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Events / Off Strip / Michael Jordan / MJCI / Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational / Shadow Creek / Golf Tournaments / Golf Courses / Aria / → All Tags
Initially created by Steve Wynn back in 1989, Shadow Creek is the course of choice for VIPs and was once only open to a chosen few. Even now, not just anyone can tee off. Only guests of MGM Resorts can play for a whopping $500. Don't have that much cash? You can walk the course during Michael Jordan's charity tournament which runs today, April 3 through Sunday, April 6. Tickets start at $30 for a daily pass or $100 for a four-day pass.
Drinking / Beers / Aria / Stillwater Artisanal / → All Tags
When we heard that the best mixologist in Chicago, Craig Schoettler, of the very popular Aviary was relocating to Las Vegas to head the beverage program at Aria, we knew big things were on the horizon. Quickly the cocktail menus showed brand new ingenuity and a creativity that could stand up against any bar in the world.
One look at Sageís cocktail menu had this writer drooling. My favorite was the East Meets West, a delicious combination of whiskey, chai tea, honey, cream, and nutmeg. What I didnít expect was a unique focus on beer. Or, rather one beer.
Vegas Changes / Shows / Entertainment / Aria / Zarkana / Cirque du Soleil / → All Tags
After a one-month hiatus dedicated to upgrading the popular variety act, Cirque du Soleil's production of Zarkana re-opened its doors to the public in February. New characters, music and an additional acrobatic act were among the key changes made to the ocular spectacle that debuted at Aria in late 2012.
Events / Chinese New Year / MGM Resorts / Bellagio / ARIA / Palazzo / Venetian / The Crystals / MGM Grand / Gold Coast / → All Tags
Although the lion and dragon typically dominate images of Chinese festivals, the 2014 Chinese New Year is the Year Of The Horse -- the seventh animal in the Asian zodiac and a symbol of nobility, class and perseverance. (It is said those who are born in the Year of the Horse tend to be intelligent, energetic and sociable.) To commemorate the occasion, hotels on and off The Strip will host traditional lion and dragon dances that you can witness in person.
MGM Resorts will put on a series of performances across its properties. Bellagio (Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere), ARIA (Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere), Crystals (Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.) and MGM Grand (Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. inside the main lobby) will each host their own ceremony. Yau Kung Moon, known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, will perform the dances.
Beer / Aria / Bars / Restaurants / Lounges / Drinking / Brass Tacks / → All Tags
When it comes to craft beer on The Strip, our cups may soon overfloweth. And, that's definitely not a bad thing.
When Public House at Venetian opened back in 2011 it claimed bragging rights for having not just the city's, but the state of Nevada's first certified beer cicerone (read: know-it-all). Fast forward to this past November when Mandalay Bay hired the state's only female cicerone to help helm its food and beverage program, with a special focus on expanding the resort's beer menus.
Shopping / Swatch / Hour Passion / Aria / New York-New York / Openings / → All Tags
Someone in Vegas really wants you to know what time it is.
If you've been to Aria in the last few days, you probably noticed Swatch Group has opened a blazingly bright, 1,500-square-foot boutique called Hour Passion just off the casino floor where handbag shop Papillion once stood.
Hour Passion features mid-to-high range watches from collections across all Swatch Group brands, including Longines, Rado, Tissot, Balmain, Certina, Mido, Hamilton, Calvin Klein, Swatch and Flik-Flak. Each brand has its own retail area within the store which is the second of its kind to open in the states, the first being on Black Friday in New York City.
Events / New Year's Eve / Fireworks / MGM Grand / Venetian / Planet Hollywood / Aria / Stratosphere / Treasure Island / Caesars Palace / → All Tags
It's a question we're asked every December and, we get it, it's an important one -- where can we see fireworks on New Year's Eve? Just standing on The Strip is a good idea, but where is an important factor, especially with towering resorts all around.
This year, just like the past two, fireworks will launch from the rooftops of seven resorts: Stratosphere, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria, and MGM Grand. The entire production will last eight minutes and 23 seconds.
Drinking / Bars / Deuce Lounge / Aria / Rockhouse / Venetian / Palazzo / Lounges / → All Tags
Now, a new dose of Sip or Pour providing awesome drinking spots on The Strip. Keeping it simple, here's two bars that'll either let you sip on something special or pour enough to get
you drunk the party started.
For a relaxed drinking experience, make sure to drop by Aria. One of the Strip's "newer" casinos, Aria always feels elegant and that feeling carries over well into Deuce Lounge on the casino floor.
Deuce acts as a lounge, bar and snazzy gaming room. There is everything one could ask for -- dim lights, leather couches, solid music and, the best part of all, unique, tasty drinks. The menu, while not huge, offers signature cocktails that don't disappoint. Namesake martini, The Deuce-tini, is an interesting tequila-based mix of elderflower liquor, lemon juice, egg whites and agave nector. Thankfully, I didn't read the ingredients list until after I tried this one as it's not a combination that sounded appealing, but it surprised by being a gentle yet strong drink.
Accidents / Shows / Cirque du Soleil / Zarkana / Aria / → All Tags
Cirque du Soleil suffered another serious mishap during a performance over the weekend. This time, theater-goers at Zarkana saw one of the performers in the "Wheel of Death" act slip and fall. According to Zarkana's Facebook update, the show was halted and the artist was transported to UMC where he was in stable condition. He was expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days.
For those unfamiliar, the Wheel of Death is a giant set of spinning wheels from which the performers jump off.. jump on.. and do other death-defying acts. The wheels are also featured in KA, and can make a nervous audience member very uncomfortable.
When you take a stroll around CityCenter the word modern likely comes to the forefront of your thinking. From the ridiculously cool architecture inside Crystals to the leaning Veer Towers, MGM's newest property looks like something grabbed from the year 3000.
But, there's one modern marvel just outside Aria that's worth not only visiting, but taking an extra long moment to enjoy.
Slot Machines / Megabucks / Aria / IGT / Bally Technologies / → All Tags
Nevada doesnít have a state lottery. The casinos are good enough.
Well, at least thatís what they tell us. The Megabucks slot machines are essentially a statewide lottery in the form that pleases casinos. The jackpots for Megabucks are linked through those same machines in casinos throughout Nevada in order to build up potential winnings. The casinos win by making the returns on these game lower than most other machines on the floor. The players win by having a chance to hit big dollar jackpots. It seems to happen pretty often in Las Vegas - specifically at Aria.
Now that there is casino gambling in almost every state in America, some slot machine manufacturers are thinking it may be time to connect other jackpots. Slot machine manufacturers IGT and Bally Technologies petitioned the Nevada Gaming Control Board to link their slot machine jackpots to other states with those machines. This would potentially produce, huge multi-million dollar jackpots! If Megabucks is like a state lottery this would be like having a Megamillions-type slot machine.
The other month, we went inside a two-story Sky Villa penthouse at Aria which wowed us with its four bedrooms, full kitchen, private workout room, private salon and killer views all around.
Now, we're showing you another Sky Villa luxury suite, but one that's a little less baller with "only" two bedrooms. But, the killer views remain, as does a full kitchen, a huge living room, a sexy soaking tub and a billiards table. Calling Prince Harry's naked bum!