With no bridge or crosswalk, visiting the Welcome to Las Vegas sign is safest by car. Problem is, the small parking lot is usually full and there tends to be a few vehicles illegally parked to compound the fun.
Our @sammasseur, however, spotted a new expansion underway that will add more spaces. Although the exact number is not known, Sam thought it looked like the lot would triple in size.
Vegas Moves / Openings / Entertainment / Shows / MJ Live / Rat Pack Is Back / Off Strip / The Strip / → All Tags
They've become off-Strip mainstays, now two Vegas productions are trading one "R" named resort for another.
MJ Live and Rat Pack Is Back will see their final shows at the Rio on February 22. Word has it they're being booted for that Duck Dynasty musical. (Hoping you cringed when you read that as much as I did when I wrote it.) Both shows won't disappear from the entertainment landscape, though; a change of scenery will place them at the Riviera beginning March 2.
New Year's Eve / FIZZ Las Vegas / Caesars Palace / Bars / Lounges / Drinking / → All Tags
There's another spot to enjoy all-you-can-drink bubbly on December 31st. Just not for $40.
FIZZ at Caesars Palace is offering a three-hour premium open bar package for $125 a person (tax included but a $16 service charge is not). The price includes a champagne toast at midnight and hors d'oeuvres. Table packages begin at $500 for a party of four. Guests can start raising their glass (after glass, after glass) beginning at 9 p.m.
Openings / White Castle / Casino Royale / The Strip / Eating / Dining / Walgreens / Denny's / → All Tags
The fast food chain known for its sliders posted a hiring call a few days ago. Interested applicants are being told to head to 3440 West Russell Road between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to make their cravings known, no experience necessary. Here's where we should make some sort of reference to simply having a hunger for the job.
If you’re unaware because maybe you’re too hungover to cruise the Internet on New Year’s Day, January 1 is National Hangover Day. In honor of this holiday so many of us end up “celebrating” whether we would like to or not, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian is debuting The Hangover Experience.
Even if you don’t end up having an epic night that ends with Mike Tyson and a tiger, you can still immerse yourself in all the debaucherous glory that is The Hangover. Opening to the public at 4 p.m. New Year's Day, the exhibit will feature a 1,100-square-foot replica of the movie’s now famous hotel room, a smashed replica of a Las Vegas Metropolitan police car and a wedding chapel. No word yet on if there will be replicas of Stu’s missing tooth added to the gift shop when this opens.
Tips / Off Strip / Aces Bar / Jackson's Bar / Naked City Pizza / PT's Pubs / Sierra Gold / → All Tags
Sometimes when people tell me they’re coming to town for the weekend, it stresses me out. The Strip is fabulous, but it is expensive, it’s crowded, people yell ‘Yolo’ and ‘Vegas, baby!’ a lot (ugh), and once again, it's expensive. When friends visit, they often ask for suggestions of places to have a great meal, drink for cheap, and have a fun, chill night. My suggestion is always a locals' bar.
Everyone in Vegas has a favorite local bar or bartender they love to visit. There are a variety of reasons why locals love gaming bars, but you can't beat friendly service, cheap drinks, and great food.
Hockey / NHL / Bill Foley / MGM Resorts / AEG / → All Tags
Let the experiment begin.
Yesterday, the ownership group behind a push to bring the NHL to Vegas put up a webpage to gauge interest in the idea. lasvegas-hockey.com doesn't give any information, but it does take it. Interested parties are asked to leave their name, phone number, email address, and address. In return, they'll keep you updated on efforts (as long as you promise you're not a ticket broker).
If you’re not up on your latest edition of Wynn magazine (the in-room publication at Wynn), you may be unaware of Steve Wynn’s philosophy on hotel organization. Basically, he likes to arrange things logically in a manner that groups related concepts into “neighborhoods” for easy enjoyment. It seems this philosophy didn’t transfer over to his rooms, though.
Despite being a top-tier luxury resort, Wynn Las Vegas is behind the times with certain aspects of in-room technological convenience. Though rooms have not one, not two, but three different sets of controls for the room lights and drapes (logically placed within about five inches of each other, plus another at the door which actually makes sense), you’ll be hard pressed to find a way to plug anything in by the bed.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Pot Liquor CAS / Guy's Vegas Kitchen / The Strip / Off Strip / Town Square / The LINQ Hotel / → All Tags
2014 was a year of great excitement for dining. Tons of new openings, closings, re-branding, and generalized soap-opera drama. Among all of the brouhaha, some openings have enjoyed whirlwind success despite shortcomings, and others have labored on in obscurity despite great virtues. Here, we level two stories against each other.
Pot Liquor CAS
There was a time when every food writer -- both local and visiting -- would grumble and mumble about Vegas not having any good BBQ. ("Oh, this is NOTHING like Carolina style!" or "You call THIS Texas brisket?") The litany was maddening, and mostly proficient Rollin' Smoke did little to quiet it, what with being nestled between a halfway house and a strip club. Then, like a gift from above, Pot Liquor CAS is dropped right into that On-Strip/Off-Strip DMZ that is Town Square.
Off Strip / VegasChatter Reviews / Red Rock Resort / Free Vegas / Hotel Rooms / MyVEGAS / → All Tags
Way back in September MyVEGAS started offering rewards at various Station Casinos giving Las Vegas locals midweek hotel rooms for a staycation. For me, the rewards are a good excuse to check out new and different hotel rooms I normally wouldn't visit. Most recently, I drove down the street to my local casino, Red Rock Resort, to see how things were from a guest point of view.
To lend some background, I visit Red Rock Resort once or twice a week so I know the property pretty well. Most of the time, I park near the sportsbook which is on the opposite side of the property from the hotel entrance. For whatever reason on my visit to Red Rock Resort as a hotel guest, I never even made it to the sportsbook. Being on the hotel side of things is almost being in a different casino and that was awesome.
VegasChatter Reviews / Eating / Restaurants / Bazaar Meat / SLS Las Vegas / Steakhouses / Dining / Fine Dining / → All Tags
Going to dinner is usually a simple process. You look at the menu, pick an appetizer, salad and entree, then eat. While that’s possible at Bazaar Meat, it’s not how they recommend going about your meal. Just about every hotel on the Vegas Strip has a high-end steakhouse, nowadays. Bazaar Meat is considered the steakhouse at SLS Las Vegas, but it’s so much more than that.
When I walked into Bazaar Meat, the aroma reminded me of Heritage Steakhouse at The Mirage due to the smell of burning wood in the air. There are numerous cooking devices in the open kitchen at Bazaar Meat, ranging from grills to a cotton candy machine. My party of five was seated at a huge butcher block table just off the kitchen. Judging by the giggling and amount of pictures taken, the Cotton Candy Foie Gras seemed to pique the interest of the ladies who'd ordered it at a nearby table. This playful starter seemed like it would have been fun, but my group was at Bazaar for the meat.
Off Strip / Drinking / Jackpot Vodka / Promotions / The Palms / Club Palms / → All Tags
Red Bull doesn’t really give you wings, but a new vodka brand can actually give you real resort credits at Palms. Jackpot Spirits is launching a new product, Jackpot Vodka, in the Arizona and Nevada markets and has a pretty sweet deal for guests of the off-Strip resort.
The new vodka, available locally at Lee’s Discount Liquor locations, comes with a unique five-character code on the cap that can be redeemed for a $25 resort credit at Palms. If you’re wondering if it’s on the inside of the actual cap like those fun facts on Snapple lids, which would sort of force you to only use it after you finished the whole bottle, we were wondering, too. The answer is no. The code is attached to the capsule (the fancy word for the foil wrapper over the top of a liquor or wine bottle), so you can use it immediately and not sacrifice your bottle cap.