The opening for the first phase of The Linq is set for Dec. 27

The first section of The Linq, the $550 million project helmed by Caesars Entertainment Corporation that will transform the corridor between The Quad and the Flamingo resorts, is about to be up and running – finally!

When completed, the highly anticipated open-air, pedestrian-only district will be jam-packed with dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities as well as boast a 550-foot-tall observation wheel called the High Roller.

O'Shea's Casino

The original sign for O'Sheas Casino was saved, refurbished and has been hung at the Irish-themed casino's new site

Visitors will get a taste of how things will feel when a small portion of The Linq, situated right off Las Vegas Boulevard, debuts on Friday, Dec. 27. The unveiling is occurring in advance of New Year’s Eve as preparation for the huge crowds expected on the Las Vegas Strip.

Attention fans of O’Sheas Casino! You’ll soon be able to celebrate the return of the Irish-themed gaming venue, which closed its doors on April 30, 2012. The small O’Sheas Casino had a rollicking presence at the center of the Strip since opening in 1989, so it’s sure to be welcomed with joy by patrons who’d previously appreciated the affordable table games, lots of beer and, of course, playing beer pong there. You’ll discover all of this and more at the new site, which is located inside the southeast corner of The Quad. More specifically, the new O’Sheas Casino will feature two indoor bars (the Lucky Bar and Dublin Up Bar) and a separate outdoor bar (the Blarney Bar). There will also be six beer pong tables for spirited gamers along with a small stage for performances from a variety of bands – all of which is, as they say in Ireland, “Brilliant!”

The Linq will also unveil four more new tenants and a Starbucks on Dec. 27.

For authentic Mexican food created by Executive Chef Carlos Garcia Rios, big drinks and great times, head to Chayo Cocina. The upscale casual restaurant will have multiple bars along with indoor and outdoor seating. Must-try items include the guacamole, which is prepared tableside, and lobster Vera Cruz.

Purple Zebra at The Linq

A rendering of the Purple Zebra (photo by Dezmotif Studios and Moser Architecture)

Or for more casual eats, The Haute Doggery hot dog shop will use premium-quality beef and pork products with natural casings from Sahlen’s in upstate New York to form its creatively topped wieners. There will also be delicious french fries and onions rings – plus, everything can be washed down with a craft beer.

Speaking of drinks, visitors on the go can always grab something to imbibe at the Purple Zebra, a self-serve slush and daiquiri bar. Offering alcoholic and nonalcoholic options, you’ll be able to mix and match more than 30 different flavors as well as add candy and toppings for a one-of-a-kind libation. The literati will appreciate this bar’s name. It comes from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “This Side of Paradise” and alludes to when several characters knocked back “double daiquiris” and one them imagined seeing a purple zebra.

Adding to Las Vegas’ cutting-edge shopping scene is Koto, a lifestyle store. You’ll get to enjoy fun objects, clever designs, interesting decorations and vibrant art in a hip and trendy environment here – including a hands-on, “a ha, come look at this” experience that will showcase Koto’s unique product line.

More tenants will open their doors at The Linq by early 2014. And for those looking forward to their first ride on the High Roller, Caesars Entertainment estimates it will start providing spectacular bird’s-eye views of the Strip and the greater Las Vegas valley in spring.


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