Events / Festival / The Cosmopolitan / Boulevard Pool / LUCKYRICE / Eating / → All Tags
Now that the weather is cooling down to a refreshing 95 degrees, food fests are popping up like crazy for the next two months. There will be big ones, small ones, fancy ones, and ones where the main attraction is White Castle. Out of these many, there is one that puts the rest to shame. That one is LUCKYRICE coming once again to The Cosmopolitan the evening of Saturday, October 4.
Future Vegas / Delano Las Vegas / Openings / Name Changes / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Delano Beach Club / Pools / Rivea / miX / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Closings / → All Tags
The lobby and rooms (the panoramic suite pictured above and below) may say Delano meets the desert, but the transformation of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay into an entirely new brand isn't entirely complete.
Still to come is the departure of rooftop restaurant and lounge, miX. The long-lived dining destination by Alain Ducasse is expected to remain open through the remainder of the year. A new restaurant, also by Ducasse, Rivea, will debut around this time in 2015. The concept made its debut in Saint-Tropez last year and will feature French and Italian cuisine. (See what they're serving up in the French Riviera here.) miX Lounge will see a rebranding of its own, too.
Events / Rock In Rio / City of Rock / The Strip / Entertainment / Music / Festivals / MGM Resorts Festival Grounds / → All Tags
There's still no official word on any of the acts (oh, but the whispers), but if you're going to the US debut of Rock in Rio here in Vegas in May 2015 no matter the names the pre-sale begins Friday, September 19.
Folks who signed up for first chance at the (expected) $295 per weekend tickets began receiving emails alerting them to the pre-sale earlier this week. Those eager beavers will have from September 19 to the 25th to lock in up to two general admission weekend passes or one VIP day pass. On September 26, the general public will get their first go at tickets with what's being termed as a "limited pre-sale" for them as well. That will begin at 5 p.m. PT.
While we were busy the last few months shaking our heads at the confusing and borderline obnoxious changes to downtown Vegas drinking laws, the Clark County Commission voted today to ban glass bottles on the Strip, from Sahara Avenue (around SLS Las Vegas) to Russell Road (around Mandalay Bay). While this certainly isnít Prohibition, it will be a big change, one that will be even more difficult to enforce due to the geographical expanse of the Strip.
We get it. Officials are seeking measures to increase safety and decrease litter. Glass bottles are inherently hazardous and especially so in the hands of mobile and
likely possibly inebriated Strip-goers. They can be used as weapons and that presents a danger to the rest of the crowds happily sipping from their plastic half yard-tall Eiffel Towers or footballs. Itís unfortunate that a few bad apples are ruining the bunch, or at least the bunchís chances of drinking from their desired containers. Metro Police have been handling an increased number of violent crimes involving glass bottles, hence the ban.
With the changeover of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay to Delano so has THEcafe morphed to Della's Kitchen. This is a breakfast/early lunch spot just off the lobby, and the only Delano-specific place to have a good meal early in the day (after 5 p.m. you can go up to miX, for now.)
If you're staying at Delano, you're within walking distance of one of the best brunch services in the city at Border Grill. All-you-can-eat Mexican fusion tapas are certainly a great thing to behold, but they're relegated to Saturday and Sunday. Where would one get a good bite in the morning the other five days of the week? The new answer is Della's Kitchen.
Sportsbooks / Off Strip / NFL / SuperContest / Westgate / Contests / Football / Betting / → All Tags
Itís already time for football bettors to plan for the 2015 NFL season. The SuperContest at Westgate is the largest and most popular in Vegas. In fact, SuperContest grew†almost 30% this year†and should only get bigger in 2015. Not everyone, however, has the $1,500 entry fee laying around so you might want to planning for next yearís contest now.
Mainstream media coverage on ESPN has helped SuperContest become popular, but thatís not the only reason. The prize pool returns 100% of the money entered which is awesome. Over 1,400 people entered the SuperContest this year and the grand prize winner will receive more than $700,000. Prize money also will be rewarded to 30 runner-ups. That's all awesome, too, but the biggest reason SuperContest is growing is that you donít have to be in Las Vegas to make your weekly picks.
Just One Dish / Umami Burger / Burgers / SLS Las Vegas / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
Trying new casino restaurants is nothing new for any of us at VegasChatter. This writer†is a fan of all things cow, whether it's in steak or burger form. It may not be the healthiest diet, but it sure is goooooooood. After ordering a typical lunch at the newly opened Umami Burger inside SLS Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised to discover my chosen side dish was anything but typical.
After snapping pictures of the casino the day SLS opened, I stopped at Umami to play a little video poker and have a beer. A friend asked to split a burger and fries and who am I to say no? That first half of a burger was good enough to make me want to return and have a full one all to myself.
Well, if anyone knows sex sells, it's AVN.
Every Pornuary (read: January), the Adult Video Network heats up Vegas with the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) which puts porn stars face-to-face with very fappy, umm, happy fans. If all the, err, research
we they do in preparation for the annual event doesn't teach them everything they need to know about sexy time, new seminars aim to strip it down to the basics.
You remember that show, Cash Cab, where passengers were surprised to find their taxi transformed into a game show and could win money by answering trivia questions? While your chances of getting on the show were slim given only a few episodes were filmed in Vegas, it did provide a little extra motivation for people to cab it around. Now, that same concept is being taken to 30,000 feet, and Allegiant Air is hoping it will help boost its sales on flights to Sin City.
Called The Game Plane, the show is filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers competing to win prizes on the spot. Part quiz show, part game of chance, The Game Plane will allow Allegiant passengers to compete for thousands of dollars in prizes, including all expense paid vacations to Las Vegas resort properties and free show tickets.
Openings / Downtown Vegas / Limelight / Plaza / Burlesque / Downtown / Entertainment / Shows / → All Tags
The trouble with approaching anything with any sort of expectation is youíll often be let down. Even if your own preconceived notions are all youíre battling, a good show might not live up to expectations based on your past experiences with the venue, a given performer, director, etc. Itís always nice to be pleasantly surprised and even better to be (borderline) blown away!
Limelight opened this past weekend at Plaza in Downtown Vegas. With it came the stigma of the venueís failed productions and the challenge of getting people to go see a downtown show in the first place. Luckily, this isnít your average burlesque revue. For starters, itís from LA producers so itís literally bringing a fresh perspective to Vegas.
VegasChatter Reviews / Delano Las Vegas / THEhotel at Mandalay Bay / Name Changes / Mandalay Bay / Openings / Renovations / Room Remodels / → All Tags
As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.
Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasnít so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.
After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.
Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Dellaís Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).
My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? Itís easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starckís vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its Ď94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.
Openings / Future Vegas / Bally's / Grand Bazaar Shops / Shopping / Dining / Eating / → All Tags
One of the first questions folks want to know about the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's -- aside from why -- is when. Signage has only stated the vague timeline of fall, which could be anytime between September 22 and December 20. A recent report by the RJ narrowed that down to late December. Now, we may have a specific date (or rather dates) to pin to its debut.