Yo Philly! I understand you are coming to my town for the Iggles game this season. Double V has been out here for over 30 years and I look forward to saying hello to all of you who eat cheesesteak! I am thinking of a grill on my deck overlooking Lake Mead, but I need to check with Mrs. Vic.
The schedule will be published on Wednesday. Before you get to my home, you have some places that only we locals know. And if you promise to keep it rock bottom I’ll roll out my points of contact.
Do you want to dress your gangster?
It was the old downtown post office but now it’s the Mob Museum and it’s extraordinary! The Wall Street Journal called it “expansive and insightful”. USA Today said, “It’s the best museum in Nevada.” Vic says, “Are you looking at me?”
It will cost you $ 29.95 for the day, but if you visit after 5pm it’s $ 10 off. I don’t want to be morbid, but my favorite exhibition is the Valentine’s Day massacre wall. A commercial garage on the north side of Chicago was the site of the most terrifying gunfire in mob history. On February 14, 1929, seven members and employees of George “Bugs” Moran’s pirate gang were lined up against a wall and shot in the garage at 2122 North Clark. The St. Al Capone crew was widely suspected of ordering the hit.
When the garage was about to be demolished in 1967, entrepreneur George Patey removed the bricks from the wall. Three hundred of these stones are on display. And they still have the bullet holes!
Would you like to try some phenomenal Mexican food? Stop at Tacos El Gordo. It’s on the strip but you have to look carefully because it’s tucked away in a small mall. You can find it at 3041 S. Las Vegas Blvd. If you roll down the strip towards downtown, it will be on the right, just past the Wynn Hotel and in front of the famous Peppermill Restaurant.
If you have any problems with directions you can send my email [email protected] and I will take you there. And it’s open to all night owls until 2 a.m. on weekdays and until 4 a.m. on weekends.
Do you need a drink?
There is actually a bar called the Dive Bar! “It’s open 24 hours with sticky floors and loud music.” Her words. Not mine.
But Double V would rather meet in Dino’s Lounge. “A strip pub since 1962. Dino’s welcomes neighborhood barflies and downtown hipsters.” Her words. Not mine. They are running a karaoke contest to choose the “Drunk of the Month”. Her words again. Not mine. And I’m not kidding you, the neon sign on the front of Dino says, “Vegas have been drunk since 1962!”
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If you get into town early for the game, we plan a Wednesday night at Dino’s. Why? The Graveyard Special from midnight to 8 a.m. with $ 7 mugs of PBR and $ 4 jamo shots.
Do you need a short break?
A day trip to the Hoover Dam is just as spectacular as many of the big hotels. We recommend the Stratosphere Hotel. The views of Vegas from the 25th floor are spectacular.
There are other day trips out there if you’re interested, but you’ll need to rent a car and come with me to the nearest county, Nye, only about 45 minutes from Vegas where the virus restrictions are a little less, well, restrictive. Vegas seems to relax them every day.
Of course there is a lot more. But that’s only a tiny part of my Vegas. I’ll be available all week when the Eagles are here and we’ll let you know where the Green Army is going to head.
Might even make a video or two so you can feel the hiss. Visit me on Instagram @VegasVigorish.