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Ask A Question, Any Question To SLS Las Vegas This Wednesday On Facebook

July 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

The grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is just a mere month away and the property is kicking off the final countdown in a very social way -- with a Iive Facebook chat.

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Entertainment Roundup: Still The One, But Not For Long To Georgia On Our Mind

July 21, 2014 at 8:09 PM | by | Comments (3)

The Vegas PR machine was in high gear today cranking out entertainment news from up and down The Strip. From the coming end of Twain's resident twang to another new show for the Riv, here's a roundup of what's closing and what's just ahead:

Shania Twain will stop stealing the limelight from Celine Dion by year's end. (Twain was recently named best resident performer by a Vegas publication so you know sh*t was getting serious.) Her two-year residency at Caesars Palace will officially mark its last night December 13. Tickets for the final 16 shows -- ten dates in October and six in December -- are on sale now. She's also here for a short run beginning tomorrow. Catch Shania July 22-23 and 25-26 if you can't wait that long to see her feel like a woman. Tickets begin at $55.

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Vic Vegas Is A Food Fighter Now, Too

July 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Even if you don't watch a lot of cooking shows, you've probably heard about NBC's newest series, Food Fighters. Its host heated up headlines recently after an off color topic social media meltdown. After talk of the show being pulled, it was saved from being chucked down the disposal and will debut tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22. And, with its debut, we can look forward to the TV return of a long-time VegasChatter fave, Chef Vic Moea.

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If You've Never Heard Of Bunkhouse, Here's Why It Should Be On Your Vegas Radar

Where: 124 S. 11th Street [map], 89101
July 21, 2014 at 3:54 PM | by | Comments (5)

In 2009, we hailed it as our favorite place for a dependable ruckus. The Downtown Project’s re-imagination of Downtown Vegas continues with the reopening of Bunkhouse Saloon.

Purchased and closed by Tony Hsieh and company in 2013, the music venue will open again August 25 with a performance from Indie Rock stalwarts, Built To Spill. Heavy remodeling is lengthening the building to allow for a new kitchen serving sloppy joes, deviled eggs and other bar food. Guests will also find a new entrance from Fremont Street and a brand new sound system.

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Cures For The Post-World Series Of Poker Blues

July 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

The World Series of Poker wound down last week. The nine remaining players in the Main Event (CardsChat.com takes an in-depth look at them here) will return in November to play for $10 million. As the brass at Caesars Entertainment closed the doors to the Amazon room at the Rio convention center, it represented the end of nearly two months of poker nirvana for both amateur and professional players alike –- unless, like this writer, you were quickly shown the door with a meager bankroll and a string of bad luck.

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Festivus Maximus: Festival Announcements Are Running Amok In Vegas

July 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

If Seinfeld’s Festivus didn’t refer to a specific day that’s more or less become an accepted parody holiday, it would surely refer to this third week of July where more Las Vegas festivals were announced than new Weird Al songs.

Almost true. We’ve known about the lineup for late October’s Life is Beautiful Festival for a bit now, but in the past week, details have emerged on two popular returning festival events and one brand new one coming to Sin City this fall.

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Just One Dish: Poached Salmon at Yonaka

Where: 4983 W Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 18, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

It is never the easiest thing for a person who gets to eat a fair bit of fine food to be really, truly, obviously exited over a dish. A reaction like, "oh, this is actually quite nice," can truly be a gushing compliment. In this writer's experience, few dishes truly stick out in the mind like the poached salmon at Yonaka.

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Vegas Pool Fashion For Men Looks Like This

July 18, 2014 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (3)

The ladies have had their turn to show off their questionable fashionable Vegas pool attire. Now, we're scoping out the men.

Since we're strictly scrolling Facebook photos at this point, there isn't a lot to work with since the pages tend to focus on the ladies. But what photos there are of men, we find to be pretty basic. Most men are wearing the holy trinity of pool gear -- shades, board shorts and ball caps. Nothing wrong with that, but god, it is boring to look at.

Props to the men who at least had stylish board shorts or funny sayings on their hats. Now we have to give a hand, er, props, to the men who busted out these trends:

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Downtown Changes You Might Not Know About

July 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (6)

There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:

Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.

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Checking Out The Charcoal Room At Palace Station

Where: 2411 W. Sahara Ave. [map], 89102
July 18, 2014 at 2:39 PM | by | Comments (2)

There was a time in Las Vegas recently where it felt like a week didn’t go by without a new steakhouse opening. Steakhouses were a dining trend that was music to this carnivore’s ears. Now, just about every casino has a steakhouse so there’s not much new to experience on the steak front. I’ve been revisiting my favorites on the Vegas Strip like SW Steakhouse at Wynn and, more recently, Prime at Bellagio. There’s nothing wrong with eating at restaurants known to provide great food and great service, but there’s something exciting about trying one that's new. Enter The Charcoal Room at Palace Station.

Palace Station is just off the Vegas Strip on Sahara near SLS Las Vegas. It’s an older casino and not the first place people consider for dining. That may change with some new dining options coming on board. The Charcoal Room is a locals' favorite at Santa Fe Station and just opened its second location at Palace Station. If the locals like The Charcoal Room then there’s a good chance that we would be in for a solid meal at fair prices and that’s exactly what we had.

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There's A New Worst Show In Town

Where: 202 Fremont Street [map], 89101
July 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM | by | Comments (11)

Imagine taking leftovers, carving it up and serving one semi-edible portion as the main course all over again. That's what Four Queens gives us with downtown’s biggest little train wreck, Broadway Rat Pack (BRP), which has been reworked and rechristened as The King and The Chairman Chairman of the Board That's Life. Unfortunately, BRP version 2.0 will have you wishing you brought along the air sickness bag from your last flight.

Last November, in a review of Broadway Rat Pack, this writer called it “a cheap amateurish production all the way.” The show, which shared Four Queen's Canyon Club Theater with the long-running hit Mike Hammer Comedy Magic, managed to stink up Fremont for eight months before quietly closing a few weeks ago. Just as the odor was starting to dissipate, Broadway Rat Pack rose from the grave.

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What To Expect From Mercadito At Red Rock

Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. [map], 89135
July 17, 2014 at 9:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

When you hear "off-strip casino Mexican food," it's only natural to picture a place where 90% of the food comes out of industrial #10 cans and everything is the same set of tired stereotypes. Maybe there's some really cheesy murals or a churro with whipped cream on it for $6.

Mercadito at Red Rock Resort is not that kind of place. It's not groundbreaking nor is it outstanding. The word this writer can think of to describe it best is "competent." It's a competent Mexican restaurant.

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