Some annual events:
Late July-Elvis Festival
The alternative weeklies for Las Vegas are Las Vegas City Life and Las Vegas Weekly. Here is a link to someones Hip Guide to Vegas. And also the Vegas Hipster.
Most of Las Vegas has converted to electronic slots where you don't put coins in. Eastside Cannery has recently started a classic gaming room wit coin operated slots. Eastside Cannery-5255 Boulder Highway,Las Vegas, NV 89122 (702) 856-5300
Late night eats.
Binions Horseshoe Coffee Shop, 128 Fremont Stree, 702-382-1600 offers a 5 dollar overnight shift special on a 10 oz. Steak and Potato.
Lawry's The Prime Rib-4043 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV-Actually a chain, this place specializes in only Prime rib, and seasons everything with Lawrys seasonings and dressings.
Memphis Championship BBQ, 4379 Las Vegas Boulevard,
North Las Vegas, (702) 644-0000 also other locations. Chain run by Mike Mills, who won numerous bbq championships.
Bob Taylor's Ranch House --6250 Rio Vista Las Vegas, waaaay off the strip, this place cooks all their steaks over a mesquite fire. Yum.
Golden Gate Casino-One Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV -part of the "old" Las Vegas experience, they are the home of the 99 cent shrimp cocktail, which is voted the best in the city.
And in the same area, Slots-A-Fun (next to Circus-Circus) serves a foot-long, 1/2-pound hot dog for 99 cents
Four Kegs Sports Bar-276 N Jones Boulevard Suite B, Las Vegas, NV 89107 (702) 870-0255 Grungy old sports bar that makes amazing Strombolis with 24 hour take out
Hash House A Go Go ·6800 W Sahara Ave · Las Vegas (702) 804-4646 -Crazy breakfasts including bacon COOKED INTO A WAFFLE!!
Peppermill's Fireside Lounge-2985 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, (702) 735-7635 Open 24 hours. Average drink $5.
old-school lounge rimmed with mirrors, low, cozy booths and a fire pit surrounded by water. Sassy waitresses that sit down at your table as they take your order. Many couples come to the Fireside just to make out.
Teatro Euro Bar At MGM Grand (Studio Walk) Las Vegas, NV
(702) 891-3695-Go go bar with a 60s spy vibe
Beauty Bar Las Vegas is located at 517 Fremont Street, at the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. Part of a mini chain of beauty bars which started in New York, this place has hair dryer seats and hipster music from 60s to today. Also one sunday a month has the drop dead gorgeous beauty pagaent.
ELLIS ISLAND CASINO & BREWERY , 4178 Koval Lane , Las Vegas , NV
cheap beer. This is what you get at Ellis Island, where their delicious brews are only $1, all the time. They have four varieties -- Light, Dark, Amber and Hefe Weiss -- and some top-notch barbecue to chase it down with.
Frankie's Tiki Room-1712 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Wierder than usual-
The Liberace Musuem-1775 East Tropicana Avenue (at Spencer)Las Vegas, Nevada 1-702-798-5595 (note: In danger!)
Double Down Saloon -4640 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV, 702.791.5775-dive bar unlike most in LV.
Legends Lounge -865 N. Lamb Blvd -Las Vegas NV 89110 702.437.9674
Fan Nation Festival, Annual fest with Hundreds of bands playing all over town.
Adventuredome (Grand Slam Canyon) Amusement Park Address: 3900 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone Number: (702) 794-3985
New York, New York Casino has an amusement park on site.
Pinball Museum-100000square feet. The new address is 1610 E. Tropicana, Las Vegas NV
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, despite my disdain for the concept, is THE place where the young go to play. Otherwise, be prepared for lots of overweight midwestern types.
The Star Trek Experience is in the Las Vegas Hilton and lets you live your inner geek. (RIP)
Stratosphere Hotel and Casino and Amusement Park- Address: 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104 Phone Number: (702) 382-4446
A tiny rollercoaster sits above a gigantic tower for the most scary coaster ride anywhere.
The worlds largest gift shop, Bonanza Gifts is on the corner of The Strip and Sahara Avenue in Las Vegas
Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino and Amusement Park- Address: P.O. Box 19129, Primm, NV 89019
Located 35 miles south of Las Vegas, this resort has, among other things, a 200+ foot rollercoaster.
The local alternative weekly for Reno is the Reno News and Review.
The Burning Man festival takes place in Black Rock not far from Reno.