Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Strip Poké

Rattata lurking about the Trevi Fountain
Las Vegas is home to a plethora of entertainment options. You can find some of the world’s best restaurants, exciting shows and memorable tours all within the 4-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Strip. But we know what you’re most excited about, what you’re bragging about to friends in the run up to your Vegas vacation… the Pokémon. The Las Vegas Strip boasts some the finest Pokémon Go hunting you’ll ever see. We’ve compiled the shortlist of Pokémon Go hot spots around town.

The Venetian’s Sands Poker Room features plush amenities, table side food service, power outlets at each seat and … a boat load of Pokémon. There are three to four Pokéstops within range of the 59-table poker room. The canals that run throughout the property spawn water-type Pokémon, including the rare Omanyte and Kabuto.

Et tu, Poké?
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace are lousy with Pokémon. There are three Pokéstops near the Strip entrance, two of which are fountains spawning water-type critters. The Starbucks nearby provides free Wi-Fi and access to the three stops from the comfort of patio seating. Is there a better way to start your day than sipping coffee and slangin’ Pokéballs? Veni, vidi, vici!

View of the Stip at the Bellagio Fountain
Located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, Banger Brewing has been distributing its locally crafted beer for years. In that stretch, it’s become a must on any beer lover’s Vegas trip, but now there’s another reason to stop in and hang out. There are three Pokéstops accessible from the Banger bar. With happy hour twice daily from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., there’s plenty of Barley-saurs to go around!

No Rollercoaster, No Problem
SLS may have done away with the rollercoaster during its transformation from Sahara, but the recent addition to the Strip is still packing in the millennials thanks to its six Pokéstops. To top it off, the bars commonly drop lures for their patrons to enjoy and also offer $3 draft beer specials. Both of the property’s clubs, Sayers and Foxtail regularly host musical acts such as Bad Religion, Lil Wayne and Ty Dolla $ign. Apparently, Weezy’s Pokémon are on a whole other level, and he wouldn’t lead you astray.

Hard Rock Type
As if you needed any convincing to party at Hard Rock Casino, the slightly off-Strip mainstay is now the proud host of a whopping nine Pokéstops and one gym. Two of those stops are accessible from Luxe Bar. Show up Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for $10 signature cocktails such as the Pitch Perfect, a smooth concoction of Bulleit rye, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth and orange bitters. The more you drink, the better you toss Pokéballs.

Growlithe rockin' out at Hard Rock Casino
Poké Preserve
Much like the plains of Africa, Springs Preserve near midtown offers big game Pokémon hunting of the highest order. Within its boundaries lays 23 … yes, 23 Pokéstops. There are a number of interesting exhibits and artifacts to discover, including restored cottages originally built in Downtown for the railroad workers back in the early 20th century. If you’re looking to bag some big game on the cheap, ask for a free trails pass at the admissions office. The 110 acres of pristine trails are infested with Exeggcutes. You won’t be able to explore the Nevada State Museum or butterfly habitat with just a trails pass, but you will have access to all the Pokéstops. Teddy and Ernest would be proud.

On your way out of town, be sure to fire up your $850 Pokémon finder at McCarran International Airport. While strangely no Pokémon spawn within the airport, or any airport it seems, there are still well over a dozen stops and five gyms. After catching all those Sin City Pokémon, you could stand to re-up on the Great Balls.

The upshot here being you don’t have to sacrifice a great vacation for Pokémon. You can have it all and catch ‘em all! For more Las Vegas travel tips and recommendations, follow VegasDaze on social media.

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