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Sh*t You May Have Missed Chasing Chicken Wings

June 30, 2015 at 7:08 PM | by | Comments (5)

A lot of sh*t comes and goes in Las Vegas and some of it actually sticks. Since the flow of updates can come fast and furious, each month we'll point out Sh*t You May Have Missed as an easy way to keep score of what's new, who's coming soon, which doors may have closed and what you better catch now before it's gone forever. If you spent this month recreating scenes from the Cluck Bucket after inhaling all the the chicken wings news you probably missed some sh*t so we've scooped it up for you here.


· New Code (SLS Vegas)
· Crapjack (New York-New York High Limit Room)
· New Rooms (Mandalay Bay)

· Tequila Taqueria (Bally's)
· Earl of Sandwich (Summerlin)
· Public School 702 (Downtown Summerlin)
· Siegel's 1941 (El Cortez)
· Therapy LV (Downtown)
· Vista (Caesars Palace)
· Buca Café Italiano (Bally's)
· Anchor Bar (Venetian)
· Classic Jewel (Downtown at the Juhl)

· Reba, Brooks & Dunn (Caesars Palace)
· For The Record: BAZ (LIGHT Nightclub at Mandalay Bay)
· X Comedy Uncensored (Flamingo)
· New art and sculptures (Delano)
· Baz by Cirque du Soleil (Mandalay Bay)

· Downtown Beauty Company (Container Park)
· Pink Tutu Ballet (Container Park)
· Sassy the Boutique (Container Park)
· Uptown Children's Boutique (Container Park)
· Vegas Flip Flops (Container Park)

· New Lounge Area (SLS Vegas)

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Mandalay Bay's Colorful New Rooms Are Now Available to Book

June 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM | by | Comments (8)

We tried to get a sneak peek of the designs back in December, but we no longer have to snoop around. Mandalay Bay is now going public with the first phase of its $100 million, 3,000 room and suites renovation.

The casino hotel Tweeted and FB'd a pic of the new rooms today, accompanied by a press release that stated "reservations for select remodeled rooms are now available for stays beginning July 2015" which is like, tomorrow.

We scurried over to MandalayBay.com and checked reservations for this weekend, which is admittedly a very busy weekend for Vegas and MB in particular, thanks to their fireworks show. Rates start at around $242 a night but there was no distinction between the old rooms and the new rooms. So you may have to beg ask nicely at check-in to get placed in a new room.

But overall, we're liking the new look. It's way more colorful than the old rooms and keeps in line with the hotel's island vibe (and the aquarium downstairs, #amirite.) Previously, the rooms were pretty much swathed in faded beige with little to no pops of color.

Now, these rooms are on par with Mandalay Bay's high-design Delano tower and the equally design-forward Four Seasons tower.

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Are We On The Verge Of Downtown Grand 2.0?

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
June 30, 2015 at 1:17 PM | by | Comments (24)

Sometimes it doesn’t take long for a project to be declared an utter failure. In the case of Downtown Grand, what started out as an less-than-Grand opening quickly spiraled into near-irrelevance. Now signs are pointing (both literally and figuratively) towards a relaunch of the ill-fated property. But is it too late to restore good fortune to the former Lady Luck?

This writer was the first VegasChatter-er to publish a review of Downtown Grand’s contemporary new rooms. Initially as a pampered invited guest, then two days later (incognito and on my own dime) for a different perspective. Feel free to look back at those write-ups here and here.

The former Player's Club desk, now a bank of empty slot machines

During that first stay, the Grand’s marketing team described ambitious future offerings, like “Commissary After Dark”, a nightclub-style venue that was to rise nightly inside "The Commissary" food court. And “Picnic”, downtown’s first and only daytime pool club.

Well, "After Dark" never happened and "The Commissary" went from an elaborate concept to a scaled-down food court with limited choices and hours. It now exists primarily as a place to get your "Grand Experience" (resort fee) coffee and maybe a sandwich or bar bites.

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Two Big Closures: MO5AIC at Bally's and LiFE at SLS

June 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (9)

Grand opening....Grand closing.

We're used to places suddenly closing on The Strip but these two closures have us slightly taken aback. Let's start with the first and the most sudden of the two--Mo5aic at Bally's.

Just last week, the boys of this acapella show were hyping their return to Las Vegas with a grand media opening at the Windows Showroom at Bally's. But sadly, the residency lasted just short of a month as the The LVRJ reports that the show was halted due to "a dispute over delinquent rent." Seems like Mo5aic' s producer just pulled the plug at the last-minute. (Which probably won't help the guys get hired in this town again.)

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Here's What Hotel Rates Look Like for The Fourth Of July

June 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM | by | Comments (7)

Got a spur-of-the-moment idea to spend the Fourth of July in Las Vegas? Well, here's what hotel rooms are currently going for on Expedia today. The good news is that the rates are not obscene. There aren't many deals either but so far, everything seems to be in check with only one resort, Red Rock, sold-out.

Of course, room rates may increase as the weekend gets closer--or they could plummet depending on how weak demand is. That's just Vegas, baby, Vegas.

These are average base rates for July 3-5 and do not include resort fees. A 🎉 denotes fireworks show will take place at the property.

Wynn: $329
Encore: $319
The Mandarin Oriental: $309
Mandalay: $280 🎉
The Venetian: $279
The Palazzo: $279
The Palazzo: $273
Cosmopolitan: $270
Caesars Palace: $234 🎉
Stratosphere: $230 🎉
Excalibur: $165
Circus, Circus: $124 (as part of a 50 percent off deal on Expedia. Um...)

Golden Nugget: $179
Downtown Grand: $134
The D: $109
El Cortez: $109
The Plaza: $109

Red Rock: SOLD OUT 🎉
JW Marriott Lake Las Vegas: $189
The Palms: $184
Suncoast: $134
Element Las Vegas: $125

(PHOTO: blog.stationcasinos.com)

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The Site of the Old Frontier to Turn into The Alon Las Vegas

June 29, 2015 at 3:57 PM | by | Comments (21)

You may remember when a parcel of land was purchased last year across the street from Wynn and next to Fashion Show Mall. Well, now we have some news on what will be happening there.

The former home of the Frontier Las Vegas casino is slated to become the home of a luxury resort-casino called Alon Las Vegas from James Packer, an Australian casino mogul who was recently snapped squiring Mariah Carey around on vacation. Alon is actually a new hospitality company with a focus on developing one-­of-­a-­kind luxury resorts and this will be their flagship location.

Alon is being pitched as a “mega resort” but its initial plans aren’t exactly “mega.” The property will sit on a plot of just 34.6 acres and have only 1,100 hotel rooms. For comparison Resorts World will be built on 87 acres and will have somewhere between 3,000 and 6,000 rooms (if all phases completed.)

Late last week, several media outlets got hold of plans for the new hotel on the North Vegas Strip. Below is our breakdown of the leaked info:

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The Platinum Hotel Shines a Little Less Brightly, Thanks to New Resort Fee

June 29, 2015 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (20)

It's getting hotter in Vegas (temps today are expected to hit 109 degrees) but the thermostat isn't the only thing that's rising in Sin City--resort fees are increasing too.

Already, we've seen the increase in resort fees at Hooters from $15.95 to $17.95 (before tax and starting on July 1) and at Tuscany Suites, where the $24 a night resort fee (up from $17) is now almost the same price as the room rate. Plus, we've heard whispers that Circus, Circus, Excalbur and SLS are all eying at least a $5 jump in their current fees.

And now, VegasChatter reader, djexeter, tells us that Platinum Hotel, a non-gaming hotel behind The Strip on Flamingo, has just jumped from zero to a $15 per night resort fee (totaling $16.80 after taxes.) Yup, one of the few remaining hotels to NOT charge a resort fee has just caved.

Deej tells us that the fee began in early June but includes "no increase in amenities that were included in the non-fee period."

What's even more egregious is that the Platinum doesn't mention this resort fee anywhere in the booking process on their clunky website until the very end, when you need to put in all your information. But even then, only a "Resort Fee" breakdown is shown. Otherwise, there are no descriptions about what's included in the resort fee.

So we got on the horn, called Platinum and discovered that the resort fee includes the following:

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Here's Your Vegas Weekend Cheat Sheet: June 26-28

June 26, 2015 at 5:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's BAZ, baby, BAZ!

Here's a cheat sheet for what's happening in Las Vegas this weekend. These are events and listings that we picked because we think they're cool, noteworthy and/or funny. This is not a complete listing of everything that's happening in Vegas this weekend so simma' down now. Remember, what happens in Vegas...should probably be shared with VegasChatter. XOXO.

Melody Sweets Presents "Big Top Circus and Burlesque": The tassle-wearing vixen of Absinthe kicks off her break-out show tonight in the Absinthe Tent at Caesars Palace. Melody will perform both covers and originals from her album Burlesque in the Black accompanied by live Vegas musicians and a mix of aerial and burlesque acts (including Dirty Martinai, Buttercup Delight, and Absinthe Duo Fevrier.) Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Doors open at midnight.

"For The Record: BAZ" Opens Tonight: Not into the prodcution style of Absinthe? Head on over to Mandalay Bay's Light nightclub to check out the newest but most intimate Cirque du Soleil production yet, based on the music and style of movie director Baz Luhrmann who's best known for "Moulin Rouge", "Romeo + Juliet" and most recently, "The Great Gatsby." Tickets start at $55, plus fees.

Hard Rock's "Final Toast" for Center Bar: On Sunday, June 28, Hard Rock will host a “Final Toast” party for locals and visitors as well as past and current employees from 7 to 10 p.m. Top music hits from 1995 will be playing, and attendees can sign their name on the original Center Bar before it closes for good. The final toast will be given by Robin Leach, which may or may not affect your decision to be there at closing time. Meanwhile, guests can still enjoy the bar's "Last Call" promotion through Sunday. That gets them five of the bar's most popular shots for just $5 and which also come in with a limited-edition Center Bar shot glass.

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Here's a Look at The Park in between New York, New York and Monte Carlo

June 26, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (18)

In reading through your suggestions for Future Vegas, which we posted earlier this week, we noticed how many of you were asking for a real deal, honest to goodness, park on The Strip.

We reminded you that there is a park area, called The Park, being built in front of the new Las Vegas Arena in between New York, New York and Monte Carlo. Of course, this isn't going to be a replica of Central or Hyde Parks but rather another retail and entertainment venue. Still, the renderings are promising grassy areas and trees (a few of which you can see already), so we'll consider that a park for now.

Lo and behold, we have a few snapshots of the park's construction progress from our photographer, Greg C. Note the cool metallic butterfly structures that have been put up. We likey. The Arena will open sometime next year. You can see that progress here.

[Photos: Greg C.]

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Tales from Inside the Pit: Dark Superstitions at The Table

June 26, 2015 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (35)

Welcome to Tales from Inside The Pit. Because sharing (gambling tips) is caring (until you win really big, then you'll keep that stash for yourself), our pit insider has a few tricks (but no cards) up his sleeves that he'd like to show you. Pay close attention. Or if you're already at the table and too drunk to read this, well, just bet it all and pick up a free drink before you leave.

Five years working in the casino industry may not sound like a very long time compared to other, long-time employees in this town. But I have found it long enough to experience a lot of superstitions by both gamblers and the casino. What I do not understand is, "Why?" Why be superstitious about something that is simply math? It has nothing to do with the dealers or the other players. Nothing outside of the game itself determines the outcome.

Yet there are hundreds, if not thousands, of gamblers who truly believe a particular dealer will be lucky for them or sometimes, unlucky. (Coolers, they're called.) They actually believe the dealer determines the outcome of the game. And they aren't afraid to voice their belief.

“How come you're not letting me win?” is one of my favorite complaints. What you need to know is that--the dealer controls nothing except for the speed of the game, and some of them can barely control that.

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The Harmon Hotel is Down to Just a Little Nubbin

June 25, 2015 at 8:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

For all you deconstruction fetishists out there, can you spot The Harmon?

MGM Resorts may have deprived us of an implosion with regards to the never-opened, potentially unsafe Harmon Hotel but it's still fascinating to see them tear down this failed venture piece by piece.

VegasChatter photographer extraordinaire, Greg C., has captured the hotel recently--from all angles. Here's how the Harmon looked earlier this year:

And below is how the deconstructed building looks today (mixed in with some close-up shots from when the takedown began last year.)

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Body English to Speak No More After July 3?

June 25, 2015 at 7:37 PM | by | Comment (1)

UPDATE 6.29.15: Yup, Body English is closing for good on July 3. The Hard Rock included the closing news in their weekly e-newsletter.

A tipster told us that Body English, the long-standing nightclub at the Hard Rock Las Vegas, will no longer be speaking English, body talk or any other language after July 3. That's because the club, which has been like a second Shore house for DJ Pauly D, is closing up shop on that day.

This is just a rumor but in Vegas, where there is a Facebook status update smoke, there's usually fire. Interestingly, Body English has not updated their social media profiles since May 24, which is like six months in Vegas time and in these heady social media days, pretty much means the death knell. Whether this closure is permanent or not, we don't know but signs are pointing to "CLOSED FOREVER." A few years ago, Body English closed down but returned by the time the Rapture of 2012 had come and gone.

As for this weekend, the club is still open at its usual times on Friday and Saturday from 10:30 pm until "close." Ladies are expected to pay $20 at the door while the "gents" should cough up $30. Perhaps you should do a shot at Center Bar and then pour some sugar liquor out at Body English. Just in case you don't get a chance to say a final goodbye.

[Photo: Body English/Facebook]