Things move fast in Las Vegas, so we’ve carelessly slapped together a list of 14 new things happening in downtown Las Vegas to keep you in the loop.
Why 14 things? Well, it was originally 20, but in Sin City, the house always takes its vig. Or something.
1. Golden Gate Expansion
The expansion of the Golden Gate into the former La Bayou space is moving at a brisk pace. Note: Every great list of Las Vegas things begins with a security breach.
Golden Gate is doing a lot with a little. La Bayou was a mere 25 feet wide and 130 feet deep.
It’s expected the new structure will be completed in August 2017 and will feature 100 new slot machines. Here’s an inside look at the expansion construction.2. Pop-Up BBQ
Across Fremont Street from the Golden Gate, a new BBQ truck has taken up residence in a spot where two shops used to be. Find it between the closed Mermaids and Glitter Gulch strip club.
The shops were purchased by Derek and Greg Stevens for $13.5 million and the space will eventually be part of a new resort, currently referred to as 18 Fremont.
There are only about four things on the menu. That means less time waffling, more time carnivoring.
It seems the BBQ truck idea is catching on, and the pop-up restaurant will be in place as demolition of the closed Las Vegas Club begins in Q3. Derek Stevens talks about his new resort on our podcast, so have a listen.
Fun fact: If some of the accessories look familiar, it’s because they’re from the closed Mermaids casino, right next door.
3. Pizza Rock Menus
Just when we thought Pizza Rock couldn’t get any better, it busts out some awesome new menus. Real album covers with real albums inside double as menus. Glorious.
Millennial translation: “Albums” were made of vinyl and people used them to listen to music back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
4. Fear the Walking Dead: Survival Attraction
Demolition and construction have begun on a new attraction at Fremont Street Experience. The new walk-through attraction, inspired by “Fear the Walking Dead,” will be a mixture of escape room, maze and interactive motion ride. Here’s a look at the space.
Given the zombie theme, think how much money they’d save by just leaving it like this and adding zombies.
The “Fear the Walking Dead: Survival” attraction will be near the base of the SlotZilla zip line tower and is expected to open in July 2017.
We actually work at Fremont Street Experience as our day job. If you can’t security breach at your own place of employment, where can you security breach?
5. SlotZilla Video Screens
The SlotZilla zip line tower got an upgrade to its video screens. The largest screen is 23 feet wide. Three others simulate the reels of a (wait for it) slot machine.
Yes, we rode it, and we are not a heights person. Thank you, comedy-hypnotist Marc Savard.
Here’s a look at all the dudes it took to install the largest screen.
You should probably consider something a little smaller for your man cave.
6. Hennessey’s Pint Glass
The seemingly endless process of rebranding the “World’s Largest Pint Glass” at Hennessey’s Tavern continues. The glass will eventually transform into a mug touting Not Your Grandfather’s Root Beer, including the addition of a massive handle.
This is the back of the pint glass. The front side is 85 feet tall. That’s a lot of head.
7. Inspire Bar Windows
A small tweak to the exterior of the street-level bar at Inspire Theater has opened up the space and lets guests experience the sights and sounds and occasional fragrances of Fremont Street.
It’s actually “Inspire Bar, Lounge and Theatre.” Yes, with the fancy spelling of “theatre.”
The bar is quite welcoming, and yes, they have Captain Morgan spiced rum, the best thing since the advent of sex on giant Ferris wheels. Allegedly.
Inspire is at the corner of Fremont Street, Las Vegas Blvd. and Hipster Avenue.
8. Progress at The Vault
At long last, there’s activity at a new bar on Fremont East, The Vault. Previously, the space was home to a clothing store called Coterie. Not sure where things are on Fremont East? We did walking tour.
The Vault is located between the Griffin and Beauty Bar, which you have also never heard of.
Outside, not a security breach. Inside, security breach.
The Vault could be the hottest new spot for gymnasts in Las Vegas, unless we’ve completely misread the meaning of “vault.”
9. Changes at Emergency Arts and Eureka
A mural-covered construction wall has come down at the Emergency Arts Building across the street from El Cortez. There’s a lot of activity inside the building’s bottom floor where a new restaurant, Eureka, is expected to open soon. The space used to be the Beat Coffeehouse. There will be a quiz.
Eureka sure is taking its sweet time.
10. Stoned N Baked Closes
A tasty pizza shop inside the Downtown Container Park has closed. The owner says he sold the business, including the equipment and recipes, to the Downtown Project, with promises the shop would open again in some form.
Recreational marijuana will be available for sale in Las Vegas on July 1, 2017. Missed it by that much.
11. ChillSpot Closes, Puffles On the Way
Also at the Container Park, a frozen pop store called ChillSpot (owned by the same folks as Stoned N Baked) has also closed. A new “gelato and waffles” shop, Puffles, will take over the space.
Puffles cones use egg waffles which originated in Hong Kong, a city whose king once climbed the Empire State Building.
12. The Dome
In other Downtown Container Park news, The Dome has opened. The dome-shaped theater seats 25 people and offers five different shows (mostly music-driven and family fare) and one interactive shooting game.
In “Logan’s Run,” people rose into the air and blew up as part of a ritual called Carrousel. Location: Dome.
13. Petting Zoo
You knew we’d get to the WTF, eventually. This one’s flown under the radar, but it seems there’s a petting zoo coming the the Downtown Project’s Learning Center space.
We spend way too much time poking our nose into places we shouldn’t.
Friends of the Wild will be a “a non-profit educational animal facility,” and appears to be in the fundraising phase. We’ll keep an eye on this one.
14. Bonanza Gift Shop Signs
Bonanza Gift Shop is sort of downtown. Well, the “World’s Largest Gift Shop” has finally gotten around to repairing its signs damaged by high winds in March 2017. And we’re using the word “repairing” very liberally here.
Being the world’s largest gift shop means there’s plenty of space to store all the WTF.
There are always new things going on in downtown Las Vegas. If you spot something new or notable, drop us a line.
Full disclosure: This blog’s day job is in the marketing department at Fremont Street Experience. Our opinions, especially the most idiotic, are entirely our own.