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Atlassian Summit 2020 Las Vegas after-hours travel guide

The Ultimate Travelers Guide for Atlassian Summit 2020

Whether you are a first time Vegas-goer, or consider yourself a seasoned veteran of Sin City; you’re probably wondering how you can make the most of your trip to Las Vegas for this year’s Atlassian Summit. After all, we work hard all year building IT help desk automation, streamlining internal knowledge management and administrating our favorite Atlassian tools: Confluence, Jira and Jira Service Desk—to name a few.

Problem: Atlassian Summit 2020 is from Mon, Mar 30, 2020 – Thu, Apr 2, 2020. At best, this gives you 3 days in the city that doesn’t sleep, and quite frankly—you’re on a budget.

Solution: this blog, obviously.

It’s a little known fact that, I have actually been traveling to Las Vegas every year since I was 8 years old! Only at that time, the itinerary had more sugar snacks, than beer and whisky. All this to say, I’ve learnt a thing or two about Vegas—so if you’re going to trust anyone’s guide, it’s mine. Fodor’s has nothing on me. Just saying.

Without further adieu, this is the The Ultimate Travelers Guide for Atlassian Summit 2020! Below I have categorized affordable (sometimes free) things you can do while your in town for Summit 2020.

Restaurants:

  1. Lindo MichoacanMenu & Reservations
    • This place is hands down my favorite joint when I’m in town. You WILL leave full, happy and without breaking the bank. Oh, and the service is incredible.
  2. PF ChangsMenu & Reservations
    • For us Canadians, PF Changs is an Asian-American delicacy. If you’re coming from abroad, this is a great option. There is one in Planet Hollywood right near the Miracle Mile shops.
  3. Ellis IslandMenu & Reservations
    • Okay, if you want bomb BBQ on a budget—you need to go to Ellis Island. I’m going to be honest; this spot is located in a dumpy little casino just behind the strip. If you can get past that, I guarantee you’ll enjoy the craft beer and endless meat this place has to offer.
  4. Grab a slice in Greenwich Village at NYNY
    • New York, New York has always been a favorite casino of mine. Tucked in the back, near the overpriced roller coaster is a cool little brownstoned area where you can grab some pizza or ice cream.

Shopping:

  1. Premium OutletsStore Directory
    • If you want some solid deals, go to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets (South). Unless you’re fine with the 30% markup on the strip.
  2. Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood – Store Directory
    • Whatever stores you don’t find at the Premium Outlets, you’ll be able to find at the apply named: Miracle Mile mall in Planet Hollywood.
  3. Caesars Palace Forum ShopsStore DirectoryFree*
    • It’s a mall. It’s a nice mall—with a twist! If you’re up for some free entertainment, this mall sports a moving statue show every hour on the hour starting at 11am.

In a Car:

  1. Valley of Fire$10 per car*
    • (~1 hour from Mandalay Bay)
    • If you’re fortunate enough to have a car and have an afternoon to kill, I highly recommend checking out the Valley of Fire. This is an incredible state park in the middle of the desert with amazing views; sometimes you’ll even spot some animals!
  2. Red Rock Canyon $6 per car*
    • (~20 mins from Mandalay Bay)
    • It’s a toss up whether I think Red Rock is cooler than the Valley of Fire or not, but they are both beautiful. This state park is a lot closer to the strip and has a really nice “scenic drive loop”.

My Favorite Shows:

  • Best magic show: Penn & Teller
  • Best cirque show: Zumanity
  • Best comedy: Comedy Cellar at The Rio
  • Best variety: Absinthe
  • Best music: House of Blues at Mandalay Bay

Pro-tip: Find one of the Tix4Tonight booths for cheaper tickets to these shows!

Gambling:

  1. $5 roulette and blackjack tables at Binons on Fremont Street
  2. The daily $80 poker tournament at Planet Hollywood has a $1,500 guarantee and usually takes 3 hours to finish – Tournament times
  3. If you play slots, I can’t help you. No one can help you.

Bonus:

  1. M&M / Coca Cola WorldFree*
    • If you love the melt in your mouth, not in your hand brand of chocolate or the polar bear endorsed sugary beverage, you’ll want to check this out on the strip.
    • Pro-tip: there is a free 3D movie on the (3rd?) floor of the M&M World. Cheesy? Yes. Have I still seen it 6 times? Of course.
  2. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden – The Mirage
    • If you’re a fan of majestic felines, like me, you’ll spring for the overpriced ticket to see some White Tigers and Dolphins (not in the same spot, obviously).
  3. Parasol Down (bar) at the Wynn
    • There is a neat little bar tucked away in the corner of the Wynn that has amazing views, a great patio and overpriced drinks—just the way I like it.
  4. Voodoo Lounge at the Rio – Free*
    • This is one of the more underrated views of the strip. It might be folklore, but if you go right at sunset and take the elevator to the top of the Rio, you can catch the view before it turns into a bumpin’ night club—unless you’re into that sort of thing.
  5. Fremont Street experienceFree*
    • I’m just going to say it, okay; Fremont Street (the OG Vegas), is just filled with crazies and degenerates. It’s awesome. There is free live music on the weekends, the largest TV in the world, and.. well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.

And if you happen to have any free time in-between all the fun you’ll be having during Atlassian Summit (now that you have the ultimate guide), check out how Obie can help accelerate support for your organization at booth # 1546.