Green Vegas / Luxor / Mandalay Bay / Vdara / MGM Resorts / → All Tags
It's hard sometimes to look beyond the surface of Las Vegas what with the shiny, bright lights and all. Most view our neon-laden hotels as beacons of excitement and possibility, but don't realize many of those glimmering lights have an energy efficient shine these days and that some of those buildings are so green they're among the most eco-responsible in the country. (See: Aria, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Veer, Venetian and Palazzo.) Heck, even the famed Welcome to Las Vegas sign went solar if you hadn't noticed yet.
While those are the most prominent, the greening of the Strip also takes place in numerous other small ways, from turning used cooking oil into biodiesel to converting old linens into cleaning rags. There's more happening on the Strip than meets the eye and it's enough to swell a certain heart three sizes this day.
Events / Ice Skating / Caesars Palace / Caesars Chalet / The Cosmopolitan / Attractions / → All Tags
This Friday will see the return of two ice rinks to the Strip, but only two. Venetian, the original purveyors of traditional winter fun on Las Vegas Boulevard, decided to hang up its skates this season, however, Cosmopolitan and Caesars Palace will still be in the game.
Today, Caesars officials announced the return of their self-described Caesars Chalet which will once again be located Stripside. Both the Chalet and Cosmo's Ice Rink (a transformed Boulevard Pool) will debut November 21 while Caesars' attraction will run slightly longer closing January 11 instead of January 4 like its competitor.
The Strip / Tropicana / Openings / Exhibits / → All Tags
If youíre a presidential trivia buff, Tropicana has you covered this winter. On display November 22 through January 3, The JFK Exhibition will show off iconic memorabilia and personal effects from John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy. Many of them are on display for the very first time so expect some unique items.
Like the Mob Experience before it, this exhibit includes some vehicles as well. The Lincoln Continental used to transport the Kennedys to their final flight to Dallas will be on display along with a 1960 Lincoln Continental from President Kennedyís Washington, D.C. motor pool.
Sometimes, itís fun to do something dumb in the casino. A few weeks back, I was playing a 3 play video poker game and was dealt a Straight Flush on the 4th or 5th hand after sitting down at the machine. 250 quarters x 3 = sweet score of 750 quarters (thatís $187.50)! I held all five cards, took the pay day and played a few hands before walking away.
Later that night, it was pointed out that the hand was four cards to an open ended Royal Flush draw. A Royal Flush would have paid 4,000 quarters or $1,000. Even getting one Royal Flush in the three hands would have paid much better than keeping the cards. It was fun to talk about, but I was consoled by the fact the WinPoker app said that I made the right play by keeping the Straight Flush.
Events / Electric Daisy Carnival / Music / Entertainment / Vegas Returns / Las Vegas Motor Speedway / → All Tags
Next year will mark the fifth anniversary (in Vegas) for the music festival which brings hundreds of thousands together in the name of EDM. Tickets will go on sale December 1 at noon PT. Three-day general admission will be priced at $329 while VIP passes will begin at $699. As in prior years, no single day tickets will be sold, but you will be able to make the cost a bit easier to handle thanks to a layaway option. And, you might want to seriously consider it as pricing is significantly higher than last year which saw general admission at $249 and VIP access at $499.
The Strip / Aria / Alibi Cocktail Lounge / Drinking / Eating / Bars / Name Changes / City Bar / Renovations / → All Tags
While the newly opened Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria touts itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients & highly stylized opulence," there's another reason to drink it all in -- you can grab a bite there, too.
Not mentioned anywhere on its website, VegasChatter friend @paperposter alerted us to the -- dare we say -- secret menu. (Disclaimer: it's not secret as there's a printed menu. Secret menu just sounds so much cooler, tho. Kinda like writing 'tho.')
The room decor at The Cromwell is eclectically detailed, mixing a lot of modern with a bit of faux-vintage items. HotelChatter was impressed with luxury touches like the welcome beverages that are given to all guests (including sangria), the high-tech Toto Neorest toilet (the seat lid rises to "greet" you), the Eataly snacks in the pantry, and the flat iron in the vanity.
The Strip / New Year's Eve / Concerts / Brooklyn Bowl / The Roots / Entertainment / Music / → All Tags
If you missed The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl before, you have no excuse this time. Youíve been warned. They put on a heck of a show and though itís hard to explain if you havenít experienced it, they just feel like Brooklyn Bowl. They feel like they should be on that stage. Jimmy Fallon should move his show to Vegas so they can be our house band at the same time.
Youíll have your shot to see what we mean over New Yearís Eve at The Roots Legendary New Yearís Eve Ball. Doors open and 8 p.m. and the band takes the stage at 9 p.m. If past shows are any indication, they should be good for a decently long performance.
Suncoast / Off Strip / Burgers / The Game / Bars / Eating / Restaurants / Dining / → All Tags
When Suncoast renovated and rebranded its TGIFridays restaurant we noted there didnít seem to be much design work done. We adjusted expectations accordingly†for our first visit to The Game Sports Bar and Restaurant. And, no surprise, The Game was what we thought it was. Itís fun when dinner at a sports bar can bring back memorable moments in sports history.
Dinner started with an order of onion rings and mild buffalo wings. Both were good, but nothing you wouldnít get from a good bar/restaurant. The bacon cheddar cheeseburger above was served on a buttery brioche bun. The beef was seasoned liberally and cooked a perfect medium. The burger was better than expected, but won't make any of the "Best of Las Vegas" lists
unless they buy an ad. The basic burger comes with french fries and is $9.99. Mainstream craft beers like Magic Hat #9 and Brooklyn Ale are between $5 and $7.
First, yes, we know. The cheapest way to spend New Year's Eve on the Strip would be milling with the masses for free on Las Vegas Boulevard. But, what's the fun in that? For twenty bucks, you could still spend it outdoors and still ooh, ahh at fireworks come midnight, but be high above it all... ice skating.
The Cosmopolitan is just a few days away from transforming its Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink and you can ring in the New Year there for $20 if you buy tickets early (i.e., now). At some point, admission will creep up to $30. If you'd still prefer free and were planning to book a room in Vegas, anyway, hotel guests will receive complimentary entry.
VegasChatter Reviews / The Strip / The LINQ Hotel / Openings / Name Changes / The Quad / Imperial Palace / → All Tags
It took a transitional brand (The Quad already seems like a distant memory) to get from the heavily themed Imperial Palace to the modern and hip LINQ, but we think Caesars Entertainment has gotten it right this time. Though some construction walls are still up and the pool won't be ready until next spring, The LINQ is aims to make its presence known in the budget-friendly hotel market for all the good reasons this time. With the amenities of a luxury property like a snazzy lobby bar, but without the hefty price tag, we are impressed with the remodel and looking forward to the spring openings of the revamped pool and spa.
We got to experience VIP check in which is a separate, posh-looking room apart from the main registration area. Arriving around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday, the main check-in desk was well-staffed and lines were short and seemed to be moving quickly. As room blocks are color-coded, an initial rundown of how to get to our room seemed a little confusing, but a reminder that elevators were marked for which color block they serviced made it clear.
VegasChatter Reviews / Extreme Vegas / Pahrump / Jetpack America / Adventure Vegas / Off Strip / → All Tags
When I first chose Mr. Pappagiorgio as my VegasChatter alter ego, I didn't expect it to be the Superman to my Clark Kent. But, after suiting up to test my superhero prowess via the newest Jetpack America Experience, I can say that -- while I'm no Iron Man -- Aquaman should start quaking in his wake.
For those that missed the intro last month, Jetpack America has added Pahrump to its Newport Beach and San Diego locations that offer the power of flight by strapping on hydro-powered jetpacks.
So let's get it out of the way upfront. Newport Beach, San Diego and... Pahrump? Yep. Turns out the owner of Jetpack America also owns Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch where an eight-acre freshwater lake was built to accommodate wanna-be waterheroes. So, basically, the same guy that built an extreme racing facility in his backyard added another toy to his playground. And, unlike most of the racing experiences which require a country club-like membership, Jetpack America Flight Experiences are open to the public.