Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Steel Country (and right around the corner from the birthplace of Bethlehem Steel), Sands Bethlehem was a luxury experience that you’d expect from a weekend in Vegas – without having to step foot in Sin City.
Our weekend was loaded with great food (my favorite spots to eat are broken down below), world- class gambling including the new Stadium Gaming (with a live dealer!), and some of the coolest nightlife spots in all of Pennsylvania!
The first thing we noticed as we cruised through the front doors was the grand scale of the main casino floor. There are table games galore, banks and banks of slots with their blinking lights and blaring sirens, and a general buzz that gets you primed and ready to roll right from the moment you enter. I was hooked!
The energy here at Sands Bethlehem is electric, the people diverse and always up for meeting new friends and the food – oh boy, the food! A big part of the allure of Sands Bethlehem in particular are the restaurants. With literally dozens and dozens of places to grab a quick bite, sit down and enjoy a slower paced meal, or just catch up with someone for some drinks, you aren’t going to have any trouble whatsoever eating like a king when you’re visiting Sands Bethlehem.
Here are some of my favorite spots!
Burgers and More by Emeril
All I can say is (in the immortal words of Emeril himself) – BAM! This is a great place to grab some seriously upscale pub food and a couple of ice cold beers to wash it down. Definitely recommended.
Buddy V’s Ristorante
This celebrity chef has absolutely smashed it out of the park with this cool joint spinning out Italian American favorites like spaghetti and meatballs and some of the best garlic bread I’ve ever had. Simple, straightforward, and suppppppperrrr tasty, his sauce *might* be better than momma’s.
Emeril’s Chop House
Another gem from Emeril, this place is much more upscale than most of the other spots we tried. And even though it’s a little bit pricey compared to other spots to eat, boy is it worth it. I had the 12 ounce filet, tuna tartar, and a couple of the best cocktails I’ve ever had in a while! When you’re looking to slow down from all the action (or celebrate a big old windfall), this is the place to be!
Last but not least we have this great throwback nightlife spot—a sweet place to grab a drink, check out some FREE live entertainment every night of the week, and just generally vibe out. We hit this spot the first night of our trip and loved it!