I was feeling down after Arizona blew it in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. My bracket appeared to be busted leaving me with no desire to bet anymore. With no desire to gamble, the only other thing to do in Vegas is drink. Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, I knew there would not be a shortage of strangers who would drink with me and not pass judgment.
Instead of staying on the Strip, I went to Fremont Street for the first time. Fremont Street was the first paved road in Las Vegas and is the set for many Hollywood movies (see Fremont’s Wiki page for that list). Fremont Street was also where TPOL’s CNN interview with Richard Quest was supposed to be filmed but it was too crowded.
When I got there, I was amazed at how cheap everything was. Gone were the $20 drinks from Hakkasan. Enter the drink specials that were comparable to Bourbon Street. Expensive food was replaced by affordable alternatives. Even the Elvis impersonator wanted less for a picture. Relishing in my transition from busted to baller, I audaciously ordered a doppio from Starbucks without asking the price. At $4.28, that was literally the world’s most expensive Starbucks espresso.
While I had a good time, I doubt that I would return. Partying in Fremont Street is the equivalent of moving to Astoria. You might save a bunch of money, but if you’re going to move to NY, move to the City, not a suburb off the strip.