March 28, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – What I call Summer Part I (what most of you call springtime) is upon us. The next two weeks call for highs in the high 70’s and 80’s, although (as is typical of April), you can expect some wind here and there.

Attention Outlet Mall Shoppers – The North Outlet mall near Fremont Street in downtown has announced they will start charging for parking. They are citing congestion in their lots and garages, and will now be asking $5 to park. The reports we read didn’t give any indication that parking fees would be waived with purchase validation. I guess this is one way to clear out the congestion: Clear out the customers!

Obviously, we have suggestions and work-arounds: The absolutely free Downtown Loop shuttle serves the Outlet Mall, Fremont Street (both ends), Mob Museum, Container Park, and Pawn Stars. If you are staying downtown and rent a car, keep it in the garage and use the free shuttle to get to the mall. The shuttle also serves the Transit Center. So, those of you who bus it to/from The Strip/Downtown can use that free connection.

Otherwise, the South Outlet Mall looks to be retaining the free parking (even though they are part of the same company). I used to live just a few minutes from it, and it is my preference because it is 100% indoors and climate controlled. Obviously, where you are staying will play into your choice. The $5 fee is cheaper than driving farther and taking tons of time. Or, you can simply skip doing the Outlet Mall thing on your visit. We don’t have the only outlet malls in the nation!

Best Value Eats Between Strip and Downtown – Looks like we’re on the topic of frugal travel, and here’s one for those of you who take The Duece or rent a car. About halfway between The Strip and Fremont Street, right on Las Vegas Blvd. and all pretty close to each other, are some locals restaurants we have no problem suggesting (and enjoy on a somewhat regular basis). Alert: These are not high end restaurants!!! Turn back around and find Emeril, Bobby Flay, Giada, Gordon Ramsey, and similar. These are locals places with decent-to-good food at some seriously local prices.

And, they are all within a very short walk of each other. If you are taking the bus, hop off at Las Vegas Blvd. and Oakey. Although I must caution that while not a scary part of town, I’d hit it around normal eating hours (breakfast and dinner). Not after 9 PM. If you are driving, don’t worry about it. We’ll go South to North, and I’m not putting hours because they are subject to change. Call ahead!

Vickie’s Diner – Formerly the famous Tiffany’s Cafe, they specialize in old-school diner food in an authentic old-school diner (which used to be attached to a drug store at that location). Call ahead. They close somewhat early on weekdays.

Parking in their lot. 700 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89104. 702-444-4459

Viva Las Arepas – This is a Venezuelan restaurant, but don’t let that scare you away. Arepas are pocket breads made with ground maize dough and filled just like a sandwich or burger. Beef, chicken, cheese, beans, shrimp, avocado, vegetarian and other selection. Plus a grill with chicken, ribs, beef, and more. Plenty of sides, including fries for those lacking global adventure!

They are in a mini-mall with free parking for customers. 1616 S Las Vegas Blvd #120, Las Vegas, NV 89104. (702) 366-9696

Super Burrito and BajaMar Seafood and Tacos – Super Burrito is filling, inexpensive, basic Mexican Food. Hits the spot. Website is dated and missing info. I have not tried BajaMar yet, but I need to. Highly touted and good Yelp reviews.

These sit next to each other and share a parking lot at 1601 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Super Burrito (702) 818-4771, BajaMar (702) 331-4266.

Albo Pizza – Albo’s is a mainstay for delivery for me. They have an extensive pizza/wings/sandwiches/appetizers/soups/salads/calzones/pasta and tons of lunch specials at very reasonable prices. They’re a mom-and-pop, and while some things are better than others, I’ve never had a bad meal. Their pizza runs circles around the chains.

Parking is next door at Dino’s Lounge (an infamous Las Vegas dive bar famous for their karaoke). 1510 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104. (702) 333-2526.

Don’t Skip Dessert – The legendary Luv-It Frozen Custard sits behind the AM/PM station at 505 E Oakey Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104. (702) 384-6452. Art Of Flavors is next door to Viva Las Arepas and specializes in gourmet gelato plus other treats. 1616 S Las Vegas Blvd #130, Las Vegas, NV 89104. (702) 457-5522.

New SLS (Sahara) Owner Gets Licensed – While not unexpected, this is continuing good news (since a few months ago, the sale was in jeopardy). The people who destroyed The Sahara had no clue what they were doing in the casino resort business. They assumed that because they were important in the Los Angeles hotel and club scene, they could destroy The Sahara with a rebranding and mint gold.

The new owner is the guy who owns the Grand Regency in Reno. Like the SLS(ahara), it sits a bit away from the core of downtown Reno properties and he was able to overcome that and turn things around.. So, that won’t be new to him. 

I’m betting that he’ll strongly target locals. SLS made a huge mistake in not doing so. I’m 3.5 miles from Palms and get mailers from them every couple of months even though I’m not on their players card. I’m 2 miles from SLS and have never seen a mailer. This would be great news for visitors. Imagine a casino on The Strip with locals gaming limits, game rules, loose slots, and reasonably-priced food offerings if he follows his Reno model.

I’m not suggesting he’s going to make it an automatic draw for visitors. Getting on the monorail to hit the North Strip to check out one hotel usually isn’t high on anyone’s to-do list. However, he’s going to bring some sharp, independent competition to The Strip. As will Resorts World and Drew (when they open, which we’ve discussed in previous issues). And, the fact that these hotels will be in proximity to compete with each other will be a bonus. Anything to break up the current duopoly is welcome.

If you think about how far you can make it on foot (or even in an Uber) on The Strip in 15 minutes, and then consider that the SLS is at most 15 minutes from any area of The Strip (often less),

Hope you are enjoying this issue!


Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler


Las Vegas Shows

Las Vegas native and NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Spencer Gallagher, and Camping World Truck Series drivers Justin Haley and Dalton Sargeant were spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, February 28. Enjoying a night off ahead of race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the GMS Racing teammates were seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the 10 p.m. performance.

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The Mob Museum celebrated its sixth anniversary on February 14. As part of the celebration, they’re adding several new exhibits to the museum, continuing the organization’s focus on interactive attractions that allow visitors to have a hands-on experience.

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MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group have debuted the new pool oasis at the much-anticipated Park MGM. Channeling the sundrenched South of France, the vibrant outdoor escape features three pools, an oversized heated spa, 12 cabanas, lounge areas and multiple bars serving up delicious bites and beverages.

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Members Mania

I’m a bit confused; in Classic Vegas Tip Review you say to go East on Flamingo from the strip and in Best Kept Secret View in Vegas you say to go West on Flamingo form the strip.

Not knowing Vegas that well, would like a little clarification please.

Thanks, Chris

PS Plan on taking Canadian friends there in April

 

Ted Responds:

Sorry and thanks for pointing this out. One was a typo!

To start to get to that direction, you go East on Flamingo.

If you are handy with Google Maps or similar, you want to get to the intersection of E. Vegas Valley Drive and Tree Line Drive.

You’ll pretty much be at the edge of civilization (although not the middle of nowhere by any stretch).

Keep going east on Vegas Valley past the CVS and the school. You’ll hit an old stretch of paved, but slightly rough road. Drive a couple more blocks until you get to a small building and the road starts veering left. Stop. (Don’t go any further. That is the old dump and even if the gate is open, you don’t want to be around up there).

Do a U-Turn.

Be amazed. The entire Las Vegas Valley looks like a miniature model. You can see from Henderson to Summerlin. Especially at night, you can see the planes as they line up for the airport. You can (of course) see the entire Strip and Downtown.

Hope this helps!

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March 21, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – It has been a wacky weather March. We’ve had highs in the 70’s, highs in the 50’s (sometimes on back-to-back days), a number of days of 30 mph wind, and a few days of rain. Since people do inquire about what are the better (or more predictable) months to visit, we’ll be discussing our preferred weather information references (for Las Vegas) as well as which are the most and least stable months to visit down in Members Mania this week.

Where To Win In Las Vegas – This issue, we’ll continue the discussion — based on state gaming taxation information and casino corporate reports (we read all of that boring stuff so you don’t have to) — of where to play to have the best chance of winning.

Last issue, we covered the very best area of Las Vegas if you have the transportation or don’t mind taking an inexpensive Uber ride. And frankly, you’ll probably save more (in both less losses/more chances to win, and great food at very reasonable prices.

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We then discussed downtown Las Vegas. It is pretty common knowledge that Downtown gaming is looser than The Strip. However, Fremont Street has its variances. We noted suggested places to play (and stay) and why.

Note: If you are a member and in our new login system, you can find the last issue in our members area. If you are a member and not yet in our new “login to view” system, check your previous email from us. (Don’t worry: You’ll be moved over to the new system upon your renewal).

Where To Play (Or Avoid) On The Las Vegas Strip – Although The Strip has the worst gambling in Nevada (tight slots, bad table game rules), we know that many of you simply won’t leave the nicer resorts and/or still feel that your comps make the proverbial losses worth it. The Strip gambling landscape has been changing dramatically, and we have what you need to know:

MGM Resorts (MLife) has continued to remove their focus from the gambler. In interviews spanning the last couple of years, they have noted their focus on conventions (and hosting convention attendees), eSports (and other activities which cater to non-gambling Millenials), and other experiences ranging from food and beverage to all of the events at their T-Mobile arena.

In fact, in a nearly three minute promotional video they put out last year, a scant 3 seconds was devoted to gambling. Don’t take our word for it. Watch for yourself:

Now, now, now… I know medium-to-higher level MLife players. They brag up a storm about all of the comps. Awesome meals, good concert seats, fully comped upgraded rooms (IE, the resort fee is comped as well), and similar. However, unless you are simply super-lucky, you know that pesky profit-loss statement you have to grab at the end of the year so you can write off your taxable wins tells exactly how you paid for all of that.

Don’t believe me still? Let’s look at MGM Resort’s 2017 Q4 corporate report regarding their slots. They tightened them. To where they are only paying out 91.1 (overall). To put that in perspective, Las Vegas slots have generally been set to pay back in the 94%-95% range. Those of you who have been visiting for more than a few years can recall seeing banks of slots with huge signs over them proclaiming “99% Payback”.

Not anymore.

Let’s compare that with the actions of Caesars Entertainment over the past few months. Caesars has been aggressively courting gamblers, and not just in name only. We reported a while back how The Cromwell has made their table game rules very player-friendly (rules you usually only find downtown, or at much higher limit tables). We don’t have data on their slots, but I have to assume they are experimenting with being more player-friendly on their slot paybacks as well. Plus, let’s not forget their $1 Grey Goose or Ciroc cocktails from 6-7 PM at their Interlude bar (in the lounge)! Are you kidding me?!?

In addition, we have just started hearing reports of better pay video poker at Bally’s and $5 blackjack at Harrah’s (you may need to look for it). At least they are trying and experimenting with letting your money actually last for a good gaming session, and giving you a shot at winning.

In February, they did double tier credits. In addition, they have been pretty aggressive at tier matching. Walk to the slot booth (or the high limit slot host office if your play merits it), show them your players card, tell them what kind of play and comps you generally get, and see what they say. Do you really have anything to lose?

Honorable mention goes to Casino Royale. Yes, it is a low-rollers paradise. However, their rooms are Best Western quality and were renovated not that many years ago. They have the most central location on The Strip. Every room is literally a 3 minute walk from the actual sidewalk on The Strip. And the biggest advantage for the mid-level comped gambler? No resort fees.

Why is that important to the comped gambler? Most casinos now issue what I call “fake comps”. In years gone by, a free room was a free room. Now to many/most gamblers, the “free” room is a $40 room (due to resort fees). So, the hotel is still not only making money off of you (it doesn’t cost them $40 to put you in that room for that night), AND you are expected to gamble. Just to maintain the “fake comps”. With no resort fee, Casino Royale can’t pull that on you. And is our alternative to the lower-roller who doesn’t want to venture downtown to gamble.

DISCLAIMER: Your gambling during your visit is a microscopic slice of all the gambling which goes on in Las Vegas, even just in a single day. You can walk into a Boulder Highway casino and get your bankroll torched in no time flat. You can walk into a Strip casino with the worst game rules and tightest slots and go on a winning binge like you’ve never experienced. That doesn’t mean that the odds or stats lie.

We all know that if you flip a coin one million times, it will come up heads and tails with 50% for each. Probably pretty much dead on at exactly 50/50. Your gambling vacation is like flipping a coin 5 times (instead of a million). Just because heads comes up 80% of the time (4 out of 5) in your experience doesn’t negate the stats and fact that coin flips are 50/50.

As for me? I like to play where the casinos value players, and where the games and slots are specifically more player friendly.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!


Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley

Distributor, Member Services: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler



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Members Mania

I’m coming to Las Vegas in (name of month). What will the weather be like?

Various

 

Ted Responds:

We monitor a whole bunch of online forums and groups about Las Vegas, so you don’t have to. Trust me, by the time you’ve seen the question “What is the best steakhouse” for the 47th time, or someone simply saying “I’m coming for the first time, what should I do”, your eyes will glaze over.

In fact, that is why we instituted our members program. For buying us that “cup of coffee” each month, you are entitled to have us personally answer your question for help about Las Vegas. One size does not fit all. We take a minute to ask you what you are after, or what you want to experience. We’re “Your Guy In Vegas”.

For example, we recently answered (and published) information for visiting the Grand Canyon. With two rims to visit (from Las Vegas) and multiple ways to get over there (rental car, bus, airplane, and helicopter), there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Many of you were able to make the right decision for YOU on this bucket list (and not inexpensive) venture. It pleases us to make sure your future Las Vegas trips are your best ever!

So, when it comes to Las Vegas’ ever changing weather, it helps to know which months are generally the most stable, and which are pretty chaotic and hard to predict (months in advance). If you just want a general overview with the understanding that temps here can be 15 degrees higher or lower than the monthly average, no need to do any more than ask your favorite search engine for sites with Las Vegas weather averages. However, that won’t tell you which months are more volatile, and which are likely to adhere to the averages. That’s what we’re here for!

Also, in some of those online groups we monitor, we see people ask about the weather, and someone who was here a week or two ago will answer. No, no, no… don’t let that happen to you. Don’t ask a friend or neighbor who visits Las Vegas either. As I noted at the top of this issue, we’ve had all kinds of weather this month alone and last night’s weather (super windy with rain) has no bearing on next week’s weather.

The site I use all of the time — and I live here — is the tried and true Weather.com. If you are staying downtown, type the zip code 89101 into the search box. If on The Strip, use 89119. (Yes, they may each have slightly different forecasts). Start monitoring the 10 day forecast as your trip approaches, and you’ll be perfectly packed.

Back to those averages: This is the desert. The desert weather is pretty wild and untamed. So, any month can have certain extremes. But in general, the four months with the most extremes are March, April, July, and August. Spring time brings many shifting winds, which can blow nearly any kind of weather in from wherever. Heat from the south, cold from the north, or rain from California and Oregon. Last April (or maybe two years ago), nearly the entire month of April was cloudy with drizzle. Not desert showers. I mean drizzle like Portland and Seattle has.

Speaking of rain, July and August are monsoon season. Although February is our wettest month at a little over 1/2 inch of rain, July/August are famous for Gilligan’s Island type of storms blowing up our way from the Gulf Of Mexico. An inch of rain can come down in an hour or two, and The Strip can actually flood. The inside of your casino can actually flood!

The nicest, most stable month to visit (if you have the option open)? October. Not too hot, not too cold, seldom rains, seldom has any kind of serious wind. December and January get honorable mention if you don’t mind an average high of 57F and cool/cold desert nights that dip into the 30’s. Granted, from what with all of the snow and freezing around large swaths of the US both now and the past 2-3 weeks, I have a feeling many of you would kill for our Dec/Jan weather!

Hope this helps,

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March 7, 2018 AccessVegas.com Insider Vibe

Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – March is college basketball month here in Las Vegas. We’re the home to four (count them, four) college basketball tournaments: Pac-12 (Go Oregon Ducks), Mountain West (Go UNLV Rebels), West Coast Conference (the one with Gonzaga and BYU in it), and the Western Athletic Conference (teams most of you have not heard of).

Then, we roll right into March Madness, the craziest four days of college basketball of the year.

We’re keeping a close eye on the pending Supreme Court decision on whether sports betting will be allowed on a state-by-state basis. Right now, Nevada is the only state with wide-open sports betting. I’m torn on this. Obviously, as someone who promotes tourism here, I like the thought that we have a corner on the market. However, I’m a state’s rights guy as long as one state does not infringe upon another.

If available, imagine it will be more quickly legalized in states with strong casino gaming presence. New Jersey is at the forefront of the fight. Sports betting is taxed very low here in Nevada, which allows the casinos to offer you decent odds on your bets. If other states legalize it with an eye on tax revenue, you’ll be able to bet. However, you won’t be getting Nevada odds.

We’ll certainly lose some east coast sports betters to Atlantic City. However, the atmosphere of being in Las Vegas for March Madness, with all Las Vegas has to offer (and a chance for many to escape winter weather for our spring-like temps), I doubt we’ll see much fall-off.

The Gambling Numbers Are In, What They Mean To YOU – Each year, the State of Nevada tallys and releases numbers on what areas have the loosest and tightest slots. As gaming taxes have to be paid to the state, they know how much the machines took in, and how much they paid out.

I’m going to devote my column this week (and next) to going over where the best odds are, where you should (or should not) be gambling, and which players clubs you should (or should not) be considering. We’re going to go far beyond the obvious. Almost everyone knows that if you get to the locals casinos, you’ll find lower limits and looser slots (not to mention cheaper food and drink).

However, for some of you, downtown is as far as you go. If so, what are your better places to play? And, what about those of you who never leave The Strip? Where can you get a good gamble, and where should you avoid? Let’s get started!

Boulder Strip:

We’ll start with the obvious. Not only are the locals casinos the loosest, but specifically the “Boulder Strip” is your best bet (no pun intended). The proximity of Boulder Station, Longhorn, Sam’s Town, and Eastside Cannery generate some competition. (Granted, the last two are owned by Boyd Gaming).

Then further south, you have The Klondike (the sister of the one which used to be at the bottom of The Strip), Skyline (currently upgrading and adding more rooms), and Jokers Wild (home of the $15.99 complete Fillet and Shrimp dinner). This general part of town is decidedly middle-class and if the properties want the action, they can’t steal your wallet in one fell swoop like some of the properties on The Strip try and do.

Downtown:

Since many of you don’t get away from the tourism areas, let’s talk about your best bets downtown. Unfortunately 6-5 (poor payout) blackjack has crept into downtown, but the bottom line is that the state has certified downtown slots as looser than The Strip. Here is where we recommend playing and why:

The D and Golden Gate have the same owner and same loud party vibe. They go out of their way to promote their 3-2 (good payout), low-limit blackjack, and have no shortage of dancing dealers. However, we have heard that comps can be hit and miss. We know someone that gave them some very steady play over a few days downtown, and only got a coupon sheet in the mail for a few dollars off this-and-that!

The El Cortez strives to have the old-school Las Vegas value which they’ve always been famous for. We’re also big fans of the Parlour Bar for a nice respite. And, decent play there should generate room offers.

However, our “winner, winner, chicken dinner” choice for downtown gaming are the trio of Boyd Gaming casinos (Fremont, California, and Main Street Station). By the way, it is no coincidence Boyd keeps coming up on the list of casinos with great odds. Someone has completely forgotten to tell them that you must have tight slots, lousy table game rules, and high limits (a la The Strip) in order to make money.

Their new crown jewel downtown is The California (aka The Cal), which has been renovated from top to bottom. Except, someone forgot to tell them to jack up the prices in response. In their Redwood Grill Steakhouse, entrees run around $35, signature cocktails are $9 (not a typo) and both craft and imported beer are $6. In the steakhouse. Plus, the property is a favorite of Hawaiian visitors, who tend to be really fun, friendly, happy people. (And, are a blast to gamble with).

Its next door neighbor, Main Street Station (MSS), is a must visit. If nothing else (like the awesome, affordable brewpub, their craft beer served at the tables and slots, and a really satisfying buffet for the money), MSS has an incredible and unique decor and style to it. Really enjoyable just to walk through.

Both The Cal and MSS are one very short block off of the Fremont Street Experience, which is fantastic for those who want to go to bed before the bands quit playing. MSS is next to the railroad tracks and a huge freeway interchange. If you stay there, you may want to request a room on the other side of the building.

The third sister is The Fremont, right on Fremont Street. Nothing fancy, but you’re going to get a great gamble.

All three of these properties share the same players card, and we continue to hear that giving them even a few hours of modest play will get you on their radar and get the offers starting to flow. PLUS, none of these properties have resort fees. For the mid-level gambler, your $40 free room is no longer free, because you are paying upwards of that in resort fees. At these properties, a room comp is still a free room!

Next issue, we’ll discuss The Strip. Things are stirring. The division between who wants gamblers and who just wants to take your money are widening. We strongly recommend a certain players club card, and suggest you flee running and screaming from another one. If you’ve simply been dutifully patronizing the same casino group year-after-year without giving it much though, there is no time like the present to start reviewing where you want to gamble (and why), on The Strip

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Ted Newkirk, Publisher

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Forbes Travel Guide has unveiled its annual star ratings, once again naming The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace and The Cromwell among its prestigious list. An iconic resort at the center of the famed Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace received Four Stars. Additionally, The Cromwell, the only standalone boutique hotel on the Strip, earned a Recommended Award.

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How safe is Las Vegas water? It certainly doesn’t taste good. What is in it?

Craig Bunnett

 

Ted Responds:

It is HARD water. It has tons of minerals in it. The white ring around Lake Mead wasn’t painted there. That is from the minerals in the water that stuck to the canyon walls as the water level has fallen. While our water originates as snow in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, it takes a journey of many hundreds of miles down the Colorado River (and through the Grand Canyon), before we pump it out of Lake Mead. Picking up plenty of minerals along the way from our western rocky lands.

It is perfectly safe. A fair number of people in a city here of 2.2 million drink it. We’re only a few miles from the Colorado River and Lake Mead, and the water is treated to the highest standards. Otherwise, you’d be reading about how people all over Las Vegas are getting sick from it! It is the same water that people in Los Angeles (for the most part) and Phoenix drink. They get their water from the Colorado River as well (and then pump it even more hundreds of miles).

Since Craig is from British Columbia, I will caution that the water here in the Desert Southwest isn’t going to taste like the “just off the mountain” water in places like BC, Seattle, or Portland.

The only issue with the tap water in your room at a hotel, is that it has worked its way up through the hotel plumbing. That is not unsafe, but it makes the water warm. Since Las Vegas “cold” tap water is warm much of the year anyway, this makes it seem less pleasant to those who are used to “cold” tap water actually being cold.

For most of you: Drink lukewarm tap water from where you live, and see if it is less pleasant as well. That ice machine in the hallway isn’t just for the booze you bought at CVS. Put some ice in your glass and then run the water into it, and this should help. Generally speaking, that ice in your drinks at the bar, and soft drinks at the buffet is simply city water. I generally prefer to drink filtered or bottled water. However, plenty of people around town simply keep a pitcher of tap water in their fridge. It is 100% safe.

The Bottom Line? You are far better guzzling some tap water when you wake up in the middle of the night all dehydrated, and then getting some more down you the next morning (or whenever you get up). The alternative is staying dried out (unhealthy), having a way worse hangover (because you didn’t hydrate and pee the toxins out of your system), and having a miserable next day.

When I have stayed in hotel rooms here and been out drinking, I get some tap water in me before bed, and more in the middle of the night. A large factor in Las Vegas hangovers is that our dry air dehydrates you without you realizing it.

Also, since we always have new readers, let me remind you that is is perfectly acceptable to ask for a glass of water along with your drink when ordering at the bar, and the cocktail waitresses are usually fine with bringing you a bottle of water to go with your cocktail order. (Tip them an extra buck). At the bar, I’ll order my drink and then ask for a beer pint glass filled halfway with ice and then filled with water.

Obviously, the pharmacies and convenience stores on The Strip and downtown have no shortage of reasonably-priced bottled water.However, in a pinch, better to drink the tap water than deal with hangovers and dehydration.

Hope this helps!

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