My Lehigh Valley Adventures
March 16th, 2011 posted by Mike Keller
Tuesday was a busy day for me in Lehigh Valley. I decided to venture outside of the downtown Allentown lunch scene and took a short drive over to Wally’s Deli. I ordered a “small” Buffalo Tommy (yes, that picture above is considered a small) and I couldn’t have been happier with my decision. It only set me back about $6, and I feel like it was one of the best values I’ve gotten in the month or so that I’ve been working in Lehigh Valley.
After work, I figured I should head over to Sands Casino in Bethlehem since I hadn’t been there yet (like I need an excuse to visit a casino). I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a very good gambler. In fact, I’m pretty bad. For me, it’s more about the entertainment than winning money, although I wouldn’t complain if I hit the jackpot.
First thing’s first, I signed up for the MySands card. It’s sort of like a Giant bonus card for a casino, and I automatically got a $5 slot credit just for signing up. Since I was already up 5 bucks, I talked myself into getting a pint at St. James Gate, named after the famous Guinness brewery. The bar has a feeling like it’s straight out of the old country, dimly lit with a rounded bar and plenty of seating for non-bar patrons. Ask for Dave … he won’t steer you wrong. He suggested I get the Harp Lager ($3 Import special for Happy Hour) and after enjoying a few pints I was ready to test my luck on the casino floor.
2 hours later I was only down about 30 bucks but I had a lot of fun playing nickel and quarter slots, as well as people watching. All in all they have a great casino at Sands. There’s one enormous floor for the slots and table games, with the restaurants/bars around the perimeter. It’s fairly easy to navigate and it isn’t confusing like other casinos can sometimes be. If you haven’t been there yet, go check it out!
What’s your favorite part about Sands Casino in Bethlehem?
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