It’s no secret that Las Vegas has strong ties to the mob that started around the 1950s. Originally, most of the casinos on the strip and in downtown Las Vegas were owned by the mob and organized crime was rampant throughout the city.
The Mob Museum, or the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opened its doors to downtown Vegas in 2012 and is one of the most popular attractions in the downtown area. The museum is an interactive journey through the history of the mob and organized crime as well as the history of Las Vegas and how the city’s roots are connected to the mob.
Located in the old federal courthouse, the crown jewel of the museum is the second-floor courtroom where one of the Kefauver Committee hearings was held in the 1950s to expose organized crime. That courtroom now serves as part of the museum and plays a short film detailing the hearings and how they impacted the country.
Just down the street from the museum is one of Las Vegas’ best restaurants, Oscar’s Steakhouse, named for Mayor Oscar Goodman himself. Before becoming mayor of Las Vegas, Goodman worked as a defense attorney and defended many clients that are featured in the mob museum that were accused of organized crime such as Meyer Lansky and Frank Rosenthal. Mayor Goodman has often been referred to as the city’s most popular mayor and served for the maximum amount of terms that a mayor can serve in Las Vegas.
Named after Mayor Goodman, Oscar’s Steakhouse features perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill. The steakhouse overlooks downtown Las Vegas from its vantage point at The Plaza Hotel & Casino. In addition to the Mob Museum, a visit to Oscar’s is a must do when visiting downtown Las Vegas.
Luckily, the two have teamed up to give you an offer you can’t refuse. You can get tickets to the Mob Museum and a three-course prix fixe meal at Oscar’s with a cocktail in one all-inclusive package which costs $99 per person. If you’re looking for a perfect night in downtown Vegas this is the best deal for you.
Due to its popularity, we do encourage you to call ahead and make reservations at Oscar’s Steakhouse even if you’ve purchased a package.
Downtown Las Vegas is made for a huge St. Patrick’s Day party!
What better way is there to celebrate the holiday than by drinking green beer, pinching people who aren’t wearing green, and dancing with a leprechaun?
Downtown Las Vegas is a popular destination for locals and tourists to come and celebrate the day. Starting at 7 p.m. The Plaza Hotel & Casino will be celebrating the holiday under the aptly green dome. Bring your friends and family to enjoy live music and drink specials inspired by the holiday. There will even be leprechauns! Dance the night away under the dome and at 10 p.m. there will be a spectacularly green firework show.
About St. Patrick’s Day
Historically, the holiday was created in the early 17th century to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is celebrated yearly on March 17th, the day that Saint Patrick died.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish and celebrations usually include parades, festivals, wearing green, and shamrocks. Traditionally, the restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol were lifted on St. Patrick’s Day, which has encouraged the tradition of consuming a lot of alcohol on the holiday.
Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t directly an American holiday, we Americans just like the Irish, love any excuse to throw a parade and drink a lot of beer, so we obviously adopted the tradition.
If you’re looking for more activities to celebrate the holiday in downtown Vegas, you can see if you have luck of the Irish and try your hand in the casino. This year, St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday which makes it the perfect day to drink a lot, party downtown, and then safely stay the night at The Plaza.
The holiday is widely celebrated in Las Vegas so be sure to book a room in advance to ensure that you can party on all night long. We’ll see you there in your best green outfit!
If you’re looking for somewhere to watch March Mania among other crazed college basketball fans, The Plaza Hotel and Casino is the place to go.
On March 15th-18th The Plaza will host daily viewing parties. Tickets are $15 for a one day pass or $40 for all four days. Each ticket includes a T-Shirt, daily drink, and daily food item. The Plaza Events Center is the best place to watch the games because there are 18 screens and 2 projectors with state of the art sound equipment. Join us for March Mania and cheer on your team!
March Mania seems to be the time of year when everyone gathers around glued to their TV to cheer for their favorite college basketball team. This year March Mania begins on March 13th and ends on April 2nd in San Antonio, Texas for the championship game.
A total of 68 teams will enter the tournament this year. Out of those 68, 32 are automatic bids based off of who wins their conference’s tournament and the other 36 bids are selected by the NCAA Selection Committee.
The first four will be played in Dayton, Ohio. The first and second rounds will be played in Pittsburgh, Wichita, Dallas, Boise, Charlotte, Detroit, Nashville, and San Diego. These rounds are held in a variety of college arenas with the exception of the Dallas game being held in the American Airlines Center. The regional semi-finals and finals will be held in Los Angeles for the West Region, Atlanta for the South region, Boston for the East region, and Omaha for the Midwest region.
Each region has four teams that will advance to the Top 16 in the tournament. There are already guesses and bracket projections for who these 16 teams will be. Many speculate that Duke, Michigan State and Arizona are some of the top teams to be on the lookout for this season.
Many people dream of attending a live UFC event in Las Vegas. The fights bring in many people from all over the country and flood the strip with UFC fans. However, if you can’t watch a fight live, going to a Vegas viewing party is the next best thing.
Where to watch UFC in Las Vegas?
Viewing parties wrap up all that Las Vegas has to offer into one event. You’ll get a great view of the fight, drink specials, food, and even a chance to win two seats for an upcoming UFC event live at the T-Mobile Arena. Watching the UFC fight at the Plaza Events Center puts you in the center of all the action.
The event center is a 5,000-square foot space with 18 large screen HD televisions, two projectors and a top quality sound system. It’s the best place to watch games and fights downtown. The seating is comfortable and the multiple TVs provide views of the fight from all different angles so you won’t miss a thing.
Guests attending our UFC viewing parties are offered $4 specials on beer or $15 specials on buckets so you can keep the refreshments going all night long. Tickets are $20 to purchase normally or half off at $10 for Royal Rewards members. The Plaza Event Center is located conveniently on the casino floor so the party doesn’t have to stop once the fight is over.
Be sure to book a room at The Plaza Hotel & Casino so you don’t have to worry about getting home and can have fun all night in downtown Las Vegas after the fight.
The Plaza is located right by the Fremont Street Experience and essential downtown bars and restaurants so you can turn fight night into a whole getaway and celebrate your fighter’s victory! We hope to see you at the party.
Valentine’s Day is the one day a year we truly get to celebrate love and enjoy time with that special someone, even if that special someone is yourself!
If you’re trying to impress someone, the best way to make a good impression is to wine and dine them with a delicious meal. There’s no shortage of extraordinary restaurants in Las Vegas and you can find cuisine from all around the world, but when it comes to a romantic dinner for two nothing beats the iconic Oscar’s steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino.
Oscar’s Steakhouse is located in the Plaza dome which overlooks Fremont Street with astounding views of the lights in downtown Vegas. The steakhouse is known for perfectly aged steaks that are cooked over a 600-degree grill. The entrees and appetizers are all inspired by family recipes so you’ll feel like you’re eating a delicious home cooked meal in the most elegant setting.
Did we mention Oscar’s Steakhouse was voted Best of Las Vegas?
On Valentine’s Day, Oscar’s Steakhouse is offering a special three-course menu that offers something for everyone and comes with an optional wine pairing for each course. The meal starts with your choice of a caprese or arugula salad, paired with Nuschese wine. For the second course, you can choose between pan-seared sea bass or filet mignon and lobster tail. The seabass is served with a red pepper sauce and cauliflower puree, paired with a Chardonnay. The six-ounce filet mignon and lobster tail is served with roasted fingerling potatoes and vegetables, paired with a cabernet sauvignon. To finish off the meal with a romantic touch, a trio of chocolate mousse with a chocolate covered strawberry is served with champagne.
This three-course meal is $65 individually or $130 with your Valentine and an additional $20 per person for the wine pairing with each course.
Oscar’s is a popular spot for Valentine’s Day so it’s highly recommended to make reservations by calling 702-386-7227 or make your Valentine’s Day Reservation online.
We hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with love and delicious food!
February isn’t just about Valentine’s Day — it’s also about football!
About The Teams
The teams are set, The Philadelphia Eagles make their return to the Big Game since 2005 when they lost to Tom Brady and The New England Patriots.
The Patriots look to win their 6th championship in the last 15 years and continue their run as the most dominant NFL team in recent memory. This will be their 8th championship appearance in the last 17 years.
This showdown should be one for the ages.
Where To Watch The Big Game?
It is never too early to start making plans for the Big Game, and in 2018 there is no better place to watch the Big Game and party afterward than Downtown Las Vegas. Cheer for your team and enjoy delicious food and drinks at the following downtown destinations.
Plaza’s Big Game 2018 Viewing Party
To watch the big game, join The Plaza’s massive Big Game Party in the newly renovated Sierra Ballroom. Included in the ticket price, we will have a stadium food buffet, open bar, William Hill betting stations and sports memorabilia for purchase. The game will be broadcast on several large screen televisions and projectors, so you’ll have a great view no matter where you are.
General admission tickets are $125 and include a stadium food buffet, open bar, betting stations and sports memorabilia available for purchase. Hurry! The price goes up to $150 on February 3rd.
Every year, the Plaza’s Big Game Viewing Party offers both residents and tourists an exciting environment, complete with excellent food and drinks, for rooting on your favorite team!
If you’re looking for somewhere great to celebrate your birthday, look no further than the Plaza. The hotel is close to all of the most exciting aspects of Downtown Las Vegas so you know you’re going to have a fantastic time. Here are a few things to look forward to when you celebrate your birthday at the Plaza.
For starters, receive 25% off room rates when staying during your birthday. To receive the discount on the room rates for all nights of your stay, you must book using the following link and then at check-in present a valid ID showing a birthday that falls on one of the nights of your stay.
Bingo is the perfect birthday activity. Head to downtown’s only bingo room at the Plaza for a free birthday bingo dauber to get your night started right. You can bring all of your friends and enjoy a friendly game to celebrate your birthday. The great thing about bingo, aside from all the fun you and your friends will have playing it, is that everyone already knows how to play. Free dauber available on your actual birthday only.
After enjoying your time at the casino, head up to Oscar’s for the perfect birthday-worthy meal. Winner of Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal, Oscar’s does it right. You will have plenty to choose from including juicy filets, succulent prime rib, fresh seafood, and traditional sides made to perfection. After dinner, enjoy a complimentary celebratory dessert on the house in celebration of your special day! This offer is valid for up to 7 days after your birthday. Don’t forget to try Oscar’s signature Bombay Sapphire martini while you’re there.
After that, see a show at the Plaza, or head out the front doors to Fremont Street to see the canopy light show and enjoy the street entertainment. Whatever you decide to do, celebrating at the Plaza makes for a birthday you aren’t soon to forget.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino is your home for all things Rodeo
Throughout the Plaza’s 35-year history, the Plaza has been a destination for rodeo fans. National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas brings the best of Las Vegas with none shining brighter than the Plaza Hotel Casino, official hotel sponsor of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).
The Plaza Hotel & Casino won Gold in five categories for Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual list of the Best of Las Vegas. Las Vegas visitors and locals choose their favorite businesses and vote for their favorites in several categories.
The Plaza is excited to be chosen by our customers for:
Best Downtown Hotel
Best Downtown Slots
Best Downtown Hotel Pool
Best Steakhouse – Oscar’s Steakhouse
Now we are adding a new category to the list. Downtown Las Vegas’ best practice arena.
The Plaza is hosting downtown Las Vegas’ first and only practice arena and stalls presented by Hell-O-Matic. We want to make all cowboys and cowgirls feel at home. That’s why we built a 100 ft. x 240 ft. practice area with 120 VIP stalls and 24-hour security.
The practice arena will be located right outside the Plaza, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Team roping practices are being held daily Dec. 4-16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with grade A and B live steers. Come and see some of Rodeo’s best show off their skills before they perform in front of a packed arena at the Thomas and Mack Center.
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is the world’s premier rodeo. Held annually since 1959 – some of the greatest cowboys in history have competed in several events including:
Saddle bronc riding
And of course, bull riding!
Why should you come visit the Plaza during the NFR?
Roy Cooper, Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame member, thinks you’d love it here. “Nowhere else in downtown Las Vegas can you find the great amenities that the Plaza is offering. The Plaza has really stepped up – especially by building an arena and stalls – all to make cowboys like me feel at home”.
Guests staying at the Plaza can reserve two stalls and trailer/truck parking at a special rate.
Every night of the NFR, the Plaza will host a free viewing party in its new Plaza Events Center, which has 18 large high-definition television screens and seats up to 400 guests. You’ll feel like you are part of the action from the comfort of your seat with drink and food specials.
For those that like to be closer to the action, we’ll take you to the NFR.
Guests can take advantage of the Plaza’s free shuttle service to the Thomas and Mack Center offered nightly from 5 to 7 p.m. and returning 9 to 10:30 p.m.
Our shuttles are a great place to talk about all the amazing action you just witnessed and will back to the Plaza for nightly Live NFR Feed Viewing Parties with live entertainment and of course, food and drink specials because the fun is only beginning.
If you got enough live action and fun at the NFR, relax at the Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas (as voted on by Las Vegas visitors and locals), and enjoy NFR food specials.
There is only one thing more legendary than the Plaza’s history and award-winning service, Oscar Goodman.
Oscar Goodman, known best as the “Happiest Mayor in the Universe”, served three terms as mayor of the city of Las Vegas.
In December 2011, former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman opened a unique Steakhouse. Located inside of the iconic dome of the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Guests are treated to a spectacular view of Fremont Street.
Known for its perfectly aged steaks cooked over a 600-degree grill, Oscar’s Steakhouse will have three special menus during the NFR.
We want the Plaza to feel like home, that’s why we are offering these three NFR Specials:
Special braised short rib over country grits with fried onions
Slow roasted prime rib with loaded mashed potatoes and green beans
A whiskey BBQ glazed sirloin steak with a baked potato and brussel sprouts
Each of these meals are only $35.
Reservations for dinner are recommended and can be made online. You may even catch Oscar himself enjoying a martini and sharing stories of old Las Vegas. Come join us now.
February isn’t just about Valentine’s Day — it’s also about football! It is never too early to start making plans for the Big Game, and in 2018 there is no better place to watch the Big Game and party afterward than Downtown Las Vegas. Cheer for your team and enjoy delicious food and drinks at the following downtown destinations.
PLAZA’S BIG GAME 2018 VIEWING PARTY
To watch the big game, join The Plaza’s massive Big Game Party in the newly renovated Plaza Convention Hall on February 4, 2018. You’ll be surrounded by die-hard football fans ready to cheer on their favorite team. Included in the ticket price, we will have a stadium food buffet, open bar, William Hill betting stations and sports memorabilia for purchase. The game will be broadcast on several large screen televisions and projectors, so you’ll have a great view no matter where you are.
General admission tickets are $125 (tickets will be $150 day beginning Feb. 3) and include:
stadium food buffet
Sports memorabilia available for purchase.
Every year, the Plaza’s Big Game Viewing Party offers both residents and tourists an exciting environment, complete with excellent food and drinks, for rooting on your favorite team!
GET A ROOM!
Amid the Big Game festivities, commercials, and performances, it’s also worth noting that Big Game Sunday is one of the biggest drinking days of the year.
Have you ever thought of a hotel room as an alternative to drinking and driving?
The cost of a DUI can be thousands of dollars and leave a permanent mark on your driving record. Taxis and ridesharing apps might be convenient, but they can also be expensive and time-consuming alternatives to drinking and driving. Drivers are also very cautious about accepting fares from intoxicated passengers.
Our hotel rooms are oftentimes less expensive than a round-trip ride and are a short walk from all the action. Best of all, you’re never too drunk to sleep so you don’t have to worry about us not accepting your reservation, and you can wake up and relax in the morning.
Book your accommodation at The Plaza Hotel early – rooms tend to run out for this special event.
THE RACE & SPORTSBOOK BAR
Located on the casino next to the William Hill Race & Sportsbook, the Race and Sportsbook Bar, is also a great place to watch the biggest game of the year. Place your bets and enjoy an array of beer, wine, and cocktail choices at this cozy sports bar. The best part is, you’re located near exciting casino gaming action — a perfect way to spend halftime if you don’t care to watch the show.
THE HALFTIME SHOW
However, if you do want to watch the show you can enjoy watching Justin Timberlake perform from our viewing party. Grab yourself a drink, sit back, relax and be entertained by Justin Timberlake’s return to the halftime show after 13 years when he performed for the Big Game in 2005. Timberlake is said to be releasing a new album in 2018 so there’s speculation that he will be playing some new songs during the show.
AFTER THE BIG GAME
After the game, Downtown Las Vegas has several attractions to keep the party going well into the night.
Fremont Street Experience
Enjoy the Fremont Street Experience with its many famous characters and attractions. Enjoy the free light shows on the world’s largest video screens with premium quality sound. Over 17 million people enjoy the Fremont Street Experience every year.
SlotZilla Zip Line
One of our favorite things to do in Downtown Las Vegas is to ride SlotZilla, which is a 12-story, slot machine-inspired zip line experience. Fly high above the crowded streets at speeds over 40 mph. Build amazing memories at one of the premiere attractions in Downtown Las Vegas during one of the best weekends to be in Las Vegas.
Need a light stroll after all that food and drinks? View The Neon Museum’s collection of historic and iconic signs from Las Vegas’ past. Listed as one of the top 20 things to do in Las Vegas by TripAdvisor, the Neon Museum is a short drive from the Plaza and a great way to learn more about the history of Las Vegas.
Each sign in the Neon Museum’s collection offers a unique story about what inspired it, where it was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history.
We recommend experiencing the magic of the Neon Museum at night to view the iconic neon of their restored signs.
This is just a small piece of the things to do during Super Bowl Weekend in Downtown Las Vegas.
Book your room and purchase your tickets now for the best Big Game Party in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is a big beautiful city where people come to dream and play. The casino lights and glamour of the city are dazzling to locals and visitors alike and the splendor of the city can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be hard to decide what is worth your time and what isn’t, especially if you’re on a short vacation to Las Vegas. There’s so much to do here and even living here it’s nearly impossible to do it all.
Luckily, The Best of Las Vegas has dedicated the time and effort to searching the city for the best places to go for many different categories, so you won’t have to waste your time researching or guessing where the Vegas hot spots are. It’s no surprise that the iconic Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas came out on the top in several categories.
The Plaza was voted first place in 2017 for:
Best Bingo in Las Vegas
Best Steakhouse in Las Vegas for our steakhouse, Oscar’s
Best Pool in Downtown
Best Slots in Downtown
Best Hotel in Downtown
Plaza also took second place for Downtown Table Games. This means that the Plaza can be your ultimate destination for a great time in Vegas.
What Is Best of Las Vegas?
The 2017 Best of Las Vegas, invites, engages and allows their audience to vote for their favorite businesses in multiple categories, 290 to be exact. The winners are decided by locals and tourists in several categories including, things to do, places to go, and more.
The Best of Las Vegas relies on their audience to supply them with the name of outstanding businesses and recognizes those winners every year in their annual Best of Las Vegas awards.
Winners are announced in Mid-November and all winners are honored in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s special section publishing the Best of Las Vegas.
How to have The Best of Las Vegas in one day?
To have a perfect day at The Plaza you can check in and spend some time by our rooftop pool. When you’re done relaxing by the pool you can try your luck at bingo, slots, or one of the many table games. Then go out and explore the Fremont Street Experience and cultural district of downtown Las Vegas. After your adventure, come back and have an excellent dinner at Oscar’s Steakhouse then end the night with a great night’s sleep in one of the many comfortable hotel rooms that The Plaza has to offer.
In a city as great as Las Vegas, it’s easy to find many places to have fun and relax. There is no shortage for a good time in the city and you’ll always be able to find something to do, see, eat, or drink. But, why settle for good when you can stay with the best?