Don’t blink or you’ll miss it, but the Pawn Plaza has opened next door to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Along with good Arkansas barbecue, Rollin’ Smoke BBQ & Tavern has a neat patio in the second-floor bar that overlooks the Boulevard. You can pay $7 for a fancy craft beer like Deschuttes Black Butter Porter, but an old-fashioned PBR is just $3. A better reason to visit, though, is Inna Gadda di Pizza, which comes from the creators of the famed secret pizza place at the Cosmopolitan.
Farther south, one of the Strip’s top late-night go-to spots is coming back. After a surprise closing late last year, Tacos El Gordo is reopening in its former location across from the Resorts World Las Vegas construction site.
If you haven’t visited the Double Down Saloon in a while, here’s a reason to do so. The saloon has happy-hour from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays, with everything priced at $2. It includes a big selection of beers and liquors, and it rates as one of the best drink-discount happy hours in town.
Around the corner (sort of) from the Double Down, Tuscany has a decent 25-cent video poker game at the Toscana Bar. The best schedule is 9/7/5 Double Bonus (pays 9 for the full house, 7 for flush and 5 for straight) that has a progressive on the royal flush. This schedule returns 99.11 percent even before factoring in the value of an elevated royal. Plus you get a free appetizer when you hit any natural 4-of-a-kind. Valuing the appetizer at just $5 raises the theoretical return on this game to above 100 percent.
On the negative side, there’s been a big shift at Shifty’s. It was my pick earlier this year for the best non-casino video poker bar in town, but that’s history. The former dollar 9/6 Jacks or Better game has been cut back to 7/5, which slashes the return from 99.54 percent to 96.15 percent. C’est la vie. You still get a bottle of wine for hitting a quad, and the steak deals remain good.
Another slight negative: The best steak deal in town at Ellis Island no longer comes with a draft beer. This one’s still a strong deal for $7.99 when you play $5 in any machine and download the discount coupon.
And here’s something different: Taco Bell ran a promotion offering a free A.M. Crunchwrap sandwich if any player stole a base in any game of the World Series. Kansas City stole many bases, so sandwiches should be served. The redemption days are November 5 and November 10. As far as I can see in the Terms & Conditions, everyone should be able to get one sandwich on either of those days. Gotta love them Royals.
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.