The good thing about downtown Las Vegas is that there are lots of gambling, good, and entertainment options within close proximity.

If one table is cold, or you feel like heading to another casino for any reason, there are options all around.

If you’ve never been to downtown Las Vegas, there are a series of casinos that line Fremont Street, just like in the pics below. Tourists are allowed to walk along the street.

Drinking in public is allowed. Each casino has plastic cups near the entrances and exits, so that you can pour any bottles into plastic cups. Glass is not allowed on Fremont.

Fremont (pronounced ‘Free-mont’, but spelled with one ‘e’) is relatively clean nowadays. About 15 years ago, downtown was a bit shady and perpetually smelled like urine. Nowadays, it’s a bit more tourist friendly, although most wouldn’t describe Fremont as ‘kid’ friendly. At night, sometimes the smell of marijuana can be strong and pervasive.

Here are some sights to give you an idea of what Fremont looks like during the daytime…

Downtown Las Vegas performers are now given a spot by the city. Here is a performer in her marked spot.

Another performer in their circled area…

The entrance to Binions, with the craps table near the front.
Cheap eats advertised at Binions. The food is good, too.

Tip for ‘free’ parking:

Downtown parking is now mostly paid parking, unless you’re a guest of a hotel. But there is one way to get ‘free’ parking easily, if you are willing to jump through a simple hoop and have some self discipline. Binions will offer free parking for their gamblers.

When you pull into the garage at Binions, you will receive a parking ticket, like the one below.

Go up to a craps table or any table, and buy in.

Do it just like this for most efficiency: toss the box or dealer your parking ticket, your buy-in money, and your players card. All at the same time. Be sure to tell him that you will be there for 24 hours.

You don’t need a player’s card, but the player’s card is good for some freebies.

If you parked in the garage, you will take the elevator to the casino, and the players card sign-up is to your right, about 50 feet after you exit the elevator on the casino floor.

Unlike many strip casinos, most downtown craps games still have a boxman.

If you didn’t tell the boxman that you will be there for 24 hours, he will stamp your ticket for 4 hours of free parking. Four hours downtown can fly by quickly, especially if you decide to visit some of the slightly off Fremont casinos, such as Main Street Station (20x odds craps). Be sure so tell him that you will be there for 24 hours.

After he gives you back your validated parking ticket, you are free to walk away and not play a hand.

If you don’t play craps, go up to any table game. Just be sure to give the parking ticket to the dealer and tell them to stamp it for 24 hours.

You can then just leave the table, without having made a bet. I’ve done it plenty of times and never received push back from the box or staff.

If you decide to play, that’s fine, too. At a house edge of 1.41% on the pass, it’s good cheap fun; after all, you’re there to gamble anyways, right?

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0 thoughts on “Pics of Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, Daytime

  • RG…

    Where is the best place to get Prime rib or ribeye steak in downtown? The years that the cafe at the CAL has a good Prime rib special…have you tried? I’m sure all of your meals are comped and you never have to worry…lol

    • RoadGambler says:

      Darrell, when it comes to grilled steaks, I’m more of a fan of New York Strip than ribeye.

      But you mentioned one of my weaknesses. I love prime rib. Downtown Las Vegas has tons of prime rib specials.

      My opinion on prime rib is a dish that’s hard to mess up, if done with any level of competency. The only way they can mess it up is to overcook it, dry out the prime rib (by an untrained person pressing or piercing the prime rib during the cooking or cutting process), undersalt the au jus, or have really bad sides.

      It’s hard to pick a place that’s the best downtown.

      If you twisted my arm and made me pick, I’d pick Hugo’s Cellar in the 4 Queens as the ‘best’. It’s a bit overpriced, IMO. ‘Best’ is highly subjective and the margin between ‘good’ and ‘best’ is slim.

      I think the prime rib at the Market Street Cafe (in the California Hotel) is awesome. Last time I ate there, it was $9.99 and was delicious. I think that’s the same one you’re referring to, and I agree, it’s fantastic.

      I like the prime rib special at Tony Roma’s, too. They also run promos, but the line is usually too long, unless you want to eat dinner at 4:30.

      The only downtown LV prime rib I did not like was at the Magnolia Veranda in the 4 Queens. It was a bit under salted and bland. We ate there because the 4 Queens regularly runs a prime rib promotion. I was especially disappointed because the prime rib at Hugo’s Cellar, located in the same hotel, was so good.

      Downtown really is a prime rib paradise.

      BTW, my favorite way to eat prime rib is at a good buffet that knows how to handle prime rib. The good part of the prime rib is the spinalis dorsi and the Iliocostalis. Those are the tender and flavorful parts around the middle part of the prime rib. I’ll eat those parts, and throw out the middle. Can’t really do that if it’s not a buffet.

      Prime rib at a buffet can be hit or miss, even at the best buffet. The problem with eating prime rib at a buffet is not just the cook, but also the person cutting the prime rib. Usually, it’s someone who’s not trained to cut and handle the prime rib, so they take the large serving fork, pierce the prime rib, press down on the prime rib, and then saw through the prime rib with a knife that isn’t optimally sharpened. The result is that juices run out of the prime rib. Dry prime rib.

      It might be good one day at any buffet, and then the next day, it might not be as good because of the person cutting the prime rib. Hit or miss, like I said, so I developed a method for scouting the buffet. When I’m in a mood to gorge on prime rib, I’ll ask the cashier if I can go look at the food. Then I head to the prime rib station and look at the prime rib and see if it’s dried out (you can usually tell just by looking at it). Sometimes, you can tell by watching the person cutting the prime rib. Takes about 30 seconds to tell if you’re going to have good prime rib.

      Happy eating, my friend.

  • By the way. Can’t wait for your interview with Cousin Vito’s podcast this week. Hopefully we’ll get to know more about the famous Roadgambler.

  • Greetings Road Gambler.
    On my first trip to Vegas in the 80s, I stayed and played at the Sahara. The craps dealers were a very well-seasoned bunch. I remember one guy on stick in particular had a great style. He talked out of the right side of his mouth, like you’d see in the movies. And just about everything he said rhymed. For instance, dice that landed on the rail: “It’s in the cedar, I can’t read her.” If a 4 rolled, it was “Little Joe from Kokomo. ” Call me superstitious, but I believe the way a stickman runs the game has something to do with the outcome. You may notice when people bet for the dealer on a long roll, the dice seem to come out faster with less stalling. Where are the best stickmen now and do you have favorite stickman sayings? I enjoy your work.

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