Is Las Vegas The Coolest Or Most Stressed City In The Country?

Within the space of a couple weeks, Forbes magazine published the results of a nationwide poll showing Las Vegas tying with New York City as the coolest city in the U.S. Hot on the heels of that was Forbes noting that Las Vegas is the “most stressed” city in the county. How could this be? Simple:

The local problems with unemployment and the housing market have nothing to do with your visitor experience. Tens of thousands of people bought homes in new neighborhoods here a few short years ago, paying well over what the traditional value of local homes has been. Many/most of them were also new to town and assumed that the boom-time wages helping them pay that inflated home price were the norm. Now they are underwater on the house, possibly out-of-work (or one spouse is unemployed), or they are underemployed and guess what: That is stressful. But that has nothing to do with your visitor experience.

A recent Review-Journal/KLAS TV poll noted that 71% of locals feel that the economy will stay the same or get worse over the next year. I agree. Here’s why: 34% of locals would leave if the could but can’t (no pending job elsewhere, too far underwater on home). This is simply going to prolong the pain. Here’s why:

The construction jobs that fueled this economy are simply not coming back. Not for many, many years. Construction workers needed everything from a haircut to car insurance to food… and that money trickled through the entire local economy. Which means that those jobs ALSO are GONE. So… you have 34% of the population holding on for dear life. Many of whom will be stressed to the point that they’ll still eventually throw in the towel. Their unemployment will run out, they will realize that the house payments are simply unmanageable, and they’ll pack up and drive away.

So then what? In 3-5 years, we’ll see the revitalization of the local population. Cheap housing (as a result of the continuing housing bust), lack of state income taxes, and a general cheap cost of living will start to attract entrepreneurs. In fact, I know first-hand that this is already happening. Add to that the fact that we have not lost our international airport (still one of the busiest in the country) nor the amazing entertainment and dining options. If you can deal with our 3 hot months of summer (which many would suggest are much preferable to somewhere with three months of serious winter weather), you have it made.

With entrepreneurs come great ideas. Where you have great ideas, amazing things happen.

But for the foreseeable future, you’ll still have very high unemployment, plenty of foreclosures, and other stressful conditions for a pretty significant portion of the population. This will not cease until natural selection has taken its toll and “thinned out the herd” of Las Vegas residents.

In addition, the people moving to town now didn’t live the boom. They didn’t think it was normal for money to be falling into their lap if they so much as got out of bed in the morning. They are moving here to couple risk taking, hard work and a business friendly environment and will be a lot less likely to assume that a magical jackpot (home appreciation) is going improve their lives.

As I noted, I know because I’m already meeting some of these people. And if they are any indication of what is to come, the city will bounce back nicely and continue to be a very enjoyable place to work, live, and do business.

Reference material:

  • Poll: Poor economy adds to angst – Few expect Nevada to rebound soon
  • Poll: Leaving Las Vegas in the cards for some
  • >Many agree Las Vegas ranks as most stressful city

Your Turn: Think I’m on the money? Is there something I missed? Am I out-to-lunch and you think that Las Vegas is on a slide that it will never recover from? All comments are welcome and appreciated below.

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

New Concept In Las Vegas: Loose Slots, Cheape Drinks

gambling blackjack tables las vegasLas Vegas visitor numbers are up for the 9’th straight month, but gambling revenue keeps falling. Players aren’t stupid: When a machine (or a 6-5 blackjack table) can suck down $40 before you ever feel like you got going, you start to think about spending it on Las Vegas shows, tours, and restaurants. At least you know what you’ll be getting in return for your dollar!

One hotel owner is taking things back to “old school Las Vegas”: South Point owner Michael Gaughan has been loosening his slot machines and running some intense drink specials. (Wow… people who drink will gamble, and people who will drink more will gamble more… a concept seemingly lost on present-day Las Vegas). Gaughan realizes that he’s going to get that money you stick in the machine. Does it matter to him if it takes him 60 minutes or 90 minutes to get it from you? No… because he’s going to get it. Casinos were not built on winners.

las vegas slot machine

So, why not let you play a while on that same amount of money? Why not let you have fun and get some bang for your buck, just like you’d do spending money on a movie or anything else? How about letting you win once in a while, so you have good memories and want to come back!

For the past couple of Fridays, Gaughan has also been offering $2 drinks — ANY DRINK –all day long. And over this coming weekend (as I write this, July 16 and 17, 2010), he’s offering $2 drinks from noon to midnight. OK… so he’s going to make very little money on booze (and barely break even on top shelf stuff). So what? He’s got you in the casino. What are you going to be doing here, reading a good book? Hell no… you are going to be gambling! And the more people that gamble, the more money he makes.

Granted, Gaughan isn’t carrying the kind of debt that most of the major Las Vegas properties are carrying (and/or operating out of bankruptcy). And, he’s a very wealthy man who has no one to answer to. He owns the place himself. No stockholders or bankruptcy parties pushing to earn every last nickel.

But let’s hope for Gaughan to succeed. If going back to the loose games and cheap booze that Las Vegas was built on works for him, expect other properties to follow suit.

Unfortunately, you have to go a few minutes out of your way to enjoy the South Point. Their shuttle runs $8 (all day pass – call 702-889-4242 for shuttle info). Perhaps they should make it free so more of you who stay on The Strip would use it. But… the $8 is a drop-in-the-bucket for truly looser slots, the friendliness of a locals casino (a relatively brand new property at that), and if you hit them during one of their $2 drink special times, you’ve paid for the ride with a couple of drinks. (Follow our Access Vegas Twitter feed for drink specials).

If you are looking at how to do better gambling at the table games and slots, we can help you with that as well!

If you’ve been thinking about checking out a local’s Las Vegas property, check out one that is trying to do the right thing for their players and visitors!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

Consumer Reporter Tries To Bash Las Vegas… My Retort

A television consumer reporter from San Francisco evidently hasn’t been here in many years…   but then acts like he knows his stuff. Reference:
Vegas squeezing money for cheap rooms with expensive drinks

Remember when drinks at a casino bar were inexpensive, a buck or less? Those days are now just memories. $6 beers? If you are lucky. $10 cocktail? That is the new normal.

I responded on that blog, but don’t know if the post will be accepted or not. So… here is my response:

With all due respect, the days of the $1 drinks were pretty much gone when I moved here in 1993. (The Plaza downtown was a holdout on that until around 2000).

And… Casino Royale Las Vegas still has $1 bottled beer (varies) and $1 frozen margaritas 24/7 right there on the Las Vegas Strip.

Food and drink specials ABOUND downtown. Just walk around. Want a big pizza and pitcher of beer? $10 at Benny’s Bullpen in Binion’s Las Vegas. $1.99 still buys the huge shrimp cocktail at Golden Gate. $2 Heineken or Corona at Fremont Hotel. Too many more to list.

On top of that, you did not factor in inflation at all. You cite prices from 20 years ago and then are shocked that they have gone up! (Despite the room rates being at 1990 prices in many instances here in Las Vegas).

Plus, the savvy Vegas visitor doesn’t buy his liquid refreshment at the bar. Most hotel sundry shops have a full liquor section (cold beer, wine, hard liquor) and much more modest prices and no tip needed. Also, stores like 7-11, ABC, and other similar convenience stores on The Strip are great places to buy your bottled water, soft drinks, and beer and more realistic prices.

Per a drink costing you more at a video poker machine? Maybe not. If you play properly, you are only giving away (on average) about a nickel per play (at $1.25 a pull). It would take 80 plays to (once again on average) lose the $4.00. Note: Those are averages. Sometimes you may lose quickly. Other times you’ll be up and walk away a winner.

Look… if I vacationed in San Francisco, I’d have to pay the same drink prices you are citing at any decent bar. Oh… except that I’d still be paying through the NOSE for a hotel room. Look at what brand new hotels like Aria, Palazzo, and Encore are charging per night for some of the nicer rooms in the world. Then look at what a comparable hotel in San Francisco (or New York City or Miami) would cost. Not even close.

A Las Vegas vacation is still a bargain with no equal. If you are just not the kind of guy who enjoys Las Vegas, don’t come. Vacation somewhere else (and pay a lot more money)!

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

Complimentary Sake Tasting At Tropicana Las Vegas Pool

Further evidence that the Tropicana Las Vegas Pool (eventually to be branded Nikki Beach) is NOT going to be another Rehab. Just hit my email today:

Definitive Talent presents Sake Sessions Complimentary Sake Tasking. Party on until midnight with music by Deftal DJ/VDJ Chimz and Drumble Beat (Featuring AB).

Sushi Featured by Osaka.

June 24, 7-10 PM. Be on the guestlist by texting SAKESESSION at 21691

Located poolside at Tropicana Las Vegas

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

Tropicana Las Vegas’ Nikki Beach – A Niche Of It’s Own

I’m bullish on the Tropicana Las Vegas remodel. I can’t believe the “bang for the buck” they are getting for the $165 million they are spending. It is night and day. People who have not set foot in the Trop in years (or perhaps never at all) will check it out and be impressed. I’m not suggesting that it will Bellagio, Palazzo, or Wynn Las Vegas, but the redo will zing them well up the pecking order.

The biggest announcement has been the addition of a Nikki’s Beach for their pool area.

I continue to hear the “how is Nikki Beach going to do in a city awash in daylife” and (with all due respect), I don’t think anyone has researched Nikki Beach enough. They have a worldwide reputation and a built in clientele. They aren’t trying to be Rehab. And they will be more “boutique” than Encore Beach Club.

This is not exactly Rehab — further into the video you see the laid back side — (although some may deem it NSFW):

From their Nikki Beach Miami page:

Nikki Beach Miami is the hidden jewel of South Beach, located at One Ocean Drive along the beautiful Atlantic Ocean amid swaying palms trees and warm sunny breezes. Nikki Beach has established itself as the landmark for ultimate parties, celebrations, and entertainment and always lives up to it’s reputation as a party playground for jet setters, celebrities, VIPs, guests and visitors alike.

I think the key words there are “hidden jewel”. This is where you go when you want to chill with hundreds, not rage with thousands.

If they peel off people from neighboring hotels that have a lousy pool area, it will be a success. And I don’t see it appealing to the Jersey Shore wannabes.

If the Tropicana pulls off this whole South Beach thing like I believe they will, they’ll be successful. Surprisingly enough, no one has grabbed that theme yet (and people still love themed hotels). Recouping $165 million isn’t like trying to recoup what CityCenter cost. At the end of the day, they didn’t tank the $70 million cost of Encore Beach Club into Nikki Beach here, so modest results will be very acceptable and deemed successful. If it catches fire, it will just be a bonus.

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

How Did AccessVegas.com and Access Vegas Insider Vibe Newsletter Get Started?

People always like to ask why our brand and newsletter has been so successful when most independent efforts to tout Las Vegas end up as no more than a glorified hobby. One thing truly did lead to another, but the core was 1) A real, true love for Las Vegas and everything Vegas and 2) Lots of hard steady work and the willingness to starve in the early days to do it full-time (kind of like being in a band) and 3) Getting it going in the early days of the internet.

Step by step, here’s how it all happened:

I got my first computer in 1995. AOL was getting to be a hot item and I was logging on through a friend’s computer (thanks, Howard). I wanted my own. I became the proud owner of a green Acer desktop. I think the screen was 15 inches. The computer’s hard drive was 100 MB.

I discovered the alt.vacation.las-vegas internet newsgroup — basically a public, unmoderated message board available to virtually anyone on the internet — and started chiming in with my Las Vegas adventures and opinions. I was regularly out on The Strip and Downtown Fremont Street and always had something new to post.

Unfortunately, unmoderated message boards open to the entire internet can get messy. People who don’t like each other start “flame wars” (where people snipe back and forth). And the fact that I was out and about so much and posting new Vegas info 2-4 times a week started to rankle some of the longstanding newsgroup posters who thought that they were “the stuff” when it came to Las Vegas.

Note: I didn’t set out to overshadow anyone. I was just this guy going out and having fun, keeping my ear to the ground, following closely Vegas news and (when you live here) sometimes ending up getting deeper information on things than the newspapers published. Las Vegas was still a small town in many aspects back then. Seemingly everybody knew everybody and word of just about anything traveled quickly.

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

In 1996, I purchased the name In-Vegas.com just to put some Vegas info and links up at. No idea where it would go and at the time, no real way to make any money off of it. (Affiliate programs were brand new and Google Adsense did not exist). I learned some basic HTML and put four pages of Vegas links up.

In 1997 I got tired of people mistaking the name of the site (don’t buy a site with a dash in it) and found that AccessVegas.com was available. (AccessLASVegas.com was also available but at $35 each, I made the foolish decision to only buy AccessVegas.com. Money was tight, but I should have spent it anyway). The internet was booming, more and more people were searching for Las Vegas information online, there was a way to sell rooms and shows for a cut of the action, and I decided to build it out as a comprehensive Las Vegas travel site.

I continued to contribute to alt.vacation.las-vegas as much as ever. I’d now end my posts

Now, a handful of the “I’m Mr. Vegas” guys (especially this one guy who went by Chuck K and claimed that Access Vegas would never amount to anything) who also posted there started calling me a spammer and trying to make life rough for me. Here I’d spend 30 minutes typing up a post that was full of first-hand info from what I was out doing and seeing. I simply put my website name after my sig (no other promotion for it in the post), and they were just throwing flames at me.

I started to realize that I’m producing tons of content, seeing nothing for it, not even putting it on my site, and getting darts thrown at me in the process. So… I took my marbles and went home.

In 1999, I posted that I was going to start up a weekly Las Vegas email newsletter. It would include the exact info that I had been posting to alt.vacation.las-vegas newsgroup, that it would be free, and that I would keep my subscriber list confidential. And… that for the most part, the info would not be posted to the newsgroup. Only one way to get it.

Over 400 people emailed me to subscribe. While that is now a drop in the bucket compared to present numbers, it sure shocked me. I was hoping for maybe 30!

The first issue went out to subscribers on May 20, 1999 and was simultaneously posted online. I was blogging before the term existed.

Since then, we’ve found our niche. I’m very proud that 26% of our readers are international (from outside the U.S.) with around 11% from Europe alone. When you have the interest and trust of those coming that far and spending that much money to get here and they are depending on vacation information, that is very gratifying.

I’m also pleased that about 25% of our readers make over $100k per year and another 25% or so make over $60k. We always carry information for people on every budget (and I’m not immune to enjoying some of the great cheap specials, especially downtown) but when you can appeal to an upscale clientele, that never hurts.

I’m also proud that my modest crew has (mostly) been with me for quite a while. I believe Robert (our IT guy from ocssoutions.com) has been a partner for 10 years and continues to build great, custom behind-the-scenes stuff for us as well as keeping us running “on the cloud”. Amy Rayner-Cooley has been compiling and editing newsletter information for over 5 years and also plays a big part in our content. Prior to Amy, Rick Ziegler played a major role there. Mark Jacobs has been doing various work wherever needed for about 3 years. I’ve had some great interns over time, and now we’ve taken UNLV grad Jennifer Miller (who has an impressive intern resume in local media) and hired her on as Junior Managing Editor. You’ll see and hear a LOT more from her starting in the fall.

What is next? Minor redesign of AccessVegas.com and complete redesign of all our blogs and sister sites to match. Also, we’ve recently acquired Access Reno, Access Laughlin, Access Biloxi and Access Atlantic City and we plan to meld them all into an network of “Access” sites featuring American’s top gaming cities. We also own Access Phoenix (not sure what we’re doing with it yet) and Access New Orleans (which may just get melded into the gaming resort cities network).

We also have some other major projects (and excellent domains) but were keeping those under wraps. We’ll let you know if they see the light of day. One thing at a time!

Past that, who knows? We’re not owned by a newspaper or TV station or other media conglomerate. I have no outside investors (we grow out of profit). We get $0.00 in public funds or convention authority funds or help of any kind. We simply do what we feel is best for you, our loyal readers!

I do know this: It is going to continue to be a lot of fun. So thanks for reading, keep telling your friends, and keep hanging out with us. It’s going to continue to be a fun ride!

Ted Newkirk
CEO/Managing Editor
AccessVegas.com

A New Las Vegas Arena – On The Strip Next To The Sahara?

Controversial Las Vegas blogger Vegas Rex recently noted the following:

Not only would this benefit me from an entertainment standpoint, but property values in my neighborhood would almost certainly go up, more businesses would sprout to serve stadium visitors, and transit options would probably increase as well.  At the very least, the monorail would be re-tooled and probably even expanded.  I am so excited about this arena, that if they want me to, I’ll use my own cock as a shovel to break ground.  Hell, I might even do this without even being asked.

Now, with everything above noted, I have to unequivocally concede that my excitement over this stadium is purely selfish.  Deep down, I know that there exists no demand in Las Vegas for a new stadium.

I’m not even convinced that the “10,000 new jobs” being touted by the developers are a good thing.

First of all, when you build something solely to create jobs, then the assumption should be that whatever being built is not needed.  Jobs should not exist for the sake of jobs, they should exist because they fill a needed void.

Second, once the stadium has been completed … then what?

This location is the front-runner because of the involvement of Sue Lowden. (If her name does not ring a bell, google it). Worst location for everyone would be on the FAR south Strip down by South Point. Great area, lived there until 1.5 years ago. But a new arena needs to be tourist accessible.

Hate the Harrah’s idea simply because parking would be a mess. We don’t need a Madison Square Garden. (CityCenter is showing us how well New York concepts work here). I guess people could park at various hotels that serve as monorail stops and then use the monorail to get to the Harrarena. (Hey, guess what, I coined a new word. Kind of like WynnCore. I’m sure that every podcaster and out-of-town blogger will immediately pick up on it and start using it. NOT).

A downtown one would really help revitalize that area, and the central location to freeways leading in four directions is a big help.

At the end of the day, though…

The only reason for a new arena is to get us a major league sports team. I don’t want a pro sports team. Don’t get me wrong: I love sports. But sports teams are for cities like Cleveland and Detroit. Or Sacramento. They give people with no other reason for living who live in an otherwise mundane city a chance to bond together and get all excited.

Hell, half of the spectators at each game would be rooting for the opposition! And as someone who promotes tourism, I guess it would be nice to give people even more excuses to visit Las Vegas. But here, we don’t like anything mediocre. (Look at the support UNLV football gets). We are winners and will not tolerate anything less. And a Las Vegas franchise of a sports team that doesn’t kick ass every year isn’t going to get much community support. (Plus, most people living here retain loyalties to their “home” teams. I’m one of the few people I know living here who has really become loyal to all things Vegas).

On a selfish note: Building it south of The Sahara would assure no high-rise going there. The Strip used to have open spaces with short buildings and you could see the beautiful mountains from many spots on The Strip. Now it is becoming a corridor of high-rises, taking away the stunning desert terrain views that visitors from other places love.

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

Four L.A. To Las Vegas Trains Proposed – Which One Is Best?

Four trains are competing to be the first new trains in years to travel from Los Angeles, CA to Las Vegas, NV.

The maglev is not going to happen. The concept is barely out of sci-fi and WAY too expensive.

The DesertXpress is not going to happen. Building a separate high-speed rail line to Victorville is ridiculous. Las Vegas locals (including myself) believe it will make the Las Vegas monorail folly look small in comparison.

Z-train is going to try to be much too upscale. Art and fashion shows on the way to Las Vegas? Trying to rival private jet service? Good luck.

X Train has the best chance of success. Gambling or not, technology unavailable in the 90’s will keep people amused during the trip. Watch TV, go to the bar for a few “Pre-Vegas” drinks, relax in seats more comfortable than airplanes. I imagine they will have free wi-fi so you can actually finish up your office work on the way to Vegas then Twitter and Facebook and surf part of the trip away. On your departure day, place a sports bet before you leave town and watch the game on the train on the way home.

The biggest hurdle is working with the Union Pacific to make sure the train has priority over freight trains. Push comes to shove, someone might have to pony up some money to double or triple track certain sections of the route. But, that is far cheaper than building an entirely new railroad.

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas

So You Want To Move To Las Vegas? Real Advice From Someone Who Did!

Few visit Las Vegas without having some thought of what it would be like to live in Las Vegas. Typical comment in the summer is “I wouldn’t be able to stand the heat”. Others are tempted by the inexpensive new housing and escaping the cold winters of many parts in the country.

For whatever reason, thousands move hear each month. In fact, the suburb of Henderson, NV (which includes the Green Valley area) is the nations fastest growing city with a population of 100,000 plus, and the resort / retirement city of Mesquite, NV (one hour north of Las Vegas) is the nation’s fastest growing city.

According to DMV records, the top 10 states (in order of how many new residents that come from each) that new NV residents come from are:

1. California
2. Arizona
3. Texas
4. Illinois
5. Florida
6. New York
7. Hawaii
8. Colorado
9. Washington
10. Ohio

We have a guest column this week from Las Vegas resident Eric Simandl about his experiences and advice for those considering that move to Las Vegas. Eric notes that “two years after writing it, I still feel it’s an accurate list of preparations to make for a successful move to North America’s Greatest City”.

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We’re a late-40s couple who sold everything and moved here from Upper Michigan in March 1996. Here’s what we’ve learned in those 13 months:

1. Good jobs are tough to get for any newcomer, even for experienced talented intelligent people like you and us. They say some 6,000 people move here each month. They don’t always mention that some 2,000-3,000 also LEAVE each month. Because Las Vegas is and always has been such a transient area, employers are very leery of newcomers. People move here, give it a couple months, and bail. Employers want stability. Best bet is to register with every temp agency you can find, take every temp assignment you get and try to parlay it into a permanent position. (And in some ways, “juice” still counts in LV: job-hunting would be much easier with a couple good local references.) Anyway, make sure you’ve got enough money put away to ride it out on temp jobs until you get a decent position. May take a while.

2. When you arrive here without a job, it’s not easy to get a decent place to live. Since you can’t demonstrate any source of income, landlords tend to ask for hefty deposits or several months’ rent in advance. Hey, it’s a transient area, and they’ve been burned. Make sure you’ve got enough money to get a decent place for your family to live, furnish, cover utilities, and eat for a few months while you’re getting established.

3. If you don’t have a local residence and phone, how can you get a job? Or, for that matter, a bank account, driver’s license, license plates, voter registration, school enrollment? You want to look like a fully documented local on your job applications. Become one; get all this stuff and more.

4. It’s your life, but I wouldn’t want to raise a kid in Las Vegas right now. The Las Vegas schools are overcrowded; some run year-round schedules. Which means that Yale and Princeton are not exactly flying out here begging for LV HS graduates, which is exactly what your kid will be. The school system needs to add a classroom a day to keep up with the growth, and they aren’t. Are you sure the city’s ambience is any good for youngsters anyway?

5. Traffic problems are overrated. The traffic is not much worse than what Chicago or Detroit or LA or even Green Bay sees. Old-time locals complain; but it’s really typical urban North American traffic. Auto registration and insurance might be higher than what you’re used to back home. There’s a smog certificate. Gas is probably comparable. Repairs seem to cost more, but that’s subjective. Probably costs more to maintain a car here, but that’s offset by free or valet parking most everywhere. You’ve got 30 days after arrival to insure your car, pass smog, get a NV driver’s license, and buy plates. The cops are cracking down on non-registers, because it’s easier to deal with them with than to go solve that Tupac Shakur thing.
Despite all this, you’ll move here anyway.

We did. And we’re glad we did.

We (our grown daughter lives out East) did exactly what you’re doing. Sold everything (except the house in Negaunee which still hasn’t drawn an offer–and, oh by the way, sir, CAN you handle a year or more of making two house payments every month? It’s a crunch!), loaded the Ryder truck and split for Vegas.

[Well OK, we HAD flown out for three days a week earlier (on a cheap Fitzgerald’s gambling package), didn’t gamble (well, not too much), rented a car, leased an apartment, ordered the utilities, registered at several temp job agencies (with our newly-acquired LV address and phone number); flew back, sold or gave away everything that wasn’t going to go west in the Ryder.]

It’s been great. We’ve loved living here from the outset; but it’s taken the whole year to get our income back up to an equivalent “back home” standard of living (and Upper Michigan standards are pretty damn low), and to begin to focus on career advancement. Fortunately, we had some decent cash reserves to fall back on, and frankly, a pretty strong marriage to handle the stress.

Because there WILL be stress when you do this sort of thing…

Once here, you will notice that there are a lot of people living here who are about one paycheck from being homeless and broke. Maybe they’re next 2,000 to leave. This town sure does sort them out.

If you can handle the initial sacrifice, work hard, and are semi-lucky, you’ll be glad in the long run that you made the move.

We call Las Vegas the Warm Silly Place: it is GREAT to live here once you get established. It may be the quintessential North American city for the 2000s: vibrant, growing, shallow, flashy, and never taking itself too seriously.

But…if you did happen to have a few thousand acre-feet of water, could you bring them along when you come? You’ll make a few bucks.

This is really long and preachy. Maybe I should write one of those How To Move To Las Vegas books.

Maybe I just did.

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Eric Simandl can be reached at [email protected] and we thank him for this contribution.

Cheap Drinks And Ladies Night In Las Vegas

Between catering to tourist and serving locals (many whom have midweek nights off because of working the busy weekends), Las Vegas clubs go 7 nights a week. And with triple the number of major clubs as just a decade ago, they all try very hard for your attention. Here is a rundown of what some of the clubs offer on various nights of the week (info current at press time and subject to change):

THE DRINK – 200 E. Harmon
Tue. – Ladies Night: no cover and free drinks all night for the ladies
Thur. – The Boogie Knights (popular disco send-up): no cover before 10 and 2 hours of $2 drinks
Fri. – $1000 sexiest woman contest, $2 selected shooters, $3 premiums
Sat. – Bonofide (reggae band)

CLUB UTOPIA – on the Strip between the MGM and Alladin http://www.clubutopia.net/
Wed. – Ladies Night: no cover and free drinks all night for the ladies, Budweiser Bikini Contest
Thur. – Salsa All-Stars plus salsa dance competition
Fri. – Techno-House-Trance

ROCKABILLY’S – 3785 Boulder Hwy. (near Boulder Station) http://www.rockabillys.com
“Home of the All-U-Can Drink Draft Bottomless Mug”
Wed. – 25 cent Coors Light, wear beach attire and receive $1 off of any drink

THE DRINK – 365 Convention Center Drive (across from the convention center) http://www.beachlv.com/
Sun. – Ladies Night: ladies drink free from 10 PM – 12 AM
Mon. – Ladies Night: ladies drink free from 10 PM – 12 AM
Tue. – Cash Frenzy: win cash between 11 PM – 3 AM
Wed. – “Ultimate Ladies Night”: ladies drink free 11 PM – closing, Margarita Ville drink specials
Thur. – Crusin’ the Beach: classic cars, bikes, and music 7-10 PM

Who says that Las Vegas is a man’s world? Looks to me like the ladies get the best of it at the clubs! Las Vegas is a very nighttime oriented town. Although clubs do eventually close when pretty much everyone goes home, there is no real “last call”. Hence, clubs don’t tend to really pick up until around midnight and can still be going quite strong as 4 AM closes in. However, arriving before 11:00 PM is your only guarantee of skipping a long line on popular nights.

This article originally appeared July 14, 1999 in the Access Vegas Insider Vibe

Ted Newkirk
Founder/Managing Editor
Access Vegas