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Jul 31, 2011 06:09 AM

Looking for something old school downtown

Any fun old school places that are good? Taking a friend from Canada who has never visited downtown.. Wondering what place would be the most fun to go to...


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  1. 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?

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    1. re: QAW

      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?

      Golden Steer
      308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102

      1. re: Daniel76

        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”.

    2. If it is just guys, having drinks, talking and dinner, I would go to Golden Steer. Old vibe, decent food and it seems more like a guy type of place then Hugo's or the Flame

      Golden Steer
      308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102

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      1. re: vegasmike

        Golden Steer has been on a "downhill alert" for quite some time. Go to Triple George, decent ambience.

        Golden Steer
        308 West Sahra, Las Vegas, NV 89102