As everybody knows, Las Vegas continually modernizes old existing sites and new attractions are built each year. An area on the Las Vegas Strip that used to be an alleyway between the old Imperial Palace and the Flamingo was recently converted into a modern gas lamp entertainment and shopping district that is now called The Linq Promenade. This new entertainment district gained instant critical acclaim, because this plaza offers an upbeat classic World's Fair gas lamp shopping area experience and the world's tallest observation wheel is on site!
Leading up to the recent changes, the Imperial Palace was rebranded as The Quad and soon after the addition of the new shopping district the name was changed once again to The Linq. The old O’Shea’s Casino was redesigned to be an integral part of the Linq Promenade shopping center and the Flamingo redesigned their food court to accommodate the mall shoppers. The Barbary Coast Casino was rebranded as The Cromwell, which completed the neighborhood facelift. The High Roller Ferris Wheel was also completed during the Linq Promenade renovation process, which was like the icing on the cake.
The new Linq gas lamp entertainment district and the big Ferris Wheel creates a retro 1900s World’s Fair atmosphere on the Las Vegas Strip. This atmosphere is conducive for indulgence, as can be seen in the high number of bars and gourmet junk food restaurants in the premises. The retail shops also spell out indulgence with trendsetting merchandise on the shelves.
Gourmet junk food has been en vogue since the peak of the Great Recession. The reason why is easy to understand, because when people are broke, the focus is placed on food. Food network television glorified indulgent junk food during those years, because junk food is easy for the masses to identify with. Many Las Vegas restaurants established new junk food trends back in those days, which became popular nationwide. Old traditional regional junk food classics were reborn as new during this period too. Junk food is what the party crowd prefers and the Linq Promenade certainly offers plenty to choose from!
The Flamingo food court was remodeled to become integral with the Linq Promenade cuisine theme. The new food court is like the classic junk food hall of fame, complete with well known local restaurant brand names from abroad. Bonanno’s serves up New York City style pizza in an old fashioned cafeteria style setting and a slice of the pie here is a good way to get a night of indulgence started. The Margaritaville Casino is located next door, which is also a festive place to get primed.
All up and down the Linq Promenade shopping area are more choices for dining and drinking indulgence. In fact, there are just too many for a visitor to sample one item at each place, so there will be moments of deep thought when making munchie decisions. For those who relish the thought of trying regional classic hot dog specialties, the Haute Doggery at The Linq is a gourmet hot dog fan’s dream come true!
As can be surmised, the Linq Promenade is more of a dining, drinking and entertainment district, than it is a shopping mall. The most popular entertainment venue on site can be found at the Brooklyn Bowl, which is a nightclub concert hall. The Silent Disco is a novel new entertainment idea that is also showcased at the Linq Promenade. In 2014, the Silent Disco was a new dance phenomena that has since become popular from coast to coast. The Silent Disco uses a closed circuit communication system and headphones to broadcast the music. To an outsider everybody looks like they are dancing with no music. Since there is no loud music, there are no complaints and everybody in the Silent Disco neighborhood is happy. The Silent Disco is an interesting concept that is worth checking out, especially if you happen to have dance fever!
Drinking and driving is never an option and mass transportation can be found at the Linq Promenade after a night of parting. The Las Vegas Monorail Station is conveniently located next to the High Roller, behind the Harrah’s Casino Resort. this modern transportation service also is the best way to avoid the traffic on the Las Vegas Strip.
Was another shopping, dining and entertainment district needed on the Las Vegas Strip? ... Not really, but the Linq Promenade does offer a different venue than the rest. If you happen to be a teetotaler or if you are health food oriented, this new shopping district may not be the best choice. On the flip-side, if want to indulge, till you can indulge no more, then the Linq Promenade is the perfect choice!
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