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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.

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.

Aerial Nighttime Photo of First Friday in 18b Las Vegas Arts Districtattribute: https://ffflv.org/

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.

Art Square Las Vegas Entrance to Galleries, Shops, Theatre, and Art Gardenattribute: https://www.dtlvarts.com/arts-square/

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.

Football players after winning the big game.

Gearing up for the 2018 NFL Championship Weekend

Just because you don’t have a ticket to the Big Game on February 4th doesn’t mean you can’t get in on all the football action happening in Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking to party it up big, place your bets on your favorite team, or even rent out a private suite to enjoy the game in luxury, Vegas has it all. With the festivities only a few weeks out, it’s time to start preparing for your ultimate day of football, food, and fun. As we all know, it’s much more than a big game, it’s the Big Game; which is why we’ve compiled all of the best places in Downtown Las Vegas to enjoy the biggest day in football.

If you’re looking to party…

The Big Game Bash

Football fans gather at The D to watch the Big Game in Downtown Las Vegas.

Come February 4th, it’s all going down at the self-proclaimed, “Ultimate Sports Viewing Destination” of Las Vegas. If you really want to live it up for the NFL Championship this year, reserve your spot at the FREE Big Game Bash at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. That’s right, no cover! At a party that’s sure to bring the house down, enjoy food and drink specials, while still catching every play. The center has several TVs playing at once, including one with a 72’ screen.

If you want to take your Vegas football party up a notch, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center also offers “Man Cave Reservations,” complete with premium shaded space for up to 20 of your friends, your own personal 70” LED HD TV, and more. You can even enter to win your own Man Cave! If you’re worried about traffic jams on your way home, we’ve got your back. The Big Game Bash is only a 2 minute walk from The D Hotel, so it’s the perfect location to enjoy your own private sanctuary of rest and relaxation after all that partying.

If you’re feeling lucky…

 

William Hill Sports Book

Winning money on the big football game at the Las Vegas sportsbook.

Would you rather test your luck than party on the biggest football day of the year?We know the perfect spot for you. Take in all the action of the big game at William HIll Sports Book, located in The D Hotel on the second floor next to the Vue Bar. This sportsbook is undeniably one of the best places in Vegas to place bets during the big game. With high-definition televisions and state-of-the-art odds display boards, look no further for the ultimate gambling and football experience.

If you think football & cocktails make the perfect pair…

 

LONGBAR

LONGBAR located inside The D Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

For an exclusive ambiance unlike anything you have ever seen, visit LONGBAR for one of the best places to watch football in Las Vegas on game day. The bar is also one of the best places to enjoy your favorite cocktails, a match made in football-fan heaven. LONGBAR features over 1,000 square feet for friends, fun, and games. Come party it up and don’t miss a minute of the action, with huge television screens surrounding the entire bar.

If you want to go ALL OUT…

 

Make Your Own Event

Three guy friends sitting on the couch and watching football.

If you’re looking to rent out your own space to party it up, we’ve got you covered. In the newly-renovated convention space at The D Las Vegas, you can rent out your own personal event space. Enjoy plush leather couches and state-of-the-art TVs, an outdoor space with a view of the skyline, or people-watching on Fremont Street as you cheer on your team. Our “Man Caves” also feature fun games, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more. So if you’re a football fanatic, treat your crew to an NFL Championship experience they’ll never forget.

The NFL Championship Weekend is the perfect time to come to Vegas and experience everything this entertainment mecca has to offer. With a drink in one hand and a snack in the other, you’re sure to enjoy a Vegas football weekend you won’t soon forget.