All posts by Brianna Vargas

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Returns to the Golden Nugget

Giddy up to downtown Las Vegas for another year of rodeo fun. The Wrangler National Finals rodeo returns to Golden Nugget Las Vegas December 1 – 9. Here’s what’s going on in downtown Las Vegas casinos.

Downtown HoeDown – Fremont Street Experience

Golden Nugget Las Vegas Concert Series

December 1 – 9

10 p.m. – The Grand Event Center

1 – Terri Clark  nfr-2016-terri

2 & 3 – Lynyrd Skynyrd


4 -Tanya Tucker


5 – Brenda Lee


6 – Charlie Daniels Band


7 – 38 Special


8 – A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas


9 – Trace Adkins


Barrel Racers Autograph Session

December 6 – 12 p.m. – 1p.m.

The Grand Foyer


Meet and greet with the biggest names in barrel racing at the Golden Nugget’s exclusive autograph session.

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The Ultimate Guide to downtown Las Vegas Restaurants

Unleash the foodie in you and experience the best dinning in Las Vegas. Downtown has everything your taste buds are hoping for.


Lilies Asian Cuisine – Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Open: 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Enjoy Chinese and Japanese appetizers, soups, salads, stir-fry and traditional Asian noodle dishes. Or dine at the hibachi table.

Red Sushi Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Open: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Happy Hour: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily

Most popular appetizers include Ahi Poke on Lotus Chips, Spicy Tuna And Avocado Stack, and Tuna Tataki with citrus ponzu sauce.


Vic and Anthony’s – Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Vic & Anthony's Entrance

Open: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Voted Best Steak, Best Food and Best Service in Las Vegas by Open Table.

Oscar’s Steak House – Plaza


The restaurant’s entrées and appetizers are inspired by form Mayor Oscar B. Goodman’s family recipes and tailored to meet the tastes of even the most discerning diners.


Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar –  Golden Nugget Las Vegas

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Open: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 1 a.m. Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. Sun.

Happy Hour: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Enjoy mouth-watering Mexican food and over 70 boutique Tequilas.

La Comida

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Enjoy Mexican favorites with and American rock twist.


Grotto – Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Open: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sun.  – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat.

Happy Hour: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri. and 10:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Sun. – Thurs.

Voted Best Italian by Casino Player’s Best Dining & Nightlife.

Andiamo Italian SteakhouseThe D Las Vegas


Open: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Daily

Indulge in premium American steaks and irresistible Italian favorites


Chart House –  Golden Nugget Las Vegas

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Open: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Fri. – Sat.

Happy Hour: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Fri.

Voted Best Seafood & Happy Hour by Casino Player’s Best Dining and Nightlife.

Hugo’s Cellar – Four Queens Hotel

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Open: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Daily

Voted Best Gourmet Room by Las Vegas Review Journal.


Claim Jumper –  Golden Nugget Las Vegas

Claim Jumpers

Open: 24 Hours Daily

The menu features a medley of homemade dishes, including burgers, sandwiches, fresh-baked pot pie, specialty salads, pasta, baby back pork ribs, seafood, Certified Angus Beef, USDA Choice steaks and more.

Therapy Las Vegas


Open: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sun. – Thurs., 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m. Fri. – Sat.

Therapy offers progressive, yet approachable American cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails

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Tickets on Sale now for Fall Beer Fest

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Golden Nugget Las Vegas‘ annual Fall Beer Fest returns for it’s seventh year, September 17 – 18.


Beer Fest weekend begins with a Grand Tasting in the Grand Event Center Saturday, September 17 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sample over 125 craft beer selections from 30 breweries while enjoying music and complimentary chef-inspired appetizers.


Finish Beer Fest weekend at the infamous Shark Tank Pool Sunday, September 18! From 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. enjoy more than 125 different beers, great food, and music all set to the background of the 200,000 gallon tank.

Vendors will be released closer to the date of the event.

Purchase tickets here.

Checkout last years’s event!

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Guide to the Best Breakfast in downtown Las Vegas

Everybody’s got to eat right? Here’s a complete list of where you need to stop for breakfast during your next trip to downtown Las Vegas.

Claim Jumper – Golden Nugget Las Vegas


Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Famous for food crafted with the best ingredients and an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar – Golden Nugget Las Vegas

El Ranchero

Hours: Saturday Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 a.m., Sunday 9 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Mouth-watering Mexican food and over 70 boutique Tequilas!

Du-Par’s Restaurant & Bakery


Hours: 24 Hours Daily

Two words, “hot cakes.”

Hash House A Go Go


Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Farm-fresh food with a funky, modern twist.



Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Weekend 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Serving classics with a modern twist, everything on the menu is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Donut Bar

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Hours: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. (unless sold out)

Vote MOST AWARD WINNING Donut in the USA –  Awarded Top 10 Donut Shops by USA Today and

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52 Fridays Fall Acts Now on Sale

52 Fridays Concert Series continues throughout 2016 with some of the biggest names in music. Get your tickets before they’re gone!



2 –The Oak Ridge Boys


9 – The Zombies

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16 – The Grass Roots

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Grass Roots Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

23 – Johnny Rivers


30 – Night Ranger



7 – The Guess Who

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14 – Foghat


21 – Eddie Money


28 – Loverboy



4 – America


11 – Lou Gramm “The Juke Box Hero” & Former Voice of Foreigner

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18 – Little River Band

Little River Band

25 – Eric Burdon & The Animals

Eric Burdon live

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Vegas Do’s and Don’ts

So you’re planning a trip to Viva Las Vegas. Whether it’s your first time or your 15th, you’ll need a little guidance to get the most of your visit.


Choose downtown for the food

Tilapia Biance

Downtown Las Vegas offers the biggest selection of restaurants ranging from Grotto Italian Restaurant to Chart House seafood to Cadillac Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar to Red Sushi to Vic and Anthony’s Steakhouse and even Claim Jumper comfort food.

Devote at least one night to splurging

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You’re in Vegas; go wild! Shop til you drop and splurge on elegant watches and jewelry or even name brand clothing and accessories. Buy bottle service at Gold Diggers Night Club and stay out way past your bed time.

Discover Las Vegas history

Golden Nugget historic Casino sign in the Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas, Nevada
Golden Nugget historic Casino sign in the Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas is rich with history. Take a tour of old signs at the Neon Boneyard. Walk the Fremont Street Experience. Or visit the Golden Nugget Showroom where Frank Sinatra once performed.

Experience the best entertainment

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There’s no city like Las Vegas when it’s show time. Discover award winning performers at the 52 Friday’s Concert Series. Meet your favorite celebrities at Gordie Brown Live. Discover a band or even see a showgirl.

Attend a pool party


Skip the bar and head straight to The Tank or The Hideout for poolside fun. Discover DJ’s, libations and a new talent for party games. From night swims to movie nights – there’s something to do all season.


Visit just one bar

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You’re on vacation! Don’t limit yourself to one drinking hole. Try the Sip and Stroll bar crawl and discover eight new cocktails.

Miss free entertainment


Downtown is known for FREE live music. Checkout Fremont Street Experience‘s live stages packed nightly with new talent. Or head inside to the Golden Nugget and checkout local bands at Rush Lounge.

Bring the kids


Although Golden Nugget is home to a 200,000 gallon Shark Tank aquarium with a waterside, downtown isn’t the place for under 21. Leave the kids at home and experience all Vegas has to offer.

Skip brunch mimosas

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After a long night, chances are you’re going to have a rough morning. Vegas is known for its buffets. So grab your mimosa and refuel for the day ahead of you.

Leave Fremont Street

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Food, drink, gaming and entertainment – what more can you need on your Vegas vacation? Downtown Las Vegas hotels and casinos have everything you need for the perfect trip.

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Three Important Las Vegas Travel Tips

So you want to pay a visit to Viva Las Vegas. Get ready for best vacation of a lifetime. Before you pack your bags and board your plane, here are a few tips on Vegas hotels.


Bring a Credit Card.


Every hotel requires some kind of security deposit in case you get wild and crazy during your stay. This temporary payment holds a certain amount of money on your card until you checkout. If you chose to use a debit card, your bank can take several days to release these funds back to you. Bring a credit card instead. Not only is it safe because it doesn’t allow direct access to your bank account, but your deposit will be released instantly.

Everyone has a resort fee.

Spa Entry

Let’s get real. Every big hotel offers a daily resort fee package to its guests. Although they may vary in pricing (depending on the property), they all include the basics: gym, parking, water and WIFI. The Golden Nugget offers a $25 discounted package that includes WIFI for two devices, in-room bottled water, parking, printed boarding passes, daily newspaper, downtown coupons, access to the workout facility in the Spa and discounted tickets to headliner Gordie Brown. This daily price is almost half off the amenities included!

Parking isn’t always free.


As of June 2016, several strip hotels have started charging a daily fee to use their parking garages. Like most hotels in Las Vegas, parking is a hot commodity. There are visitors coming just to gamble, just to eat or even just to explore. With thousands of guests visiting Las Vegas hotels daily, parking is a big deal. Several downtown Las Vegas hotels, like the Golden Nugget, do reserve parking for their hotel guests.

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Shark Days at the Golden Nugget

Shark Week is back and the Golden Nugget is celebrating with a week of activities and specials June 24 – July 3.

Shark Day

Movies at The Tank

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Come enjoy our poolside screening of your favorite movies! The screening will start at 8 p.m. and is open to all ages. Complimentary General Admission!

6/24 – JAWS

Don’t miss out on out on our Flip Flop Design going starting at 7 p.m. Decorate your pair with Shark Bling as you enjoy JAWS.

Food and Beverage Specials


Shark Bites $6

Chicken Nuggets of the seas

Fish & Chips $9

Breaded fillets accompanied by fried potato wedges

Fish Bait $12

Breaded Catfish nuggets sweet potato fries and spicy tartar sauce

Sharky Souvenir $5

Sip in style with the Sharky Souvenir Cup

Meet Marty the Party Shark


Marty the Party Shark will be at the pool all Shark Week long! He will be available for photos from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Selfie Station at The Tank


But first, let’s take a selfie! Enjoy the exclusive Golden Nugget photo booth set up at The Tank and post directly to social media.


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Guide to the best summer entertainment in downtown Las Vegas

The weather isn’t the only thing sizzling this summer. Make downtown Las Vegas part of your entertainment hit list.

Gordie Brown at Golden Nugget Las Vegas – Tues – Thur., Sat & Sun – 7:30 p.m.

Impressionist, singer and entertainer Gordie Brown is well known for his amazing comedy and celebrity impressions such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone, as well as Las Vegas icons like Elvis Presley and Sammy Davis, Jr.

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June 17 – The Temptations Review ft. Dennis Edwards and Martha Reeves and The Vandellas

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June 24 – Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Felix Cavalier

July 1- Tommy Jame & the Shondells

Tommy James and The Shondells

July 8 – John Waite


July 15 – The Happy Together Tour

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July 22 – BJ Thomas

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July 29 – Jefferson Starship

Jefferson Starship

August 5 – Ricky Nelson Remembered: Starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson


August 12 – The Buckinghams


August 19 – Paul Revere’s Raiders with Mitch Ryder


August 26 – Gary Lewis & the Playboys

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September 2 – The Oak Ridge Boys


September 9- The Zombies

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September 16 – The Grass Roots

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Grass Roots Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

September 26 – Johnny Rivers


September 30 – Night Ranger


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Fremont Street Experience 3rd Street Stage – 9 p.m.

June 11: 3 Doors Down

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July 2: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Cherry Poppin Daddies

July 23: Robby Krieger of The Doors

Robby Krieger

August 6:  Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon

August 20: Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

September 3: Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth

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July 15 -Boston


July 22 – Barenaked Ladies


August 12 – Summerland Tour 2016


August 27 – Yes


September 16 – Goo Goo Dolls


September 17 – Counting Crows and Rob Thomas


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Free Things to do this summer in downtown Las Vegas

Summer has arrived in Las Vegas and downtown is packed with FREE events you’ll actually want to attend.

Las Vegas Pool Parties


Soak up the sun at The Tank and Hideout Pool Club at the Golden Nugget.

June 16: Electric Blue Night Swim – 7 p.m. – midnight

Summer EDC event at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas

June 17 – 19: Unity takeover at the Hideout Dayclub

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July 1: Red, White and Booze Night Swim

Summer event at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas


July 7: Blend Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


July 15: Jurassic Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


August 5: Olympic Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


August 11: Blend LGBT Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


August 26: Swimsuits and Hometown Roots Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


September 1: Blend LGBT Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


September 2: Bikinis and Martinis Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


September 16: Baywatch Night Swim- 7 p.m. – midnight


Rock of Vegas Concert Series


Fremont Street Experience brings back Rock of Vegas summer Concert Series with the biggest names in music. Showtime is at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street Stage.

June 11: 3 Doors Down

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July 2: Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Cherry Poppin Daddies

July 23: Robby Krieger of The Doors

Robby Krieger

August 6:  Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon

August 20: Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

September 3: Smash Mouth

Smash Mouth

Movie Nights


Enjoy a movie night with the whole family to the back drop of a 200,000 gallon shark tank aquarium. Doors open at 7 p.m.

June 24: Jaws

July 16: Pixels

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