What was once the kitschy Imperial Palace casino hotel has become a buzzing new place to be in the middle of the Strip. Renovated from top to bottom and rebranded as the LINQ, you’ll still find a few old favorites here, but much more stuff that’s brand new.
You’ve still got Irish-themed O’Sheas casino for low rollers, the gluttonous Hash House a Go Go restaurant for “twisted farm food,” and Frank Marino’s tame celebrity impersonator drag show Divas Las Vegas. The Auto Collections is a classic car showroom stuffed full of Bentleys, Rolls Royces and muscle-car models that are actually for sale. To find it, take the parking garage elevators to the 5th floor. Admission costs $12, but you can print out a free admission coupon in advance from the website. New offerings include a restaurant by TV chef and show host Guy Fieri.
Actually, it’s what is outside the casino hotel on the LINQ pedestrian promenade that pulls in the biggest crowds off Las Vegas Boulevard. Boutique shops, novelty cocktail and beer bars, trendy restaurants like Chayo Mexican Kitchen, and lively entertainment venues like Brooklyn Bowl line the crowded passageway leading up to the impressive High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.
The LINQ shares a monorail station with next-door Harrah’s casino. The nearest northbound Deuce bus stop is just north at Harrah’s, while the closest SDX express bus stop is farther south at Paris Las Vegas.