******** Part 6
"My Vegas Experience"
If you are looking for stories of debauchery or degeneracy, you won't find either here.
I'm pretty much an enigma of the poker scene. Not only am I not heterosexual, but I also don't drink alcohol (I really dislike it and have never been drunk) and I don't smoke (never had cig's/pot/cigars). Also while I'm not a complete social pariah, I'm not someone who enjoys heading out to clubs or house parties (some exceptions of course).
My idea of a good time would be a nice night out with friends and my boyfriend, see a show, have a good dinner, relax and chat.
While I didn't go out and party or anything, I did experience a number of Vegas restaurants and shows and had a really good time.
Below are some short reviews of most of the restaurants and shows I have visited in Vegas.
So far in vegas I have seen the following shows:
Cirque Du Soliel "Zumanity":
Zumanity is a reasonably priced (the cheapest Cirque I believe), lewd, and funny show on human sexuality. It has awesome feats of human acrobatics and was very entertaining. Definitely worth going to, and worth a little extra for the best seats. One of the best value shows we went to.
Blue Man Group:
Interesting show of human expression, comprised of unique music and "weird" creative skits. It's a show that you could either greatly enjoy or really dislike. Worth going to.
Really cool music show with awesome dancing. Good music, great dancing, and has some comedy as well. Definitely worth seeing.
Complete waste of money. DO NOT SEE. If you want a good magic show, go to Penn and Teller.
Penn and Teller:
These 2 are amazing. Great comedians and magicians. They are very up front about what they do, and sometimes even show how they do it. It was a very entertaining show, and easily the best one we saw.
Vegas has a plethora of amazing dining. The only thing I found lacking with the food scene, was a lack of a good burger. Although I am fairly spoiled as I'm used to burgers from Wisconsin.
Aria and The Cosmopolitan had the best buffets in vegas by far. They were both around 35$/person and worth it. (The Bellagio is supposed to be good as well, but it's as expensive as Aria/Cosmo and not as good)
The Rio buffet isn't bad, but it isn't worth what they charge. However if you are on a WSOP dinner break and need something quick to eat, poker players can skip the main line and get in and out quick.
If you desire a cheaper buffet with reasonable (food for the price), I'd suggest the Gold Coast.
Lotus of Siam:
One of the highest ranked Thai restaurants in the country with a ridiculously huge menu. Was a nice experience and reasonably priced. Check it out if you love Asian Cuisine.
Hash House A-Go-Go:
Very creative take on a mid-western diner. Huge portions, interesting items, and very good. Check it out if you haven't eaten there before.
Fogo De Chao:
Delicious Brazilian BBQ with all you can eat meat for only 50$/person. Has some of the best meat you'll ever try.
Sao Paulo Cafe (Rio):
Over priced dump. DO NOT EAT HERE.
Reasonable Italian food that was overpriced. Don't bother going to it IMO.
Amazing Italian food. While it isn't a cheap restaurant, it is definitely worth the price.
Grand Lux Cafe (Palazzo):
Owned by the "Cheese Cake Factory" it has a very similar selection of food and quality but a little more expensive than normal.
Sports Deli (Rio):
If you want something quick and greasy and are playing the series, the sports deli in the Rio is a good place to go. While a bit overpriced, if you want something quick and delicious, it's definitely worth it.
Serendipity 3 (Cesars):
This place was amazing. The food was great and reasonably priced, and the deserts are ridiculous. They have a wide selection of frozen treats, and they are not only unique, but they are good as well. "Deep Fried Oreo Sundae" just the name of this single desert is all you need to know (it was delicious)!
Om nom nom!
Other Vegas Experiences:
Staying At Aria:
Our first 5 days in Vegas we stayed at Aria as we were able to get an amazing rate for it on Hotwire (around 100/night). The room was large, had floor to ceiling windows, was very modern (everything controlled by a remote), and the bed was amazingly comfortable (feather bed and pillows). It also had a very nice bathroom.
View from Aria:
A really cool in-door mini-golf course. It has a dark interior with everything lit up by neon and black lights. A fun golfing experience for any mini-golf fan.
Something everyone who visits vegas should checkout at least once. Freemont street is 3 blocks or so of casinos along a street that has a massive LCD screen going the entire length and width of the 3 blocks. They play light and music shows every hour after sundown.
Queen On Freemont
Freddy Murcury on Freemont
This is a really cool sight to see at night. A massive fountain lit up and set to music, what's not to like?
A really cool Retro Arcade bar that is near Freemont. They have a bunch of arcade machines from the 70's-early 2000's, it has a really cool atmosphere and is worth checking out.
Hope you all enjoyed reading this section on the scene in vegas.
Working on Parts 7, 8, and the final 9th parts now. They will entail my backer's WSOP FT, my own WSOP Ft, and the rest of my summer in vegas.
Thank you all for reading so far!