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Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel is now known as the D Las Vegas.
The mobsters have made their way back to Vegas, but this time it's in an even more organized fashion with the opening of the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. "Scarface" (Al Capone), "Bugsy" (Benjamin Siegel), "The Teflon Don" (John Gotti) and "Whitey" (James Joseph Bulger, Jr.) are just a few notable names that left their fingerprints in the crime hall of infamy and now their stories are being revealed. The Mob Museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law enforcement, takes you inside the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement with high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive exhibits.
The museum's 41,000 square-foot building has as much history as the exhibitions inside. Standing three stories tall, the building was formerly the historic federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office building where one of the 14 Kefauver Hearings on organized crime was held in 1950. The museum is more than just a collection of historic photos and stories, but an interactive exhibition featuring weapons, wiretapping tools and crime scene artifacts. Visitors can even "shoot" a simulated tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and partake in FBI weapons training. Join the family - the mob family - and leave Vegas with a story you can tell your family.
Once you've learned the truth and nothing but the truth at The Mob Museum, explore Downtown Vegas by strolling along the Fremont Street Experience under 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound during the Viva Vision light show. Enjoy a drink, a song, or a game at the Fremont East Entertainment District. This urban neighborhood has a happening nightlife, diverse culture and a unique vibe with hot spots including The Griffin, The Downtown Cocktail Lounge, Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar, and Insert Coin Videolounge.
Some say downtown is the "real" Las Vegas; others are loyal to the Strip. Two sides of the story - but the truth is, you can score some great deals on rooms in vintage downtown hotels including the Golden Gate Hotel, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, Plaza Hotel, California Hotel, Vegas Club, the D Las Vegas, and Main Street Station. The history, thrill and adventure of Downtown Las Vegas allows you to experience a whole new side of the city.
It's Friday afternoon -- the perfect time to think about Happy Hour, and downing a cold one.
In Vegas, there are plenty of places to enjoy a variety of beers, including some where it's brewed on site. We'll tap into a few of them, but be sure to check out LasVegas.com for a lengthy list of places where you can find your favorites.
The Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery at Main Street Station in downtown Las Vegas is a great place to start. This microbrewery offers five varieties to choose from (and you can get a sampler of all of them, too): High Roller Gold, Royal Red Lager, Market Pale Ale, Blackchip Porter and Triple 7's featured brew of the month.
Also downtown, the Chicago Brewery and Cigar Lounge at the Four Queens offers handcrafted brews along with a unique selection of appetizers, pizzas and entrees, and of course a fine selection of cigars.
The Pub at Monte Carlo recently introduced new beer selections and a new menu to enhance your experience and Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals inside City Center has creative delicacies and a full raw bar showcasing the best of the sea and a selection of 30 premium beers.
The new Ri Ra Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay features live music, a comprehensive drink list and Irish fare that defies pub standards, and while you are there, be sure to pop by the first official Guinness store in the United States next door at Mandalay Place.
For a cozy atmosphere, you can also check out the Tenaya Creek Brewery at La Quinta Inn and Suites Northwest Tech Center in Summerlin and off the strip, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant has plenty to quench any thirst.
Ah, now we're ready for the weekend! Bottoms up!