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Scenic Panorama of Burning Man Festival Camping Sites

Las Vegas Burning Man Sculptures & Cultures

Located in the Black Rock Desert of Northwestern Nevada, Burning Man is a major event for Vegas locals and tourists alike. Three different Burning Man sculptures currently reside in Vegas and represent the Burning Man culture that is alive and well in the Las Vegas community. Tons of people travel through Sin City on their way to Black Rock City. With Burning Man 2018 just around the corner, we’ll discuss one of our favorite Nevada festivals and its special connection with Las Vegas.

History of Burning Man

The annual event now known as Burning Man had humble beginnings as a bonfire ritual on the summer solstice in 1986. Founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James met on Baker Beach in San Francisco with a few friends and burned an 8-foot tall wooden man and smaller wooden dog as a spontaneous act of “radical self-expression”. The tradition continued the following year and the effigy grew to 15 feet tall, and by 1988, it had grown to 30 feet. At this time, Larry Harvey officially named the summer solstice ritual “Burning Man” and titled flyers as such to ward off references to the practice of burning live sacrifices in wicker cages.

In 1990, the figure was erected at Baker Beach on Summer Solstice but not burned because of police enforced permitting reasons and the potential fire hazard. The Man was then invited to San Francisco Cacophony Zone Trip #4 on Labor Day weekend in the Black Rock Desert, NV and burned on September 1, 1990 where the annual festival and tradition continues today.

Burning Man 2018

The 2018 art theme, I, Robot, will offer an exploration of humankind’s decidedly mixed feelings about algorithmic intelligence, cybernetic augmentation, and the mystery of what it means to be human in an increasingly automated world. Due to the recent passing of Burning Man’s founder, “The Man with the Hat” Larry Harvey, this year’s event is expected to be unlike any other. Be there to watch The Man burn on Saturday, September 1.

Burning Man Sculptures in Las Vegas

Considering art is one of the defining features of Burning Man, it makes sense for the Burning Man sculptures to live on outside of Black Rock City. The Playa comes alive in Las Vegas through many of its sculptures, now memorialized throughout the city of Las Vegas. You can see several pieces of art with your own eyes in the heart of Las Vegas.

Marco Cochrane's sculpture "Bliss Dance" installed in MGM Resorts International's, “The Park”.attribute: https://blog.vegas.com/las-vegas-attractions/girl-power-bliss-dance-grooves-to-a-different-beat-in-las-vegas-64368/

“Bliss Dance”

Marco Cochrane’s sculpture “Bliss Dance” was installed in MGM Resorts International’s new dining and entertainment district, The Park, in March 2016. Located between Park MGM (previously Monte Carlo), New York-New York, and the new T-Mobile Arena, the 40-foot tall statue, which debuted at Burning Man in 2010, serves as The Park’s visual focal point. The dancing lady was crafted to celebrate humanity, feminine beauty, and the power that can be harnessed when there is balance on our earth. This unique modern steel sculpture challenges all past engineering feats and techniques seen in previous years.

The Downtown Project

Starting in 2012, Burning Man teamed up with Downtown Project and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh to bring elaborate Burning Man sculptures and other artwork from Black Rock City’s festival for display in Las Vegas. Burning Man provided creative consulting to Downtown Project, and partnered to bring vibrant, interactive art and culture to downtown Las Vegas.

Fire-Breathing Praying Mantis Sculpture in Container Parkattribute: http://dtlvevents.com/venue-details/#containerpark

“The Mantis”

Artist and aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum showcased his original work at Burning Man, a fire-spewing praying mantis. This larger-than-life mantis now resides in the Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas and is a 150:1 scale replica of a female mantis the artist found in a field. The praying mantis took 3,000 hours to build, is 40 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and burns approximately 50 gallons of liquid propane each day with flames that reach six stories high. If that weren’t enough, the mantis has a 4,000-watt sound system – allowing the music to crank up and the mantis to boogie on down.

Big Rig Jig stands tall in Las Vegas’ Downtown Projectattribute: http://mikerossart.net/bigrigjig/

“Big Rig Jig”

After a long journey from Burning Man to Coachella to Banksy’s Dismaland show, The Big Rig Jig is now permanently installed in Las Vegas by Tony Hsieh on Fremont Street. The Big Rig Jig was constructed from two discarded tanker trucks and serves as both a sculpture and an architectural space. Visitors can enter the lower truck, climb through the tankers, and come out to a viewing platform between the rear axles. Created by MIke Ross, this sculpture stands 50-foot-tall and weighs in at a whopping 25 tons.

By establishing the agreement with the Downtown Project, Burning Man can use Las Vegas as a platform for art and ideas, and to share its 10 principles, which include radical self-expression, decommodification and civic responsibility. Burning Man culture continues to thrive in the city of Las Vegas and its showcased art continues to live on.

Lit up casino sign.

Are You Ready for a Casino Focused Vegas Vacation?

Ready to hit the tables during your upcoming vacation to Vegas? If so, make sure you’re fully apprised of all the standard Las Vegas casino games, rules, tips and tricks, and etiquette well before you rest your elbows on the table. If you have a casino-focused Vegas vacation on the calendar, you’ll not only have more fun when you know all the ins and outs of the various games you’ll encounter, but you might even come home with a bigger pot of winnings!

Read on to learn more about gambling in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Casino Etiquette

-Nevada law stipulates that no one under the age of 21 may gamble or otherwise spend idle time in a casino, so if you’re not of age to legally gamble in the State of Nevada, wait until you are!

-Though casinos tend to be loud, exciting places, that doesn’t give anyone the right to act offensively or unprofessionally. Even if you’re winning big, it’s important to keep in mind that there might be others near you who aren’t. Keep it low-key, even if you’re cleaning out the place.

-Know the casino’s dress code and be respectful of house rules regarding dress. While few casinos mandate anything more than shoes and shirts, there are some who require specific formalities.

Las Vegas Casino Games

 People playing Blackjack in Las Vegas

1. Blackjack: Sometimes referred to as ‘21’, it’s almost impossible to walk through a casino and not see a line of Blackjack tables. The object is simple – you play against the dealer and try to get as close to 21 as you can without going over.

2. Craps: Perhaps the loudest and most boisterous of all table games, Craps is a bit more complicated than some of the other leading table games you may encounter in Las Vegas, but don’t let that intimidate you. Learn the basics of how to bet and what the basic slang words refer to, and you’ll be ready to toss the dice in no time.

3. Roulette: This game of chance is certainly popular in Las Vegas (though not more so than in Europe), and the betting scheme that a player must learn is pretty basic. A wheel marked with one through thirty-six and 0 and 00 is spun, bets are placed, a ball is dropped and money is made – or lost. The truly fun part about Roulette is that there are numerous betting options available, from odds or evens to reds or blacks to betting on a series of unique numbers, and more.

4. Baccarat: You don’t have to be 007 to enjoy this game – especially when you discover just how simple it really is. Here’s the basic premise: you either bet on the player or the bank (the casino), cards are dealt, and the side that comes closest to 9 wins! It’s easy to play yet big on sophistication.

5. Poker: You can’t visit Las Vegas without playing at least one hand at Poker, so find a table with a comfortable limit and get to it. There’s quite a lot to learn before becoming a top poker player, but most casinos offer classes on poker and other table games that’ll get you up to speed quickly.

 Man playing poker in a Las Vegas casino

These are the most common table games you’ll encounter at a Las Vegas casino, but here’s the really staggering statistic: nearly half of Las Vegas gaming revenue was from slots in 2015! Slot machines allow the beginner gambler to test their luck without the high stakes of a large-limit table game, and are great for those new to the world of gambling.

Finding a Good Las Vegas Casino

 

-Casinos are like restaurants – always go to those that are consistently busy, and if locals think it’s a good spot, so should you.

 

-The Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) area is incredible when it comes to gambling. Casinos like the D or the Plaza are acutely focused on keeping gamers entertained, while also offering amazing accommodations at low prices.

-Find a player’s club and sign up right away. Club One is a terrific player’s club that can be used at both Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the D. Comps, points and more are the real-world benefits of joining a player’s club.

-Casinos in DTLV tend to offer more bang for the buck – as well as a lower cost of entry to play table games and slots. If you’re looking for the excitement of a casino without being forced to spend $15 on a beer or place a $20 minimum bet at the tables, DTLV is the place to be.

For more information about planning a casino vacation, contact the reservations line at The D Las Vegas today!

Plane flying into Las Vegas for a summer trip

Make Las Vegas Your Summer Getaway

A summer vacation in Las Vegas is a seriously cool idea. It may be hard to describe any place as cool when the average daytime temperature is 106 degrees, but Vegas is an incredibly fun place to be at any time of the year – even in the middle of summer. Let’s take a look at some of the coolest ways you can make Las Vegas your summer getaway, whether you’re traveling with your closest friends or hitting the town with kids in tow.

Find the Right Las Vegas Hotel

Don’t simply book the cheapest place in town. It’s the cheapest for a reason. Instead, search the Downtown Las Vegas area for a hotel that offers both great value and an upscale flavor. A hotel like the D Las Vegas is a terrific option for those who desire a luxurious venue that offers amazing dining options, a world-class casino, thrilling shows and comfortable, opulent rooms. All this at a price that is often lower than neighboring casinos.

The D Hotel & Casino Suite Bedroom.

Prepare for the Las Vegas Heat

Temperatures are pretty comfortable in the morning hours, which is a great time to partake in outdoor activities like golf, hiking, biking, boating, and more. But once 11am comes around, the desert really heats up. The temperatures stay high even after the sun dips below the horizon each night, thanks to the heat-soak effect of all the blacktop, steel and glass that make up Las Vegas, so don’t be surprised when you notice the thermometer indicating 90+ degrees at 10 o’clock at night.

While visiting Las Vegas in the summer, drink lots of water, apply sunscreen and wear a hat when out in the sun for more than a couple of minutes. Wear light, breathable clothing and be aware of how your body is feeling in the heat. Plan plenty of adventures that involve inside venues, and know where the closest swimming pool is at your chosen hotel.

The desert heat is no joke, but creating an agenda that balances indoor and outdoor activities will help keep you cool and comfortable.

Mt. Charleston near Las Vegas

Plan Indoor and Outdoor Las Vegas Activities

Bet you didn’t think you could play Craps, blast across the water in a powerful personal watercraft, and take in a Broadway-caliber show all in the same day, and all within 30 minutes of each other! Vegas is America’s playground, and the there are plenty of things to do in and around the city in the summertime:

-How about renting a personal watercraft at one of the popular marinas on nearby Lake Mead? Cruising the numerous inlets and coves along the shores of this massive body of water is both calming and exhilarating.

-Schedule an early morning hike up neighboring Mt. Charleston. The temperatures will climb throughout the morning, but simply hit the trail early for the most pleasant experience. Take along lots of water!

-Hit the casino at lunchtime, then again after dinner. You’ll beat the heat of midday, and enjoy some time spent in some of Vegas’ best local gambling spots.

-See a show. Air conditioned theaters offer access to some of the world’s leading acts. From resident celebrity shows to touring musicians, comics, entertainers and more, there is no shortage of amazing acts to enjoy in Las Vegas.

-Check out Downtown Container Park. This innovative shopping and entertainment area is walking distance from most DTLV hotels and casinos, and offers visitors all the shopping, dining and fun you can imagine. It is great for kids of all ages, and youngsters especially like the massive play area and sweet treats available inside Container Park.

Ready to make your summer vacation plans? If so, book your trip to Las Vegas today to discover all the new things Vegas has to offer.

Comic picture drawing of Las Vegas sign.

Everything You Need to Know About Comic Con Las Vegas 2018

Comic Con 2018 is coming to Las Vegas on the last weekend of June! This is one of the biggest conventions of the year in the Vegas Valley, so let’s walk through the schedule, main events, location and other important items to ensure you maximize your Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 experience.

Comic Con 2018 Venue

The iconic Las Vegas Convention Center plays host to Comic Con 2018 and is located at 3150 Paradise Road in the heart of Las Vegas. The event will kick-off at 3pm on Friday, June 29 and close up shop on Sunday, July 1 at 6pm. Tickets are currently on sale, and can be ordered directly through Eventbrite. Plus, kids 10 and under are FREE with a paid adult ticket! More than 100 exhibitors will be on-site to bring the world of comics to Las Vegas. Writers, artists, actors, special effects gurus, and more will be at the Convention Center in Las Vegas, again bringing fun and festivities to the desert.

Comic Con 2018 Schedule

Opening day is Friday, June 29, and the event center will be open from 3pm-8pm. Saturday is the big day, with doors open from 10am – 7pm, and Sunday offers visitors 8 hours of fun… 10am until 6pm.

-Rob Liefeld – creator of Deadpool, Cable, Domino and X-Force will appear both Friday and Saturday.

-Charlie Cox – Daredevil himself, will appear Saturday and Sunday.

-Jason David Frank – a.k.a. the Green Power Ranger, will be at Comic Con all weekend.

-Brianna Hildebrand – from Deadpool 2 will be on-site Saturday and Sunday.

-Sam Humphrey – the actor from The Greatest Showman will attend all weekend.

A preview of the Comic Con Las Vegas lineupattribute: https://www.amazingcomiccon.com/guests

Things to Know Before You Go

-You can get in free by volunteering! Click here to learn about volunteering for four hours at the 2018 Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in exchange for free admission, a new Comic Con volunteer t-shirt, and seriously amazing memories.

-It’ll be busy that weekend in Las Vegas, so make sure to book your hotel reservations now! Staying in Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV) is a great way to boost the fun factor while saving money. A hotel like the D Las Vegas offers serious value and an incomparable place to unwind, eat, gamble or simply tune out the world after a day at Comic Con.

-VIP ticket upgrades are available, and offer fans the ability to enter 30 minutes before general attendees each day, as well as easier entrance to shopping venues, priority line access, and more.

-Cosplay isn’t just allowed – it is encouraged! Since Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 isn’t taking place in a casino, you are free to dress up. Keep in mind that a lot of families attend, and good taste should always prevail. But seriously, have fun.

Comic Con Las Vegas 2018 is destined to be an amazing time. Click here for all the details, including the scheduled guest appearances, exhibitors, hours, ticket prices, and more. And while you’re at it, check out the D Las Vegas and plan your Comic Con-focused trip to Vegas this year.

Girlfriends Celebrating a Bachelorette Party in Las Vegas

7 Ideas for a Perfect Las Vegas Bachelorette Party Itinerary

Las Vegas has long been the spot to be for celebrating the Big Day in style, from bachelor/bachelorette parties to the wedding itself. Planning a bachelorette party in Vegas is easy to do considering the activities available for a perfect girls’ weekend. Top-rated restaurants, bars, and clubs fill the city and you and your girls can lay back, relax or celebrate until the sun goes down… and comes back up!

Put the “sin” in single one last time when planning a Las Vegas bachelorette party, and keep it memorable with these 7 bachelorette party planning ideas!

Vegas Bachelorette Party Itinerary

Soak Up Some Sun at the Pool

One of the best perks of having a bachelorette party in Las Vegas is the year-round sunshine. Round up the crew, put on some matching bridal party swimsuits, and catch some rays. A beautiful tan is a great way to highlight a wedding dress, but be sure to bring some sunscreen along to avoid unwanted tan lines – or worse, sunburns – before the big day. Whether you want to get wild at a day pool party or just relax poolside with your girls, a Vegas pool day is a perfect way to celebrate.

Practice Your Dance Moves in the Club

Something about dressing up to the nines and hitting the club feels so necessary for a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. Put the bride-to-be in a sultry white dress while the rest of the crew rocks their LBDs. This is your bride’s last chance to show off her moves as a single woman, so make it count! Bottle service is always an exciting way to celebrate the big day, but not necessary to have a great time. All you need is your girls, an amazing DJ, and perhaps a few attractive dance partners to heat it up.

Book the Perfect Bachelorette Party Package

In Vegas, a hotel room isn’t just a place to sleep. For your bachelorette party, it’s a place to get ready, pregame, and unwind after all your Vegas activities. From mimosas in the morning to gossiping in bed at night with some room service, booking the perfect bachelorette suite is an integral part of your weekend plans. At the D, pamper yourself with a Vegas bachelorette party package that includes deluxe room accommodations and an Official Bachelorette Party Scorecard to get the party started!

Bachelorette Party Relaxing in Hotel Suite

Eat, Drink, and be Married

Food and drink are two of the best ways to bring people together, and when it comes to restaurants and bars, it’s safe to say Vegas has a few to choose from. Some of the most notable chefs in the country set up shop in Las Vegas, making it a hub for amazing cuisine and a perfect location for any foodie. Likewise, Sin City helps you sin a little more with a plethora of bars to choose from. From yard drinks and late-night snacks to cocktails from mixologists and high-end meals, the squad has a lot to choose from.

Pamper the Group with a Spa Day

Let’s face it, wedding planning isn’t particularly a breeze, even if you’re only attending. Keep everyone feeling too blessed to be stressed by planning a bachelorette spa day. Book a spa package for the group to get treatments done, then relax in the spa with some wine or champagne. Vegas is home to a number of extravagant and unique spas. Massages, facials, manicures, and even just relaxing in a sauna are all great ways to relieve that pre-wedding stress. Just be careful about getting a facial too close to the wedding.

Catch a Show

Concerts, stand-up, magic, acrobatics, musicals, dancing… you name it, we have a show for it. No matter where your interests may lay, going to a show is one of the most Vegas things you can do for your bachelorette party. Catch legendary artists like Céline Dion and Cher, laugh the night away with a murder mystery about marriage, or get a little naughty with Magic Mike Live. Let Vegas put on a show for your bachelorette party with once-in-a-lifetime experiences and nights you won’t forget.

Have a Bachelorette Party Photoshoot

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas – unless there are photos! Dress up and plan for a bridal party photoshoot in one of the many scenic areas of Las Vegas. Make a splash in front of the Bellagio fountains, light up the scene at the Neon Boneyard, have colorful and unique photo memories from Seven Magic Mountains, strike a natural pose in Red Rock Canyon, or get artsy in the Las Vegas Arts District. If time is limited, ditch a full photoshoot and keep it fun, simple, and a little bit wild with a bachelorette party photo scavenger hunt:

Bachelorette party scavenger hunt checklist.

Bachelorette party planning in Vegas is one of the most exciting ways to celebrate your bride-to-be in her final days of being single. With extravagant experiences, relaxing getaways, and wild antics to get up to, your Las Vegas bachelorette party weekend with the squad will be one for the books. Just don’t tell the hubby-to-be what you’ve been up to, he might get jealous!

Elvis impersonator standing in front of the Las Vegas sign.

Don’t Miss These Las Vegas Summer Shows

Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, and for good reason! There is a seemingly-endless assortment of theatrical performances, comedy shows, art installations, innovative pop-up events, and world-renowned resident performance artists who call Vegas “home.” The city continues to deliver some of the best shows in the world and Downtown Las Vegas is quickly becoming the insider’s destination for the hottest, most culturally diverse entertainment experiences. Let’s take a look at some of the must-see shows drawing crowds to DTLV and the Strip over the next couple of months!

Marriage Can Be Murder

Touted as Las Vegas’ #1 Dinner Show for 18 years and counting, Marriage Can Be Murder is the ultimate “whodunit”. The audience is part of the mystery as they weave their way through a storyline that keeps you guessing and laughing the entire time! A 3-course gourmet meal is served at the table and caps off this 2-hour Las Vegas entertainment experience at the D Hotel and Casino.

A Mob Story

While you’re strolling around Downtown Las Vegas, consider A Mob Story at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. This saga tells the infamous tale of Vegas’ sordid past, including all the hitmen, movie stars, gangsters, mob mistresses, and racketeers you can handle. Created and directed by Jeff Kutash, this Emmy and Golden Globe award winner is the perfect way to learn a little more about Las Vegas’ rich culture and have some fun doing it. Can’t get enough of organized crime? Check out the Mob Museum downtown to really experience the mob boss lifestyle.

Actor starring in A Mob Story at Plaza Hotel and Casino.attribute: https://news.vegasreportnewswire.com/2018/04/18/mob-story/

Tahiti Village Luau

With summer right around the corner, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday evening than by taking in an authentic Luau experience at Tahiti Village Resort! Starting at 7 p.m., guests will enjoy drink specials, a sumptuous island-inspired buffet and live Polynesian entertainment. For a brief escape from the summer heat, spend time in the pool, then enjoy the fun and excitement of a real Polynesian experience!

Musical Acts at the DTLV Events Center

Right across from the D Hotel and Casino lies the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. This incredible performance space is host to a diverse assortment of musical acts that span virtually all musical styles and appeal to audiences of all ages. Upcoming shows include the Vans Warped Tour, 311 & The Offspring, the B-52’s, Culture Club, and an-80’s-style concert. The DTLV Events Center is the perfect place to catch up with your favorite bands and performers, so check out their list of upcoming shows!

Performance at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.attribute: https://dlvec.com/gallery/obc/

Innovative Cirque du Soleil Shows

Whether you’re a die-hard Beatles maniac (check out The Beatles LOVE show), a closet pyromaniac with a penchant for theatrics (you’ll love Cirque’s KA), a fan of the slightly freaky (definitely grab tickets for Zumanity), or looking for a show that somehow combines water dancing, gymnastics, and romance (check out O at Bellagio Las Vegas), the creative team behind Cirque du Soleil’s amazing shows never disappoint. Each show brings the audience to the edge of their seats, where they’ll teeter for the next 90 minutes or so. Witness the visual onslaught of gymnastics, dancing, theatrics and aerial stunts that have become the hallmark of a Cirque du Soleil show.

Absinthe

This show is located in the Spiegeltent on the Roman Plaza at the Caesars Palace Las Vegas, and is definitely intended for audience members 18 and over. The 90-minute show is set inside a whimsical, intoxicating tent that acts as an adult playground for adventurous audience members. Talented and decidedly sexy performers take to the stage and deliver a memorable show filled with daredevil-style stunts that are as intriguing as they are scintillating. Tickets aren’t cheap, but the Huffington Post recently called it the “greatest show on Earth.” Often described as Cirque du Soleil channeled through The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Absinthe is bound to knock you flat on your, well, you get it.

Stage and performers at Absinthe show at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.attribute: https://spiegelworld.com/

Las Vegas is the spot to check out some of these incredible shows and others over the next few months. So assemble your squad, book your tickets now, and prepare for the ultimate Vegas experience!

Ballroom venue available at the D Las Vegas.

Tips for Planning a Special Occasion with the D

Looking for an event space, Las Vegas wedding venues, or place that can host a holiday or sports viewing party? If so, Las Vegas has no shortage of amazing choices and the D’s ballrooms and event spaces just might be the perfect place to host your next big gathering. Whether you’re a regular guest, a once-every-five-years visitor to Downtown Las Vegas, or a local looking for flexible, accommodating and affordable event spaces, the D is the place to be! Let’s take a look at some of these spaces to help you plan your special event.

What spaces are available at the D?

Whether you’re looking to host an intimate party of 10 or 20 guests, or a raucous celebration, corporate event or wedding for 500, you’ll find plenty of right-sized event spaces at the D. Small “man-cave” style rooms are perfect for sporting events or Bachelor parties, while massive ballrooms can host weddings or family celebrations with ease, allowing plenty of elbow room for dancing and merrymaking. To view all event spaces at the D, simply click here.

Meeting room venue available at the D Las Vegas.

What if I’m planning a major convention or business event?

If you’re in charge of securing the ideal facility for your upcoming business line gathering or major corporate event, look no further than the Detroit Ballroom. This sizeable space accommodates up to 300 people and can be outfitted with the latest in leading-edge audio and visual equipment that’ll make any presentation pop. The eight available breakout rooms make it easy for groups to pare down to smaller, more manageable units for targeted learning sessions or roundtable discussions. Enterprise-class Cisco hardware ensures stellar connectivity and a 100 megabit per second connection means superior data management.

Can I host my wedding at the D?

Of course you can! Imagine the memories you’ll make when you celebrate with your family and friends at the D on the VUE Bar balcony overlooking the iconic Fremont Street Experience. Or, let Downtown Las Vegas act as the backdrop for your big day by booking the Traverse City Patio. Our dedicated planning and catering team will handle every last detail – all you have to do is show up and say “I do”.

To get started, simply call (702) 388-2200 or email sales@theD.com. You’ll be amazed at the incredible wedding package you can design, all for a great price.

Bride and groom getting married at the D Las Vegas.

What information should I gather when planning the event?

Completing the Event Information Form takes mere minutes, yet it will give us most of the information needed to create an accurate event plan for your big gathering. Create a name for your event, then provide us with an estimated headcount, the arrival and departure dates, the type of event, whether or not you’ll require catering services, and basic contact information. This is enough to get us started, but the more information you can provide, the better! For example, providing us with your company website, whether or not you’ll need breakout rooms, or even alternative arrival and departure dates can help us create numerous options for your upcoming Las Vegas event. One of our dedicated and experienced event planners will then create a customized proposal for your review.

Whether you’re looking for an iconic place to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, a sophisticated and flexible meeting space for a corporate gathering, or simply a luxurious place for you and your friends to hang out and watch a sporting event, you’ll find the ideal space at the D Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

Contact our event staff today for more information and to begin the process of securing your perfect Las Vegas meeting space or event venue.

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

Silver Strike slot machine sign.
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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.   

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

Interior view of the Downtown Cocktail Room.attribute: http://www.downtowncocktailroom.com/

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.