From my perspective, I see Vegas as the city where stars come to die. A curse perhaps brought on my Elvis Prestley. When touring globally no longer becomes an option - Vegas beckons. Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Elton John, Ricky Martin all have shows in Vegas. See a trend?
I was never a fan of Las Vegas. I saw it as quite the sad town, filled with people who saved up all year only to quickly slot their savings down machines that would never give a return. Free alcoholic drinks the only sedative and some kind of salvation.
I arrived in the night. The BA direct from London, was filled entirely with men. All aboard for the CES . Just as I was.
The CES is the global consumer global and consumer technology trade show. The three main exhibitors were 3D printers, headphones and Virtual Reality porn. Sign of the times...
In our little corner, Formula E had a club - where I DJed every day. On Saturday we had the e-Race - the first of its kind. 1 million dollars up for grabs and a place in history.
The nights were filled with some interesting Vegas adventures. Casinos, night clubs, over-the-top restaurants ... all that I expected in this trashy town where bigger was better, flashier was the norm and nothing closed.
There was one thing on my to-do-list which I wanted to tick off on this particular trip. A trip to the old Vegas- the original strip, where the first casinos and joints were set up, where all the history sat. And of course the famous pancakes at Du-Pars - where it is claimed are the best pancakes in the USA.
No trip to America is complete without a serving of pancakes.
So on Sunday morning, despite a looming headache from all the Don Julio I got acquainted with at the after party - I set off on my mission.
It was a crisp, beautiful day. My stomach was growling for food. My driver took the highway so it was a quick trip uptown.
Du-Pars was in the Golden Nugget. The diner itself I suspect hasn't changed since it opened in 1938; and neither had many of the uniformed ladies complete with little white hat. The pancakes are some of the best I've had - and I've had many. This is certainly an experience I recommend if you are into delving into the history of places.
The Forgotten Vegas Tour
Du Pars Restaurant and Bakery // 1 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
Golden Steer Steakhouse // 08 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
Lost Vegas Antiques // 625 Las Vegas Blvd. S.Las Vegas, NV 89103