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Vegas recommendations: music/hotel/food

I'll be visiting Vegas next Mon and Tues and was looking for a few recommendations.

1. Where's a good place to stay?
2. Anywhere to see live bands... or a night club with good music?
3. Good food?

I don't gamble and was just looking for a hotel that has a very comfortable bed and a nice gym/spa/pool. Maybe some locals could point me in the right direction. I was considering the MGM, Hard Rock and Treasure Island, but am open to anywhere else. Somewhere with a fun crowd and plenty of "non-working" girls.

For music I would love to see a reggae or funk band. Or maybe a bad ass cover band. Or nightclub that plays good electronic music (on mon and tues). Is that Beatles show worth going to?

I know Vegas has lots of options for good food. Any insider tips?

Thanks to anyone that can indulge me on the OT post!
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We always stay at the Venetian on the concierge level. Very nice rooms/suites and private check-in, afternoon tea, etc. Plus, the new poker room is awesome.
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MGM Grand is cool... and across the street, New York New York usually has good rates.
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I think Vegas rates will depend on the season (altuough i don't know if there are seasons over there ). I have been twice to there working at CES and i stayed in New Orleans, a little bit far to reach the strip walking but OK by car though. It was cheaper (around 40 or 50 bucks a nigh, a big double room)...but nothing special to see.
If you want to stay near The Strip, anyone is ok...but i would bet for the old city!!!
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Love is worth it to see.....you should be able to get tickets cheap.

check out the prince cover band at house of blues in the mandalay.....but im not sure what night they are.
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Las Vegas is HURTING BADLY with the recession, so they should offer good rates.

Here's a tip...

Screw the room!
You can stay in a hotel anywhere and unless you pay too much they are awful compared to hotels across the US.
You are there to see the sights, so don't pay a lot for the room.

I will tell you that one good bargain is The Tropicanna.
We stay there a lot because we can get great deals.
It isn't a great property, but it is cheap and clean (old style Vegas.)
It is close to a lot of great stuff.
From there you can walk to MGM, NY NY, Excaliber, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and it is less than a mile to most of the other decent properties.

Don't go to hear great bands.
Go to experience the Vegas B.S. vibe!
It is all really schlocky.
It is just a great laugh and fun... for THREE DAYS ONLY (then it gets old quick!)

I have spent a month out there every summer, so I know the place pretty well.

Another great hotel is Tuscany Suites which is on Flamingo about a half mile from the strip.
It is a clean place, the rooms have kitchenettes and they have decent prices.
You can walk to the strip or take a CHEAP taxi.

I have stayed at The Trop, Flamingo (21 days once!) Mirage, Riviera (BAD!), New Frontier (wow, that was BAD) The Rio, Tuscany Suites and Alexis Park.

Food... the buffet at the Mirage, buffet at night at The Luxor the rest is just hyped.
The Trop's buffet isn't bad for the buck.

A trippy hangout for a CHEAP Beer and a hot dog?
THE STAGE DOOR on Flamingo behind Bill's Casino.
*****s, FUNKY atmosphere.... $2.50 for a bottled beer and a BIG hot dog!
We always start there.

Have fun!
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My wife and I stayed in (*gasp*) the Imperial Palace last December.... I think for $32 per night, or something crazy? It was totally fine and actually quiet, and right in the center of everything. Only annoyance was dudes in suits on the floor trying to get you to attend a "Time Share" seminar, which the hotel is actually a partner (Wyndham). Ignore 'em!

We ate at the buffet at PARIS (great), HARRAH's (not bad!), and also went to see LOVE. It RULED! (We bought got the "obstructed view" seats online, which were totally reasonable--and had virtually no obstruction. Plus it sounded KILLER!)
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Even though it is slightly off-strip, you must check out Rio. try to stop through in the evening to catch all the festivities.

Hard Rock (also off strip) is always fun

there were some good R&B/soul cover bands playing at the lounge just off the main casino floor at Bally's, but it's been a while since I've been there so....

I think the best place for overall value and proximity is Bally's/Paris, although I suspect the best pool experience might be at the Hard Rock

There's an interesting parade that takes place around 3:00 Am in the Bellagio from the lobby to the craps tables (since you mentioned "working" girls) Check it out for the view! tutt
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There's a guy that hangs out next to the men's room
closest to the Delta Airlines baggage carousel at McCarran Int'l
Airport. Goes by the name of 'Trigger'.. See if you can't find
him (short guy with bright red hair, always wears a Siegfried
& Roy 'tour' Jacket). You'll have to tell him "Marco sent me"...

... every great trip to Vegas I'VE ever had has always started there.

He will HOOK YOU UP, my man!

Enjoy.
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I live in Las Vegas, I am a 28 year old native. I love this town and I hope you have a great time! Treat her like the lady she used to be...

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1. Where's a good place to stay?
2. Anywhere to see live bands... or a night club with good music?
3. Good food?

1. Get online and look at the specials, you can do really well right now, times are slow and you can get a good deal on a place. The rooms at the Orleans are really nice and can be had for like 39 bucks

2. There are tons of Cover bands (lame), but with one exception Santa Fe. You are lucky to be coming on a monday, you HAVE to see Santa Fe. Especially if you are into funk. They are a 14 piece band with 6 horns. They do Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago some Tower of Power, but their originals are amazing. Everything is 100% live and authentic, no tracks. It is basically all the best musicians in town in one band. Some of them play for Bette Midler, and Cirque de Soleil, they just do these monday nights for fun and the artistic indulgence. They do a bunch of 4part vocals, they have awesome percussion. The bass player is SICK. The sound is also always really good. IMO These guys are better than Tower of Power, i have seen T.O.P three times and they are nowhere near as tight as Santa Fe. They play every Monday at the Palms, FOR FREE!!! There is also a cool hang not too far of the strip called the Square Apple that always has cool artsy music, as well as a bar down town on Fremont called the beauty bar. Also a place called the Artisan that is pretty frequent with the musician types...

3. There are countless places to eat in this town, if you tell me what you like I can give you some recommendations.

Have fun man!
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1. Where's a good place to stay?
2. Anywhere to see live bands... or a night club with good music?
3. Good food?
Is that Beatles show worth going to?

I know Vegas has lots of options for good food. Any insider tips?
Well, there's plenty of "cheap" suggestions. I might offer an alternative point of view:

Everyplace is blowing out rooms right now. You should be able to get a good rate at one of the nicer properties. If you want a $30 room, yeah, Orleans or Rio or something like that. If you want to spend just a little bit more and still be "relatively" cheap, don't be scared to check out Bellagio or Mandalay Bay, you'd be surprised what kind of rate you can get and the rooms will be.......indulgent. Call them and negotiate.

+1 on the Santa Fe band, they're good for that kind of music. And I'm pretty sure they're at the Palms, which is where the hipsters hang out when they're in town. See- young crowd.
There's also a world class studio at the Palms. I'm not sure if they offer tours, but I've been in there and it's pretty sweet.

NO, all the clubs here play shitty dance music, and the "local" music scene is a joke. Don't get too excited about a "fun musical experience".

YES! LOVE (Beatles Cirque show) is really good. Well worth seeing. Don't come here for music, if anything, going to see a show might be your best bet, and that is definitely my favorite out of all the Cirque shows. They are dark on Tuesday, but go to the Cirque/LOVE webpage and you can get 25% off tix right now for Monday. And don't worry about seating, it's in the round, there really isn't a bad seat.

For food, again, if you want cheap, there's plenty around.
If you want really awesome, and to have a cool dining experience, check out Craftsteak at MGM. They're having a "Spring Tasting Menu" special. You'll get a 5 diamond $300 meal for $60. It's really good.

This is a town of indulgence, and it will probably never be this inexpensive again in our lifetime, so take advantage and treat yourself.

Have fun
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Guys, thanks for all the info!!!
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You guys have me psyched! I'm going to try to get there Sun so I have 3 days.

I'll definitely check out Sante Fe! And also try to find that Prince cover band. Might see Love if the tix aren't too much.

I got a deal at the Hilton (4 star) for $49/night.

How about food? Which places have the best buffet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies? Are any of the "cheap steak dinners" places good?

Where's the best bars to hit on girls?

Thanks again!
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My faves ar elong goan..The STARDUST, and The HO JO...they were next to circus circus but I think they tore them down for condos...yay, we can look at condos on the strip...greedy bastards..OOOPS sorry
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I went to Vegas once, about three years ago. I don't gamble, and I have a well developed sense of irony, so that really shaped my experience. We spent a whole day walking up one side of the strip and going into every hotel, and another day on the other side. The whole place is way too bright, too loud, too vulger, too tacky, too everything. I had a blast! We stayed at Caeser's on a package deal and our room had a view of the Bellagio fountains.

It's something everybody should see, but having been there it's not high on my list of places to goo back to.
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