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Skinny Dugans Won’t Keep You Skinny

HUNGRY?? Skinny Dugans is a great place for you to try, you can either carry out or dine in. They offer delicious bar food without a high price tag. Here’s the opportunity to skip the fast food and enjoy generous portions to satisfy any hearty appetite. Keep in mind my friends that the food they serve is delicious All American bar food so for the health conscious peeps you may want to save Skinny Dugans for a calorie splurge.

The bar has been located in central Vegas since 1973, right off of Charleston and just west of Valley View. Ownership has changed hands before which forced the place to close for short periods of time over the years. In August of 2011, it reopened under new management with a modern vision. The building was renovated with modern decor and includes a separate cigar lounge equipped with several T.V’s, in case you want to chill away from the bar. Skinny’s keeps a clean spacious place to relax and enjoy a laid back experience. The gaming bar features 35 machines for those 21+. No worries for minors wanting to enjoy their food as they also have a restaurant that caters to any age. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day.

Check them out online here.

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Our Downtown columnist offers friendly advice for the area as he prepares to move on – Las Vegas Weekly

This is one of my favorite writers, Mr. Coolican. If I ever met him I bet we’d get along really well. Here is another great article from him about Downtown Vegas this was taken from the Weekly. I am a huge fan of Downtown and excited to see more and more improvements coming in due time. What are your ideas about what Downtown needs? Please leave your comments below.

About six months ago we devoted this column to all things Downtown and its resurgence. I’ve been dividing my time between that assignment and the rest of my job as Las Vegas Sun columnist. Splitting my time this way has been less than ideal, so I’m relinquishing this spot to a colleague. I’ll still keep my eye on Downtown and write about it when the spirit moves me. It’s been fun and educational, and hopefully I got the ball rolling.

The rest of the Las Vegas Valley, from the Strip to the suburbs, was built by rich individuals and corporations and their handmaidens in government. A top-down, oligarchic approach. As a result, despite our reputation for libertarianism and libertinism, the Valley can feel pretty constricting. Try to paint your house a weird color or play your trumpet on the Strip, and the authorities—the homeowners association, Metro police, respectively—will come knocking.

It’s their city; we just live here.

Downtown is different. Of course, we’d be naive to pretend some Downtown landowners and rich interests—certain technologically advanced shoe salespeople, for instance—don’t have more power and influence than others. Still, watching Downtown develop is fun because for Las Vegas, it’s very small “d” democratic. Downtown’s transformation is turning on the actions of thousands of businesses, residents and voters, rather than a mere few. It’s participatory and passionate. In short, a real city.

In that spirit, here are some issues I’ve raised and some opinions about what’s next for Downtown:

People, not cars. Urbanism, that great serendipitous relationship of people and commerce and culture, requires walkability, which in turn requires density and the subordination of cars to other needs, such as pedestrian safety. So, we need narrower streets and wider sidewalks. We should become a city known more for shade structures than insufferable summers.

Here’s an idea in that vein: Extend the pedestrian walkway of Fremont for a few blocks. (Though not the canopy, or at least not that canopy!)

And the city should make the walk between the Smith Center and other Downtown attractions and neighborhoods—currently a cheap horror flick nightmare of underpasses—a priority.

Downtown has too much parking—a 38 percent surplus over demand, according to the city—aside from the occasional special event, which can be solved by using shuttles and spacious vacant lots. Yes, it’s important that suburbanites be able to get to Downtown stores and restaurants, but you don’t see New York City ruining its urban streetscape just so the bridge-and-tunnel crowd can park.

Which brings me to another point: It’s all about residents. We need people who will live, work and play Downtown. All policy decisions should be made with them in mind, and, indeed, should include their input.

Downtown residents I talk to, and I’ve talked to a lot of them, are quite clear: They need basic things that have unfortunately come to be called “amenities,” but are actually necessities.

Typical economic development that gives away tax goodies are often wasteful boondoggles—Neonopolis, anyone?—but I could be persuaded that the city should subsidize a grocery store, because it’s so central to everything and no one will build it until we have more residents, but we can’t get more residents without a grocery store.

Other necessities: Either a significant park or series of smaller parks. A coffee shop that cleans its equipment. (There, I said it.)

When we talk about residents, we should be open to diversity—Downtown lifers, young professionals, but also families with kids.

UNLV could be a catalyst. The university should move one of its schools Downtown, something with a real architectural and intellectual footprint. Arizona State has done this to great effect in downtown Phoenix.

Remember, we know what works—we can copy good ideas from other cities while preserving what’s uniquely Vegas.

Most important, Downtown isn’t theirs. It’s ours. Let’s keep it that way.

via Our Downtown columnist offers friendly advice for the area as he prepares to move on – Las Vegas Weekly.

Mulligans Landing A Vegas Karaoke Hot Spot

Karaoke fans please stand up, I need you. Is there a lack of decent karaoke places in this city or is it just me. In a city full of such stupendous local alent I am surprised to find that many bars who host karaoke either lack in KJ’s or their system? Maybe it’s both. Yes, yes, I know their are many places that host but the worst thing in the world is standing up to belt out your best version of Bon Jovi’s, Living On A Prayer and you can’t catch your melody because the system is echoing back at you. How about finally working up the nerve to try that ballad, only to be drowned out by the music with your voice not even able to be heard. I’m not sure if these issues are caused by the KJ not knowing what they are doing when balancing voice and music or maybe the equipment is not sufficient to handle the karaoke task. Either way problems like these tend to make the good karaoke singers go elsewhere leaving only the party goers singing silly songs and screaming into the mic leaving your ears with a hangover by the end of the night. So where are the good singers going?

After trying many places from Dino’s to PT’s Pub even taking a chance on the Brass Lounge in Hennesseys on Fremont street I always walked away disappointed. There is one bar I did find that is successful at reeling in the local Karaoke talent though and that is why Beyond the Strip has voted Mulligans Landing a karaoke hot spot. Tucked neatly off of  Rancho and Decatur the bar could easily be an unconscious vision in your periphery, don’t be fooled though. Pritchard Productions is responsible for running weekend karaoke there that brings an array of personalities and singers that helps the evening become a fabulous one. The KJ, Teresa Pritchard usually gets started around 10pm and keeps the party going until 2am, she really is one the best. What makes her so great? Well the simple fact that you don’t sound like a hound dog or music from a horror movie after working up the nerve to show your best. What can I say the girl knows what she is doing and will create a superb stage experience for you . Other good news for you is the karaoke party is branching out from Mulligans but they will continue to host karaoke party nights on Saturday from 10pm till 2 am and Sunday from 9pm till 1 am starting December 1st. The newest place to jump on the Pritchard Productions bandwagon is Foothills Tavern Vegas, who will be hosting Karaoke with our fab KJ on Friday nights from 10pm till 2am at 2343 W Gowan Rd.

If you are not a karaoke fan maybe you would be interested in checking out Mondays at Mulligans for Mark and Mike’s comedy night starting at 10pm every week. Don’t miss out on a good time and a chance to support our local bars/taverns by making them your spot for a night out. Mulligans also offers great food, stiff drinks and awesome staff. For questions about karaoke nights contact Mulligans Landing at 702-395-2470 and/or if you are interested in having Pritchard Productions host for you, you can contact them at 702-426-0189. Remember to like Mulligans Landing Facebook page here.

If you have any karaoke hot spots outside the Strip please let us know we would love to check them out.

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