The Las Vegas Hilton is set back a bit from the north end of the strip, around Circus Circus, The Sahara and The Stratosphere, and so in order to attract people to its casino, rather than to the mega-casinos that line the strip further south, it needs some theme to lure them in. So what has it gone with? The Star Trek Experience, featuring Quark’s Bar.
Now, this isn’t as geeky as it sounds – it’s much, much worse! As if a bar decked out to look like Quark’s Bar from Deep Space 9 wasn’t bad enough, they’ve even gone for the whole Star Trek thing with the food and drink. You can buy Romulan Ale, which turns out to be just beer with blue food die, or much, much worse, Belgian Ale, which had an after-taste that ranged from bad chocolate through to burnt wood to just dirt!
Read more on the Las Vegas Hilton Star Trek Experience (and that’s certainly the word for it!) after the jump.
Las Vegas Hilton Star Trek Experience
Having the names of beer and food turned into Star Trek sounding names was not only lame, it also made deciding what to eat more difficult, as you had to ignore the name of the food and concentrate on what was in it.
It got worse though. As we were debating whether our Belgian beer tasted more like decaying corpse or soil, a bloke dressed up as an Andorrian suddenly appeared, all dressed up with blue face paint and feeble antennae, and going up to people and staring at them. One of the guys at the bar said to the bar maid “How long has the Andorrian been on the station?”, to which the bar maid replied “about a year now – before that, he was on another station near Riga, but he’s been with us for about a year!”
As we exchanged glances of incredulity, the bloke at the bar turned to his mate and said “this place is kind of geeky, but it’s cool though!” – Kind of geeky?! This place was the geekiest place I’ve ever been to, and even ranked above my friend’s lounge, with its collection of hand-painted orcs and dwarves and its Star Wars posters!!
But the worst was yet to come. It closes at 10pm!! In Vegas – are you kidding me?!
This place was so sad, it redefined lame. I can’t understand its point at all. Even when Star Trek DS9 was running, recreating Quark’s Bar was only ever going to appeal to a minority (and certainly not the type of people who would go to Vegas, where there’s sun and lots of other people, including real women – all of which strike fear in the average geek) – but new episodes of DS9 and Star Trek in general have been off our screens for some years now, meaning the Star Trek Experience is getting less and less relevant as every month passes.
Now a CSI Experience – I could understand that. A wider variety of people watch it, and it’s very current and very hot. But Star Trek? Oh no, no, no! I shall now have to deny writing this post as I’m certainly going to deny I ever set foot in this place!
Visit the Las Vegas Star Trek Experience for curiosity’s sake, by all means, but really, with all the fun you can have in Vegas, put it way down your list of things to do.