I recently posted this hypothetical on Twitter:
To be clear, I only care about the Strip. You folks choosing a side based on DTLV locations are absolutely playing out of bounds here. Consensus from the comments points to this being a choice between the luxury of west vs. the approachable gambling of the east. Others note it’s partially a division of MGM and Caesars loyalists.
While it was a harder decision than I anticipated, I’m choosing to banish the east side. I’m giving up the quality gambling of the Cromwell, low rollerdom of the Caesars properties and Casino Royale, and the opulence of the Venetian/Palazzo and Wynn resorts.
I’m keeping a lot. The West isn’t bereft of lower limits. Excalibur is a legitimately fun, if aged, casino. Additionally, Treasure Island remains one of the best casinos on the Strip for table game gamblers with any bankroll. For video poker with a drink and a view, there’s no better place than Cosmo.
I’ll be able to stay at some of my favorites. I’ll continue to lay my head at my favorite south Strip resort, The Delano, or in what is likely the most comfortable bed in all of Vegas at The Aria. Cosmo’s wraparound terrace is a bucket list room for me, so I need to keep it in play.
To eat, there’s plenty to satiate even the most discerning of appetites. Libertine Social, which I have an unmatched and unhealthy affinity for, sits in Mandalay Bay’s restaurant row. Aria’s Carbone, which I’ll likely start to pronounce Carb-One to upset our friend Han, will allow me to get my Italian fix. Really, anything at Cosmo is worthy of appreciation. And not to be forgotten, Bellagio and Caesars Palace offer high-end eateries when us west siders are feeling bougie.
I guess those on the east side do still get to look at our fountain, which is nice. They also get to enjoy a lively Planet Hollywood, a gorgeous Wynn casino floor, and two of the four best Walgreens on the Strip. Hopefully that’s enough for them.
Here’s what some of my friends in the community chose:
The east side has something resembling coherency with the Linq promenade connecting Cromwell to Harrah’s, with the advantage of feeling walkable. However, it’s west side all day thanks to Cosmo, Caesars, and Mandalay Bay.— Chris (@mscholarc04) August 12, 2020
West. Great restaurants in Cosmo, Best Friend and Chinatown as well as Skybar in WA and Skyfall lounge in Delano. Also got Red Rock for off strip action and Aviators for baseball.— Magnus A. W. Smith (@MagnSmith) August 12, 2020
After much debate leaning to the Eastside. A good mix of high to low end, gambling at Cromwell, short walk to Ellis, better Laurel Lounges, more loyalty club options.— Just Won One (@JustWonOne) August 13, 2020
Going to miss Cosmo though and hoping Knights games are considered neutral.
Resorts could change things…
Westside. Shows at Park Theater, Colosseum, T-Mobile, plus Absinthe. Cigar bars Montecristo, Casa Fuente, Davidoff. Restaurants and bars Cosmo, Bellagio, and Aria. Rooms at Waldorf Astoria, Sky Suites, Cosmo, Delano. Gambling toss up, can get what I am looking for on either side. pic.twitter.com/HQzcvlcVxW— Bogan Painter (@red318is) August 12, 2020
So, what side are you on?