Filling The Steins, Vegas Style

If there’s a better North American city than Las Vegas in which to fill one’s stein, I’ve yet to find it.  After a five-and-a-half year absence, I returned to Sin City for four nights to attend a one-and-a-half day work conference.  Do the math, and you’ll find I was left with an excessive amount of time to explore some of the best places in Vegas for stein-filling and all the associated debauchery.  So, while the experience is still fresh in my mind (at least the parts that I can remember at all), Fill The Steins proudly presents our favorite places to go and things to do in Las Vegas.

Stein Filling: Todd English P.U.B. (Public Urban House) – I’ve always thought Vegas was a tricky city for drinking.  That may sound crazy, since beer and booze are literally available EVERYWHERE on the strip, but for a guy like me who’ll always take the sports bar, pub-style establishment over the dance club, lounge scene that permeates Vegas, the Todd English P.U.B. is a welcome addition to Las Vegas Boulevard.  Located within the ultra-impressive Aria’s lavish “Crystals at City Center”, Todd English P.U.B. gives casual, laid back stein fillers everything we could want and more.  The pub offers its patrons nearly 40 beers on tap, another 30 kinds of bottled beer (all of which are available in multi-bottle bucket deals), and two happy hours per night (from 3pm-6pm and 10pm-close).  On football game days, the pub also offers a variety of brunch specials and drink deals that, coupled with their eight HD TVs, make it a perfect spot on the strip to watch your favorite team.  If you’re looking for a good ol’ fashioned English-style pub to fill your stein, Todd English P.U.B. is the place to be.  Located at 3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd; www.toddenglishpub.com.

Fine Dining: Delmonico Steakhouse – If you’re going to be in Vegas for four nights, as I was, it’s never a bad idea to identify just one of those nights to treat yourself to a fine dining experience.  With top-notch restaurants created by well-known chefs at virtually every turn, there’s no shortage of acceptable options.  Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico, located in the awesome Venetian, takes the fine dining steakhouse concept to a level unmatched in Sin City.  Six oysters on the half shell and the restaurant’s hand-cut truffle & parmesan potato chips lead perfectly into the restaurants signature cut, the bone-in ribeye served with a light herbal butter coating.  Couple your steak with Emeril’s baked Anson Mills grits served with Vermont white cheddar and bacon, and your belly will be as full as your stein.  While everything on the menu more than satisfies, the world-class service takes the Delmonico experience to the highest level, as a professional yet fun headwaiter is complimented by an attentive yet seemingly invisible group of team waiters and runners.  By the end of the meal, if your belly isn’t as satisfyingly full as your stein, well, that’s on you, because you’ve clearly done something wrong.  Located at 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd; www.emerilsrestaurants.com/delmonico-steakhouse.

PokerBellagio Poker Room – In spite of recent additions at the Aria and Wynn casinos to the high-end poker room scene in Las Vegas, the heart and soul of Las Vegas poker is still the world-famous Bellagio poker room.  Games of all levels in this cozy-yet-elegant setting allow low limit amateurs like yours truly, who want to comfortably play a $1-$3 game, can still feel like a big shot by rubbing elbows with some of the best and most well-known professional players in world, who are doing their job at the high limit tables located in the “Bobby’s Room” enclave just a few feet away (side note: the poker celebrities of choice last Tuesday included high stakes cash game legend Chau Giang and up-and-coming tournament star David “Doc” Sands).  As someone who’s sat down at poker tables in over 20 casinos around the world, I can honestly say I’ve had no better feeling that walking out of the legendary and challenging Bellagio poker room as a winner.  If you want to feel and be treated like a high level pro while only risking what amounts to pocket change for many in the room, Bellagio is still the best place to shuffle up and deal.  Located at 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd; www.bellagio.com/casino/poker-room.aspx.

Sports Betting: MGM Grand’s Race & Sports Book – Thirty-six 65″ LCD TVs.  Twenty-four 42″ plasma TVs.  Seventeen separate sports betting stations.  5,300 square feet.  What better environment could a sports better possibly have than that?  The MGM unquestionably provides the very best sports book in all of Vegas.  Show your ultimate support for the Black Bears by betting on UMaine football, then sit back, relax, and enjoy all the action with complimentary drinks after you’ve placed your bet.  That’s right, it’s free to fill your stein in the MGM Sports Book, meaning regardless of the outcome of your bet, you’ll always be a winner there.  Located at 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd; www.mgmgrand.com/casino/race-sports-book.aspx.

Don’t see your favorite Vegas spot on this list?  Share your top picks in the comments section and tell us where you’ve had the most fun filling your stein and emptying your pocketbook in Sin City.  Unless your favorite spot is a pool.  We don’t care about the pool.  We freckle.

Photo courtesy buyinlasvegas.com 

One Response to “ Filling The Steins, Vegas Style ”

  1. Love the MGM Book. One of my very favorite places in all of Vegas.

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