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2018 Stanley Cup Playoff game

Getting Ready for the Vegas Golden Knights Playoffs

The first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs is well underway and our beloved Vegas Golden Knights are staying strong! Our young team surprised many when they secured their rightful spot in the playoffs this year and they continue to look very strong. The Golden Knights are going after the championship and hope to bring home the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season, and we’re here to cheer them on. After sweeping the Los Angeles Kings in four games of the Western Conference in the first round, they have their sights set on facing the San Jose Sharks in the second.

NHL Golden Knights on the ice with team logo

As a proud partner of the Vegas Golden Knights, we’re getting hyped over here at the D. Don’t miss any of the action and join us in cheering on our favorite team. The LONGBAR, located inside the D, is the perfect place to catch all the Golden Knights games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Stretching the entire length of the casino, LONGBAR is the longest bar in Nevada (1,300 square feet) and offers an uninhibited locale to grab a drink, watch the game, place a bet and catch the next round and every second of the classically crazy NHL action. With huge TV screens surrounding the entire bar, your favorite beers and cocktails, it’s safe to say that we’ll see you on gameday.

D Bar is also a fun spot to root for the NHL Golden Knights through the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Enjoy the beautiful Las Vegas Spring weather at our outdoor bar located on the one and only Fremont Street. Get outside and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather at our outdoor bar, located right in the middle of the Fremont Street action. When the weather warms up, cool down with frozen drinks and specialty cocktails served by our flair bartenders. Plus, there’s countless TVs to catch all the best plays.

Front row view of the NHL Golden Knights game

The D is the official Downtown Las Vegas casino of the Vegas Golden Knights and we have major perks available for hockey fans. This season, we offered two once-in-a-lifetime packages for our guests. The Luxury T-Mobile Suite Package included a stay in a D Deluxe Room and tickets to watch the Golden Knights from the D Luxury Suite at T-Mobile Arena. Our other all-star offering was the Exclusive First Row Glass Seats Package, which included a stay in a luxury D Suite and seats to see the Golden Knights from the D Zone, a first-row section right behind the glass. These exclusive fan packages were just for the D fans, so keep your eye out for next season’s perks.

To say that we’re excited about the Golden Knights’ success is an understatement. We’ve had such a great time cheering on our local team this season, and are even more excited to watch them in the playoffs. Come join the party at the D as we watch history be made together.

Fremont Street back in the day, merging into what it looks like today.

What Did Fremont Street Look Like Back in the Day

Visiting the Fremont Street Experience is an essential part of any Vegas trip – but how did it come to be that way? Fremont Street wasn’t always a world-class attraction. In fact, it started out as a humble downtown area of a tiny town that valued function over flash. Dating back to before the Prohibition, this area’s seen it all – from the ban (and lift of the ban) of gambling to Vegas’ first casino. [Image above is attributed to: https://goo.gl/ofiyFS and http://www.triptipslasvegas.com/2016/05/fremont-street-experience-in-las-vegas.html]

So, what did Fremont Street look like back in the day?

1905 – 1919 – Humble Beginnings

On May 15th, 1905, Las Vegas, Nevada was born. However, the image of Vegas today hardly represent this city’s humble beginnings. Las Vegas began as a tiny town void of the glitz and glamour with a population of only a few hundred people (a pretty huge difference from today’s 600,000+). Dirt roads paved the way to the town’s historic Downtown Las Vegas, which only had basic shops for the townspeople – until Hotel Nevada opened in 1906. Now known as Golden Gate, Hotel Nevada served as the towns first taste of gaming. However, the ban on gambling in 1910 and the enactment of Prohibition in 1919 hindered the city’s transformation into the Entertainment Capital of the World.

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1920 – 1933 – Paving the Way

This time period proved to be a pivotal point in both Las Vegas and Fremont Street history. Fremont Street, the old Strip, was paved in 1925 as the downtown area developed. The ban on gambling was lifted in 1931, which would later spark a massive casino development movement in downtown and what would later be known as the Strip. In 1933, Prohibition was repealed. The exciting development of the city and legalized drinking and gambling is perhaps how Vegas’ infectiously adventurous culture was born.

1934 – 1966 – Development

The mid-1930’s saw a development boom that would eventually transform the city into what it is now – a world-famous entertainment mecca. Part of the city’s rapid growth can be attributed to the construction of the Hoover Dam, which drew workers to the bars and casinos downtown.

1941 saw the opening of El Cortez, while the Last Frontier was born the following year. The Golden Nugget opened in 1946 and was the largest and most luxurious casino in Vegas at the time. The area’s tallest building, called the Fremont Hotel, was erected in 1956. These developments were beginning to make a name for the city as a fun, glamorous getaway where visitors could see their favorite performers, gamble, and let loose.

To commemorate this Vegas boom, Betty Willis designed the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, which would serve as a widely-recognized symbol of Vegas. The Pioneer Club erected the now-famous Vegas Vic neon sign on the exterior of their building in 1951. In 1966, The Aladdin opened, which would later hold the wedding of Elvis and Ann-Margret.

In 1994, with the intention of attracting more tourists, the city closed Fremont Street to traffic in preparation for a huge project that would transform the area from a small town mainstreet to a glittering desert oasis.

1995 – Opening of Fremont Street Experience

In 1995, after injecting $70 million into the new development, Fremont Street Experience opened. Executives of the Fremont Street Experience envisioned a performance-style attraction encompassing the project. After nixing the idea of a sky parade, they stumbled upon the concept that would set Fremont Street apart for years to come – a massive, spectacular light show from above. The project consisted of a giant canopy covering four blocks and about 2.1 million lights that would work together to put on a stunning show.

The Fremont Street Experience light show opened on December 14th, 1995. In the early 2000’s, permanent stages were added to accommodate the frequent performances. In 2004, $17 million was invested in LED displays that allowed for more color combinations and a more vivid, intricate show. Even though lights, sound systems, and other technologies have been enhanced, Fremont Street Experience still maintains its original magic!

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Today, Fremont Street offers guests the best of all worlds – nostalgic charm, modern tech marvels, world-class gaming, and spectacular shows. Taking a look at Downtown Vegas history along with what sparked the development of the area and how this renowned attraction came to be enriches the Fremont Street Experience today.

Lit Up 18b Arts District Las Vegas Sign

Exploring the Las Vegas Arts District

Everyone has heard of the Las Vegas Strip, but how often do you explore downtown Las Vegas? Better yet, did you know that Las Vegas has an Arts District? While it may be challenging to see Las Vegas culture from inside a casino-resort on the Strip, it doesn’t mean that culture doesn’t exist. The 18b Las Vegas Arts District is the city’s home to eclectic galleries, boutiques, bars, eateries and other venues. [Image above is attributed to: http://www.18b.org/]

18b straddles West Charleston and is home to vibrant streetscapes, colorful buildings, and public art and murals. 18b’s short and walkable blocks are filled with charming character and a cultural identity that tends to fly under the radar. Do something different the next time you travel to Las Vegas. Take a step outside of your comfort zone and head to 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District for places to dine, drink, and explore!

When To Go

The best days to visit the Las Vegas Arts District are Thursday through Sunday, however, you can experience all of 18b’s eclectic charm every day. If you’re planning a trip and want to see the main highlights of the Las Vegas Arts District, take these days into consideration when scheduling:

First Friday: On the first Friday of every month, the neighborhood hosts a massive block party with live music and entertainment, local art on display, and the best food trucks Vegas has to offer. Free shuttles run between Fremont & 6th (near the El Cortez and Downtown Container Park) and the Arts District (shuttle stop is at Main St. and Colorado).

-Preview Thursday: If you’re an art collector, don’t miss Preview Thursday. On the night before First Friday, art galleries are open until 10pm and collectors can check out new art galleries so they don’t have to fight the First Friday crowds.

-Time your visit around happy hour or meal time so you can experience 18b’s thriving culinary scene.

-It’s important to keep in mind that many galleries are closed on Sundays and Mondays, so be sure to check the hours of operation of a particular gallery you’re interested in visiting in advance.

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The Art Galleries of 18b

The 18b Arts District boasts everchanging street art and over two dozen art studios and galleries. Many of these are located in the flourishing commercial arts center, which consists of three remodeled buildings and a beautiful outdoor art garden. The Arts Factory is a building comprised of several art galleries and studios. Across the street is Art Square, a fully-renovated warehouse building that many creative businesses call home. Arts Square also contains a beauty salon, restaurants, a wedding chapel, and the Cockroach Theatre.

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The Shops of 18b

More than 20 independent antique and vintage stores make up Antique Alley, with the majority located in the Arts District. Catering to mid-century modern enthusiasts, lovers of vintage clothes, and collectors of antiques of all kinds, popular shops include Patina Décor, Buffalo Exchange and Retro Vegas.

Glam Factory Vintage is a boutique that features everything from kitschy collectables and antiques to a large collection of vintage clothing from the 1940’s-1970’s. New inventory, daily!

Cowtown Guitars  is Las Vegas’ only exclusive used, vintage & boutique shop. Established in 1990, Cowtown Guitars has hundreds of guitars, basses, and amps.

Gaia Flowers Gifts Art offers stunning assortments of organic flowers, cactus gardens, local artwork and handcrafted novelties.

The Restaurants and Bars of 18b

After visiting the galleries and shopping, stop and refuel at one of 18b’s many artsy cafes, restaurants or bars. There’s no shortage of great options within the Las Vegas Arts District. Indulge your senses (taste, in particular) with one of these unique venues.

Lola’s is a cozy Louisiana kitchen with cajun cooking. Grab some gumbo, crawdads or étouffée.

Mingo Kitchen and Lounge has creative dishes and delectable Sunday brunches.

Artifice is a popular lounge that showcases local music talent and features boutique wines and cocktails. The rooms are decorated with art and photography by local and international artists.

The Velveteen Rabbit has local music, art, performances, and an outstanding assortment of draft and bottled beers and handcrafted cocktails.

Millennium Fandom Bar is where cosplay meets the bar scene and the result is an amazing collection of nerdtastic events. Grab a drink before the next major screening of hit movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones, Star Wars, or The Avengers. Or, stop by for Nerdathon & Geekathon Trivia every Wednesday night!

This bohemian neighborhood may not appeal to everyone, but if you’re the kind of traveler who enjoys getting off the beaten path (and free parking!) or if you’re tired of the Strip and want to try something new, give 18b a chance and explore the art and culture that “real” Las Vegas has to offer.

Las Vegas Golden Knights logo.

A Recap of the NHL Golden Knights Hockey Season

The NHL season is coming to a close and to say that the Golden Knights performed well would be an understatement. The newest team to join the league has been analyzed all season and while the secret sauce of their success may still be a mystery, Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt explains it succinctly: “It’s Vegas, right? They say the house always wins.”

Let’s take a look at the Golden Knight’s inaugural season, their successes, and what we can expect for the remainder of the year.

The 2017-2018 Season

Golden Knights team members huddled up.

The Golden Knights are the NHL’s first expansion team in 17 years and started the season with an 8-1-0 record back in October. Only three of the past nine expansion teams that began playing since 1991 won more than one of their first seven games, but that didn’t scare the Knights. In the beginning of the season, even the players themselves were impressed. “I don’t think anyone was expecting a start like this, even though we knew we were pretty good,” forward William Karlsson said. “It’s been working so far. We had some dips, too, but we seem to find a way to win games still. So far, so good.”

At the time of writing, the Golden Knights are seeded #1 in the Pacific with 44 wins and 19 losses. These stats put them fourth in the entire league (trailing Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Boston). Now that the season is coming to a close, we’re looking toward the Stanley Cup.

The Stanley Cup 2018

Representation of the NHL Stanley Cup.

Called “the surprise team of the season,” the Golden Knights have secured their playoff spot, with a 100% probability. The playoffs begin on April 11th and while the schedule has yet to be decided, below are the current standings and top three teams of each division at the time of writing:

Atlantic Division

1.Tampa Bay Lightning
2.Boston Bruins
3.Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1.Pittsburgh Penguins
2.Washington Capitals
3.Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference

1.Nashville Predators
2.Winnipeg Jets
3.Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1.Vegas Golden Knights
2.San Jose Sharks
3.Anaheim Ducks

It will be interesting to see who ends up making it to the playoffs and, eventually, the championship.

The Golden Knights

Majority of the Las Vegas Golden Knights team on the ice.

So who is this new team that’s taken the league by storm? Let’s learn a little more about the hockey team that calls Las Vegas home.

In 2014, Foley and other investors held a season ticket drive to gauge the public’s interest in having an NHL team, and the drive drew more than 5,000 deposits in the first day and a half. Needless to say, the NHL expansion team was welcomed with open arms in 2016. Since then, the team has recruited plenty of young talent, plus veterans who have come from other NHL teams. Right wing James Neal was part of the Nashville Predators’ first Stanley Cup Finals appearance and was an alternate captain during his time with the team. His leadership makes him a great fit that has guided the Golden Knights.

Left wing David Perron was a top scorer for the St. Louis Blues with 159 career goals, which definitely helped boost the Golden Knights in their first year. Shea Theodore, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Deryk Engelland are all also touted to be top performers for the team. As we close the season, we have seen Jonathan Marchessault lead the team with points scored, and William Karlsson lead goals scored. Perron has had 45 assists. And who could forget Chance the Gila Monster? He made his official debut as the team mascot and has appeared as a regular at the rink, building a community and fan base around the NHL’s newest hockey team.

Vegas is a city full of change and the electric momentum that the Golden Knights have brought to the city couldn’t have come at a better time. Thinking of visiting Vegas to catch one of the remaining games to see this momentous team in action? The D is only twenty minutes away from the T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights’ home turf. Stay and play Downtown for the ultimate convenience.

Classic Slot machines found at The D.

7 Slot Machines You Can Only Find in Las Vegas

Many visitors come to Vegas for the gaming, events, or nightlife and stay because of the city’s uniqueness. One way our city shows off its style is with unique Vegas casino games! Some of the oldest and rarest games call Las Vegas home. Below are seven casino slot games and machines you can only find in Vegas:

1 – Classic Slot Machines at the D

The D, Vintage Vegas casino gaming.

Venture to the second level of the D Hotel and Casino and you’ll find a little slice of old Las Vegas. Rows of classic slot machines line the space, transporting you back to the city’s roots. The original Vegas vibe is palpable on the second floor and classic gaming favorites give you the chance to embrace the nostalgia. Adding to the authenticity of the experience is the hum of throwback jams playing throughout the casino floor.

2 – Vintage Slots at Main Street Station Hotel, Casino, & Brewery

Located near the registration area of Main Street Hotel, Casino, & Brewery are a few of the remaining original slot machines from Vegas’s not-so-humble beginnings. These slots used to dispense candy, golf balls, and cigars to lucky winners and they now serve as a fascinating relic from the city’s early days. Hotel guests and visitors marvel over the intricate details and old school charm of these slots. Though they’re not functional anymore, they pay tribute to the original glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.

3 – Oversized Slot Machines at The Golden Nugget

The jumbo Vegas slot machines just inside the entrance of the Golden Nugget are the perfect opportunity to go big instead of going home. The golden gleam of the machines is consistent with the hotel’s theme and often attracts a crowd of both players and onlookers. At eight feet tall, playing these slots is sure to please those who like unique experiences.

4 – Silver Strike at Four Queens

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Perfectly fitting for the nicknamed “Silver State”, the Silver Strike dispenses both traditional currency and souvenir tokens containing silver. Most players choose to hang onto the coins they’ve won to commemorate their Vegas trip, although they can be redeemed for cash at the casino cage. This unique experience is perfect for those who crave a little variation in their casino gaming.

5 – The SlotZilla Zip Line

SlotZilla is the world’s largest slot machine, standing twelve stories tall. Perhaps the cherry on top of the Fremont Street Experience, the SlotZilla zip line delivers an adrenaline rush to adventure-seekers and an entertaining spectacle for those who like to remain on the ground. The zip line features two different levels, one is seven stories above the ground and the other is a heart-pumping eleven stories high.

6 – The Giant Slot at the D

As mentioned earlier, the second floor of the D is dedicated to vintage Vegas casino games. In eccentric Vegas style, there’s an oversized slot on the exterior of the casino’s second floor complete with flashing lights and a moving arm. Though this slot can’t be played, it makes for a great Vegas photo op!

7 – Sigma Derby

Sigma Derby casino game.

While Sigma Derby was popular back in the day, casinos have slowly phased it out because it yields lower profits than other games and repairs tend to be complicated and difficult. However, there are still two places in Las Vegas that offer the opportunity to play – the D Hotel & Casino and MGM Grand. The retro horse racing game involves playing against other participants, which can make the experience interactive and social.

Las Vegas’s inception in 1905 sparked the culture that birthed the Entertainment Capital of the World. With such a unique, rich history, it’s no wonder why rare and record-breaking casino games live in this city. Visit Fremont Street to marvel at the world’s largest slot machine or head to the D to play one of the last remaining Sigma Derby games. Seeking out and taking advantage of Vegas’ collection of unique games will round out your trip with a nostalgic nod to the past.   

Fortune Cup mechanical horse racing at the D.

Konami’s Fortune Cup™ Mechanical Horse Racing at the D

If you’re in Downtown Vegas and want to try a new type of gaming,  the D is just your spot. Here, you’ll find the usual casino games like roulette, blackjack, craps, and (of course) slots, but what you might not be familiar with is the classic casino resident, the Sigma Derby horse race game. This game is so rare, it can only be found at the D and one other casino in Las Vegas. So what is Sigma Derby? This electro-mechanical horse race game is from 1985 and can host up to 10 players. You can bet on the five different horses in the race.

If you think that sounds exciting, wait until you hear about the newest game calling the D casino floor home. Introducing, Konami’s Fortune Cup™ Mechanical Horse Racing! This new game puts a spin on the Sigma Derby and creates an adrenaline rush for all gamers. Here’s what you can expect from the heart-pumping casino game.

Fortune Cup Mechanical Horse Racing

On February 28th, the D Hotel & Casino introduced their newest casino game, the Fortune Cup™ Mechanical Horse Racing game! The Sigma Derby at the D is already a fan-favorite and in high demand, so it only makes sense to bring in a new and improved version that offers modern improvements for the visitors. Casino goers can find this new and exciting game on the second level of the D in the Vintage Vegas casino section.

People playing the Fortune Cup game at the D casino.

What to Know About This Fortune Cup Game

Created by Konami Gaming Inc., the new mechanical horse racing game by Fortune Cup™  brings outstanding technology and an unmatched energy and excitement to the casino floor. The newest Fortune Cup™  game will feature eight horses ready to race around the 9-foot wide mechanical track. The race will also be projected in real-time on the digital screen for players to enjoy the game’s action and animations. Players can choose to sit at one of the 10 betting stations, equipped with individual touchscreen interfaces.

As one of the few casinos in Las Vegas that celebrates both old and new games, the D decided that the most appropriate location for this exciting new game would be right next to the beloved Sigma Derby. With the two games in the same space, casino goers have the opportunity to enjoy two different horse racing experiences.

Derek Stevens, CEO and owner of the D Las Vegas, explained to VegasNews.com, “we’ve seen such great success with Sigma Derby that it only makes sense for us to find even more creative ways to continue that type of fun. Fortune Cup is our way of paying homage to the games that made us fall in love with Las Vegas in the first place.”

Make your way to the casino floor at the D Las Vegas today for your chance to participate in this new and exciting addition to the world of gaming!

Sign and entrance of American Coney Island at the D.

Introducing: American Coney Island

It’s safe to say that Las Vegas is a culinary hotspot. Known for our top-notch food options and more cuisines than you could ever imagine, many one-of-a-kind restaurants are proud to call Sin City “home.” The Detroit-natives behind American Coney Island recently expanded out of Michigan and into the D Las Vegas and brought the city’s favorite Coney dogs with them. Family owned and operated since 1917, American Coney Island was founded by Constantine “Gust” Keros, who immigrated from Greece to Detroit in 1903.

Say Hello to American Coney Island

American Coney Island has 100, going on 101, years of experience making food people love. Lucky for us, they have decided to expand and share their above-and-beyond hot dogs with the residents and visitors of Las Vegas. As the oldest family-owned business in the state of Michigan, no one can do The Coney quite like this family. For decades, the famous Coney dog has been an institution in Downtown Detroit. If the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because they have been featured several times on the Food Network, Travel Channel, The Chew, and way more. Oh, and if you had any doubts, they have also won the best Coney in the country for consistently serving up comfort food at its finest. American Coney Island currently has locations in downtown Detroit, the Detroit Zoo, and right here in the D Las Vegas.

Cook working at American Coney Island making hot dogs.

The Coney

If you think you’ve had a chili dog, think again. Known for its high-quality meat, special secret Chili Sauce developed by the family decades ago, and warm steamed bun, The Coney is a tantalizing treat. Whether you top your Coney with mustard or sweet chopped onions, you won’t soon forget this timeless favorite. It even has that satisfying “snap” we love, thanks to the all-natural casing around the Dearborn sausage. Pair it with french fries (topped with chili, of course) for a complete and balanced meal! You won’t be able to find this distinctive taste and flavor anywhere else besides American Coney Island.

While fancy, gourmet restaurants are everywhere in Las Vegas, there is something to be said about this inexpensive and delicious delicacy. On your next trip to Vegas, make a special stop at the only American Coney Island restaurant in the West (you’re going to want to come back for more!). American Coney Island is well worth the trip and no one can copy these iconic Coney dog connoisseurs. The American Coney Island restaurant in the D is even open 24 hours a day, so you can get this affordable and delicious food whenever the desire strikes, which will likely be often.

The Coney hot dog at American Coney Island in Las Vegas.

Other Vegas Spots to See

After chowing down on your Coney Dog, make sure to visit some of the other great restaurants throughout Downtown Las Vegas. Take in the Fremont Street Experience, which is full of great restaurants, free concerts and special events to enjoy.

If you find your tummy rumbling while visiting downtown Las Vegas, make sure to pop into the D to experience the country’s finest hot dogs, right here in our backyard.

Group of friends raising their beers at the bar.

The Top 7 Must-See Bars in Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas has definitely earned its reputation as the best bar hopping spot out there. If you’re looking to experience the classic Las Vegas feel, downtown Las Vegas bars are the way to go. Find everything from creative, hand-crafted cocktails to artisan brews at the best bars that the downtown district has to offer – many of which are walking distance from each other! Downtown is also home to the Fremont Street Experience, five whole blocks of entertainment. Read on for our top 7 must-see bars in downtown Las Vegas.

  1. D Bar

The D Bar in downtown Las Vegas.

Looking for a lively and entertaining spot to hang out and sip on a beverage (or a few) this weekend? Check out the D Bar at the D Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Not only do we specialize in fun, frozen drinks and specialty cocktails, but you’ll enjoy service from talented, sexy dancers at one of the best bars in downtown Las Vegas.

  1. Downtown Cocktail Room

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Located just off Fremont Street, Downtown Cocktail Room (or DCR) is the place to go for a swanky evening among locals. This exclusive speakeasy has been called one of Vegas’s best kept secrets. The bar has a creative menu full of original cocktails sure to keep things interesting. Get dressed up and go off the beaten path for a more mysterious night out on the town. Once you do, DCR is sure to be your new favorite downtown Las Vegas bar.

  1. LONGBAR

The LongBar at The D Hotel & Casino.

LONGBAR, introduced just a few years ago, in The D Las Vegas, really lives up to its name as the longest bar in the state of Nevada. Lined with huge, state of the art TVs and tons of seating, this bar is the perfect place to grab a drink while watching a big game or catching up with friends. You can even place a few bets at LONGBAR thanks to game machines at every seat.

  1. Commonwealth

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One of the most stylish Fremont Street bars in Las Vegas, Commonwealth, brings together the best of old and new. Check out this pre-Prohibition inspired bar, featuring a variety of seating and views, including their very own speakeasy and a huge rooftop patio. Get lost in history with an intimate feel, quality spirits, and one of the finest venues around.

  1. The Griffin

Glasses hanging from the bar at The Griffin.

If you’re looking for a more low-key evening, look no further than this relaxed downtown hangout. Finding a spot that doesn’t scream glitz and glam can seem difficult when you’re on the Strip, which is why The Griffin is a favorite for locals looking for drink deals and a mellow night. Brick ceilings, dim lighting, and fire pits give this downtown Las Vegas a warm and cozy vibe. Add in the jukebox and you have yourself an old-school party.

  1. Oak & Ivy

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This American craft whiskey cocktail bar is sure to impress during your stay in downtown Las Vegas. Featuring unique drinks handcrafted from fresh, seasonal ingredients, Oak & Ivy is nothing short of premium quality. They even use homemade garnishes and mixers in their cocktails, which the experienced bartenders will be happy to craft based on your specific preferences. Offering a fine selection of barrel aged cocktails, this trendy joint will quickly secure itself in your Las Vegas repertoire.

  1. Beauty Bar

Performer on stage at Beauty Bar.

Make sure to save time for Beauty Bar. Not at all like your average bar, this unique spot channels 1950’s salon vibes, but with live music and cocktails, as well! Beauty Bar has everything from deluxe hair dryer chairs to extravagant vanities just like the ones you would see in a salon way back when. Guests are entertained with not one, but two, stages that offer live music every night. Between the intimate indoor stage and the outdoor arena, this bar is one-of-a-kind.

There is so much more to explore in Las Vegas beyond the Strip. Make sure to put downtown Las Vegas on your must-see list during your next trip and don’t miss any of these 7 quirky and unique bars.

Entrance to Andiamo Steakhouse at The D.

Detroit’s Top Steak Chef Comes to Downtown Las Vegas with Andiamo Steakhouse

When you come to Las Vegas, two things are certain: you’re sure to have a good time, and you’re sure to eat good food. Downtown Las Vegas features some of the best food in the country, and steaks are what we do best. Steakhouses in Las Vegas are iconic because of their history, vast menu, and mouthwatering meat. While there are countless choices around Fremont Street, guests should be sure to check out Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Steakhouse.

The D is also proud to announce that their very own Andiamo Italian Steakhouse was featured in Condé Nast Traveler as 1 of the 10 Best Steakhouses in Las Vegas. Described as a laid-back Italian steakhouse in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, both Andiamo Steakhouse and the D are beyond proud to accept this award. Condé Nast Traveler states that, “Downtown is the unsung hero of Las Vegas—where you’ll find friendly service, no pretense, and more bang for your buck (as compared to restaurants on the Strip).” Read on to find out more about one of the best steakhouses in all of Las Vegas!

Entree dish served at Andiamo Steakhouse at The D.

An Andiamo History

Joe Vicari, founder of Andiamo Steakhouse, has always focused on bringing the freshest ingredients, best meat, and fullest flavors to his guests. When it comes to quality, Vicari doesn’t believe in cutting corners and his Pat LaFrieda and Stockyard Premium beef, Strauss Lamb, and free range chicken shows it.

The Italian chef has opened successful Andiamo Steakhouses throughout the Detroit area and when The D founders Derek and Greg Stevens, two Detroit natives, opened their hotel in Las Vegas, they knew they had to have Vicari’s famed steakhouse. Together they have brought the delicious classics to Downtown Las Vegas and are excited to welcome guests to Andiamo Steakhouse, located inside The D.

American Prime with Italian Flavor

Vicari likes to say that he has achieved “American prime with Italian flavor” with his steaks, homemade Italian breads, award-winning sauces, and handmade pasta. And Andiamo’s menu is not just for the die-hard carnivores. The selections also include a number of delicious salad options, pastas, seafood, and more. Based on their nearly 500 4.5 star reviews, guests love the Beet Napoleon salad, the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, and the tableside-made Caesar salad (with dressing made from scratch to top it off!). There is nothing not to love about the Andiamo Steakhouse, extensive menu.

Additional dish that can be found at Andiamo Steakhouse.

The Meat

Now, for the grand finale: the steaks! Andiamo Steakhouse steaks are graded to be in the top 8% of all beef raised in the US and their 30-day aging method produces a tenderness and flavor that is unparalleled. The restaurant offers the finest products by partnering with the nation’s top butchers and the taste tells it all. But don’t take our word for it. Lee K. explains that even though it sounds like hyperbole, this was the best steak he has had in his life. He “genuinely had his mind blown.” Daniel C. said “there is absolutely nothing bad I can say about Andiamo Steakhouse” and that all the steaks were cooked to perfection.

The owners of The D brought this delicious, mouthwatering steak dinner all the way from the Midwest to Downtown Las Vegas, and locals and visitors alike couldn’t be happier. Now the only question is, porterhouse or New York strip?

Elvis and guest standing in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign.

Must-Dos During the Colder Months in Las Vegas

There are two major times of the year in Vegas – summer and offseason and both phases have characteristics that make them unique. In the Summertime, pool parties flourish, tourists flock from around the world, and summer vacation reigns supreme. But in the winter, a different kind of magic permeates the city. The crowds thin, the locals come out, and the heart and soul of Vegas’ culture is palpable. If you’re a fan of Vegas in the summer, give it a run for its money by visiting in the cooler months.

Here are a few must-dos during the winter in Las Vegas:

1 – Take in the Views

View of Las Vegas from a high point on the Strip.

Vegas views are unbelievably gorgeous year-round and while most observation locations are packed in the Summer, the cooler months are an opportunity to enjoy a little space while taking in the views. Two of the best viewpoints include the Stratosphere Observation Decks and The High Roller. At the Stratosphere, you have the choice of indoor or outdoor observation decks, as well as dining and drink options. If the weather is a bit too cool for comfort, stick to the inside deck so you can stay nice and toasty while you bask in the beauty. The High Roller features enclosed pods that take you on a 30-minute ride 550 feet above the center of the Strip. Panoramic views greet you as you ride the world’s tallest observation wheel.

2 – Explore Exhibitions and Museums

Exterior of the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas.

The cooler months in Vegas tend to be pleasant, with the occasional rainy day. But even on those rainy days, the city is packed with activities that will both entertain you and protect you from the weather. Museums and exhibits pepper the city, each one more interesting than the last. The Mob Museum downtown tells the story of organized crime in America in an engaging, unique way. Explore the museum and immerse yourself in the rich history of American mobs and the impact they had on Las Vegas. Bodies at the Luxor is another intriguing exhibit that gives guests a detailed look at the intricacy of the human form. For a visually engaging history of Vegas signage and culture, book a guided tour of the Neon Museum. There are so many different options when it comes to museums and exhibitions in Vegas, you’re sure to find at least one that aligns with your interests for some of the top things to do in Vegas during the winter.

3 – Visit the Downtown Container Park

Outside view of Container Park located in Downtown Las Vegas.

Enjoy the pleasant temperatures in an open-air shopping and dining destination. The Container Park downtown is a collection of culinary, shopping, and entertainment destinations all wrapped up in an industrially-designed space. Entertainment opportunities are plentiful with an interactive playground for kiddos and a main stage featuring a variety of free concerts, shows, and more. Built with over 40 re-purposed shipping containers, the park makes for some great photo ops.

4 – Seek Warmth at the Shows

Visitors attending a show in Las Vegas.

It doesn’t get cold too often in Vegas, but when it does, there’s nothing better than seeking warmth in the venue of an acclaimed Vegas show. With a variety of shows performed daily, you are sure to find the show of your dreams, from G-rated, family-friendly options to more risque numbers. Enjoy exhibitions from some of the most talented people in the world while staying warm and dry. For interactive show experiences and other fun events, check out The D Casino on Fremont Street.

5 – Explore the Desert

Seven Magic Mountains attraction found in Las Vegas.

Though Vegas temperatures fluctuate in the winter, it’s often cool and pleasant outside. This presents the perfect opportunity for some desert exploration which, in the summertime, may be too hot. There are lots of spots worth visiting just a few minutes from the heart of Vegas. For example, Seven Magic Mountains lies about ten miles outside of the city and boasts colorful rock formations. Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone wanted to creatively portray the human experience in the desert. Not only did he accomplish that, but he also made the perfect Instagram photo op!

6 – Indulge in Spa Treatments

Couple enjoying a spa treatment together.

Visiting the spa is a Vegas must-do regardless of the season. Vegas is home to several world-renowned spas, ranging from traditional to one-of-a-kind. Whether you want a simple pedicure or you’re looking for a full day of pampering, Vegas has a spa service or package that fits your needs. The Spa at Encore is known for its 51 luxurious treatment rooms and indulgent services, while the spa at Mandarin Oriental offers a relaxing oasis inspired by traditional Eastern philosophies. Whatever spa you visit, you are sure to be swept away by the ever-present Vegas extravagance.

Winter in Vegas is a unique time. Not only is there a dip in the number of tourists, but there’s also a dip in the temperatures. This combination creates many opportunities to explore the city in a spacious, comfortable atmosphere. Winter visitors enjoy shorter lines, more flexible reservations, and both indoor and outdoor options. Who knows, you may find that winter is your new favorite time to visit the desert!