Construction / Openings / SLS Las Vegas / The Cromwell / Double Barrel Roadhouse / Treasure Island / → All Tags
From Sahara down to Tropicana, things continue to change on The Strip. On one end, SLS Las Vegas is painting the
town towers. On the other, Double Barrel Roadhouse will debut in a matter of days. Here's a quick look at where things stand on the Strip (photos taken on Sunday, March 2):
SLS Las Vegas (formerly Sahara)
Opening: Labor Day Weekend
Vegas Moves / Closings / Openings / Pawn Shop Live / Pawn Stars / Riviera / Golden Nugget / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
After officially opening at the Golden Nugget on January 21, Pawn Shop Live! -- the Pawn Stars parody -- is already moving. Beginning April 21, the show will call the Riviera home with performers taking to the stage daily at 4:30 p.m. inside the Starlite Theatre (where illusionist Jan Rouven performs at night).
Video Poker / Royal Flush / Gambling / Odds / → All Tags
When we play video poker, we all want the Royal Flush. The Royal Flush in video poker pays exponentially more than any other hand. Itís possible to win in the short term without getting a Royal Flush, but those extra credits go a long way to making us happy.
To non-video poker players, all the games look the same but they arenít. Payouts are different, giving each game different odds and volatility. The Royal Flush may pay the same 4,000 credits in most games, but it may not come up as frequently from one game to another. Each video poker game has a different Royal Flush cycle meaning youíll only see a Royal Flush every so often. Hereís a look at the breakdown:
Sky Shop, the retail store for The High Roller observation wheel, is packed with its spin on the Vegas souvenir. Over the weekend, this writer was so focused on trying to catalogue all the different wheel-branded merchandise now available that I skipped right over another offering. That is until an employee told me to go back and take some photos of a small grouping of tees.
Why? That's what I wanted to know, too. The worker quickly informed me that the tees were unique because they featured real felt from Caesars Entertainment casinos. Priced at $25, the shirts had tags that stated:
The Linq / The High Roller / Sky Shop / Openings / Attractions / Shopping / → All Tags
After walking into Sky Shop, the retail store for The High Roller observation wheel, we can only imagine that the merchandise meeting went something like this -- What can we brand with the wheel? Okay, that sounds good. Let's do it all.
If you can imagine it as a High Roller souvenir, chances are you'll find it within the newly opened Sky Shop. Magnets, keychains, cups, mugs, tumblers, shot glasses, tanks, tees, stuffed animals, bottle openers, beer cozies (koozies?), wallets, playing cards, picture frames. And, that's just what we noticed after a quick walk-around over the weekend.
Openings / The Linq / Bella Scarpa / Ruby Blue / Ghirardelli / Chilli Beans / Yard House / Sky Shop / KOTO / Starbucks / O'Sheas / Chayo / Purple Zebra / Haute Doggery / Goorin Brothers / 12AM RUN / Polaroid Fotobar / Titled Kilt / Flour And Barley / BLVD Cocktail Company / Sprinkles / Brooklyn Bowl / FAME / Kitson / Vanity Style Lounge / → All Tags
It's not even fully realized yet but The Linq has already accomplished its main goal. It's rerouting the flow of pedestrians on the Las Vegas Strip.
This weekend, phase two of the outdoor
mall dining and retail destination located between Flamingo and The Quad revealed itself to the public and this writer watched as lots of passersby chose to veer off Las Vegas Boulevard and stroll down the promenade to discover what was inside. The construction wall preventing folks from traversing the full-length of the promenade has finally been removed, allowing full access from The Strip to The High Roller. There's still not much in terms of open venues. In addition to the six tenants that debuted right before year's end -- KOTO, Starbucks, O'Sheas, Chayo, Purple Zebra and Haute Doggery -- Bella Scarpa and Ruby Blue (both boutiques for the ladies); Ghirardelli (chocolate shop); Chilli Beans (Brazilian eyewear brand); Yard House (a chain bar/restaurant); a Concierge Services office; and Sky Shop (the retail shop for the High Roller) all made their debuts over the weekend.
A year ago, we stayed well at MGM Grand and were better for it. Now, a healthy living program that once offered just 42 rooms within the mega-resort has been expanded to fill the entire 14th floor.
An expansion of MGM's Stay Well program -- which is a partnership with Delos Living -- has quadrupled the number of accommodations to 171, and includes a Skyline Marquee suite. Available for around $30 more a night over rack rate, Stay Well digs offer wellness amenities ranging from Vitamin C infused-showers and air purification systems to aromatherapy and alarm clocks that wake you up gradually instead of startling you.
Vegas News / Openings / Closings / Renovations / Vegas Returns / Shit You May Have Missed / → All Tags
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 in front of the tube, you probably missed a lot of sh*t! In the event we still manage to miss some sh*t, leave a comment below!
· Keno Lounge (Green Valley Ranch)
· Stay Well expansion (MGM Grand)
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
· Bier Garten (Plaza)
· Yard House (Linq)
· Hash House A Go Go (Rio)
· The Blind Pig Ė Provisions & Lounge (Panorama Towers)
· Social Life Pizza (Venetian/Palazzo)
· Renovated Binion's Cafe (Binion's)
· Hash House A Go Go (Rio)
· Twin Peaks (Henderson)
· TSA Pre✓ Application Center (McCarran, Level 2 of Terminal 1)
· Original Diva salon (Miracle Mile)
· LOOK Style Society (Town Square)
· DesertSol (Springs Preserve)
· RealGaming.com (online poker)
· VIP Villas, Suites (Various)
You know the feeling you get when you hear a really great song? It just brings back all kinds of good memories and most people can't help but to sing along with the lyrics. Well, what happens when that song you're jamming to on the radio or rocking out to on your phone is one that reminds you of the greatest city in the world? Yes, we're talking about Vegas, baby!
It happens every now and then. We're driving in the car, crushing a set in the gym or working away in the cubicle farm and -- BOOM -- a song just floods you with that Vegas feeling. All you can think about is Vegas. All you want to do is Vegas. It's like opening the spillway to a flood of Vegas memories.
The Linq / Chayo / Yard House / Brooklyn Bowl / Drinking / O'Sheas / Openings / → All Tags
One of the great things about Las Vegas is that itís never really cold outside compared to most of the country. When it gets chilly, most outdoor spaces have heating lamps to keep things toasty. The Linq, being an outdoor
mall retail and dining area, will have a couple bars/restaurants where we can enjoy the great outdoors almost all year round. Pool season isn't the only thing just around the corner; so is outdoor drinking weather.
Chayo was the first restaurant to open at The Linq and it brings not only Mexican food but a premium tequila bar that opens out onto The Linq promenade.†Chorizo empinada? Check! Mas tequila? Check! Outdoor seating? Check! Second-level patio with umbrellas offering shade from the sun? Pass the Puncho Villa!
Downtown Project / Shipping Container Park / Le Thai / Kerry Simon / Carson Kitchen / John E. Carson Hotel / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
The folks over at DTLV.com have shed some light on the remodel the John E. Carson Hotel building is undergoing.
The omnipresent Downtown Project owns the space at Sixth and Carson. You can read about the hotel's renovation in-depth here. But, to boil it down, the former hotel is going the way of the Container Park and divvying its space up into smaller parcels for local businesses. Look forward to a yoga studio, a florist, Black Spade Tattoo, a gourmet doughnut shop (from the folks behind Bin 702 at the Container Park), a sushi restaurant (from Le Thai's Dan Coughlin) and yet another Kerry Simon restaurant to be known as Carson Kitchen, among other enterprises.
3.6 Update: The Las Vegas Neon won't happen after all, according to the Sun.
While Las Vegas holds out hope for a professional team in a popular sport like football or basketball, they can settle for a pro tennis franchise, for now. Having been home to pro tennis exhibition matches at Mandalay Bay and the Thomas & Mack Center, as well as tennis star Andre Agassi, the sport seems to have found a fan base in Las Vegas.
World Team Tennis, founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King, brings a team to the Darling Tennis Center this summer. Formerly known as the Sacramento Capitals, the team will appropriately be renamed the Las Vegas Neon. The eight-team league features co-ed teams with matches played in menís and womenís singles, menís and womenís doubles and mixed doubles.