Review: Aura Ultra Lounge (Silver Legacy Casino) Reno

Before the late 1950s, Reno was the gambling capital of the United States.

Long before the economy started to fade Reno as gaming destination was on the skids.    Many familiar names, Hilton, Virginian, Comstock, Sundowner ,Fitzgerald and  more have closed.,others like the huge MGM resort changed names.

Indian Casinos are all over Northern California.  Most are within 90 minutes drive from any city  in the state and  fewer people are making the drive over the Sierras  to Reno.    With room rated starting out at $25.oo, breakfast for  $2.oo and steak dinners for $5.00.  Reno is difficult to beat.

Three hotels, with nearly 4000 rooms  Circus Circus, Silver Legacy, Eldorado hotels offer entertainment for the entire family.  The hotels are connected by skyway’s that offer protection from Reno’s cold and dry evenings .

The designers of the “Aura Ultra  Lounge  inside the Silver Legacy attempted to create an intimate lounge in a mega resort.  For the most part they succeeded.   As you enter the lounge, the dance floor is center,  to the rear of the dance floor are tall panes of frosted glass, behind the glass is seating.  To the left it the bar.   What doesnt works was a roped off section to the right, which forced traffic on the floor

The bar features premium liquors and extensive martini menu, where you can match your own aura, to an exotic martini like red passion or orange rush.

The music is urban top 40 with a live and very verbal DJ with several(excessive)shout out (birthdays, announcements etc).  The crowd is dressy casual and the venue was extremely clean.

Aura had all the necessary(music,settings, multiracial crowd)  ingredients for an enjoyable night… Aura Ultra Lounge, Reno…..      Pull over, and stop here.

(Note: Lines to enter are not uncommon-there was a line at 1pm)

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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