A Night Out in Downtown Las Vegas

I have been really busy lately so I have not been able to get out and enjoy the city for months.  My wife and I decided to have a night on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.  I had almost $200 in comps at Binion’s from playing poker.  There is not much to spend on comps there.  They can only be spent at the two snack bars, the brew pub, the hotel at 4Queens or the Top of Binion’s Steakhouse.  We decided to try the Binion’s Steakhouse.

Binion’s Steakhouse Experience

We got there at 6pm on a Friday night and just one table was seated and the bar was even empty.  This was a bad sign.  We got the best seat in the house though at the southwest corner of the restaurant with windows facing west and south from the 24th floor.  That was probably the highlight of the meal.

We ordered crab cakes and lobster bisque for starters.  The bisque was OK but the crab cakes were almost all cake.  We also had their most expensive bottle of pinot noir, which was a screw top.  We both ordered filet mignon and I added the lobster tail.

They do not grill steaks, they broil them.  This seemed to ruin the meat by drying it out as it was as if it was cooked in a George Foreman Grill.  The lobster tail was also ruined in this way.  My wife and I wondered if there is a fire code that does not allow a flame grill at the top of a hotel, even though the hotel has been closed for years.

We then went to the bar for an after dinner drink.  The bartender saved the day.  He did a great job with our drinks and had some great stories about working at Binion’s over the past two decades.  He was easily the highlight in an otherwise disappointing meal at Binion’s Steakhouse.

My wife and I then decided to play some cards.  I had some free play at Binion’s and Las Vegas Club so the advantage player in me had to go burn that out before doing anything else.  Las Vegas Club got rid of the only machine that I play without free play.  That game was video Ultimate Texas Hold’em.  As far as I know it was the last one in Las Vegas.  If you know of another one please leave a comment, it would be greatly appreciated.

We decided to go play Ultimate Texas Hold’em live.  We decided on Golden Gate.

Ultimate Texas Hold’em at Golden Gate

Golden Gate is one of the most festive atmospheres downtown.  The table games are all party pit games at night with the same rules during the day.  Blackjack players especially like this as the party pit pays 3-2 on blackjack.  We played for hours and enjoyed all of the dealers and great drink service.  We even $10 up after some huge swings.  This was the first time I have ever played there.  The only times I had been in there before was for work and to take advantage of their new player promotion.

It was a great night out with Kristina that we needed.  It also gave me something to write about on my blog that I have been neglecting due to being too busy.  Hopefully I can get back into the habit of posting here more.

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  1. I just got back from a weekend in LV. I had assumed it would be easy to find a ultimate texas hold em machine since they have 2 of them in Laughlin (at least they did last Labor Day Weekend.) At the River Palms and the Tropicanna Express, in case you make it down there.

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