Yo Philly! I understand that you’re coming to my town for the Iggles game this season. Double V has been out here over 30 years, and I’m excited to say hello to all of you cheesesteak-eating crazies! Thinking about a bar-b-q on my patio overlooking Lake Mead, but I’ll have to check with Mrs. Vic.
The schedule will be released Wednesday, so before you come out to my house, got a few places that only us locals know. And if you promise to keep it on the down low, I’ll roll out my go-to spots.
You wanna get your gangster on?
It was the old post office downtown, but now, it’s the Mob Museum, and it is extraordinary! The Wall Street Journal called it “expansive and enlightening.” USA Today said, “It’s the best museum in Nevada.” Vic says, “You lookin’ at me?”
It’ll cost you $29.95 for the day, but if you visit after 5 p.m., it’s $10 off. Don’t wanna be morbid, but my favorite exhibit is the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Wall. A commercial garage on the north side of Chicago was the setting for the most horrible shooting in mob history. On Feb. 14, 1929, seven members and associates of George “Bugs” Moran’s bootlegging gang were lined up against a wall and shot dead inside the garage at 2122 North Clark St. Al Capone’s crew was widely suspected of ordering the hit.
When the garage was slated for demolition in 1967, entrepreneur George Patey recovered the bricks from the wall. Three hundred of those bricks are on display. And they still have the bullet holes!
Wanna try some phenomenal Mexican food? Stop at Tacos El Gordo. It’s on the Strip, but you’ll have to look carefully because it’s tucked away in a little strip mall. You can find it at 3041 S. Las Vegas Blvd. If you’re rolling down the Strip, heading toward downtown, it’s on the right, just past the Wynn Hotel and before the famous Peppermill Restaurant.
If you’re having problems with the directions, you can hit my email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll get you there. And it’s open till 2 a.m. on weekdays, 4 a.m. on the weekends for all you night owls.
Need a drink?
There’s actually a bar called the Dive Bar! “It’s open 24 hours and features sticky floors and loud music.” Their words. Not mine.
But Double V would rather meet up at Dino’s Lounge. “A Strip dive bar since 1962. Dino’s welcomes neighborhood barflies and downtown hipsters.” Their words. Not mine. They host a competitive karaoke contest to choose the “Drunk of the Month.” Again, their words. Not mine. And I kid you not, the neon sign on the front of Dino’s says, “Getting Vegas drunk since 1962!”
If you come into town early for the game, we’ll schedule a Wednesday night at Dino’s. Why? The Graveyard Special from midnight to 8 a.m. with $7 pitchers of PBR and $4 Jamo shots.
Need a quick getaway?
A day trip to the Hoover Dam is quite spectacular as are many of the big hotels. We recommend the Stratosphere Hotel. The views of Vegas from the 25th floor are spectacular.
Got some other day trips if you’re interested, but you’ll have to rent a car and come with me to the next county, Nye, only about 45 minutes from Vegas, where the virus restrictions are a little less, well, restrictive. As for Vegas, they’re relaxing them seemingly every day.
Of course, there’s much more. But that’s just a tiny slice 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 gonna roll.
Might even create a video or two so you can feel the sizzle. Check me out on Instagram @VegasVigorish.