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Jan 21, 2019

The Brew Brothers Tap House at the Tropicana Laughlin


Laughlin, Nevada

After attending CES in Vegas earlier in the week, I headed over to Laughlin to spend a couple of nights in my favorite gambling destination.  I discovered the new Brew Brothers Tap House is open and decided to give it a try.  The restaurant is positioned toward the front of the Tropicana property on the south end of the building.  If you recall where the former video poker bar was in the penny slot area, you'll be familiar where this new place is.

The entrance is quite open and brightly lit.  A decent sized bar with loads of taps and TVs greets you straight away. Further in, are seating areas that are flanked by large windows looking out at Casino Drive.

I sat at the bar to play some video poker while I ate.  Three-quarters of the horseshoe-shaped bar has video poker machines with the remaining quarter dedicated to those who want to sip and talk.

The menu has a number of items that represent standard pub food.  The prices are not terribly high although the portion for my meal was a bit small but still enjoyable.

I ordered the Papa Don's meat lovers flatbread.  I would compare it to a Chili's flatbread albeit a tad smaller.  It was tasty but could have been hotter.  I imagine they were still working out the kinks of the restaurant on day 2 of being open.

The bartenders were friendly but a bit overwhelmed getting used to serving food at a busy bar.  I'm sure they will be pros in no time.  The restaurant was packed at 6pm on that Friday after opening.  I stayed for about an hour, gambling, eating and watching sports.

Overall I had a good time and will certainly be back.

P.s. Don't expect to be comped tap beers while playing.  They only comp a few bottled domestics.

Laughlin Buzz Contributor, Todd Carnes, shared these photos and observations from a recent visit to the new Brew Brothers Tap House at the Tropicana Laughlin. 

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Jan 5, 2019

Brew Brothers Tap House to Open January 10, 2019 at Tropicana Laughlin

Laughlin, NV
Tropicana Laughlin

photo credit. R.Carter on Laughlin Buzz FB group

It isn't very often that a new place opens in Laughlin.  After several months of construction at the Tropicana in Laughlin, The Brew Brothers Tap House will be having a Grand Opening on Thursday, January 10th.

The Ribbon Cutting is at 2:30pm and it will open to the public at 3pm.

According to the Tropicana Laughlin Website:

The Brew Brothers® offers 16 bar taps, a variety of brews and a creative menu including great appetizers, gourmet flatbreads, salads, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Source: TropicanaLaughlin.Com
The Brew Brothers® has also been voted “Best Microbrew” and “Best Beer Selection” and named the highest selling brewpub in North America.

Restaurant Hours of Operation
Friday & Saturday – 12pm – 11pm
Sunday – Thursday – 12pm – 9pm

Bar Hours of Operation
Friday & Saturday – 11am – 12am
Sunday – Thursday – 11am – 11pm

No menu (as of January 5th) has been posted.

Based on a photo shared on our FB group it looks like they will have gaming on the bar in the Brew Brothers Tap House.

Photo by R. Carter on Laughlin Buzz FB Group

See more pictures and a review from a visit to 
The Brew Brothers Tap House here. 

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Jan 1, 2019

Laughlin Visitor Numbers Down 5% in November, Gaming Revenue down 0.24%

Laughlin, NV

Visitor numbers reported by the LVCVA showed Laughlin Visitor Numbers Down -5% in November 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

For the Year through Nov. 2018, there were 1,775,300 compared to 1,811,000 in 2017.  This is a visitor decrease of ‐2.0%

Gaming Revenue in Laughlin was also down slightly by -0.24%

Source:  LVCVA.Com

Other statistics released show that the Average Daily Room Rate was up 12.1%.  Nov. 2018 was $45.13 compared to $40.27 in Nov. 2017 

For the year through Nov 2018, the Average Daily Room Rate was  $49.52 compared to $46.23 in Nov. 2017,  This is an increase of 7.1%

Laughlin visitor numbers by month for 2018:

January         3.8%
February       -0.2%
March            0.7%
April -1.5%
May               -2.2%
June              1.8%
July              -4.4%
August -1.2%
September -6.3%
October    -6.5%
November    -5.0%

Year to Date    -2.0%

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Dec 29, 2018

Laughlin November gaming win was down 0.24% to $42.1 Million

Laughlin, NV

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported a Nevada gaming win of $967.1 Million for November of 2018 (compared to the same period in 2017)

Laughlin November gaming win was down -0.24% to $42.1 Million 

For the 12 month period from 12/1/2017 to 11/30/2018, Laughlin gaming revenue is up  3.66 % at $507.7 Million compared to the same period in the previous year. 

Gaming win in other areas of Clark County:

Las Vegas Strip                $534,486,415   up        10.03%  
Downtown Las Vegas      $55,419,976     up          2.19%  
North Las Vegas              $22,749,772     down    -4.73%  
Laughlin                          $42,129,359     down    -0.24%  
Boulder Strip                   $63,961,738     down   -12.20%  
Mesquite                          $11,624,916      up         8.09%  

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Of the $42.1 Million gaming win in Laughlin, Slot machines accounted for $37.79 Million with the overall percentage win on the slot machines being 7.74%.   See the chart above for the breakdowns by slot denominations and the percentages for table/card games. 

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Dec 21, 2018

Laughlin Economic Development Corporation statement regarding new proposed Laughlin/BHC Bridge

Laughlin, Nevada

Press Release from the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation regarding a proposed, new second bridge between Laughlin and Bullhead City.  


“Community Partnership for Action!”

LEDC favors interstate transporation solutions

Dec. 21, 2018/For immediate use/Contact

“The Laughlin Economic Development Corporation does indeed support solutions for additional interstate transportation needs,” its Board of Directors concluded in a statement after meeting Dec. 17.

“The LEDC believes such projects, whether they are roads, highways, bridges, airline services, bus routes, railroads, or ferries, must be on an as-needed basis, with maximum benefit to all major segments of the involved communities. 

“The current proposed crossing is not the right location to obtain those maximum benefits, and after all these years, its final costs are still unknown. Simply squeezing a project down to less than desirable levels of service still leaves a problem. It may be a way out, but it is not the right answer to truly meet our needs. 

“Our previous statements always noted ‘at this time...with the (available) bridge funding,’ and with lack of written agreements to construct it, that it should not be at the proposed location,” the statement said.

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Riverside Resort & Don Laughlin - Opinion on Proposed, New Bridge

Laughlin, Nevada

On December 20, 2018, the Riverside Resort Hotel and Casino and Don Laughlin released the following letter regarding a proposed, new second bridge between Laughlin and Bullhead City. 

The text/content of the above letter is:


To Whom It May Concern: 
With the recent news and debates concerning the building of a third bridge between Laughlin and Bullhead City, I have been asked multiple times what my opinion, and the opinion of the Riverside Resort and Casino is with respect to this issue.

As I am sure you are aware, I built and donated the first bridge that connects Laughlin and Bullhead City which was a huge necessity and as such, could possibly see some benefits to building a third bridge in that it could provide an alternate route of travel should the existing  bridge become damaged or deemed inoperable, and would provide Laughlin residents more access to medical facilities in Arizona. That being said, there is also the alarming factor that has recently come to light, which is the increased cost of the bridge and the obvious disproportionate allocation of those costs that Laughlin would incur compared to Bullhead City. It is my understanding that some residents of Laughlin feel that the money proposed for the bridge would be better used for other projects that would benefit Laughlin more than a third bridge.

So, at this time, I stand neutral on the issue of whether a third bridge should be built or, for that matter, any other improvements that might be proposed for Laughlin in lieu of a bridge.

The one thing that I can say is that I have great relationships with both Laughlin and Bullhead City and hope for the benefit of both Cities, that this matter can be resolved in a timely manner as there has already been so much time and effort put into this issue.


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Dec 11, 2018

Santa in Laughlin, NV plus Oatman and Katherine's Landing

Laughlin, NV
Christmas 2018 

Laughlin Outlet Mall - One Day Only

Avi Resort Casino 
Mojave Crossing Event Center
Holly Jolly Christmas Event 

December 22nd 1pm-5pm (MST)

Santa Claus Meet and Greet 
December 15th  10-4pm 
Laughlin River Lodge - General Store
Free Event 

Photo and Cocoa with Santa
December 15th at the Crown Point Apartments Activity Center

Oatman (AZ)
December 15th
1:30PM (MST)


Katherines Landing - Lighting at the Marina

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Sadly, the Laughlin Outlet Center DOES NOT have a Santa again this year. However, at Bon Worth in the mall, they will have a Santa on December 14th and 15th.  Stop by and bring your camera for a photo. 


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Dec 7, 2018

Proposed new bridge on the Laughlin Town Advisory Board Agenda for December 11th

Laughlin, NV

The next Laughlin Town Advisory Board (LTAB) meeting is December 11, 2018.

Come out to the meeting. Get involved and learn what is going on in YOUR community.   The public is welcome and there is also time set aside for public comment.  

One of the items on the agenda is:

Discuss status, cost/benefit, and feasibility of third Laughlin bridge project in relation to other Laughlin capital project needs, and recommend possible reallocation of existing project design and construction funds. 

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Laughlin Town Advisory Board Members are: 

Stephanie Bethards
Kathy Ochs - Vice Chair 
James Maniaci - Chair 
Gina Mackey
(one seat vacant)

Secretary: Tammy Harris, (702) 298-0828,

County Liaison: Brian Paulson, 
(702) 298-0828,

Nov 29, 2018

Laughlin Visitor Numbers Down 6.5% in October, while Gaming Revenue is up 12.2%

Laughlin, NV

Laughlin visitor volume was down ‐6.5% for the month of October (2018), compared to October of 2017. 

The year to date numbers for Laughlin show visitor volume down -1.7% through October compared to the same period in 2017. 

Source:  LVCVA.Com

Even though visitor numbers were down, gaming revenue for Laughlin was up 12.2% in October. 

The year to date numbers for Laughlin show visitor volume down -1.7% through October compared to the same period last year.

The percentage increase or decrease of visitors for each month in 2018 compared to the same month in 2017:

January          3.8%
February        -0.2%
March             0.7%
April -1.5%
May               -2.2%
June              1.8%
July              -4.4%
August -1.2%
September -6.3%
October    -6.5%
Year to Date    -1.7%


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Source:  LVCVA.Com