The Linq retail area partially opens on the Vegas Strip Friday, December 27 with a few bars, restaurants and casino. When 100% complete next year The Linq will be a huge open air retail complex anchored by the largest observation wheel in America. Brendon wrote a complete guide to The Linq. For the time being let’s look at what opens this week.

The most Vegasy part of The Linq will be the return of O’Sheas casino, which closed last year. O’Sheas was closed in order for construction crews to reappropriate the space for other parts of The Linq. While that space was open it also allowed construction crews access to make way for changes to the Quad. In fact, the new O’Sheas is considered to be a part of The Quad since Caesars owns both properties. This is a pattern you’ll see with other parts of The Linq since the project is also connected to the Flamingo.

The new O’Sheas casino will be very small with about 10 table games and less than 20 video poker and slot machines. Don’t expect O’Sheas to be a destination casino since the idea behind The Linq is to be a shopping, drinking and dining district and not a gaming area.

Bars

Three bars will be opening at The Linq on December 27th. Lucky Bar, Dublin Up Bar and the outdoor Blarney Bar will feature specialty drinks and $3 draft beers. All of the bars will have daily drink specials.

Purple Zebra is also part booze station and part candy store. Purple Zebra is being positioned as part of the Flamingo that’s also a part of the Linq. Purple Zebra is said to be “an innovative 4,400 square-foot self-service candy and slush bar”. There will be a floor-to-ceiling display that will feature 38 different novelty souvenir cups (or vessels as they call them) that range between 16 and 100 ounces. These souvenir cups can be filled with slushy drinks or candy.

Dining

The first dining venue to open will be haute doggery. The gourmet hot dog shop is operated by the same company that operates Holstein’s at the Cosmopolitan and Public House at the Venetian. Haute Doggery will use premium-quality beef and pork products with natural casings from Sahlen’s in upstate New York. They will also serve french fries and onions rings.

Haute Doggery is only 1,000 square feet so look at this more as a hot dog stand to grab a quick bite than a place to sit and enjoy a nice long dinner.

If you prefer a more proper place to dine Chayo Cocina (or Chayo Mexicano as the website says) may be more to your liking. Chayo Cocina will be an upscale casual Mexican restaurant that transitions into a “wildly intoxicating environment” that includes multiple bars, private dining rooms and indoor and outdoor seating for parties of all sizes.

Since every hotel on the Vegas Strip seems to have a Starbucks, The Linq will might as well have one. This Starbucks will be among the first places to open at The Linq. This Starbucks will be built into the side of the Flamingo so you might consider this part of The Linq and Flamingo.

Shopping

Only one store to shop will be opening on December 27 and that’s Koto. Koto will be a lifestyle trend store where you can find unique gifts showcased on the blogs. The inventory at Koto will change often to provide the newest fun objects, clever designs, interesting decorations and art.

The remainder of The Linq tenants will open their doors in 2014.

Marc

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