You are actually in luck, I think - there are a couple of "old school" places downtown that have stood the test of time. The "Second Street Grill" at the Fremont should have had a name change long ago, with that moniker not at all represented either the menu (some Pacific Rim influences along with classical steakhouse offerings), or the service standards. And across the street is "Hugo's Cellar" at the Four Queens, which turns the clock way back.
But now comes that word "fun", which is one that we do not always think about for these types of establishments. On that front Hugo's would be a step ahead (the Second Street dining room is very low-key), but still not sure that it would fit the "fun" tag. Are you looking for an old-school vibe that would be fun, or a place that is a bit more lively?
hmmm... well, we are both married men, we are looking for a place to sit around and drink and talk and laugh for a few hours... We are not looking for stuffy service... We are both serious eaters and restaurant goers.. I am guessing we will have a few beers at a restaurant near by, maybe play some dollar black jack, and then go to a restaurant with better than average food in a classic vegas setting...
Is this possible? Golden Steer or Binions seemed good but, was hoping for something other than a steakhouse?
308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102
You can certainly do OK downtown - one of the keys to proper "old School" is to not be stuffy, and there are several places that can fit on that front. Hugo's Cellar and Second Street Grill will still work, as can The Flame at the El Cortez, and Triple George Grill, which sits just outside of the Casino area at 201 North 3rd.
You may want to start your beer tour at "Triple 7" at Main Street Station, which has added some nice layers of sophistication to their products over the years - even some Belgian influence now in their “Dairo's Downtown Dubbel”.