The following is a guest post by Richard Gottfried.
On the flight out to a recent holiday to Las Vegas, Nevada my wife Emily and I were sat next to the owner of a British pub on the Vegas Strip called The Queen Victoria Pub and he said we should check it out while we were there. The pub is inside The Riviera Hotel & Casino and if you’re walking along the strip you may just see the classic red telephone box advertising the pub on the sidewalk.
As we’re always keen to sample as much as possible when we visit somewhere, and we’d not been there on our previous trip to Vegas, Emily and I headed to The Queen Victoria Pub early on a Friday morning to see what it was like.
The Pub is fairly well stocked and as a fan of Cider I opted for a bottle of Samuel Smith, which is a Cider I have never actually seen before in the UK. Emily opted for a Becks in lieu of trying out any of the Ales on offer.
The pub is nice and spacious with a good bar area, tables and chairs and a stage where there is regular entertainment. They also show plenty of sports and a flyer on the bar had a list of upcoming English Premier League Football matches that were going to be shown. On our morning visit the pub had some people dining and some drinkers too, all seemed to be a nice mix of Brits, Americans and Tourists.
For any visiting Brits, expats or anyone interested in the UK you can pick also up copies of the newspaper The Union Jack News which keeps people in the USA abreast of happenings back home in Blighty.
I had read in one of the Las Vegas entertainment guides that The Queen Victoria Pub had eight permanent dart boards set up and as a big fan of Darts, I definitely wanted to challenge Emily to a ‘friendly’ game. In fact on arrival at the pub we found that there is a whole Darts Room which houses the dart boards and a lot of tables for spectators. In fact I’ve never seen a pub so well equipped for Darts anywhere in the UK!
As I hadn’t planned to be playing Darts in Las Vegas I hadn’t packed my Darts, but was able to borrow some basic ones from behind the bar, so Emily and I could face off in our mini challenge match. The boards are all in great condition, with scoreboards and oches in place and the stage was set for me to pick up a two legs to one victory against my worthy opponent.
In a break in play Emily and I had a look at the menu and as well as the usual British Fare of Cottage Pie, Fish & Chips and Steaks on offer, there was a very interesting item that caught our eye that we’ve never see in Britain – Tandoori Quesadillas!? As it was fairly early and we’d had breakfast we didn’t yet have room for any lunch, but the food coming out of the kitchen did look good.
As with a lot of places in Las Vegas The Queen Victoria Pub is open 24 hours a day so you can pop in for a pint and a game of ‘arrers at anytime of the day or night and it’s not a bad spot at all to spend some time out of the heat and away from the gaming tables and the slots.
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