How many times in one day can you say “digital signage”? You’ll be pushing the max at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas, March 28-31, 2017. And while the expo promises to be a great experience (especially at Booth 222), sometimes you just need a break from digital signs. Here are our picks for outside fun and entertainment.
Lounge Around with a Cocktail
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Open nightly, 6pm-2am
Not far from the convention center is Eastside Lounge, a swanky but casual spot in the Wynn Las Vegas that’s so old school, you could call it analog. Soak up the sounds of Sinatra from a live band. Look out over the resort’s indoor pool. Sip your martini and take comfort in the fact that no one is going to ask you about the ROI of DOOH OLED for the next few hours.
See the Signs that Started It All
770 Las Vegas Blvd N
Open 9am-10pm most days, advance tickets advised
Okay, so this one involves signs. But these are the very un-digital originals—the massive neon works of art that decorated Vegas’ first casinos before they were removed or replaced. Take a tour through the 2-acre “boneyard” where curators have carefully displayed the signs and restored a select few of them. There’s nothing like it. For extra drama, take a tour after dark, when the restored signs are illuminated.
Go Looking for Trouble
300 Stewart Ave
Open daily, 9am-9pm
Think the expo schedule is criminal? Here’s an outing you can’t refuse. Las Vegas is home to the Mob Museum, otherwise known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Here, you can learn about the men who really knew how to do business (though we wouldn’t recommend trying to emulate them). See a section of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre wall, still riddled with bullet holes. It’s a lot more interesting than talking about how your feet are killing you.
Have an Unforgettable, Incomprehensible Meal
2985 Las Vegas Blvd S
Open 24 hours
Who doesn’t love a midnight snack? Especially if you can have it in a neon-lit diner, on a velvet couch, next to a reflecting pool... that’s also on fire. It really doesn’t get more Vegas than the Peppermill. The 45-year-old restaurant harks back to a time long before digital signage when the leisure suit was king. But some things never change. Try an original menu item of epic proportions, like the 10-egg omelet. With this much neon and plastic jungle decor, you’ll definitely be dining in hi def.