The Downtown Grand opened October 27. Do you think there’ll be a few deals there? Let’s see … new joint Downtown, rabid fan base left over from the Lady Luck, tough economy with the holidays approaching … yeah, I think there’s a good chance. But I need a week or two to suss it out. For now, let’s turn attention to some other opportunities around town:
• Have you heard of Pub Church? This is a crazy thing at Atomic Liquors (917 Fremont St.), where, on Sunday mornings, a nondenominational religious service is held an hour before the start of the NFL games. I won’t judge whether we should all be going to church before the NFL, but I can give you a good reason for this one: Atomic puts out a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, with horseradish, Worcestershire, Tabasco, celery, olives, asparagus, okra, pepperoncini, tomato peppers, Slim Jims, bacon bits, lemon and more. After a couple of these, the sermon starts to sound pretty good, and you probably won’t need breakfast. Hallelujah!
• As for Atomic Liquors when church isn’t in session, Las Vegas’ oldest bar (opened in 1952) has been spiffed up and sells draft Busch for $3. Have a few on the outdoor patio and partake of some primo Downtown people watching.
• Or you can do the all-you-can-drink thing November 9 at the Cosmopolitan for Vegas Seven’s Desert Hops International Beer Experience, where you’ll find 150 beers from 25 countries. Tickets are $45, which means it’s a buck-eighty a brew if you do one from each country, or just 30 cents per if you do all 150. (I’m kidding!)
• The Gold Coast is running a blackjack mini-tournament on Fridays, with a $25 entry fee and a guaranteed prize pool of $2,500. If there are fewer than 100 players, then you have what’s known as an “equity overlay,” where more money is paid out than is received in entry fees. That’s good, and I believe it’s been the case every week so far. The first rounds begin at noon. (Fun!)
• Free entry creates overlays, too. Irene’s on Spring Mountain Road has a free weekly NFL contest that pays $100 to the player picking the most winners from 10 games. It’s free to enter, and you’re not facing the massive fields that you do in the casino contests. Parlay with Irene’s awesome $9.99 steak dinner or $7.95 ham-and-eggs breakfast.
• Finally, it’s my sad duty to report that P.J. Clarke’s in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace has closed. No more $1 oysters there, but you can still get ’em for a buck (in unlimited quantities) at the daily happy hour at Rhythm Kitchen (6435 S. Decatur Blvd.) or the Monday-through-Thursday lunch special at the Big Sur Oyster Bar at South Point, where they’re just 88 cents a piece when you buy by the dozen.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.