The Lakes Lounge

Feeling tired of the busy life in the city? Want to take a break from all the grand and go somewhere simple? There’s a restaurant in West Lake East Drive that many locals love because of its cozy and casual atmosphere. Opened in 1987, The Lakes Lounge is a family-owned restaurant that serves classic American dishes and provides a low-key gaming area 24/7. 

The Lakes Lounge

Going over its website and the testimonials of its customers, what drives the business going for more than thirty years is this: eating with a friend is a fulfilling dining experience.

This is the reason why The Lakes Lounge treats customers as guests, makes them feel at home, and gives value on a daily basis. Mind you, these are not our words. These are the words of the restaurant as written in the About Us of its website. 

1. Treat customers as guests.

Various customers recognize the friendliness and warmth of the staff of The Lakes Lounge. Its ratings on Google and Facebook are high. On the former platform, its rating is 4.4. On the latter platform, its rating is 4.6. Scroll down for screenshots of some of its customer reviews! After all, it’s good to learn from the experience of others.

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A screenshot of a review on The Lakes Lounge. Photo courtesy of Google Reviews.
A screenshot of a review on the restaurant. Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of The Lakes Lounge.
A screenshot of a review on the restaurant. Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of The Lakes Lounge.

2. Give value always.

The Lakes Lounge has a lavish menu. It offers a wide selection of dishes such as steaks, burgers, chicken pot pie, and salads. It also serves beers from Ellis Island, house wines, and premium liquors. Drooling already? Check out its full menu here.

Chicken Pot Pie. Photo courtesy of The Lakes Lounge’s website.

Many customers are commending the reasonable prices of The Lakes Lounge’s dining options. To give you an idea, the price of its Dinner Specials starts at $7.99 and could go up to $14.99. The Dinner Specials comprise Turkey, Baby Back Ribs, Pork Chops, Pot Roast, Baked Half Chicken, and Premium Rib.

Turkey Special. Photo courtesy of The Lakes Lounge’s website.

As mentioned, The Lakes Lounge is also a gaming bar beside being a restaurant. It has Gamblers Bonus! It also has Video Poker, 4 Card Keno, Blackjack, Slots, and even Power Vision games such as Buffalo and Miss Kitty slots. Excited to play these games? The restaurant advises that you join the Players Club! Joining the club could mean enjoying complimentary meals and a discount on meals.

Gaming area at The Lakes Lounge. Photo courtesy of The Lake Lounge’s website.

The Lakes Lounge also holds a Player Appreciation event twice a month. It is exclusive to the members of the Players Club. In the event, a member could win up to $500 after every spin of the wheel.

3. Make customers feel at home.

This pretty much goes hand-in-hand with treating customers as guests. It offers everything but grand. It keeps everything simple and casual because it wants customers to feel relaxed.

Eat and play without inhibitions!

In the end, all The Lakes Lounge wants is for its customers to feel like they could just be themselves when they are at the restaurant. After all, isn’t that how a friend makes you feel? Like you could just simply be yourself?

Eat your favorite American comfort food and play your favorite game without any inhibitions. Go to West Lake East Drive and dine at The Lakes Lounge now!

Pinball Hall of Fame

See the World’s Largest Pinball Collection

This might be one of the most unique arcades in Las Vegas for it features over 200 different pinball games. It interestingly has some of the classic video arcade games and other past and present souvenir machines. We all know that pinball is an arcade game where a player controls one or more steel balls inside a pinball table. So imagine seeing more than a hundred of those glass-covered cabinets at the Pinball Hall of Fame!

The big sign on the road of Pinball Hall of Fame

But how did it start? It was Tim Arnold of Michigan who dreamt of it back in 1972, when he was just 16 years old. He was an avid pinball player and knew all the strategies of the game when he bought his first pinball. The kids in the neighborhood wanted to play it and being the “investor” that he was, he charged 10 cents per game in his garage. He eventually made it fancier and put his machine out in public for coin play.

He bought more used games and learned to renovate and put them out in grocery stores and laundry mats for coin play. After four years, he opened Pinball Pete’s in Lansing as a large pinball arcade which grew in popularity. By 1982, Tim and his brother a.k.a his partner were scooping up quarters into five gallon pails and taking them to the bank.

Collection of Nearly a Thousand Pinball Machines

His collection of nearly a thousand pinball machines made him move to Vegas and decided to help the less fortunate in his community. But he wouldn’t trade his collection because the distributor would only give them $50 credit in exchange for an old game. So he made a choice of just keeping all the machines, which is one of the largest collections in the world.

The Shed and Fun Night

He made use of his house, garage and tennis court for him to store and restore the games. After almost a decade, all the games were moved into a 10,000 square foot building that he built next to the tennis court which he called “The Shed” and where “Fun Night” started where he had pinball parties which grew bigger and bigger that they can no longer handle the number of people coming.

Passion to Help Charities

Tim also did other things to help local charities. He would travel around the country to conduct raffles and sell pinball-related items to raise money. He would buy, restore and operate his own games, where all proceeds went into a fund. Now he’s using his pinball machines in making money for charity for which his dream became a reality. Then came the idea of opening the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Some of the Pinball Machines you’ll see at Pinball Hall of Museum

Las Vegas is known for the bizarre, the eccentric – which is why Pinball Hall of Fame is a perfect fit! It is a non-profit corporation, open to the public which is all pure pinball. Not only that the entire family can see them but can enjoy non-violent arcade games, machines that deliver fun!

So if you’re looking for a tourist spot in Las Vegas, consider this as one! Just don’t forget to bring a bunch of pennies for young ones and kids-at-heart will surely enjoy this one-of-a-kind attraction!