One of the big questions regarding the viability of the Linq was whether or not locals would go. We all know how it is: As a rule, locals don’t do the Strip. But could the Linq be different? Are there deals to be had? Yes, there are.
For starters, it’s kind of a cool place to hang out, given what they’ve done with a former alleyway between two casinos. The walk from the Strip to the High Roller is a quick one if you go straight through, but if you window-shop just a little, it will take the better part of an hour to go up and back. Unlike some of the off-Strip shopping districts that are hit and miss for traffic, every time I’ve been to the Linq it’s been heaving, which makes for a fun vibe. Check out the free photo kiosk near the front, where you can snap a picture, then email it out to friends or post it to Facebook.
Some of the shops are interesting, such as the Polaroid Fotobar and Museum or the Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, but the main attractions are the bars and restaurants. One thing the Linq definitely did right is keep drink prices in check, with most set about $2-$3 below going rates for the center-Strip area. At the Yard House, a draft Peroni is $7.84, a Blue Moon is $7.53 and a PBR is $5.41. The Brooklyn Bowl works the tax into the price, and drafts (it’s draft beer only here) are $6, $7 and $8. At BLVD Cocktail a Coors Light is $7. Or hit any of the three bars at O’Sheas for $3 draft Miller Lite, Coors Light, Blue Moon and Redd’s Apple Cider, or $6 Jager and Fireball shots. You can fashion a decent pub crawl now, and it will only get better with the additions of Tilted Kilt and F.A.M.E.
Finding a food bargain is a little more challenging. Most dining options are sit-down, with the Blue Ribbon restaurant at Brooklyn Bowl, Chayo’s Mexican and the Yard House leading the way. You may have heard about the vaunted Blue Ribbon fried chicken. It’s pretty good, but it’s $18 to $22 for a plate. More economical is a bite on the run at Haute Doggery or the Flour & Barley pizzeria. Haute is a chain that tries to reproduce hot dog classics from different cities (Chicago, New York, Detroit, etc.). It’s a good idea that doesn’t quite hit the mark yet—plus $5.50 to $8.50 for a hot dog of any kind is still a bit steep. The better option is the pizza, where for $4 you can get a huge slice of cheese from a take-out window that’s open till midnight.
What about the wheel? I’ll cover that next week, along with some of the other entertainment plays that set the Linq apart.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com, a newsletter and website dedicated to finding the city’s best deals.