Locals Casino Flavor Close To The Strip
Just down Flamingo from the Strip Right on Koval and it's about a hundred yards down on the left, between Harmon and Flamingo. You can also go up Harmon from the Hard Rock and turn right.
Cement floors and the smell of dingy cigarettes permeate the air, and a whiff of searing steak from the 24 hour restaurant that serves the best cheap steak deal in town. The beer is brewed on site by a real German imported brew master, and a pint can be had for around a buck and a half, That's about 20 oz not 12, plus tip. Or, park your rear end at the bar and with a $20 buy in the drinks are comped. Video Poker is 8/5 Jacks or Better and the other games are about the same payoff, a sprinkling of good Video Poker throughout the casino with the usual slots and table games, decent rules and low minimums keep me coming back, as well as the daily restaurant specials, priced low enough to keep you fed while you gamble away those hard earned dollars. Many times I've made that late night trip to satisfy those munchies with a graveyard special. Yes, they still have those.
Then it's back to the Wheel Of Misfortune with my gambleholic wife (only when she's buzzed in Las Vegas at 3 AM) and it's one more time, just one more, just one more.........
See ya there!
Fun little casino
Love the micro brewed beers here. They were some great food specials also. They have lowered some paytables on their video poker. They also disallow bonus points on their better machines. They have recently bought the super 8 motel adjacent to the casino.
This is a small fun casino. Great drinks, slots food!!!
Nice locals casino
Very good micro brews, glass size reduced. CW service spotty. VP has some good paytables, but less machines than in the past. no hotel comps because its a Super 8.
Food is varied-BBQ, Cafe, Pizza, and Sandwich shop. Low table stakes
El Cortez Cabana room, poker, and antique slots
Folks may not know it, but you can use the coupon in the American Casino Guide for a Cabana room at the El Cortez. The smallest size is just $51 with the coupon for two weekday nights. The larger ones are a few dollars more. Solo the smallest is fine with me. I find the advantage of these rooms over the Pavillion or Vintage is worth the price. They are much quieter. Vintage is almost on the casino floor and has thin walls so any television can be heard through the walls. Pavillion has a wrap around terrace outside the room and the sound of the cleaning carts is like a small train running by. The Cabana is joyously colorful and everything is a bit upscale plush. There is better room for a computer and there is a refrigerator in the counter space. The television stations include quite a few with just music. I prefer these over the others and feel they are worth another few dollars a night.
Another overlooked pleasure is to play poker with Jackie Gaughan, a living Vegas legend. He is pretty old and a bit senile, but you can find him at the inexpensive poker games every afternoon. He plays very lose and so he adds to the pots when he plays.
Also, right near the elevator going to the parking garage are three coin droppers that are some of the oldest working slots in Vegas. They really are slot machines because the display has to do with pins that drop into slots rather than a random number generator. They do have electricity to do the spinning, but not to determine the outcome. Playing them is a treat.
An unexpected all around best!
Best surprise in Las Vegas! Bring your friends here for a really fun time.
Best Bar B Que deal!
Best steak deal!
Best fun bar --Just sing a long!
A Fun Place
I made 2 trips to this casino this trip. Used ACG coupon. I did pretty well the second trip, won some money and had 3 micros amber. They used to give you the large glass now its a pony. I like the beer and this place, I often meet friendly people playing VP. But sometimes not as there are some serious maybe pros even playing. Good variety of food.
A MUST VISIT PLACE
Do not forget to use your coupons and also get a special offer on the steak or bar-b-que prices with a player's club voucher. The micro brews and great karaoke lounge are worth a visit on their own.
Great place to get off the strip
This is great place to try if you are ready to try an off strip property that's within walking distance. There is no glitz or glamor here. What they do have is solid and afforable dining options, low table limits, and great beers. The much talked about off menu steak dinner is a great bargain play. And of course, the American Casino Guide coupon makes this place worth the walk.
One of the Best!
This must visit casino has it all, great ribs,the cafe and its steak special,
lounge with live singing, Metro pizza and subs.
The staff is friendly and very capable wherever you interact with them
Ellis = Good deal
Small and dark, but good casino. Some full pay video poker if you look for them. If you're a beer drinker you will love this place with its micro brews. They always have some kind of player promos going plus the A.C.G. coupons. Ellis is a city block off-strip behind Bally's but still close enough to walk, I always seem to get there every trip.
Best micro brew and ribs
Bring your friends for a real fun evening. Great Micro brews and the best ribs in town. Great streaks in the Cafe, as well
Come and enjoy Ellis Island
Ellis Island is a small local casino attached to a Super 8 near to the Strip.
They have moved the Bar-B-Que to a new indoor only location. Do not worry the food is just as fantastic! Just think, they enjoy huge success with ONLY TWO ITEMS on the menu...chicken and ribs. Come and see why a meal for around $10 can be world famous.
always a favorite
I actually went to this casino 3 times during my december trip, 2x for steak and eggs, 1x for vp and beer. The vp is good, in fact I think I had a pro next to me on a sunday night as he was not friendly. we did have poor drink service that night and they have reduced the size of the glasses for their delicious micro brewed beer, I always get the amber but my sons and sister and brother have all enjoyed their other selections. My steak and egg specials were good also. I had stayed and the super 8 next door before and the rooms are small but decent with an interesting amenities available.
My favorite casino
This is hands down my favorite casino in Las Vegas. Everyone that works at this place is friendly and treats everyone like friends and they have good video poker. But my favorite part is the microbrewery, it's amazing beer and if you are playing the machines its free. As long as you like good beer and good video poker You have to make the 5 minute trip off the strip to this place adn check it out.
short but sweet
i had a short but sweet visit as i wanted my sister to see this iconic casino. as always the food and beer are a great value and tasty. there is still a bank of 9/6 vp job machines. they added a sandwiches shop. they also have 10x points on some machines and various offers from the kiosh machines
Had a good time in the Ellis
enjoyed the micro brews while playing their JOB. Great Beer! Pretty good Cocktail service. Good
BBQ, a value steak dinner, and other meals. They have special Mexican and Italian nights. A fun
Two bars to serve you
There are 2 bars – a main bar and a karaoke bar. The ACG and LVA free drinks coupons are only accepted at the main bar located near the BBQ/Metro Pizza, but you are free to bring the drinks into the karaoke lounge. Several in-house brewed beers are available with my favorite being the Hefe Weiss. In addition, a root beer is brewed in-house and available for takeout. There are a few seasonal drinks including an egg nog that is outstanding and best ordered on the rocks. I believe it is available from sometime in mid-to-late November until it runs out, usually after the New Year. A twisted tea is currently offered, but I found it to be disappointing.
Good dining options
The restaurant serves reasonably priced food. We almost always have at one least breakfast there on each trip using the ACG 2/1 coupon. Our particular favorites are the buttermilk pancakes, 2 eggs any style and the cinnamon vanilla French toast - each priced at only $3.99. Though there have been many complaints about service, we have encountered few problems in the morning. Ellis also has a BBQ restaurant which features very good ribs, but the sides are disappointing. There is often a line for both restaurants. The Metro Pizza outlet is just okay IMHO. A recent dining addition (Feb 2012) is the Boardhouse Serious Sandwiches which we have are not tempted to try.
NSUD still available
Until recently, a wide variety of full pay video poker was available, but schedules have been downgraded almost across the board. The best games right now are (4) 25 cents slant tops with NSUD just outside the karaoke lounge plus a few banks of 9/6 JOB machines.
The play $10, receive $10 in free slot play coupons in the 2012 editions of the LVA and ACG require you play one day and return for the free play the afternoon following or anytime before year end. I managed to recoup the cost of my ACG while playing off the free play this year. We found the personnel staffing the slot booth to be both friendly and informative.
Its location behind Bally’s allows people staying on the Strip to visit. My wife and I always rent a car so we make frequent visits for the free drinks, bargain basement dining and free slot play using coupons from both the ACG and LVA. There are a limited number of outdoor parking spaces, be careful to not use those for the adjoining Super 8 Motel, but we usually end up in the parking garage.
A mandatory visit
On our current vacation we have visited Ellis a total of 5 times. Frist to play our $10 ACG slot play coupon - the free slot play is credited sometime the following day, but may be redeemed anytime before year end. My wife and I played on ours on the 4 slant tops that have NSUD. We made 4 other visits to have few drinks courtesy of the ACG free drink coupons. We also had breakfast using yet another ACG coupon good for a 2/1 entree. Servers at bar and restaurant were very friendly.
Ellis Island Casino
We dropped by the Ellis Island Casino during our most recent trip to Las Vegas to use the 2 for 1 food coupon in the restaurant and the play $10 get $10 free play coupon which are in the ACG. They were running a promotion in which you pick 6 numbers like Keno at the players kiosk and can win prizes for getting at least 3 right. I got 3 right and won a free pizza or sub sandwich. I took the sub sandwich.
Another great bargain !
Small casino but well worth signing up for players card, use ACG coupons. Good BBQ outdoor restaraunt, famous steak special in the restaraunt inside, onsite brewery (try the rootbeer!)Crap table open in the evenings. Haven't stayed at the hotel so no comment.
Steak, Eggs, & Video Poker..OH MY!
Vegas No Frills Review
Ellis Island is loved by many on these very message boards. It’s a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The steak special comes with a beer (it’s not on the menu, you have to ask for it) and the steak & eggs special for breakfast is also very good. There is a coupon for 4 free cocktails in the ACG 2012 edition, and there’s full-pay video poker and cheap table games. What a great way to get loaded and gamble! Seriously though, this place is a must stop and a nice break from the mega resorts on the strip. It’s an easy walk, or a quick $5 cab ride from mid-strip.
Diamond in the Rough
We had done a lot of research prior to our trip and kept hearing great things about Ellis Island. We took the short walk to Ellis Island the evening of March 21st. The first thing you smell is the incredible aroma of the BBQ. It literally makes you drool. We sat down at the video poker machines near the Karaoke lounge and enjoyed some decent paying machines and some entertaining singers. If you haven't indulged in the Ellis Island Karaoke, it is a must. We went to the cafe the following day for lunch. I had the off menu steak special that was pretty good and my wife had a buffalo chicken wrap that she really enjoyed. We planned on going back for the BBQ dinner, but ran out of time and had to get to the airport. We are already planning our next trip and we will be visiting Ellis Island again.
Straight Forward Review
Straight Forward Review based on my 2 week trip last month:
Ellis Island Casino & Brewery near Las Vegas Strip
Full Pay Jacks or Better Video Poker at quarter level
Great Steak Dinner Special
Great Steak & Eggs Special
Freeplay when joining slot club
None, this is a no frills fun place
Great BBQ,Brew and Gambling
This little casino has a good mix of locals and tourists, Walking distance from the strip, located behind Bally's. Nice little bar serves a number of different beers from their onsite brewery, great rootbeer too! Good BBQ restaraunt with outdoor seating, or eat your BBQ n the indoor restaraunt. Try the Steak special, ask for it, it's not on the menu. Great slot club, use the ACG coupon.
Best Island Around
Ellis Island is probably my favorite locals casino to visit. To start with the food is always great, I make it a point to get BBQ at least once during my vacation and everytime I do I remember why, mmmm..... While the tables are limited, if you want to have an enjoyable slot/video poker time you have to stop in. We never leave without someone in our group hitting something on a machine. Don't forget about their own house brews, if you like microbrews you have to try a couple of their beers. If you like to sing, you have to check out the keroke bar, it's always packed too!!
Great Little Place
We went to Ellis Island because we were intrigued by the 4 free drink coupon in ACG, we keep going back because we always have a good time. We love "locals" casinos and Ellis Island may be small, but I always win. My husband loves the bar and the microbrews. The food is great, it pays to be an insider and know about the steak dinner special. People that love the strip probably will not like it, but we will continue to go back every trip.
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