Ah, boredom. It creeps even upon those living in a city infamous for its “everything, all the time” reputation. East Tropicana brings to mind lost moments of Vegas Past: Sneakers and the Moby Grape, the Hop nightclub, the Liberace Museum, the radio studios of KEDG The Edge …
But snap out of it, dear, bored reader! Vegas mines the past in ways more satisfying than melancholy, particularly at the Pinball Hall of Fame, where hundreds of lovingly restored pinball machines can be tilted while NPR plays in the background. Not quite the jolt you were seeking? The Gun Store offers an indoor range where you can squeeze off a few cold, hard rounds from a Dirty Harry-style .44 Magnum.
All that slapping the flipper and tickling the trigger got you hungry? We miss Jazzed Cafe, too, but we’re happy that the Crown & Anchor British Pub is still banging and mashing after all these years, and that the crown jewel of the local Metro Pizza chain is located here, serving UNLV students, faculty and, yes, you. No time for boredom. Get busy!
If you could choose one thing to build on Maryland Parkway across from UNLV, what would it be?
A vibrant just-off-campus plaza that serves as an adjunct study hall, lunch counter and after-class hang—a place to compare notes with friends and rub elbows with profs.
It would house an independent coffeehouse and art gallery, a pizza joint, a comic book store, a record store, maybe a bar where we could hear live local music. Wait—we had all that stuff in one center in 1996, and it didn’t last. So, hell, just build an H&M.
If Luv-It Frozen Custard on Las Vegas Boulevard and Oakey relocated to Summerlin, would it still taste any good?
Surprisingly, the delicious and daily-made frozen custard treat, serving downtown since 1973, would taste as good anywhere, even at Lake Mead Boulevard and Town Center Drive, although the fear of not being able to wash the smell of suburbia from their hair might ward off the urban customer base.