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Bartender Pouring Draft Beer in Las Vegas

Your Guide to Downtown Las Vegas Breweries

It’s vacation time and you’re looking to spend a day drinking some craft beer. When most people think of a brewery tour or a pub crawl, a few cities might come to mind like San Diego, Nashville, or Denver. Currently, Las Vegas is booming in a selection of craft breweries. Wyndee Forrest of CraftHaus Brewery in Henderson, NV was recently quoted in the Las Vegas Review-Journal stating “We’re young adolescents at this stage; still experimenting and finding ourselves, but we’ve surpassed the infancy stage.”

So make your next trip to fabulous Las Vegas a brewery-filled adventure! Learn more about the unique locations and tastes in the area, talk to some of the most talented brewmasters, and enjoy a cold beverage straight from the tap. This is your Downtown Las Vegas breweries guide to some of the best pints in the city.

Downtown Las Vegas Breweries

1. Banger Brewing

First up is Banger Brewing located on the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Currently ranking with 4 ½ stars on Yelp, Banger Brewing is the perfect place to wet your whistle with a Las Vegas local craft beer. Fresh ingredients and a love for Las Vegas are the two main factors when it comes to this Downtown brewery. Banger Brewing Company was created by five friends who met in the hospitality industry here in Vegas and developed a bond over good beer in a great city.

When stepping up to this beer bar, you can expect a unique variety of craft beers on draft that were brewed in-house. If you’re looking for something completely different when it comes to beer, this is your place! American Pale Ale? Check. Jalapeno Hefeweizen? Check. Watermelon Wheat? Check. And this doesn’t even begin to explain what this brewery has to offer its people.

Next time you head to Fremont Street, stop by Banger Brewing, catch them on trivia or bingo night, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy some of the best and most unique craft beer brewed right in town.

*Location: 450 Fremont St. #135, Las Vegas, NV 89101
*Happy Hour: Daily 1-3pm & 9-11pm
*Happy Hour Deals: $5 House Drafts

2. Hop Nuts Brewing

Your next stop for great beer in Las Vegas is Hop Nuts Brewing located in the Las Vegas Arts District of Downtown. If you couldn’t guess it from the name, this brewery specializes in hop-driven beers such as citrusy IPAs. But, this isn’t all they have to offer their guests! In addition to the hoppiness, you can also enjoy blonde and pale ales and more specialty tap beers such as the Razz Belgian Pale Ale, brewed with fresh raspberries.

As the first microbrewery in the Arts District, Hop Nuts Brewing thrives on providing locals and tourists a unique experience, and a relaxing and fun atmosphere. So grab your friends and explore the Arts District while you enjoy a hand-crafted draft beer!

*Location: 1120 S Main St #150, Las Vegas, NV 89104
*Hoppy Hour: Daily 4-7pm
*Hoppy Hour Deals: $4 Pints

Draft beer brewed at Hop Nuts BrewingAttribute: Instagram/hopnutsbrewing

3. Chicago Brewing Company

Heading to the West side of Las Vegas, you will find the Chicago Brewing Company ready to serve you flavorful drafts and deep dish pizza. This brick-walled, industrial-style brewpub is more of a local hotspot offering great service and even better beer 24 hours a day. Enjoy an award-winning beer outside in the beer garden or get comfortable in the bar area right by the brewing tanks.

In addition to their Westside location, you can also enjoy a craft draft from Chicago Brewing Company in their newest location inside the Four Queens on Fremont Street. So whether you’re looking to enjoy a house draft in the hustle and bustle of Downtown or are looking to keep it local, you’ll receive the same great taste and experience at either location.

*Location: 2201 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89117
*Happy Hour: Daily 4-7pm
*Happy Hour Deals: $5 Pints, 50% off House Wine & Well Drinks

4. Tenaya Creek Brewery

Another Downtown Las Vegas hotspot for unforgettable craft beer is Tenaya Creek Brewery. With a wide variety of tap beers and even some bottles and cans to choose from, you’ll be able to find exactly what you didn’t even know what you were looking for when it comes to an amazing beer. Unique, award winning beer would not be possible without an amazing team, and Tenaya Creek Brewery consists of some of the finest brew masters in the city.

In addition to their full-flavored taps, Tenaya Creek Brewery also has a food truck schedule every month, offering BBQ, pizza, Mexican cuisine, and much more for guests to enjoy. With food and craft beer you can’t go wrong! Stop by today and see what this Las Vegas brewery is all about.

*Location: 831 W Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89106
*Happy Hour: Monday thru Friday 4-7pm
*Happy Hour Deals: $9 Pitchers, $3 Pints, & $4 Imperials, $1 off Wine and Well Drinks

Brewing room at Tenaya Creek BreweryAttribute: TenayaCreek.com

5. Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery

Our last stop on our brewery tour in Downtown Las Vegas is Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery located inside Main Street Station Casino, Brewery, & Hotel. This Vegas microbrewery features six craft beers with some of the freshest flavors that will ever hit your lips. All your favorites – golden ale, hefeweizen, pale ale, IPA, and more – are all available year-round. But these favorites are not just standard flavors… Triple 7 has put their magic touch on each and every beer, making them unique and full of flavor!

Triple 7 Restaurant & Microbrewery is the perfect place to take the whole group to enjoy your favorite sports, your new favorite beers, and a variety of tasty foods like pizzas, burgers, and steaks! After you’ve enjoyed everything that Triple 7 has to offer its guests, head out into the Main Street Station casino to test your luck at the tables or the slots. Are you feeling lucky?

*Location: 200 N Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
*Happy Hour: Monday thru Friday 3-6pm & 11pm-3am
*Happy Hour Deals: $2 16 oz Drafts &$3 23 oz Drafts, $4 Cocktails, $3 Jager Shots, $5 House Wine

Additional Las Vegas Breweries

After you’ve finished your brewery tour in Downtown Las Vegas, venture out to some of the other parts of Fabulous Las Vegas and discover the many craft beers this city has to offer. Whether you’re a local or a visitor of the city, you’ll find what exactly what you’re looking for or discover some brand new flavor that you’ve been craving! Here are some additional options when it comes to expanding your brewery tour in Las Vegas:

>Bad Beat Brewing: 7380 Eastgate Rd #110, Henderson, NV 89011

>Sin City Brewing Company: Multiple Locations

>Big Dogs Brewing Company: 4543 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89108

>Ellis Island Hotel, Casino, & Brewery: 4178 Koval Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89109

>PT’s Brewing Company: 3101 N Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

>Barley’s Casino & Brewing Co.: 4500 E Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014

>Boulder Dam Brewing Co.: 453 Nevada Hwy, Boulder City, NV 89005

>CraftHaus Brewery: 7350 Eastgate Rd #110, Henderson, NV 89011

>Lovelady Brewing Company: 20 S Water St, Henderson, NV 89015

As you can see, Las Vegas is making its name known as one of the bigger cities to provide unique craft draft beers to it’s locals and visitors. So get out there, try something new, and enjoy the crisp taste of a Las Vegas local pint. You won’t be disappointed in our Las Vegas craft breweries!

Friends Watching Las Vegas Sports Teams Play at Sports Bar

The Evolution of Las Vegas Sports Teams

Any native Vegas local will tell you that without having professional sports teams within city limits, they’ve always had to pick and choose other teams to root for during games. Las Vegas has struggled for years to try to get major league teams to our Valley. But as far as 2018 goes, professional Las Vegas sports teams have been the talk of the town.

Las Vegas has been a sports town for a long time, just not in the same way sports havens Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York are. Thousands of visitors flock to Las Vegas every year to watch and bet on events like the Super Bowl, March Madness, NASCAR, and championship boxing and UFC matches. But as far as the big four goes… NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB… Vegas has never been home for a big leaguer. The main reason for the delay of introducing major leagues to the Valley was the concern about Nevada’s gambling reputation and the possibility of fixed games. Several minor leagues have tried over the years, only lasting a few seasons.

Between the progress of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium, the move for the WNBA Aces, and the inaugural season of the Golden Knights, Vegas has become more than just a sports betting capital – it’s now a professional sports team hub. While we’ve seen several Las Vegas sports events pop up in the past and many failed attempts from other sports, there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel on our road to being a professional sports team city.

Las Vegas Basketball

Las Vegas has been a hotspot for basketball events for a long time, hosting events like All-Star weekends, the NBA Summer League, and is a hub for those partaking in March Madness every year. The Los Angeles Lakers make it a point to play at least one-preseason game here each year and the Runnin’ Rebels at UNLV have a great fanbase going for them.

Las Vegas Aces WNBA Team During GameAttribute: flickr – Lorie Shaull

As far as professional basketball goes, Las Vegas has finally been graced with the presence of the WNBA, introducing the Las Vegas Aces. This now-Las Vegas basketball team started out in Salt Lake City as the Utah Starzz then moved over to San Antonio for the 2003 season. The team, of course, debuted in Las Vegas as the Aces, sparking rumors about a possible NBA team following suit in the near future.  

Las Vegas Football

Football has had a long-running history in Las Vegas with some wildly unsuccessful teams such as the Continental Football League team, the Las Vegas Cowboys in 1968, and the Canadian Football league team, the Las Vegas Posse in 1994, with no Las Vegas football team lasting more than two seasons.

From there, indoor arena football was introduced with three different teams debuting in Las Vegas: The Gladiators in 2003, The Locomotives in 2009, and The Outlaws in 2015. The arena leagues had some popularity but locals quickly lost interest after the indoor football teams couldn’t keep a promising record. Of course, Las Vegas is now brimming with excitement as we watch the development of the new Las Vegas Raiders Stadium, brick by brick.

Las Vegas Hockey

As a city in the middle of the desert, who knew Las Vegas’ first professional sport would be played on ice?! Well, Las Vegas hockey has been in and out of the city since 1968 – when a senior amateur team called the Las Vegas Gamblers joined the California-Nevada Hockey League. Their run only lasted three seasons. Following The Gamblers, a semi-pro team, the Las Vegas Outlaws came along in 1971 and lasted two seasons.

Las Vegas Golden Knights Professional Las Vegas Sports TeamAttribute: Commons.Wikimedia.org/Alex Tuch

Hockey picked up steam in popularity in 1993 when the Las Vegas Thunder joined the International Hockey League as an expansion team. The Thunder had several current and future NHL players and lasted six seasons. Several other junior hockey teams were started in Las Vegas, but few lasted, with the exception of The Las Vegas Storm who now play in Kearney, Nebraska as The Tri-City Storm.

Finally, in 2003, The Las Vegas Wranglers joined the ECHL and gave Vegas hockey fans what they were looking for by theming their game nights and holding wild promotions, such as a concert featuring Mini KISS between periods. The Wranglers held on for about ten seasons, then in 2016, Las Vegas exploded over the news of our approval of an NHL expansion team. And thus, our “golden” child, AKA the Vegas Golden Knights, were born and Vegas couldn’t be prouder!

Las Vegas locals are ecstatic that our city finally broke through the roadblocks and now have home teams to root for. With all the changes happening in the world of sports, it’s hard to say if we’ll be a city that hosts all major sporting leagues, but considering how the past couple years have advanced for Las Vegas sports, it’s looking like just about anything is possible at this point.

Whatever your favorite sport, enjoy watching your favorite Las Vegas sports teams play at the D, with Big Game sports packages that bring you stadium-style food, multiple screens, and drinks!

Couple Kissing at New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Party

Celebrate at the New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Party

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you know that Downtown Las Vegas is one of the hottest areas in the city to celebrate, especially during New Year’s Eve. There’s no better way to end one year and start a fresh year than with exciting entertainment, good food, and live music. Being one of the best deals in Vegas, book your tickets for the New Year’s Eve Fremont Street Experience early before they’re sold out. New Year’s Eve is the only time the entire Downtown district closes its streets to create one of the most epic block parties of the year! [Image above attributed to: VegasExperience.com]

Why a Downtown Las Vegas New Year’s Eve?

If you’re in a toss-up between celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Strip or on Fremont Street, here are a few things that may help sway your decision:

Bar-Hopping Made Easy!

The Downtown Vegas casinos are much closer to each other than they are on the Strip, so you won’t have to walk so far in between drinks! There are even some places you won’t have to go inside at all; conveniently located just outside the D is the D Bar with flair bartenders and beautiful dancing girls, ready with a fully-stocked bar to make your NYE night seamless!

Grabbable Grub!

With over sixty Downtown Las Vegas restaurants and bars, you’ll be able to satisfy all of your cravings within walking distance. If you do want to go fancy while all dressed up for the countdown, make a reservation at Andiamo Steakhouse for some pre-champagne steak (and have some champagne with dinner while you’re at it).

Friends Toasting Champagne on New Year’s Eve

Excitement!

Make your 2019 New Year’s resolution to do something daring and visit Slotzilla! There’s no better night to fly over the crowd than on a night where everyone is already looking up… you’ll steal the show as you sail through Fremont Street on the world’s ultimate zip line.

Music!

New Year’s Eve on Fremont Street boasts four large stages throughout the seven-block stretch, and each stage will have bands performing all night long. A total of twelve bands will have you dancing away 2018 without a care in the world.  What better way to ring in 2019 than with some awesome tunes.

The Wow Factor!

All night long, you’ll come across alluring go-go dancers, aerial artists, and light shows. It’ll be such a thrilling event, even Las Vegas’ mayor, Carolyn Goodman, and her husband and former mayor, Oscar Goodman, will be making an appearance to check out all the fun. Not to mention, keep an eye to the sky because the world’s largest video screen, Viva Vision, will show several spectacular visuals, including a “Year in Review” montage.

Couple Kissing at New Year’s Eve Fremont Street PartyAttribute: VegasExperience.com

Fremont Street New Year’s Eve Safety

The Fremont Street Experience promises a great time and even better memories for all who choose to ring in the new year Downtown this year. While fun is the main goal, safety is a large priority, as well. Feel comfort in knowing that Fremont Street is a controlled, self-contained environment that is monitored just enough so you can enjoy yourself without worry. That being said, there are some specific restrictions, including absolutely no:

>Strollers
>Coolers
>Weapons
>Packaged Beverages
>Backpacks/Luggage/Bags
>Masks
>Glass/Aluminum
>Chairs
>Amplified Sounds
>Signs

These restrictions are to keep the entire night safe and regulated so all New Year’s Eve Fremont Street guests can celebrate worry-free. Downtown has also partnered with Lyft to ensure everybody gets around safely. If you need a ride to the party or a ride home, there will be an easy pick-up and drop-off location on 4th Street and Carson Avenue. Use the code “FSE” and get up to $20 in Lyft ride credits… how generous!

If you can’t wait to start planning your Las Vegas New Year’s Eve in Downtown, be sure to purchase your tickets quickly! You can buy them online and either print them at home or receive a barcode on your smartphone for entry. Early bird tickets are $35 until December 25th, then they go up to $45. While you’re booking your tickets, don’t forget about a place to crash! The D Hotel offers comfortable rooms, perfect for waking up to on the first day of 2019. You’ll be right in the middle of all the Downtown action and you won’t have to get in a car when the party’s over.

There’s no celebration like a Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration, so make sure to do your last night of 2018 justice by choosing the Fremont Street Experience to ring in 2019. You’ll have the perfect, one-of-a-kind night to start off a perfect, one-of-a-kind year!

Friends Shopping During Black Friday in Las Vegas

Where to Get Las Vegas Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are upon us, meaning it’s time to get ready to save big! In Las Vegas, we’re all about going big, and our holiday deals are no different. Flights, hotels, shows, and shops all put out their best offers for holiday shoppers this season. Whether you are taking a trip to Vegas for Black Friday deals or are looking to find savings for the future, be sure to look for deals in all of these places:

Catch a Flight

During the holidays, many airlines offer Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Typically the deals apply to future travel, so use this as an opportunity to plan your next trip to Las Vegas. Sign up for your favorite airline’s newsletters and follow them to stay up to date on any holiday deals they may be offering. Some companies do last-minute deals for the holidays, which is the perfect excuse for a spontaneous holiday weekend in Las Vegas.

Person Searching Black Friday Flight Deals

Book a Hotel

Similarly to flights, many hotels offer Las Vegas Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for future flights. If the stresses of the holidays have you itching for a Las Vegas vacation, this is the perfect time to book. Bonus: Between November 23 and November 30, 2018, book a stay at the D Las Vegas with our very own Vegas Black Friday/Cyber Monday room deals – and get up to 50% off of your stay. Learn more here!

Hit the Shops

It’s no secret that Vegas has no shortage of shopping opportunities. Many shops on and off the Strip will be offering amazing Las Vegas Black Friday deals. Make a plan of which shops you want to visit, and research their holiday store hours. Many stores open early on Black Friday in Las Vegas, so be wary of that before partying too hard the night before! Expect large crowds on the Strip and in the Vegas Premium Outlets.

Once you’ve mentally prepared yourself, try your Black Friday luck at these shopping areas:

*Fashion Show Las Vegas

*Forum Shops at Caesars Palace

*Las Vegas Premium Outlets – North

*Las Vegas Premium Outlets – South

*Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

People shopping sales on black friday

See a Show

Las Vegas offers a wide range of shows for everyone in the family year-round, but the holidays bring new shows and some wonderful deals on tickets. Spending Black Friday in Las Vegas means you can score yourself some super-discounted tickets to some of the most popular shows in the city. With savings like these, you can easily see a few shows for the usual price of one – making your Vegas trip even more memorable.

Some classic shows are having pre-Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, so you can book now for your holiday stay, including:

*Beatles LOVE

*Blue Man Group

*Michael Jackson ONE

*Vegas! The Show

*WOW

Whether using Black Friday in Las Vegas to buy new things right away or to plan things for the future, there is no shortage in ways you can save. Make sure to keep an eye on flight, hotel, show, and shop deals throughout the season, and check online for Las Vegas Cyber Monday deals.

Group of Friends Watching Game in Las Vegas Sports Book

Las Vegas Sports Betting 101: How to Bet on Sports in Las Vegas

Every year, thousands of sports enthusiasts flock to Las Vegas to place their bets and closely watch their teams with dollar signs in their eyes. No matter what casino you’re in, you’re bound to walk by a massive wall of television screens donning every imaginable sport from football to UFC to horse racing. Among the rows and rows of chairs, you’ll notice avid sports lovers studying the spread and analyzing brackets for some good ol’ Las Vegas sports book betting.

It’s an exciting scenario, especially during big rival games and matches, Vegas Golden Knights games, or during March Madness. Sports betting can be a lot of fun if you’re knowledgeable, but it might be a little intimidating if you’ve never done it before. Before placing those wagers, be sure you know your terms like “money line” and “over/under” or you’ll be using your losing parlay card to dry your tears! 

Types of Las Vegas Sports Betting

1. Point Spread: The point spread represents the margin of points in which the favored team must win by to cover the spread. You’re wagering on a team winning or losing by a certain number of points set by the sports book.

2. Money Line: The money line is a bet on the odds of a team winning the game as opposed to a point spread that is based on the scoring outcome. Money Line is a simple wager on which team will win.

3. Parlay: A parlay is a single bet that links two or more wagers. To win the bet, the player must win all the wagers in the parlay. Parlays are very popular because you can take a wager as small as $2 or $5 and turn it into hundreds and thousands of dollars.

Las Vegas Sports Betting Slip with Cash

4. Futures: As the name implies, a futures bet is a wager placed on an event further into the future. For a futures bet, you may be wagering on who will go to the Super Bowl next year. 

5. Propositions (Prop Bet): Prop bets are fun to wager on, especially if you’re not as experienced with sports betting. These are bets like “who will be the first to have and end zone celebration” or “what quarter will LeBron James cry”. Prop bets are just added wagers to keep the games entertaining.

6. Total (Over/Under): You’re betting on whether the total points, runs, or goals scored by both teams is over or under the total provided by the sports book.

Interpreting Sports Books Odds

One of the first things you should do is learn how betting odds work. It’s important because it allows you to understand the probability of an event happening along with your potential earnings.

Whenever you see two numbers separated by a trailing slash, you can calculate how likely a given event is to happen with. For example: a 4/1 represents that there is an 20% chance and event will happen while a 1/4 will tell you that there is an 80% chance of the event happening. Odds are dependent on each particular sports book so it may be beneficial to shop around for the best payouts. 

MLB Sports Betting Board

How to Bet at a Las Vegas Sports Book

When arriving to your favorite Las Vegas sports book, it will be helpful to pick up the daily sheets to find out their wagering options. These are available for every sport and are updating frequently. On each sheet, you’ll find numbers associated with the different teams or players that correlate with what is shown on the digital display board. Using the sheets are a great way to understand what is available for betting that day along with favorites and underdogs.

Professional sports teams may be new to Las Vegas, but there has never been a shortage of sporting enthusiasm in the valley. Whether you want to bet on college or professional football, soccer, baseball, or NHL hockey, the Circa | Sports sportsbook provides the best high-definition televisions and odds display boards for your betting experience. Make your way to Circa | Sports where you’ll be able place your parlays, money lines, point spreads, and more!

Woman Playing Modern Slot Machine in Las Vegas Casino

Meet Your New Favorite Slot Machine: The Buffalo Grand

You can’t miss them – sounds of mill bells and screeching eagles ring throughout the casino floor. Epic touch-screen 42’ HD curved displays glow like summer prairie sunsets. Like a galloping herd, people know to look out for these dynamic slot machines. Created by Aristocrat, Buffalo Slot Machines are one of the most popular games found on the floors of any casino.

Amongst the D’s dancing dealers and reliable wait staff, you’ll see several large, curved screens lit up with captivating American frontier animal graphics. You’ll see people with smiling faces sitting in big, cozy chairs as they see their winnings and free spins add up. After witnessing the extreme success of the original Buffalo slots, Aristocrat decided it was time to give loyal players even more chances to win. Introducing your new favorite slot machine: The Buffalo Grand slot machine.

The Original Buffalo Slot Machines

With 1024 ways to win, the Buffalo slots are exciting, face-paced games with NO paylines! Fill your screen with Buffalo symbols and you’ll see those dollar signs rise. Players choose to bet anywhere from one cent to two dollars and will be given opportunities for Wild tiles and Scatters. Players have stampeded towards these beloved Buffalo slots and with easily obtainable payouts and amazing visual graphics, it’s not hard to see why!

Row of Buffalo Grand Slot Machine Games in VegasAttribute: VitalVegas.com

New Buffalo Grand Slot Machines

Tucked away in the middle of Vegas casinos, beasts of the prairie like moose, cougars, wolves, eagles, and the famous buffalo will get your American pride pumping as these icons pay the most throughout the game without hitting Scatters and Wilds. To win a payout, you will need just three matching symbols on adjacent reels. With coin value ranging from one cent to four dollars, Buffalo Grand slot machine also has 1024 ways to win. However, the Buffalo Grand has several more additional features than the original Buffalo slots:

Reel Set

The first thing you may notice about the Buffalo Grand Slot Machine is the unusual reel set. There are five reels, the first and the last have four tiles while the middle three have five tiles.

Scatter Tile

The Scatter is represented by a golden wheel. By landing at least three Scatters on the reels, you get to play a Bonus Wheel. Three Scatters can get you eight to 15 Free Spins, four Scatters gives you the possibility of winning 15 – 30 Free Spins, and five Scatters could get you between 20 – 50 Free Spins.

Man Trying for Buffalo Slot Machine Jackpot

The Bonus Wheel

This bonus game contains one of the five progressive jackpots, which is your chance of winning an ultimate prize. With three or more Buffalo slot machine jackpots, you’ll be entered into the Jackpot Feature, which will give you a wheel with several segments. The segments are labeled with either an amount of free spins or a Jackpot amount.

Wild Tile

Represented by a sunset, this wild tile only appears on the three center reels of the game. The sunset will substitute for any symbol, other than the scatter, to increase your chances of winning.

Multiplier

Any free games won with the assistance of a wild symbol will have the opportunity for a 2x or 3x multiplier. The Scatter symbol will be replaced by a gold coin which will award a Scatter win of 100, 500, or 1,000 coins when hit on the 3rd, 4th, or 5th reels.

All in all, players have a chance to go home with up to $1,000,000 by roaming through this virtual grassland. In fact, in 2016, the Buffalo Grand paid out four jackpots totaling at $2.64 million! As popular as these games are, the D offers two levels of exciting slot games, so even if your lucky Buffalo Grand slot machine is occupied, you’ll be able to entertain yourself with another Las Vegas casino game or even take on our dancing dealers until your favorite spot is free.

Man crossing his fingers, wishing himself good luck.

5 Ways to Improve Your Luck in Las Vegas

Whether you believe in luck or not, you might as well take all you can get when playing Las Vegas casino games. The city is full of Buddhas to gift, statues to rub, and traditions to take part in to ensure your luck is in tip top shape.

Before heading out for a day of Las Vegas gambling, consider stopping at a few of these famous spots to improve your luck:

Rub Caesar’s Hand

Caesars Palace is one of the most iconic hotels on the Strip so it’s only fitting that one of Vegas’s good luck charms resides at the entrance. Rubbing the hand of the statue of Caesar upon entering the hotel is believed to bring you luck during your stay. Plus, the statue makes for a great photo op and is one of the most photographed statues in the world. Snap a selfie and boost your luck all in one stop at Caesar’s Palace!

The statue of Julius Caesar at Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. Attribute: Caesars Palace Las Vegas – Blog

Kiss (or Touch) the Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone, one of two good luck charms located at the D, upholds a long-standing Irish tradition. The stone at the D is a chunk of the original Blarney Stone and was gifted to the casino nearly 30 years ago. It is said that those who suspend themselves upside down and kiss the Blarney Stone (as the luck-seekers did in Ireland) will be blessed with good luck in their futures. While it may be challenging to suspend yourself in the middle of a Las Vegas casino, you can still kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck without making the trek to Ireland. Casino patrons wary of sharing germs with other gamblers can simply rub the stone to receive good fortune.

Rub Elvis’s Ring at Westgate

The statue of The King has proven to be a popular spot for luck seekers eager to strike it big in Vegas. Rubbing the statue before entering the casino has been a long-standing ritual of luck since the statue’s creation. Though visitors deem the entire statue lucky, Elvis’s ringed left hand seems to be a favorite spot for conjuring a hunk of burning luck.

Statue of Elvis Presley in Las Vegas.

Rub Buddha’s Belly at The California or ARIA

There are a few places to rub Buddha’s belly for good luck in Las Vegas, the most popular being the laughing Buddha at The California Hotel and at ARIA. One look at the faded metal of these Buddha bellies will tell you that Vegas visitors have been practicing this tradition for many years. It’s said that those who leave gifts like cash and other goodies and then rub the belly will receive good fortune. Smaller Buddhas can be found throughout the city, but these two are the most widely known.  

Throw a Coin in the Manneken Pis Fountain

The Manneken Pis fountain at the D was unveiled in 2015 and has since attracted the attention of locals and tourists alike for its peculiar design. The fountain replicates a famous statue in Brussels of a boy that appears to be urinating. Despite its head-tilt-worthy nature, the fountain is said to be lucky for those who toss a coin in. In fact, the very first person to throw a coin in the fountain in 2015 won $1,000 at a nearby casino. If you’re looking to strike it big in Vegas, throw a coin or two in the Manneken Pis to sway the odds in your favor.

The original Manneken Pis fountain in Brussels.

If there’s a city in which luck will take you the furthest, it’s Las Vegas. The good news is that the city is packed with good luck charms that are said to spike the luck of visitors before they play their odds at the casinos. If you’re planning a visit, make sure to gamble only after visiting these lucky landmarks so you can rub, kiss, or gift your way to Vegas victory.

Blurred view of people walking through convention hallways.

Unconventional Conventions in Las Vegas

Among the cities of the world lies an outlier – an oasis in the middle of the desert. Las Vegas sets itself apart from every other city in the world with its glittering Strip, alluring reputation, and electric atmosphere. There is no other city in the world like Las Vegas, which is what makes it so enticing.

The Las Vegas convention scene is quite like the city itself – unique, fun, and unforgettable. In the Entertainment Capital of the World, there is no shortage of wacky, extraordinary events that can help take your trip to the next level. Whether you’ve been planning to travel to the city for a while or are looking for a last minute ticket, attending a Las Vegas convention is an experience like no other.

Here are some of the most unconventional conventions in Las Vegas!

International Contortion Convention

The International Contortion Convention brings fans, coaches, and artists together to celebrate the art of contorting. Workshops, talks, and shows will be given throughout the convention giving attendees a chance to immerse themselves of the many different facets of the art. The convention comes to a close with a grand exhibition, giving artists a chance to show off their skills in front an appreciative crowd.

Star Trek Las Vegas Convention

This one can be described as a paradise for “trekkies,” or fans of Star Trek. During this time of year, trekkies from all over the country travel to celebrate the Star Trek franchise and all that it emcompasses at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention. A shared passion unites fans and results in an inclusive, diverse atmosphere for people to express and enjoy themselves. A walk through the convention will yield many costumes, role plays, showings, performances, and Star Trek gear that can only be found at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention.

Star Trek Las Vegas Convention themed information banner Attribute: Creation Entertainment

DEF CON Las Vegas

For over 20 years, computer geniuses have been gathering at Las Vegas conventions to practice and show off their hacking skills. DEF CON Las Vegas attracts thousands of people every year who are excited to build on their hacking knowledge and learn some new tricks of the trade. Hacking contests, expositions, and talks are just some of the experiences available to DEF CON attendees.

RollerCon Las Vegas

RollerCon Las Vegas is one of the more active conventions in Las Vegas, with thousands of attendees showing up to practice their rollerblading and roller derby skills. For over a decade, athletes have flocked to RollerCon to celebrate their shared passion. This Las Vegas event offers classes ranging from beginner to expert, competitions, gear vendors, and more. If you’re ready to step up your roller derby game or learn a new skill, head to RollerCon Las Vegas!

International Pizza Expo

For all you pizza lovers out there, this one’s for you. The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas gathers chefs, restaurant owners, cheese, meat, and sauce suppliers, and pizza enthusiasts to celebrate and learn about one of the world’s favorite foods. Workshops, sampling, exposistions, and celebrity chef appearances all make the exposition so popular. A diverse array of activities makes this unconventional Las Vegas convention fun for professionals and foodies alike.

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Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

Fans of vintage TV shows, science fiction, comic books, and more gather every year at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con to see their favorite characters come to life and hear from the creators of their favorite stories. Thousands of costumed fans and countless attractions make this Vegas convention event one that you just can’t miss. Unique food options and comic-themed vendors populate the convention and various shows and talks are held throughout the weekend.

Las Vegas is famous for its quirky qualities and unique offerings, so it only makes sense that it would host some of the most unconventional conventions. If you’re planning a visit to Las Vegas, make sure to take a look at the Las Vegas conventions’ schedule to see what’s happening during your visit. You might just be visiting during a fun convention where you can either rekindle an old hobby or interest or learn a new one! From expos centered around delicious food to conventions celebrating legendary stories, Las Vegas hosts some unconventional conventions that are unlike any other.

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Death-Defying Las Vegas: An Adventure-Seeker’s Bucket List

Looking for fun things to do in Vegas? Caution, meet wind. This is for the seekers of the next great thrill. Are you an adventure-seeking, death-defying, one-leg-on-the-flying-trapeze-with-no-net kind of stunt amateur? Then Vegas is your place and this bucket list of thrills is your go-to reference for all things adventure.

From the dangling ropes of Stratosphere, to skydiving over the Mojave desert from the Earth’s atmosphere, the adventures here are boundless. Be sure to keep these ideas in mind when you’re at a loss for fun things to do in Las Vegas. And don’t forget to grab a friend (just don’t tell them where you’re going).

Here are our top 5 favorite ways to defy death in Vegas:

#5: Dangle Above the Strip

Want to lose your lunch? No? Well, postpone that lunch and head to Stratosphere Hotel & Casino, with its iconic tower … that you will be dangling around. Standing 90 stories above the Vegas streets, the Insanity ride throws riders out over the edge, whirling them at speeds that produce up to three G’s of force. The ride also tilts you down, right at the concrete floor hundreds of feet below. Sound like a fun Las Vegas adventure? We thought so.

#4: Walk with the Dead

What better way to defy death than to walk with it? As one of the city’s newest death-defying attractions, Fear the Walking Dead Survival provides a walk-through attraction that brings the dead to life in front of your very eyes. Based on AMC’s hit series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” the tour takes thrill seekers through a military style installation where the zombie apocalypse is alive, real, and out for your blood. Make your way to the Fremont Street Experience and enjoy this fearful but fun Las Vegas activity.

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#3 Drive a Lambo Around a Race Track

If you prefer pavement over dirt, that’s not a problem. How about driving a $200,000 supercar around a track at 150 MPH?  If that doesn’t strike your fancy and tickle your adventure-seeking bone, nothing will. Whether justified or not, a recent lawsuit alleging unsafe driving conditions might just make SPEEDVEGAS a go-to for defying death. Choose between your favorite Ferraris, Audis, Porsches, Lamborghinis, and even off-road vehicles. The company’s 1.5-mile track features banked turns, long straightaways and maximum thrills for drivers of all skill levels. Package deals are available, and you can even try out multiple cars in one trip.

#2 Blaze a Trail of Glory … In Dirt

Hold the super car. It’s time to ride a dune buggy. And Vegas is the perfect place to do it. A number of rental companies give adventure seekers the chance to fly through the Mojave’s scorched, sandstone terrain. One guided trek will take you through the famed Valley of Fire, where you can high-speed chase your nearest and dearest friends or newfound enemies.

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#1 Dive from the Sky

Ever seen the Vegas Strip from a plane? This is better. SkyDive Las Vegas is open 365 days a year and have completed more than 10,000 successful jumps each year. And it’s just 30 minutes from the Strip, which makes it pretty hard to excuse yourself for any other reason than fear. But that’s not a real thing. So, shall we?

As always, no experience is necessary, unless you’re bad at falling. Las Vegas is one of the best places in the world to defy death from the sky. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure will pump your adrenaline like no other activity, as you free fall at 120 MPH, arming your eyes with views of Lake Mead, the Colorado River, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, Mt Charleston, Red Rock Canyon, and of course, the Las Vegas Strip. Be sure to splurge on the video purchase so you can relive the experience (and show proof).

Vegas is a heart-stopping kind of city. From betting it all on black to diving from the sky, there’s no shortage of Las Vegas adventures for the daredevil in all of us.

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Best Las Vegas Bars for Frozen Cocktails to Keep You Cool

It’s an understatement to say summer in the Las Vegas desert can be hot. Luckily, the city is equipped with plenty of ways to keep you cool, and there is no better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing beverage. As the summer heats up, cool down with an ice cold cocktail, beer, or mocktail at one of the many Las Vegas bars serving up icy imbibements. The D highlights the best frozen cocktails in Las Vegas, where to find them, and how to make your own once you’re home!

Best Frozen Cocktails at Las Vegas Bars

The Cosmopolitan

Champagne? Check. Popsicle? Check. The Signature Popsicle Cocktail at The Cosmopolitan was created to satisfy your inner twenty-one year old child. Served at the resort’s Boulevard and Chelsea pools, this adult play on a childhood treat is the perfect summer cocktail to sip (and nosh) on!

Frankie’s Tiki Room

Would it truly be summer if we didn’t highlight a tiki bar? Frankie’s Tiki Room is a kitschy bar deeply rooted in tiki tradition, offering creative, fruit-based rum cocktails and decorated with bamboo accents and hand-carved furniture.

D Bar at the D

Chill out and sip down some of our iconic frozen cocktails at D Bar. This permanent outdoor bar on the Fremont Street Experience features flair and dancing bartenders who mix and flip all kinds of drinks and cocktails. With four big screens and drink dispensers pouring 15 flavors of frozen cocktails, who can ask for more?

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Margaritaville Las Vegas

“Wasting away again in Margaritaville…” Channel your inner Jimmy Buffett and grab a refreshing cocktail, because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. With a huge selection of frozen margaritas and a lengthy list of other “boat drinks”, Margaritaville is a great place to chill out while sipping on your summer favorites.

Sugar Factory at Paris

The Sugar Factory is a summer favorite, with a patio fronting the Strip and a fun drink menu to satisfy your sweet tooth. Drinks feature unusual enhancements like liquid nitrogen that creates a slushy texture accompanied by an exotic fog. We suggest trying the Blow Pop Martini, which has Three Olives Bubble Gum vodka, DK Apple Pucker, fresh lemon sour, green apple syrup and a Blow Pop on top!

Best Spots for Frosé in Las Vegas

Just when you thought there was no drink better than your summer staple wine (rosé, of course), in stepped frosé. Frosé, short for frozen rosé, is quite possibly summer’s trendiest cocktail. This chilly pink drink is served everywhere from boozy brunches to poolside patios. Here are a few Las Vegas bars where you can sip on this delicious drink:

Giada at The Cromwell Las Vegas

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis serves her own brand of frosé at this authentic Italian restaurant, Giada. This signature frozen cocktail is created with rosé wine, white vermouth, and limoncello and is served in style from a custom-made, rose gold machine. The frosé is then poured into a glass rimmed with rose-infused sugar and garnished with fresh basil.

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SUGARCANE at The Venetian

SUGARCANE puts a fruitier spin on their frosé. Part vodka, part rosé, part peach schnapps, this frosé is served with a prickly pear purée and a garnish of an edible flower.

LAVO at The Palazzo

Frosé at LAVO is served up in a deep pink hue with bright berry accents. Sip this pink goodness while sitting on a patio overlooking the Strip to feel like you’re truly treating yourself this summer.

Make Your Own Frozen Cocktails

While sipping on boozy slushies at Las Vegas bars is one of the best summertime activities, you can easily take the joy and refreshment of these drinks at home. From the Pina Colada to frosé, a few thirst-quenching and refreshingly delicious summer cocktails top our list of all-time favorites and they’re very easy to make from scratch. Beating the heat has never been easier with these frozen cocktails!

Pina Colada

“If you like Pina Coladas..” Oh wait. Who doesn’t? Go coco-nuts at home making this frozen cocktail comprised of rum, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and lime juice. Pour all the ingredients (plus ice) in the blender to create this boozy tropical smoothie of pure deliciousness.

Mango Margarita

Indulge with this fruity twist on this Mexican classic. All you need is margarita mix, tequila, triple sec, and a diced, ripe mango to make the perfect mango margarita. Add ice into the blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a glass rimmed with salt and tajin and garnish with a lime wedge.

Prosecco Slushie

This refreshingly light strawberry-flavored treat is a real crowd pleaser. Combine prosecco, strawberries, lime juice, and vodka in a blender. Fill the blender halfway full with ice, and blend until slushy. Divide slushies between glasses and garnish these prosecco slushies with mint.

Frosé

You didn’t think we would tell you where to find frosé without giving you a recipe to make it yourself, did you? Start by pouring a bottle of rosé into ice cube trays and freeze for 8 hours. Combine strawberries and sugar in the blender and let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Add the vodka, grenadine, and rosé cubes, and voila!

Whatever your drink of choice is, from the classic margarita to the trendy frosé, you’re sure to find the perfect way to quench your thirst and stay cool in Vegas. Be sure to drink responsibly this summer, and treat yourself to one of these many frozen cocktails!