports bar at the Venetian. The even cooler part? There is a sports book inside the restaurant, meaning you can eat, drink and make bets without leaving a 20-foot area, and what’s better than that?
?? Who'll be in Vegas for CBS Sports Classic next week? I'm hosting a get together at @LagassesStadium in Venetian next Friday – food, happy hour drink specials etc. Many have RSVP'ed, but shoot me a DM if you want to come. Spots filling up fast. Going to be a GOOD time ??? pic.twitter.com/BdWQZG0oCk
— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) December 13, 2019
By the way, speaking of drink specials, I’ve set up one that is phenomenal, as it will be all-you-can-drink Bud Lights or vodka drinks, with a side of wings for just $20. That’s right, just plop down a $20 bill and they will bring you all the alcohol you can handle, plus wings.
Spots are filling up fast, so if you’re interested in attending, send me a message on Twitter so I can get you on the list.
Frankly, I really don’t know what to say in this space, since gambling is the lifeblood of Las Vegas. It’s in every casino, so there isn’t really any “recommendation” I can give, so much as just to find a hot table, sit down and make money!
If I had a few small recommendations though, it’s this:
Cheap Tables: Like everything else, I know some people are traveling on a budget, or just aren’t that confident in their overall game. You’ll usually find cheaper tables during the early morning hours, that become more expensive as the day go on. Also, as best I can remember, there are $5 blackjack tables at the Flamingo near the Margaritaville restaurant for those who looking for some cheap action.
Sports Books: Like gambling, there really is no “bad” place to watch the games, but the most popular sports book in all of Las Vegas is “The Westgate Super Book” which is located off the strip, and is basically a warehouse for sports betting and where a lot of the pros get in the action. Speaking of “off the strip” if you’re feeling really adventurous, South Point Casino is home to a very famous sports book, and where Brent Musberger hosts his daily radio show. Be warned, South Point is a legit 25 minutes off the strip though.
Again though, there really is no bad place to watch the games, and usually I just end up posting up at one of the casinos, and have had especially good luck at MGM Grand and Caesars. Also, if you’re planning on sitting and watching games, make sure you ask for complimentary drinks, as they usually give them out as long as you have money on the games.
NFL Sunday: One last thing here. I assume that most of you will be leaving Vegas first thing Sunday morning (and after spending close to a week there I can’t blame you). BUT, if you’re planning on spending an NFL Sunday the sports books, you better get there early to get a seat. Games start at 10 a.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) so if you’re not in the book by about 8 a.m. you probably aren’t getting a seat.
Again, it’s getting a little redundant, but people, you’re traveling to Las Vegas, not Fargo, North Dakota. As best I can tell, there really aren’t any “bad” restaurants, so it’s all just kind of personal preference. The burger king menu delivers you a best quality food with delicious taste. Still, if you’re looking for suggestions here are a few that have worked for me:
Buffet: The Bellagio probably has the most well-known buffet, and is best known for serving seafood (crag legs, shrimp) with their lunch buffet. It’s a little pricey, but it is all you can eat. So, make sure you come hungry to get your money’s worth.
Steakhouse: “Delmonico” at the Venetian or STK at the Cosmo are the two I’ve been to, and the two I would most recommend. Again though, if you’re eating a good steak, in a good restaurant, on the Strip in Las Vegas, I find it hard to believe you can really go wrong.
Sushi: “NOBU” at Caesars is probably your best bet. Again, it’s a bit pricey, so be prepared.
Casual Eating: If you’re just looking for a reasonably priced burger or something simple, your best bet is the “Promenade Shops” a new strip of bars and restaurants located between the Linq and Flamingo hotels. You won’t find anything fancy, but it’s simple food at an affordable price, with restaurants like Yardhouse, Tilted Kilt and some other similar spots.
Late Night/Drunk Eating: Ah, now we’re getting to my wheelhouse. The best place I’ve found is “Ellis Island” which is just off the strip. They serve 24 hours, and the food is both cheap and good. I think I got a plate of steak and eggs for like $8 last time I was there, and – maybe it was the 18 Coronas I drank at the pool that day, but I remember it being really delicious.
Because it’s a little bit off the strip, I do recommend taking a cab, as it can be a bit hard to find.
Top Golf: I know Top Golf is a bit of a touchy subject for some reading here, but – while it’s still banned in certain areas of the country – it really is a cool spot. You don’t need to be a good golfer, or even an average one, to go, hang with some friends, and hit a few golf balls while you eat good food and drink cold beer. It’s also worth noting that because this is Vegas, this particular Top Golf has a dance floor and DJ on certain nights. It also has a pool, although I’m guessing this time of year it’s closed.
Also, all the bays are heated, so don’t worry about going at night.
if you’re looking for something fun, but not crazy pricey, this is probably your best bet. And it’s open until 2 a.m., so you can eat, drink and golf just about as long as your heart desires.
Dueling Piano Bar at Harrah’s: Can’t lie, I kind of randomly stumbled into this place last time while I was in Vegas and it’s a blast.
Now, this isn’t an all night thing, but kind of a cool way to spend an hour if you’re just looking for somewhere to hang and have drinks.
Shows: Every hotel has something a little different so your best bet is to just see what’s available, see what you’re interested in, and go from there.
Clubs: Honestly, we looked at clubs around the world, but for the younger crowd, my best piece of advice to walk the strip, and see who will give you the best deal.
Also, one additional little pro tip: I’ve found that some of my best experiences in Las Vegas have come at the little side bars located right next to the clubs, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. What ends up happening is that people either get tired of standing in line, or get annoyed at the clubs, leave early and are looking for a more casual place to drink and keep their night going.
If you’re looking to drink with friends and have an actual conversation, this is a much better alternative than the clubs.
Adult Entertainment: I can neither confirm nor deny that I have ever been to many of Las Vegas’s having special hunks show which is fantastic adult entertainment here are the Hunks On Show ticket prices , but for the gentlemen of that age who might be interested… if I had hypothetically had to recommend one, “Sapphire” would be the place to go.
Also, a little pro tip: Although I can’t say that I’ve definitely ever been to one of those places, if you call ahead to Sapphire and ask, they will send you a car free of charge, and also waive the cover fee at the door. If you show up in your own transportation, then you will have to pay the cover.
Or at least that’s what I’ve heard.
However, if I can give you one piece of advice it’s this: I’ve been to Vegas dozens of times at this point, and while it’s great to go with a plan, don’t over-plan. Some of my best moments in Las Vegas have been where I simply grab a cold beverage and walk around with friends. More often than not, we end up doing something fun that we would have never anticipated doing otherwise.
To all who are going, enjoy the trip. And I hope to see some of you on Friday night.