What’s New & A Celebration Of Sin City History
Here’s the latest news and happenings in Las Vegas for February 2021.
Golden Gate Hotel Turns 115 Years Old
For those who just go to the Strip while in Vegas, they may not know about teh Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. It’s at Fremont Street and has been in Vegas for 115 years now. And it’s a rich part of Vegas history.
Its address is 1 Fremont Street. It had the first telephone in Vegas – the number was simply “1.” It had some of the first electric signs along the Fremont Street Experience, was a landmark during the Roaring 20s and was a popular hangout for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. Located at 1 Fremont Street, The casino also is home to a museum-like collection of artifacts in the lobby including a 1907 registration book, replica of the first phone, Prohibition-era booze bottles hidden in the walls and found during later renovations, old gaming records and much more.
For decades it was known for its 99-cent shrimp cocktail. It no longer has it, but it’s available a few blocks away at Circa.
If you want to experience some of the hotel’s history, the Golden Gate has kept its vintage charm by preserving 10 of its rooms in their original form.
AREA15 Opens New, Immersive Experiences
AREA15, the immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, announces the opening of several new experiential attractions:
- Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart is set to open in Las Vegas on February 18th
Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company, will open its second permanent installation, Omega Mart Thursday, February 18th. Featuring jaw-dropping work from international and local artists, Omega Mart sends participants of all ages on a journey through surreal worlds and immersive storytelling featuring four vast themed areas and 60 additional unique environments, including installation-filled rooms, terrains, and portals to alternate universes. Omega Mart is the anchor experience at AREA15, an immersive art and entertainment district not far from the Strip.
- The Beast by Todd English Open at AREA15
Celebrity Chef Todd English recently debuted his 6,500 square-foot food hall. Evolving from what was once a pop-up concept, the chef-driven food hall termed “The Beast” has become a permanent fixture within the entertainment venue. The Beast Food Hall features a communal dining area complete with two bars and a competitive mixology program. Standout fare on the menu includes tuna tartare wonton tacos, chile-lime watermelon salad, chilled shrimp, loaded fries with short rib ragu, buffalo wings, Korean chicken wings and more.
- Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite
Designed by Blue Man Group Co-Founder Chris Wink, Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite takes the fusion of whimsy, color, art, technology and music which he pioneered with Blue Man Group to the next level. Visitors to Wink World will walk through six infinity-mirror rooms, each one featuring a stunning production number choreographed to original music, drawing upon Wink’s love of black light and other dynamic stage effects to evoke “life force” and inspire wonder. Described by Wink as “equal parts psychedelic art house and carnival funhouse,” Wink World explores the concept of infinity in entertainingly conceptual and aesthetic ways.
Additionally, Brainstorm, Dueling Axes, Five Iron Golf, Museum Fiasco, Oz Experience, and Particle Quest are now open, and Emporium Arcade Bar opened Feb. 4.
The Mob Museum Launches Self-Guided Audio Tour
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has launched a self-guided audio tour that is auditory journey through and beyond the Museum’s four floors of exhibits.
This new resource provides a deep dive into some of Mob history’s most fascinating events and personalities. With a running time of up to 85 minutes, the tour offers more than 40 audio stops featuring intriguing tales narrated by long-time Museum volunteers, as well as insider anecdotes from former Mob defense attorney and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.
The audio tour can be started or stopped any time and allows people to take in the tour highlights or dig deeper into the certain aspects of the museum..
General admission is $29.95
Museum of Dream Space at Grand Canal Shoppes is Now Open
Museum of Dream Space, a popular multi-media art gallery, recently opened its first Nevada location inside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.
Frequently abbreviated as MoDS, this one-of-a-kind destination is open to experience an out of this world, interactive experience. Offering an immersive world of culture and creativity, MoDS Vegas is an adventure through five rooms filled with state-of-the-art technology and structural design.
As people make their way through the space they will find themselves surrounded by luxury in The Gold Room, a structural beauty entirely made up of abstract gold finishes, then magically taken away to the ethereal Moon Room – a favorite from the Beverly Hills location – before being enveloped by an electrifying experience in the next room which features vibrant floating bulbs filled with glowing electricity.