The big news that no one seems to know about is that a new casino has opened. The former Lift bar was transformed in about three weeks into Wildfire Valley View, the fifth in the Wildfire chain. If you know The Lift, you won’t see much that you don’t remember, right down to the same good bartenders. Most noticeably, Barley’s craft beers have been added for $3.50 a pop, and the kitchen has been leased to Tacos El Tenampa. In fact, that’s where the deal is here—nothing on the menu is more than $8, and they serve a pretty mean huevos rancheros for just $4.95.
• One thing that’s lost from the Wildfire switch is the great UFC viewing parties that used to run there. Whereas you’ll pay $20-$50 to watch pay-per-view telecasts at other venues around town, it was just $10 at The Lift. Not to worry. The baton has been picked up by Home Plate on Blue Diamond Road, where you can also see the UFC’s PPV events for a $10 admission. Home Plate also happens to have one of the best bar kitchens in town. Be sure to try one of the 20 specialty pizzas; the half-pound burgers ($6.99 weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.); the fried shrimp, clam, or oyster baskets ($8.99); or the Major League ham & eggs ($10.99) that delivers one of the biggest ham slabs you’ll ever encounter.
• Is there a restaurant in town that serves tacos of any sort and hasn’t tried a Taco Tuesday promotion? Probably not, but this one’s different. Naked City Pizza Shop in Moon Doggie’s bar runs its version with a selection of about 20 different tacos, tortas, and “street food” for $6 to $7 each. There are no tame tacos here. Get ready for slow-braised goat, in-house chorizo and cage-free eggs, and Aquachile shrimp.
• Here’s one for the gamblers: Get some of the best video-poker advice at any price at Bob Dancer’s free classes on Tuesdays at South Point. Sessions run at noon and 2 p.m. in the showroom (more on this in a future column).
• And here are two on the anti-deal side: After several years of holding the line on the excellent $7.77 Gambler’s Special in Mr. Lucky’s, the Hard Rock now requires that you buy a beverage to partake. And while it’s not 100 percent confirmed, it looks like the dollar beers and dogs at Station and Fiesta casinos during football games are half gone: Dogs were a buck, but Budweiser products were $3.50 during the first week of college football.
• Good thing Vegas has options. At Mermaids Downtown, a Hamm’s draft is $3. At Fred’s Tavern, a Rolling Rock draft is $2. At the Bighorn Casino, all beers are $1. I feel much better.
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