What to do at Pubcon Las Vegas when not attending the conference sessions or getting your photo taken? Here’s a list of the week’s activities, along with tips from a Pubcon veteran attendee (that’s me).
Monday – The official Pubcon Kickoff Party is Monday night at the Las Vegas Convention Center (same location as the conference) South Halls. It’s taking place after the Masters Group Training and begins at 5:30 PM. It’s an open bar event until 8 PM. Look for Pubcon banners and signs.
There are two bars you can expect to find attendees at after this event. The first is the lounge at Envy Steakhouse located in the Renaissance Hotel. It’s the nearest bar (and steakhouse) to the conference and it’s a great location to continue conversations, and possibly get a bite to eat. The other is the Breeze Bar at TI (the official conference hotel). You’re pretty much guaranteed to come upon Pubcon attendees at the Breeze Bar during nonconference hours, and it’s a popular location for groups to meet up at before heading out to dinner.
Tuesday – The official Tuesday night Pubcon networking reception is being held at The Pub & Keg Room inside the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. It’s an open bar event that takes place from 7 PM to 9 PM. If you’re staying at the official hotel or are making your way over directly from the convention center, partner up with others and get in a cab, since it’s a long walk from TI to the Monte Carlo.
Tuesday night will also feature a Raven Internet Marketing Tools poker invitational tournament taking place at the Wynn poker room. The tournament begins 8 PM and will go to about 11:30 PM. The tournament is full but it’s a great event to visit after two hours of drinking/networking at the Monte Carlo. The Wynn is a short walk to and from the Treasure Island hotel, so you can walk some of those drinks off.
Wednesday – Epic Dinner Las Vegas taking place at Pampas Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops & The Planet Hollywood Casino Resort at 7 PM. 3663 South Las Vegas Boulevard #610 Las Vegas, NV 89109. Over 120 are already registered and this should truly be an #EpicDinner. Here’s the official Epic Dinner Vegas page. I’d strongly suggest coordinating cabs with friends also attending the dinner. You can walk it off going back to the TI hotel or Mirage for the Wednesday night Internet Marketing party.
EPIC DINNER IS SOLD OUT! ABSOLUTELY NO SEATS REMAINING EVEN IF PEOPLE CANCEL.
While this technically isn’t a party, there is a Las Vegas Technology Tour meeting at 4:30 PM in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is a 2 part guided tour that will visit Tony Hsieh’s (Zappos CEO) Las Vegas Downtown Project and a tour of the world class SwitchNAP Data Center. The cost of the tour is $15. All attendees must be paid and signed up by Monday, October 15th and all attendees must bring a valid state ID on the tour. Looks like a very cool event to me. Sign up for the tour here… http://lasvegastechtour.eventbee.com
Can you sing? Following #EpicDinner on Wednesday night will be #EpicKaraoke (an annual event) taking place at Gilley’s Saloon, which is located just outside the TI Hotel. This annual Pubcon Karaoke Bash was started by the peeps at Nifty Marketing, Avalaunch Media, and SEO.com. This event is open to everyone and it begins at 9 PM and will go until 12 AM.
Also Wednesday is the Internet Marketing Ninjas Pubcon Charity Event at the Revolution Lounge in the Mirage Hotel & Casino. The Mirage is the next hotel over from TI so you can walk or use the monorail in the back of the hotels. Event is limited to 300 attendees and there is an open bar from 9pm to 10pm. Event goes until 12am with a cash bar from 10pm until party is over. Expect this party to have a huge turnout.
Purpose Inc. Link Builders Poker Tourney at the Mirage Hotel Poker Room starts at 7 PM and goes until 10 PM. This Texas Holdem Tournament is sold out but guests are welcome to attend and cheer on their favorite internet entrepreneurs. Open bar for registered players and guests, bring your Pubcon credentials. More seats may open for the game so check the link for details. The Mirage is nearby the TI Hotel so it’s a short walk if you are staying at the conference hotel (Treasure Island). Also taking place in the same hotel during this time is the Internet Marketing Ninjas event (see details above).
Thursday – Pubcon Wrap up Reception at the Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas starting at 5:30pm. Located 4510 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89169 (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel) and easy to get to (by cab) from the LVCC (also located on Paradise). This is an open bar event and if you haven’t already filled up on drinks by Day 4 you can enjoy some great German beer on tap. Previous Pubcon events here have been a blast. If you’re still in town I highly recommend not missing this one.
Hope you found this guide useful, I had a great time in Las Vegas, looking forward to doing it again at PubCon Las Vegas 2013.