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tbarney
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Posted: 2/23/2012 12:53:17 PM
Hi all - 

Been a long-time reader of many of the forums on this site, but I thought that this would be a good opportunity to have everyone's input on how I should spend my week in Las Vegas during the first week of April.

A little background:  This will be my second trip to Las Vegas.  Last time, I went on business, and I had to stay at the Riviera.  I think it goes without saying that the Riv is not a great place to stay for your first Las Vegas experience.  Didn't really get a chance to explore too much because of the nature of my work, but this time I am heading to Vegas simply to take a vacation.

I am going with my five other friends (two of which are girls), and we are arriving on Friday night (March 30th) and leaving Wednesday morning (April 4th).  In between, it will probably be a free-for-all for the six of us.  We are all in our late-20s, so we would like the Vegas experience to be fun but we aren't the type of people that will be experimenting with hardcore narcotics during our trip either.

We are staying at the Rush Tower at the Golden Nugget for all 5 nights.  nc1capper - I have added you as a friend to ask you some Nugget-specific questions that I was hoping you could help me with.  So, thanks in advance for adding me as a friend.  We chose to stay downtown due to the price break we got for our flight/hotel combination.  I know from my previous visit that the Golden Nugget is the nicest facility in the downtown area, so I am looking forward to the chance to stay there.

Other than that, though, I'm not really sure where my time should be spent when I am not playing blackjack or poker.  As I said, we didn't have a lot of time to run around the city last time I was there, so I am still kind of a Vegas virgin.

Any suggestions for shows (remember that there are a couple of girls in our group), meals, strip clubs, sportsbooks, etc.?  Both of the girls want to go to a strip club in Vegas (a strip club with nude WOMEN for those wondering).  Where would be the best place to take them?  I've heard that the Rhino, O.G., and Sapphire's are all good places, but I didn't know which place was most "female friendly."  They want lap dances and everything else that comes along with the strip club experience, but I don't want them to be weirded out by over-aggressive adult entertainers, either.

Any ideas for best place in Vegas (regardless of location) to play BJ?  I normally like to play pitch games, but so many these days pay 6-to-5.  Any of the 3-to-2 payout pitch games left in Vegas?  

As far as comps go, I'm not really counting on any because me and one other guy are the biggest gamblers, and we will probably only have $400-$500 a piece in play each day.  Neither of us like slots, as we both play BJ pretty much exclusively with the occasional trip to the craps table.  But, if you have suggestions for any comps that might be available through the Nugget, I would appreciate it very much.

I'm not much of a club type of guy, but I'm sure everyone else will want to explore a Vegas club at least one night while we are there.  Any suggestions for decent clubs that you don't need a line pass to get into?  While we have the money for it, we won't be ordering any expensive bottles of booze.  We are just looking for some place where we can relax, enjoy some libations, and not have to stand 4 inches away from one another to hear each other talk.

Any insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated.  If you could please limit the amount of "hookers and blow" type of responses to a minimum, I would appreciate it.  While I do enjoy the humor and sarcasm underlying these comments, they really provide no helpful knowledge.  That being said, congratulations in advance to the first person who responds with "hookers and blow" in their reply post, as I know it will be coming.

Just want to have a real good time on this trip, as it might be the only time I have such a large group of my friends going with me.  Would just like to show them a good time, so they might contemplate coming back with me in the future.

Thanks in advance to everyone who can give any kind of tip whatsoever.  Even if your only contribution is telling me about who I would need to speak with to get into a club or restaurant or something, I appreciate it all the same.

If there are suggestions that you might not want to (or can't) give me in this open forum, please feel free to add me as a friend and PM me.  Like I said, ALL suggestions will be taken into consideration.  We (the guys in the group) are usually up for anything short of a heroin binge, so we are just looking for ways to enjoy Vegas to the fullest.

Thanks in advance for all the help - I (we) really appreciate it!
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Posted: 2/23/2012 4:23:40 PM
Carnival Court is a fun outdoor bar next to Harrahs.  Always a good spot with a few people, fun bartenders and decent music generally. 

KA is supposed to be a solid show that the ladies might enjoy as well. 

Take one night and go to the Rio.  They have a good club there (forget the name at the moment) with a great view.  Also, if you're heading there, take in Penn and Teller.  Reasonable ticket prices, and a good mix of humor and magic and story telling. 

Here's a page for some ticket discounts. These change every few days if there's anything that interests you:
http://www.travelzoo.com/entertainment/las-vegas/

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Posted: 2/23/2012 7:58:40 PM

Was just going to recommend Carnival Court and Heinz beat me to it.It is a fun place with a varied age group of people..and yes the Voodoo lounge sounds like a perfect place for your group,great view of the city.

 

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Posted: 2/23/2012 10:59:34 PM
Thanks a lot guys...fantastic ideas...i like the sound of the clubs you guys suggested, and I really appreciate the link for the ticket discounts...thank you for all of the insight!
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Posted: 2/24/2012 8:12:35 AM
make sure and spend sometime in the downtown area--lots of fun stuff to do and some great value--heed the advice of Vegas Gourmet if he stops by--he is the resident Vegas guru and his info is always timely and spot on--enjoy Vegas there Sir
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Posted: 2/24/2012 2:14:52 PM
Thanks nc1capper...I sent you a friend request so that I could PM you a couple of questions about the Golden Nugget and downtown, in particular
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Posted: 2/24/2012 4:21:45 PM

Happy to contribute...will toss in ideas as the discussion evolves....

One strong suggestion:  Have a great, memorable dinner...not just great food; but also service and ambience....regardless of cost.

The one that I always recommend to friends coming out here is the room at Prime Steakhouse that is set aside from the dining room. Not only are the steaks and sides outstanding; but the service is that of a top-tier, 4-star restaurant...and not just a good steakhouse.Great wine list also. The menu is one that can appeal to everyone, the quality is superb. This would be the dinner I would dress for and disregard the prices for. Give them a call and see if they would accommodate a party of 6....usually they seat a larger party; but if you look at a Tuesday or Wednesday, they might have an opening.

 

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Posted: 2/24/2012 6:16:17 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by tbarney:

Thanks nc1capper...I sent you a friend request so that I could PM you a couple of questions about the Golden Nugget and downtown, in particular
let me know,,request accepted- just back from some R&R down along the savannah river so may take a bit to get back- trying to get caught up with some mails and such
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Posted: 2/25/2012 12:01:49 AM
Thanks for the Prime Steakhouse suggestion...will definitely be checking this out.  Both of the girls that are going have said that they want to watch the fountain show at Bellagio anyway, so this is a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.  Vegas Gourment - any other general Vegas suggestions that you have would be greatly appreciated.

nc1capper - i will contact you in a couple of days so you can continue with your R&R...thanks for accepting me
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Posted: 2/27/2012 10:05:13 PM
Play poker only!  You remove the house edge and can make a nice profit!  I LOVE craps, but the house always wins.  Now I stick with POKER!
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Posted: 2/28/2012 9:41:32 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by BigJeezy70:

Play poker only!  You remove the house edge and can make a nice profit!  I LOVE craps, but the house always wins.  Now I stick with POKER!

Good insight...will take this into consideration when making my gambling plans...thank you for the advice
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