Downtown Discovery: Winston Churchill’s Snooker Table at Main Street Casino

June 2, 2015

There are so many things to discover in downtown Las Vegas, including a few that surprise even the most ardent Vegas fans.

Here’s a hidden gem you won’t want to miss at Main Street Hotel & Casino, near Fremont Street Experience: It’s the snooker table of none other than Winston Churchill. No, we’re not making this up!

Winston Churchill snooker table

She’s a beauty, but you have to know where to look.

This area of the hotel isn’t easy to find, and many guests of the casino never even realize it’s there.

Keep an eye out for this old-timey elevator sign.

Main Street elevator sign

That’s what they’re called in England. Winston Churchill may also have been English.

The elevator to the second floor is on the east side of the casino. Which probably doesn’t help, because who carries compasses? If you find the casino cages, it’s on the complete other side of the casino. Just wander around until you find it, that’s part of the fun.

If you’re having no luck, here’s what the elevator door looks like.

Not everything in Vegas needs a giant, flashing neon sign, you know.

Not everything in Vegas has a giant, flashing neon sign, you know.

Once you make your way to the second floor, be prepared to travel back in time!

When we first visited this part of the hotel, our heart actually skipped a beat.

This is what you see when you emerge from the elevator. Magical.

This is what you see when you emerge from the elevator. Magical.

Turn to your left and you’ll see the snooker table. No, we don’t know what snooker is, but that’s beside the point.

snooker

History buff heaven.

Winston Churchill’s snooker table is a thing of beauty, with intricately-carved wood around the entire table.

While guests aren’t allowed to touch it, just being this close to history is a rare treat.

Winston Churchill, of course, was the Prime Minister of the U.K. from 1940-45 and again from 1951-55, sort of a pivotal time for a variety of reasons. Churchill also holds the honor of being the very first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.

Winston Churchill's table isn't the only one up here, so stay awhile and soak it all in.

Winston Churchill’s table isn’t the only one up here, so stay awhile and soak it all in.

Other antique tables are on display in this area, too.

We call this one "fancy legs."

We call this one “fancy legs.”

No, really, they’re fancy.

Sorry about the "fancy legs" thing. We couldn't think of anything better.

Sorry about the “fancy legs” thing. We couldn’t think of anything better.

Main Street casino, as you may know, it a treasure trove of artifacts, antiques and artworks. Which may be why you can find a brochure at the hotel’s registration desk called, wait for it, “Guide to Artifacts, Antiques and Artworks.” We’ve even got the brochure suitable for downloading (in .pdf format), because we’re thoughtful like that.

We guarantee your mind will be blown if you seek out the oddities at Main Street hotel-casino, including street lamps from Brussels, Belgium, bronze doors from the Kuwait Royal Bank, a chandelier from the Figaro Opera House in Paris, France, and even a portion of the Berlin Wall (in the men’s restroom, no less).

Oddly, you won’t find Winston Churchill’s snooker table in the brochure, so aren’t you glad you read this blog? Now you know!

If you’re looking for more things to do in downtown Las Vegas, we’ve got you covered.

2 Responses

  1. Ginger says:

    Love more info about Vegas!

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