Review written by Sophie Couard, on March 25, 2016.
No doubt, this is a legendary place! It is the oldest casino-hotel still operating in Las Vegas. It opened in 1906 with the name of Hotel Nevada, it was first renamed into Sal Sagev (Las Vegas spelled backwards) in 1931, and then again into Golden Gate in 1955.
The complex still has its unique charm. It is in the old Vegas style and has a lot of the old slot machines. However, a series of major renovations were carried out in 2012, and they cost a moderate $12 million. Unfortunately, the old piano bar and the vintage lobby disappeared after that. You can now find a more spacious games room with modern games, sexy dealers, waitresses and barmaids. However, a little bit of the vintage feeling is still there.
The complex is located at the west end of the Fremont Street Experience on the intersection with Main Street, right next to the Fremont Las Vegas Club and the Plaza.
A casino with sexy dealers
The casino of the golden gate is relatively quiet during the day (you can never really find many people there in the morning), and the dealers look like the ones at other places: they are wearing black trousers and a white shirt. However, things change at 6 pm. The traditional dealers are then replaced by young women in sexy burlesque costumes, and they even sometimes dance suggestively on the tables. So naturally, the atmosphere changes after that and continues to be very steamy throughout the night. It is a very electrifying and heated atmosphere.
Of course, the golden gate is not the only casino-hotel that has dealers dressed in sexy attire to attract the players, however it is the best casino in this area of downtown Las Vegas. This is especially because the girls are not too vulgar, the betting limits are relatively low and the payout rates to the players are not the lowest either.
The slot machines
You can find around 300 devices. Among them are:
- many mechanical slot machines with 3 reels,
- video slot machines with 5 reels,
- games with progressive jackpots,
- many video poker games,
- some video keno games.
The table games
Regarding traditional table games, you can find 15 tables with stakes from $3. There are:
- European roulette,
- three card poker,
- let it ride,
- ultimate texas hold'em poker.
There is also a small area for racing and sports betting. It is a Leroy franchise, and you can find a few devices to place bets on a good selection of sporting events. There are also a few screens where you can follow the competitions.
To conclude this section about the casino games, you should keep in mind that, as it is always the case in Las Vegas, the games room can be accessed by everyone, regardless of their age. However, if you want to play money games, you will have to be an adult, that is to say, be at least 21 years of age, as it is the law in the United States.
Accommodation, dining and drinking
The casino at the Golden Gate in Las Vegas is relatively small. It is only logical to assume, that the complex does not offer a great range of other services aside from gambling, and this is also the case in other downtown establishments. However, the complex has a hotel, two bars and two restaurants.
The hotel is probably the smallest hotel in downtown, as it has only 122 rooms. You can find:
- a standard guest room,
- a golden gate suite,
- a penthouse.
All these rooms have a tiny private bathroom and they are equipped with very old furniture. The rooms also have a strong smell of cigarettes. However, for the price you are paying (very affordable), you cannot complain too much, especially because the rooms are always clean and the mattresses are very comfortable.
Two legendary restaurants
On one side you can find the Shrimp Bar & Deli. It is a classic snack bar cafeteria where you take a tray and choose yourself where you want to sit and eat. The dishes are simple, and you can find sandwiches, soups and pies for example. There are also shrimp cocktails that are the signature dish of the establishment. This complex is the reason why this dish became a classic in Las Vegas. Although the quality has greatly diminished over the years, efforts have been made to restore its credentials in this field.
On the other side, you can find the Du Par's Restaurant & Bakery. This is a famous diner known mainly for their pancakes and pies. Many people consider this the best in Las Vegas, as it offers an excellent traditional menu with good value for money.
The One Bar has beautiful barmaids wearing bikinis. They should definitely please the gentlemen, especially when they do their sexy dance number on the counter.
The Bar Prohibition also puts a lot of effort in the attractiveness of the waitresses.
Both bars have a relatively standard menu with a large selection of draught beers.
In conclusion, I can say that the Golden Gate is really a legendary place in Las Vegas. This is the only reason why you should discover this place. It is one of the great ancestors of the casino-hotels, and still has two great restaurants. It also took more of a sexy turn in recent years, and although the new strategy does not particularly affect me, many men might appreciate it. Unfortunately, the atmosphere suffers a little, as it is pretty busy at night time. However, if you like to play in this atmosphere, you will not find a better one in Downtown Las Vegas.