There’s a lot more to love about The Strat since the last time you visited.
Golden Entertainment bought Stratosphere back in 2017, and a $140 million renovation and rebrand ensued. Now, Stratosphere is The Strat, which totally spoils the surprise of item number one on our list. Oh, well.
Please enjoy our hastily slapped-together list of wildly compelling reasons you need to go back to The Strat.
1. Stratosphere is The Strat
Stratosphere became The Strat in Feb. 2019. Lots of folks already called it The Strat, but the rebrand made it official. Golden Entertainment saved a ton of money by giving Stratosphere a streamlined name rather than having to start from scratch with an entirely new one.
The Strat’s official new name is The Strat Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. The “SkyPod” is just the tip. And, yes, some photo captions write themselves.
2. Sexy New Chips
Along with the resort’s new name came a roll-out of some fancy new casino chips. We love them, and yes, we understanding loving a casino chip is a little weird, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Worth noting: Your previously-issued Stratosphere chips expire on Dec. 9, 2019, so cash ’em if you got ’em.
We can only afford to collect the $1 chips. We are not an Adelson.
3. Sparkly Table Games Area
Golden put its money where its casino is with the unveil of a new casino table games area. We hit the new table games area on the day it opened, being the first person to roll the dice on a beautiful new craps table. Over the next 24 minutes, we personally contributed financially to the renovation of The Strat. Note: We’ve since made it back, and much more, on video poker.
Light blue is associated with health, tranquility, understanding and doubling down on blackjacks, or at least those first few things.
And adjoining section of the casino has a different look. We try not to play favorites.
The Strat has its groove back.
4. Enlightened Selfie Policy
While The Strat has a lot of great changes happening, this is one of our most beloved: You can take photos in the casino. Shocker, right? The Strat is one of the few casinos in town that has an actual clue when it comes to allowing guests to take selfies at the tables. It says so right on the felt, and it’s a huge step in Las Vegas casinos moving away from outdated policies that only serve to annoy customers. Bravo, bigtime, Strat.
Common courtesy still applies, of course. No photos of guys with their mistresses.
5. Blvd. & Main Taphouse
We’ve been working our way through the menu at Strat’s new Blvd. & Main Taphouse restaurant and we’ve yet to have anything that wasn’t great. We look forward to tapping that again soon.
The fish and chips are consistently fleek. Stop rolling your eyes, we’re using “fleek” ironically.
6. View Lounge
We’re not entirely sure how the new View Lounge became one of our favorite places to play in all of Las Vegas, but it has. This casino bar and lounge not only looks great, but the machines feel loose, the bartenders are top notch (and visually appealing) and you can get anything on the Blvd. & Main menu at the bar. There’s honestly no reason to leave View Lounge, ever.
Your video poker and hooch needs are handled: It’s View on The Strip (at The Strat) and Vue downtown (at The D).
As if one great casino bar and lounge weren’t enough, The Strat built two. Behold Remix.
You can never have too many casino bars. Or just bars, come to think of it.
Remix made its debut very recently and, again, the video poker machines feel generous and the drinks are far better than they have to be. The signature cocktails are well worth exploring, including this gorgeous purple thing called the Jumping Empress.
The sacrifices we make to bring you all the latest cocktail news.
8. Top of the World Revamp
The Top of the World restaurant at Strat has long been on the short list of must-do restaurants in Las Vegas. The restaurant recently got an overhaul, including an entirely new menu. Combined with the stunning views, and Messermeister steak knives (whatever those might be), Top of the World isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an experience, and it’s not to be missed.
Our photography is so good, we should start a blog of some sort.
Simply put, “Celestia” is a Cirque-style show without the Cirque-style price (tickets start at a ridiculously low $29). This show, in a 30,000-square-foot tent, features dozens of acrobats and variety performers and bendy people. It also has the “Wheel of Death,” which is worth the price of admission on its own. The show has mercifully little clown, is unburdened by a plot and is a great night out for the whole family. Here’s the official Web site.
10. Free Parking
No, free parking isn’t new at The Strat, but it’s worth mentioning because, well, free parking.
The Strat’s doing a lot right, and it starts and ends with free parking.
11. Make Sahara Mad
This reason to visit The Strat isn’t something new, it’s just something fun. See, Sahara has started positioning itself as one end of The Strip. They’re even using a new tagline, “The Strip starts here.” Hooey. The Strip isn’t based upon legal boundaries, it’s based upon what structures are depicted on keychains. The Strat is part of The Strip. So, when you visit The Strat, you’re sending a clear message to Sahara (formerly SLS) to get over itself. We love that.
Sorry, Sahara, The Strip begins (or ends) right here.
While our list covers our favorite new things, there are actually quite a few more.
The resort unveiled its “Elevate” room, a complete remodel of 311 rooms with new decor, furniture and amenities.
Strat also recently opened Strat Cafe & Wok, its 24-hour restaurant which replaced Roxy’s Diner.
Roxy’s had singing. ‘Nuff said.
The Strat also has a shiny new sports book, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Also new is The Strat’s Link Lounge, named for Aristocrat’s “Link” game series, which will make fans of Lighting Link, Dragon Link and Liberty Link very happy.
We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention 108 Eats and 108 Drinks, two new venues on the hotel’s 108th floor. These spots are courtesy of chef James Trees, our culinary hero because of his Esther’s Kitchen downtown and Ada’s in Summerlin.
Oh, and we can’t forget the Strat’s sweet new carpeting. We probably should’ve done a top 20 list, but we are often both drunk, lazy or both.
One for the casino carpet fetishists, and they are legion.
The bottom line: It’s time to visit The Strat again. Let us know what you think of all the upgrades and we’ll see you at The Strat.