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15 New Things in Downtown Las Vegas Since Your Last Visit

We may spend a wee bit too much time in downtown Las Vegas, partially because we work there (at Fremont Street Experience), but also because we like our Vegas cheap, lucky and occasionally semi-nude.

There is some benefit to our chronic infatuation with downtown, however, as we’re uniquely qualified to share all that’s new in Glitter Gulch. Which we’re using generically to mean downtown, as the actual Glitter Gulch (the strip club) has closed. See? Things move fast downtown, so here’s what’s new since your last Vegas visit.

1. Turmeric Flavors of India

This new Indian restaurant is in an odd location, and completely worth finding. Turmeric Flavors of India sits across from the Downtown Container Park and serves up traditional flavors with a French presentation. A welcome addition to the downtown dining scene.

Turmeric Fremont Indian

Too pretty to eat? You’ll get past it.

2. Evel Pie

This throwback restaurant has a charming, relaxed vibe and delicious, cheap pizza. At Evel Pie on Fremont East, you can get a beer and slice for $5 at lunch, play classic arcade games and check out tons of Evel Knievel memorabilia. If you’re not sure where everything is on Fremont East, we’ve got this.

Evel Pie

There’s a happy hour, too, with $3 well drinks. Sold.

3. Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand

Out with Stewart + Ogden, in with Freedom Beat. It’s a music venue during the evenings, with a solid menu, including deep friend Twinkies, in case you’re craving them now that Mermaids has closed on Fremont Street.

Freedom Beat Downtown Grand

Freedom Beat’s menu was developed by Chef Scott Commings, season 12 winner of Gordon Ramsay’s reality TV hit, “Hell’s Kitchen.”

4. Wana Taco at Four Queens

Four Queens has rolled out a pop-up taco stand that suits the Fremont Street mojo (drunken revelry) to a tee. The tacos are quite satisfying, and the only downside is there are no beverages sold at Wana Taco. Thankfully, there’s an outdoor bar nearby. It’s Fremont Street, after all.

Wana Taco Four Queens

The tacos at Wana Taco are surprisingly good, about on par with the excellent Taqueria El Buen Pastor just across Fremont.

5. Redwood Steakhouse

This one isn’t entirely new, but it sure looks that way. Redwood Steakhouse at the California recently underwent a major renovation. New look, new menu and there’s an adjoining bar with a great happy hour.

Redwood at The Cal

Redwood Steakhouse features “handsomely detailed, carved-walnut pilasters.” We’re not taking the time to look up “pilasters,” so you’re on your own.

6. Holo Holo Bar

The Cal takes up three spots on this list of new downtown things, including the new Holo Holo bar. The Holo Holo bar takes the place of the hotel’s San Francisco Pub, as The Cal continues to hone in on its key customer base, visitors from Hawaii. Holo Holo means “Let’s go!” in Hawaiian slang. The drinks are cheap and the video poker is plentiful.

Holo Holo Bar at California

The Cal has spend millions renovating its rooms and casino, and we’re focused on a bar. Telling.

7. Cal’s Sports Book and Lounge

The California went all out for its new sports book and lounge. The venue is just off the main casino floor (replacing the tired second floor sports book), and has ample seating and hooch.

California sports book bar

We like it, despite the sports.

8. Fremont Arcade

This new diversion has breathed new life into Neonopolis, the much-maligned shopping center wherein Heart Attack Grill and Denny’s reside. Fremont Arcade has a number of rare and custom pinball machines, and it’s a great way to spend some time for a fraction of what it costs to gamble.

Fremont Arcade

Several of the limited edition pinball machines at Fremont Arcade cost $10,000 or more, so be gentle.

9. Neonopolis eSports Arena

We rolled our eyes when we heard an eSports Arena was opening at Neonopolis, but we stopped by during an event and it’s sort of a thing. Hundreds of people showed up to watch competitive video game playing. We’re still rolling our eyes, but that doesn’t make it any less a thing.

Neonopolis eSports Arena

Yes, there was even a girl.

10. Binion’s Charger Stations

Kudos to Binion’s, not exactly known for being particularly innovative, for installing phone charging jacks at every single chair at every one of its casino table games. You can’t have the phone on the table, but you can set it on your lap as you charge the device and play. There’s another, less pleasant thing at Binion’s, too, unfortunately. Binion’s (along with its sister casino, Four Queens) has converted pretty much all its blackjack games to 6-to-5. A true shocker given its hallowed history as a place that catered to gamblers.

Binion's charging station

Yes, at every seat. Bring your own cord, or they’re for sale in the gift shop.

11. Hennessey’s Pint Glass

For some time, Hennessey’s Pub has boasted what’s billed as the “World’s Largest Pint Glass.” When you visit again, however, that pint glass will look more like a mug. The pint is being rebranded to promote Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Progress has been slow, but it’s happening, and the structure will get a “handle” to complete the motif.

Hennessey's root beer

This isn’t the first time somebody’s taken a mug shot downtown.

12. Red

Red is a bit of a head-scratcher, but it’s new and it’s open! Red took over the space formerly occupied by Insert Coins, and it’s sort of a bar that aspires to be a nightclub, but without the pretense and $500 bottles of Gray Goose. Red had some trouble with its sign (it didn’t pass inspection), so most folks don’t even realize it’s there. If you stop in, feel free to dance like nobody’s watching, because from what we’ve seen, nobody is.

Red Fremont Street

The folks behind Red say a remodel is planned for 2017, and describe it as a “sports bar by day, nightclub by night.”

13. Coffee Stand at The D

We are not a coffee person, but apparently some people are really into it. The D recently opened a pop-up coffee stand that features Zingerman’s coffee, whatever that might actually be. The stand opens at 6:00 a.m. and is rolled away by noon each day. It’s located near the hotel’s registration desk, and here’s the full menu.

Coffee stand at The D

If you’re not a coffee person, the stand also serves iced drinks, expresso drinks, blended drinks and smoothies.

14. Big Rig Jig

This awesome art piece is a little like a human centipede but with trucks. Big Rig Jig is an eye-catching photo op, so if you’re feeling bold (it’s in a not-so-great area, but you’ll be fine during daylight hours), seek it out and behold a wonder of WTF. If you’re interested in more weird photo ops in Las Vegas, we’ve wrangled 25 of them.

Big Rig Jig

Big Rig Jig is located in the courtyard of the closed Fergusons Motel. Like that helps.

15. Eclipse Theaters

We’re not sure who was clamoring for a luxury movie theater downtown, but Eclipse Theaters has opened, anyway. Movies are $18 (stop clutching your chest, it’s embarrassing), but offers chef-catered meals, pre-assigned, reclining seats and hooch. If we’re paying $18 for a movie ticket, there had better be procedures in place to deal with idiots talking or using their phones, or we’ll be looking for a bail bondsman. Thankfully, the neighborhood is teeming with them.

Eclipse Theaters Las Vegas

We can’t wait to drink, eat and movie here, especially that first thing.

Oh, and here’s another something new in downtown Las Vegas. The Harley-Davidson retail store has closed. That’s not really the new part. The retail store has been emptied. Which still isn’t the new we’re talking about. What’s new is that by the next time you visit downtown, it is likely to have a new White Castle. No, really. The White Castle on Fremont Street is expected to open in early 2017.

Harley White Castle Fremont

The Harley-Davidson store has a sign that says, “Closed for renovations.” True, sorta.

That just about covers it. Las Vegas is always racking its brain to come up with newer and bigger and differenter. Which is possibly not a word, but Las Vegas doesn’t live by society’s rules.

If you stumble upon new things downtown, or on The Strip for that matter, we’d love to hear about them. Especially if they’re imbibable. Again, possibly not a word, but it certainly should be.

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Caesars Entertainment Resorts to Charge for Parking, Surprising No One

It was just a matter of time, and now it’s official. Caesars Entertainment will soon begin charging for parking at eight of its nine Las Vegas resorts.

The news from Caesars Entertainment follows on the heels of the other major casino company in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts, launching its paid parking program earlier in 2016. The world didn’t end then, so no sense freaking out now. Probably.

Paid parking MGM Resorts

Just because we knew it was coming doesn’t make it any less like a colonoscopy.

Caesars Entertainment’s parking policy will be implemented in phases.

On Dec. 19, 2016, paid valet services will kick in. Valet fees will run $13 (up to four hours) and $18 (four to 24 hours) at Bally’s, Caesars, Cromwell, Paris and Planet Hollywood. Lower fees of $8 (up to four hours) and $13 (four to 24 hours) will apply at Flamingo, Harrah’s and Linq.

Paid self-parking will be rolled out at Caesars Entertainment resorts across Las Vegas in early 2017. Caesars Entertainment hasn’t provided information about the cost of self-parking, but there’s no reason to think it wouldn’t mirror the cost of paid parking at MGM Resorts, or about $10 day.

Parking at the off-Strip Rio will remain free, at least for now. Which would be good news except for the fact you have to visit the Rio to take advantage of the free parking. Zing!

Caesars

Et tu, Caesars?

As is true of the MGM Resorts paid parking program, Nevada residents will self-park free at Caesars Entertainment resorts in Las Vegas. (There are other ways to get around paying for parking at MGM Resorts, by the way.)

Rumors persist that paid parking has caused retail shops and shows at MGM Resorts hotels to take a financial hit, so it’s possible the free parking for locals will continue beyond 2016, superseding what was originally announced.

Select fancy-schmancy members of the Total Rewards loyalty club (Platinum, Diamond and Seven Stars tier levels) will self-park and valet free at Caesars Entertainment hotels.

Total Rewards Diamond

Did you think you spent all that money on slots just for finger foods and Britney tickets?

In true Vegas fashion, Caesars Entertainment officials have provided an abundance of the requisite bullshittery surrounding the company’s decision to implement paid parking.

“Blah blah spaces have become increasingly scarce blah blah improved parking experience blah blah,” one official pretty much said.

Translation: “MGM Resorts broke the seal, so we’re not going to leave tens of millions of dollars on the table! We could really, really use the cash.”

self parking valet sign

Choose your poison.

You know what would improve our parking experience? Pressure washing the crud off the self-parking garages at Linq and Flamingo that haven’t been cleaned since the Truman administration.

While the news about paid parking at Caesars Entertainment resorts doesn’t come as a surprise, it’s disappointing nonetheless. Las Vegas casinos have a long history of providing free parking, although even freebies at casinos have never really been “free,” per se. Free perks, or “comps,” were always provided with the understanding gambling would pay for them indirectly, but that paradigm has shifted in recent years. That’s why more Las Vegas shows are closing and casinos are implementing automated monitoring systems for comped drinks.

As mentioned, MGM Resorts has already taken the brunt of the backlash related to paid parking, so Caesars Entertainment is unlikely to get much resistance from visitors who have resigned themselves to parking fees much as they have hotel resort fees.

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There are still a number of Las Vegas resorts on The Strip where parking is free, including Cosmopolitan, Venetian and Palazzo, Tropicana, Treasure Island, Circus Circus (despite it being in the MGM Resorts family) SLS and Stratosphere. Oh, and Casino Royale, the little casino we’re betting will be the last to cave to the paid parking tsunami.

It’s worth noting Wynn and Encore were previously on our list of Vegas resorts with free parking, but no more. Valet parking will no longer be free.

Ultimately, paying for parking is the norm in every other city in America, and so it shall be in Las Vegas. That doesn’t mean we have to like it.

For details about the new parking fees, visit the official Caesars Entertainment Web site.

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Here’s What MGM Grand Has In Store at Level Up Lounge

It was recently announced MGM Grand will join the growing list of Las Vegas casino desperately scrambling to woo millennials, younger guests who don’t seem to enjoy traditional forms of gambling all that much.

A new millennial-oriented lounge, Level Up Las Vegas, will soon open at MGM Grand in the space formerly occupied by the Rainforest Cafe (which moved to Harmon Corner).

Rainforest Cafe MGM Grand

Rainforest Cafe closed at MGM Grand in August 2015. Millennial translation: A bajillion years ago.

Level Up will be managed by Hakkasan Group, the nightclub people responsible for hugely successful clubs like Hakkasan at MGM Grand, Omnia at Caesars Palace and others.

Hakkasan

Seven of the 10 best-earning nightclubs in the world are in Las Vegas, and Hakkasan consistently dominates the revenue rankings.

A third party recruiter for MGM Grand has tipped its hand about what’s in store for Level Up, sending out a job posting that provides what’s sure to be a polarizing peek into both Level Up and potentially the future of casinos.

“We need very little experience dealing but you must be an entertainer,” says the call for job applications. “We are looking for people that are outgoing, bubbly and can really entertain.”

Hold onto your participation trophy, because this video is the inspiration for Level Up.

If you think this hybrid of nightclub, stadium-style gambling and trying-much-too-hard are a special kind of Hell on Earth, guess what—you’re not who it’s for!

Casinos are convinced millennials will enjoy gambling more if they can figure out how to take as much of the gambling out of it as possible. It’s more about the interactivity, the music, the party.

Level Up appears to be what middle-aged white guys in suits think millennials want, based upon reading white papers and attending panel discussions at gaming expos.  Which is definitely a recipe for success.

As for the dealer jobs, the posting continues, “The pay is a guaranteed $25/hour. You will not share in the tokes of the MGM dealers. You will receive the tokes given to you in this pit though.”

“Tokes,” by the way, are tips.

So, the dealers aren’t traditional dealers. It’s not about the dealing, you see. They’re more “dealertainers,” a term once reserved for the performing dealers at Imperial Palace, a position quickly killed off when the Imperial Palace became The Linq.

Dealertainer

Brownie points if you even know what we’re pining for.

The Level Up job posting concludes, “If you consider yourself to be an emcee type of personality then this will be a great job for you.”

If we ever create a list of people we least want to spend time with, those who consider themselves “emcee types” are likely to sit comfortably at the top.

Millennial casino

The future of Las Vegas casinos. Over our dead body.

Then again, we are not a millennial, and casinos have to try something to wrangle these confounding millennials. Downtown Grand went with eSports. Encore tried its Encore Player’s Club. And just about everyone in town has tried cornhole.

It remains to be seen if younger casino customers will respond to Level Up’s special kind of WTF. Apparently, it’s easier for casinos to provide noise, feigned enthusiasm and skill-based games than outmoded things like value and customer service and actual fun.

Since we’re admittedly not the target audience for Level Up, we’ll share a couple of thoughts from our always-insightful commenters.

Guillaume says, “I live in Montreal and I love The Zone at the casino, super excited to see it’s in store for Las Vegas. The Zone is always full on weekends, the party is fun and the minimums are way lower than at tables (3:2 black jack with good enough rules for 5$, can’t beat that). I really believe it’s going to be successful in Vegas too and can’t wait to see it!”

Commenter Mike adds, “It does look kind of fun to me, I’d definitely try it out. I know as a resident I’m spoiled because the usual Vegas is ho-hum regular, but the part of me that loved the SpaceQuest casino at the ex-Hilton would give this a whirl. If you don’t like it, there’s literally the largest casino floor in the United States right outside the door. And it’s got those same amber lights, those same red carpets, and that same damn Bruno Mars song playing that you can find everywhere else.”

We’d love to hear what you think. Of course, you’ll get a ribbon for leaving a comment.

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Lago Restaurant at Bellagio Is What Makes Vegas Vegas

When you think about quintessential Las Vegas experiences, Lago by Julian Serrano at Bellagio has to be on the list.

Lago made its debut at Bellagio resort in Las Vegas on in April 2015, and we finally got around to giving it a try. From the view to the cocktails to the food and service, Lago exemplifies all the things Vegas gets right, and why Sin City continues to be an unmatched travel destination.

Lago at Bellagio

Let’s drink and eat and ogle dancing fountains, but mostly that first thing.

We are not a food expert, so we have no idea who Julian Serrano is, but we love his restaurant and bar. Emphasis on bar.

We’d heard about the great dining at Lago, but the signature cocktails made our visit utterly unforgettable.

Lago cocktail

Let’s start with the Rosso Bellini, topped with a “Golden Caramel Nest.” It’s so pretty, you’ll be tempted to not eat it, which would be a crime against caramel. And nests.

Most of the signature cocktails at Lago are in the $16-20 range, so if you’re looking for cheap hooch, this isn’t the place. This is the place, however, for delicious temptations prepared expertly by a team of bartenders who can truly call themselves “mixologists” without irony.

We loved every single concoction we tried, and every single one more than qualified as Vital Vegas-certified panty-dropper cocktails. Which is not an actual designation, but probably should be.

Our dinner companion not only agreed about the cocktails, but added, “It’s not just the cocktails, this whole place is a panty-dropper.” Duly noted.

The Smoked Peach Margarita is pictured below, with hand-selected Herradura Double Barrel Reposado tequila, house-smoked Pallini Peachcello liqueur, lime juice, vanilla-thyme syrup and a smoked sea salt rim.

Lago at Bellagio

This cocktail gets our vote for most adorable accessory, Mezcal peach compote in a sea salted-lime agave cone.

Lago has the added benefit of having spectacular views of the famed Bellagio fountains.

It’s well worth dining off hours just to be ensured you can request a lakeside table. They run the length of the restaurant indoors, and there are a few choice tables on the restaurant’s patio. Even when it’s brisk out, heaters make it perfectly comfortable to dine outside.

Lago at Bellagio

A tip can help facilitate a seat overlooking the Bellagio, but it’s not required. Just arrive early for your reservation and let the staff know you’re willing to wait for a prime spot.

The Bellagio fountain shows run every 15 minutes, and they are glorious no matter how many times you have have seen them before.

While the view of the fountains is great facing Bellagio, they’re also spectacular with The Strip in the background, including Bally’s (trees perfectly block the view of the CVS), Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood.

Lago at Bellagio

It doesn’t get any more Vegas than this without rhinestones and tassels.

There’s a certain revelry among your fellow diners when the fountain shows begin. Lago is a hit with international visitors, so you’re likely to hear them singing along with Celine as she belts out “My Heart Will Go On” or Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli sing “Time to Say Goodbye.”

Lago is an Italian restaurant, and if you’re a world traveler you’ll know that right off the bat when you see the restaurant’s colorful entrance. The mosaic design was inspired by an aerial map of Milan, which we’re fairly sure is a city in Italy. We are American, so our knowledge of other countries isn’t what one would call on point.

Lago at Bellagio Las Vegas

We would not have guessed “roadmap of Milan,” but we don’t get out much.

We do, however, know Lago restaurant serves up a variety of creative dishes sure to satisfy those who love the classics (that would be us) as well as foodies interested in sophisticated, elevated takes on 21st century Italian cuisine (everybody else).

Start off with some fancy cheese, the Burrata. Burrata’s outer shell is mozzarella, and the inside is a mixture of stracciatella (made from Italian buffalo milk in the province of Foggia) and cream, which gives it a soft, spreadable texture. Burrata, by the way, is Italian for “buttered.”

All of which serves to remind us it’s often as important to know how about Google than food.

Lago at Bellagio

Insider tip: If you’re trying the Burrata, also ask for an order of “carta” bread. “Carta” means envelope in Italian, and the bread is paper thin (like an envelope, presumably), a perfect complement to the cheese.

The focus on small plates at Lago means the dishes are meant to be shared, so order away.

We also tried the Polpette di Carne, or tomato braised beef meatballs. They weren’t as good at the meatballs at Pizza Rock, but that’s an impossibly high bar.

Lago at Bellagio

Meatballs, or polpette, are rarely if ever served with spaghetti in Italy. You’ll survive.

Two dishes in,  it’s time for another incredible signature cocktail, the Sicilian Gin and Tonic. This tempting libation has Bulldog dry gin, San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa, Kaffir lime leaf, blood orange pearls and diamond ice.

Lago at Bellagio

We were going to make a blood orange pearl necklace joke, but didn’t want to ruin the moment.

Next up was the cannelloni, with pulled short ribs, parmesan fonduta and tomato sauce.

Lago at Bellagio

Some Italian enchilada action.

Rounding out our meal was the Al Cipollotto E Speck. For us commoners, that’s a small pizza with pork (the speck part), buffalo ricotta and cipolline onions.

Lago at Bellagio pizza

If you call them “pizzettes,” there are no calories. According to experts we just made up.

Small plates are surprisingly filling, yet despite that, we’re always up for dessert.

We wrapped up our tour of Milan with Dujotto, with vanilla cremeux, Gianduja mousse, caramelized hazelnut, chocolate financier and nocciola gelato.

Lago at Bellagio dessert

You could spent the next 20 minutes looking up all those terms, or just trust us when we say it’s worth saving some room.

Our excellent waiter, Fabio, twisted our arm into having another dessert, Cermino al Carmello, with chocolate mousse, passion fruit and caramel glaze.

Lago at Bellagio

Gold leaf is created by the practice of “goldbeating,” which could explain why it always seems so relaxed.

Between the stellar signature cocktails, excellent small plates and Bellagio fountains, Lago proved itself to be a singular experience and one we look forward to having again soon.

Find out more about Lago Restaurant at Bellagio, and if you’re in the mood for a mid-Strip indulgence that truly makes Vegas Vegas, add Lago to your Las Vegas must-do list.

 

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Security Breach: A Peek Inside W Las Vegas at SLS

W Las Vegas, a new hotel-within-a-hotel at SLS Las Vegas, officially opens Dec. 1, 2016. As you might suspect, we couldn’t wait that long.

We poked our nose inside the new hotel to see what’s in store.

W Las Vegas

Judging from the bar above, it appears W Las Vegas will practice safe mixology.

The new entry and reception area of W Las Vegas, called the Living Room, seems just about ready for its big reveal.

W Las Vegas Living Room

The Living Room at W Las Vegas is just like your own living room, just with fewer freeloading relatives.

The Living Room will have a bar, custom artwork, a DJ booth and ridiculous amounts of seating.

W Las Vegas is essentially taking over one of the towers, the Lux tower, at SLS Las Vegas. The W Las Vegas will have its own private entrance and other amenities, including a rooftop pool called Wet.

The W Las Vegas Living Room

Nobody really gets the whole hotel-within-a-hotel thing, so just play along.

W Las Vegas designers appear to be embracing their new Las Vegas home, as a number of casino-themed touches appear throughout the hotel.

For example, there’s an area near the W hotel tower elevators sporting wallpaper with Sahara playing cards.

W Hotel Las Vegas

We’re loving this nod to the classic Sahara. The Sahara closed on May 16, 2011 and opened as SLS on August 23, 2014.

Also nearby is a wall featuring thousands of casino chips.

W Hotel Las Vegas lobby

Oh, all right, we didn’t count them, so, thousands-ish.

Reps of W Las Vegas have teased there will be a W made from 20,000 poker chips. We’re pretty sure the W below is the W in question, but didn’t want to spoil the surprise. We also don’t want to be banned from the hotel before it opens.

W Hotel Las Vegas

No, we didn’t peek. It’s called restraint.

W Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotel chain owned by Marriott International. The company operates nearly 50 hotels in 24 countries and has some serious marketing clout.

The opening of W Las Vegas, in addition to the recent opening of the Lucky Dragon casino about two minutes away, could signal new life for SLS Las Vegas and the north end of The Strip. Staff members at SLS Las Vegas are being told the opening of W Las Vegas is expected to boost restaurant and casino business at SLS roughly 20%, right off the bat.

The prospects of new business at SLS means that W could very well stand for “win-win.” We’ll reserve judgment until we see if the Living Room bar serves Captain Morgan.

 

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Wheel of Misfortune is a Quirky Las Vegas Discovery

We’re always on the lookout for quirky attractions, offbeat photo ops and things to do in Las Vegas, and the Wheel of Misfortune certainly qualifies.

Back in 2012, a graffiti artist named Aware breached security at an abandoned mining site just outside Las Vegas. He and his crew painted a massive, Wheel of Fortune-style wheel.

Wheel of Misfortune

Come for the originality, stay for the misguided social commentary.

Most of the spaces in the wheel say $000, but others contain such upbeat messages as “Lose a Home,” “Lose a Job,” “Bank Owned” and “Lose All Hope.”

The artist reserved one space for himself. Here’s a closer look at this over-sized roadside curiosity.

The Wheel of Misfortune is holding up pretty well considering it’s been exposed to the elements for years.

The sheer magnitude of the work is impressive. The Wheel of Misfortune is about 250 feet wide.

Wheel of Misfortune

It took three days to paint the Wheel of Misfortune. Some people are really committed to the glass being half empty.

Here’s a look at the Wheel of Fortune being painted.

The Wheel of Misfortune was painted inside one of several abandoned “thickener” pits at the Three Kids Mine, operated from 1917 to 1961. The pits were used to “leach a processing pulp” in the production of manganese, whatever that might mean.

Wheel of Misfortune

Suggestions for the other six pits: Beach ball, clock, wagon wheel, Christmas ornament, pizza, casino chip.

The Wheel of Misfortune is on private property, and the site might be toxic, but that’s part of the fun of visiting to check it out.

The Wheel of Fortune is located just behind Laker Plaza and Lake Mead Boat Storage, just a few hundred feet past the entrance to Lake Las Vegas, off of Lake Mead Parkway.

If you’re up for an adventure, find Laker Plaza and the River Mountains Bicycle Shop, pictured below.

Wheel of Misfortune

The owners of the shop are no strangers to people seeking out the Wheel of Misfortune, so they charge $5 to park. Go, Capitalism.

As you exit the store, hang a right and go to the end of the paved parking lot. There, turn right toward the hills. There are no signs, so you’re on your own. Also, the path isn’t paved, but it’s an easy, two-minute stroll to the Wheel of Misfortune.

You can either take photos from a distance or climb the short wall and get into the pit for some selfie action.

Be sure to make some noise, as the pit has a sweet echo effect.

Wheel of Misfortune

Millennial for scale.

The Wheel of Misfortune may not be there forever, so if you’re curious, add it to your list of things to do in Las Vegas.

Of course, we would never encourage trespassing (probably) and don’t blame us if you get a brain tumor from traipsing across a field of manganese mining waste. Hey, some people take manganese as a supplement, so for all you know, you could come out of this with not only epic Instagram photos but also stronger bones and more regular menstrual cycles.

Your results may vary, tumorwise.

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