We woke up on Monday morning at LVH and hit the monorail to the strip. We got off at the Flamingo stop to walk over to Caesars Palace to check out Gordon Ramsey Pub. As luck would have it, the pub was closed for a training event, so we decided to eat lunch at Munchbar. it wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was fine.
From Caesars we headed over to Cosmopolitan to play video poker at Book and Stage. We were disappointed to find that the menu had changed, but the servers were able to make us some of the old drinks anyway. As always, I can’t speak highly enough of the place. It’s definitely a top-notch stop for video poker and drinks.
After walking through Aria we stopped at Starbucks to get some iced coffee. I noticed that next door was a daiquiri bar, so I decided to see if they could throw some Kahlua into the iced coffee. As it turns out, they wanted $11 for a shot of Kahlua, so we passed on that and got small daiquiris for $8.
We walked from there to MGM Grand to try our luck at the Lion’s Share machine. The machine was not in a friendly mood and quickly disposed of our $20 buy-ins each. SaggyMonkey was flying out Monday night, so we grabbed a monorail ride back to LVH to grab his suitcase. From there we headed back on the Monorail to MGM Grand for him to pick up a cab.
After sending SaggyMonkey off to the airport, DiceRunner and I headed over to Hooters. I hadn’t been in that casino in forever and it didn’t take long to remember why. The casino had no energy and there weren’t any games that I wanted to play. So from Hooters we walked over to Tropicana, New York New York, and eventually settled in at that bar Brand Stakehouse at Monte Carlo for double bourbon-on-the-rocks.
After Monte Carlo we headed to China Poblano for dinner. I had the tacos which were very good, but as far as dining at Cosmopolitan goes I probably wouldn’t go back. Holsteins and Secret Pizza are much much better options. After swinging by Casino Royale for $1 Michelobs, we walked up through Wynn to Circus Circus.
We got very annoyed at Circus Circus within a few minutes due to the number of kids and decided to go see if anything was going on across the street at Riviera. It turned out there was an open $5 craps table. I can’t resist such a thing, so we pulled up to the table and bought in. We had a great run and the dealers were a blast. It’s probably the first time I had a very positive experience at Riviera.
From Riviera we walked to the Stratosphere. We played even more craps at Stratosphere before catching a cab downtown. We played more craps at Plaza and Las Vegas Club before attempting to go to Mob Bar, but they were closing. We decided it was time to cab back to LVH.
At LVH we sat down at a $5 blackjack table that was pretty even. The dealer got pissed at our cursing, so we decided to leave. It’s absurd that a dealer who is dealing the 3am shift at the LVH on a Monday night would throw a fit, but it’s fine. She just lost out on getting tipped.
The next morning after lunch at the Peppermill it was time to go to the airport and head home. Overall it was a great trip and I already can’t wait to go back. Stay tuned for more specific thoughts on parts of the trip.