Downtown Las Vegas is the Freemont Street area with its side streets. This also represents the old guard of the player’s paradise. Although the area with the “Freemont Street Experience” has been optically redesigned and modernized, this does not match the overwhelming offer on the Strip. See Abbreviationfinder for acronyms about Las Vegas.
A visit downtown only makes sense if you want to play games or at least visit the Freemont Street Experience, because downtown is not “downtown” in the classic sense of the word. Although it is the center of the city (the Strip is not in Las Vegas, but in Clark County), it has no historical sights and no special shopping opportunities. Once the “experience” is over, there is actually nothing left to “stroll and visit” except for the game. The main street of the game is Fremont Street, a synonym for “sinful offers” (“Glitter Gulch”) since the 1940s.
- Fremont Street Experience
In 1995, five blocks of the street of the same name in downtown Las Vegas were converted into a pedestrian zone for an impressive 70 million dollars. A steel trapezoid spans four of these street sections between Main Street and Fourth Street at a height of 27 meters. At night the canopy comes to life with 2.1 million lights and 540,000 watts of sound and music. There is no specific theme for the performance, it is just a spectacle for the eyes. 121 computers control the light show. The screenings last 6 minutes and are sponsored by 10 downtown casinos, so they are free for visitors. Screenings daily on the hour between 8 p.m. and midnight.
- Golden nugget
The Golden Nugget claims to be the Downtown Casino that matches the Strip competition. This is an exaggerated advertising claim, while it glitters and sparkles everywhere, it is not a must-see attraction. The rooms are spacious and well equipped, but there are no special attractions. However, near the elevators to the north tower, some “nuggets” are on display, including the “Hand of Faith” nugget, which was found in Australia in 1980 and is said to be the largest publicly exhibited. The Golden Nugget Buffet is considered good, even if the space is small.
- Golden gate
The Golden Gate stands at the western beginning of Fremont St. It has not seen any major changes since it was last expanded in 1931. The casino is small. The hotel has only 106 rooms. The San Francisco Shrimp Bar and Deli claims to be the inventor of the 99 cent shrimp cocktail.
- Binion’s Horseshoe
This casino belonged to the criminal Benny Binion and his family for a long time. The three-week World Series of Poker takes place here every year from the end of April to May. It should be the casino where you can play in the city with the highest and unlimited stakes. The coffee shop in the basement is particularly cheap. On the way to the coffee shop, an exhibit with $ 1 million worth of banknotes, a popular photo opportunity if you stand in front of it; Unfortunately, we were unable to discover this photo subject during an admittedly short visit.
- Four queens
The Four Queens is located on the busiest part of downtown with the Golden Nugget. It is the only casino in Las Vegas that allows photos to be taken inside the arcades. Before taking photos, ask the security personnel.
- Fremont Hotel & Casino
It was the tallest building in Las Vegas in the 1950s, that fame has faded. It doesn’t have the shine of the golden nugget. The Second Street Grill is a good address for dining. The Fremont Paradise Buffet is considered good and inexpensive. The Seefood Fantasy on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday evening are particularly recommended.
- Neon Museum
In the street between the covered Fremont Street on the corner of Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard to the east, a so-called neon cemetery has been set up with neon advertisements for lost casinos from all over the city. The oldest piece is the motel sign of the “Red Indian” from the Chief Hotel Court from 1940. The giant lamp from Aladdin, which was demolished in 1997, is also here. With the construction of the Neonopolis, the Neon Museum is being pushed back considerably.
The Neonopolis complex with 50 shops, 5 restaurants, movie theaters and a food court is being built across the entire street at the Neon Museum.
- El Cortez
The El Cortez was the largest downtown hotel in the 1940s, and not much has changed since then. It is the address for low-budget travelers and low-stakes gamers.
The large plaza is on the west end of Fremont Street. As in El Cortez, low budget rules the offer and the audience. There are one-armed bandits with penny stakes and a bowl of Campbell soup for $ 1.
- Main Street Casino & Hotel
A conventional hotel-casino whose theme is New Orleans in the late 19th century. The restaurants on the ground floor are said to be good value for money and the rooms are very large.
- California Hotel
The California Hotel is connected to Main Street Station by a footbridge. The casino and the hotel are dominated by Hawaiians, and the menu options are designed accordingly.