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Why You Should Attend Rio's 2014 Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s warp speed once more as Star Trek fans from around the world beam into Las Vegas for the 13th Annual Official Star Trek Vegas Convention July 31-August 3. For the fourth consecutive year, it’ll be held at Rio.

You don’t have to be a Trekkie (or Trekker as some prefer to be called) to enjoy the four-day adventure. As an ardent fan attending for the third year, this writer can assure you that Star Trek conventions aren’t just for geeks and nerds. There are plenty of reasons to check it out, especially if you’ve never attended a fan convention before.

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Finding Intelligentsia Coffee On The Vegas Strip

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 25, 2014 at 4:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

You're in Vegas. You need a cup of coffee (or 12) before you can even speak to another person, much less hit the tables for an early-morning craps session. You're bored with the Starbucks you'll find at just about every hotel on the Strip and want something different. We've got you covered. Monte Carlo might have local coffee roaster Sambalatte but Paris has Mon Ami Gabi and bottomless cups of Intelligentsia Coffee to kick off your day.

Mon Ami Gabi has been such a staple in Las Vegas for years that many people don’t realize the restaurant’s flagship location is based in Chicago. Intelligentsia Coffee originated in Chicago and has grown into a small chain of coffee shops by expanding to California and a few other states. The brand generally buys its beans directly from growers in Central America, South America, East Africa and Ethiopia to create its own unique roasts. You'll taste the difference with each sip.

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VORE: A True Off Road Experience

Where: 12801 US Highway 95 [map], 89005
July 25, 2014 at 3:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

Calling all adventure junkies! We have found a challenge for you. An off road challenge that might be the most dirt turnin', tire spinnin', shock absorbin' off-Strip adventure we have come across thus far. These trucks are no average everyday street 4x4... no, they are fully equipped $160,000 Baja racing trucks. They are fast, mean and pack one helluva punch!

How better to experience Vegas than by tearing up a small piece of it? Well that's exactly what you're in for with VORE (Vegas Off Road Experience). They will accommodate as much tearing around as you can cram into their variety of sessions, with two-hour packages all the way up to a full three-day experience.

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You Can Get Meat Gelato In Las Vegas

Where: 1616 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89104
July 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM | by | Comment (1)

Since opening last summer, Art of Flavors has been wowing downtown locals and pilgrims alike with quality gelato and unique flavors. Where once the specials of the day would consist of nothing more adventurous than Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Avocado, the wheels have officially come off the bus (in a good way) with the introduction of savory flavors.

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More Information On Blackjack At SLS Las Vegas

July 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (7)

One of the things about having a great vocal community is that people listen. Wednesday, we revealed more details about gaming at SLS Las Vegas and you voiced concerns about what blackjack games will actually be offered when the renovated resort reopens August 23. SLS was listening and offers up more information to interested fans.

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Is The Plaza Tuff-N-Uff For MMA?

Where: 1 Main Street [map], 89101
July 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM | by | Comments (2)

MMA fans have a new reason to visit Downtown Vegas as amateur mixed martial arts promotion Tuff-N-Uff recently announced its first fight in the downtown area, to be held at the Plaza. Previous Tuff-N-Uff events have been held at South Point, The Orleans and Cox Pavilion. When asked about the move downtown, Tuff-N-Uff CEO Jeff Meyer shared this with VegasChatter:

I’ve been to a couple other events there and really enjoyed myself. I also happen to stay there often when I want a getaway from day-to-day life. Since the remodel, it's been pretty nice and fun. I've been keeping an eye on the economic revitalization of the Downtown area for a long time and thought that it would be great for Tuff-N-Uff to bring our event there. The Plaza was one of many properties interested in hosting our event.

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Shark Reef Wants You To Give Its Animals A Hand Come Feeding Time

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
July 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Most attractions include posted signs saying “don’t feed the animals,” but the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is throwing that notion out the window with their new Animal Encounters programs.

In addition to seeing more than 2,000 animals, guests can now get up close and personal with select creatures such as stingrays, green sea turtles and zebra sharks. The new Animal Encounters include the Stingray Feed, Sea Turtle Feed and, if you’re brave enough, the Shark Feed.

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Downtown Grand Tries Luring Patrons With Drink And Dining Discounts

Where: 206 North 3rd Street [map], 89101
July 24, 2014 at 8:33 PM | by | Comments (14)

A new players club desk on the Downtown Grand casino floor.

Downtown Grand is hoping price cuts will lure the hungry (and thirsty) to its off-Fremont establishments.

The re-named and renovated property once known as the Lady Luck has been busily announcing dining discounts this July. Its lobby lounge, Art Bar, now knocks 50 percent off its menu from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly. Most cocktails are priced around $10.

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Vegas' Smoothini To Show He's Got Talent At Radio City Music Hall

July 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas bar magician Smoothini did not make it onto Judgement Week on America's Got Talent, but that doesn't mean hopes of a win have vanished for the sleight-of-hand wiz.

The former Marine informed Facebook fans that he will, indeed, take part in the next step on the popular NBC reality competition, live auditions set to take place next week at Radio City Music Hall. While a $1 million prize is at stake, the self-described Ghetto Houdini is already rich in another regard. Yesterday, Tomas de la Cruz became the proud father of twins.

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Why We're Loco For The Adventuredome

Where: 2880 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (3)

Here at VegasChatter, we love what’s new. It’s no surprise that we’ve covered El Loco, the most recent ride addition at The Adventuredome, quite a bit. But, what about the rest of the ‘Dome? It's been up and running for over twenty years, but is it worth your time? Or, is it a tourist trap better left for the Clark Griswolds of the world? This writer set out to answer these questions while conquering the new El Loco coaster during a recent visit to Circus Circus.

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Krave Is Closing... Again

Where: 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comment (1)

Krave has announced its closure while simultaneously clinging to the tagline of being America's #1 LGBT nightclub.

The nightspot, which seems to have had its greatest days when it was located on the Harmon side of Miracle Mile, will close at its current location as of this Sunday, July 27. After a disastrous downtown move, Krave popped up on The Strip at the Tommy Wind Theater (formerly the Empire Ballroom) last November and even invested in an remodel that brought new furniture, lighting, and a new sound system to the space.

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The SLS Las Vegas Casino Looks Like It Will Live Up To Its Promises

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 24, 2014 at 12:08 AM | by | Comments (14)

SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!

Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.

Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.

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