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The times, they are a-changing. Once hidden on side streets as private, members-only bars (that typically went unnoticed by the general public), the LGBTQ establishments of today are advertised on billboards and frequently share the same space with mainstream clubs (on alternate evenings, of course). This summer, Caesars Entertainment took a bold step forward by opening Liaison, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino (Bally's). And, from what this writer has seen, it looks like founder Victor Drai could have another hit on his hands.
Iíll be the first to admit that the notion of a gay bar (let's use that term for brevityís sake) inside a casino seemed like a daring proposition, but my first visit to Liaison this past July 4th was a flawless experience. Well-placed signs led guests from the Ballyís/Paris parking garage to Ballyís casino proper and the nightclub entrance was just past Indigo Lounge. This location may be familiar to some as the temporary home of Drai's After Hours (which has returned back to The Cromwell).
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Each day, we get a better sense of what Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops will really look like and it's, in a word, meh.
Is it wrong for us to wish for the return of that (more than a little) spot of Vegas serenity, non-moving sidewalk and all? Instead, this.
Gay Vegas / Openings / Nightlife / Nightclubs / Bally's / Liaison Nightclub / → All Tags
Gay night and day life has been reaching new levels in Las Vegas, from the debut of Saturgays at Tropicana to the launch of Altitude Fridays at the Strat. Now, in just a few weeks, the Strip's first dedicated gay club in a casino (sorry, Krave, they found a way around you on that one) will open at Bally's.
The promenade replaces the fountains and space age-y (non)moving sidewalk along Bally's Strip-side frontage. When it makes its debut, it will instantly bring some 150 shops and eateries to The Strip.
VegasChatter Photographer Greg Clarke and reader Juan Gonzalez both pointed their lenses at the construction site over the weekend with Greg capturing the images you see above and at the very bottom of this post and Juan snapping the photos displayed in the gallery.
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Brunch is back at Bally's and not just any old brunch. The famous Sterling Brunch from Bally's Steakhouse makes it return this weekend under the now open BLT Steak banner. A brunch so famous one reader asked if it would make a comeback when the former steakhouse's demise was announced.
Since BLT Steak was announced soooo long ago, this writer had long forgotten his look at some first bites last year, back when The Cromwell was no longer Bill's but still Gansevoort. BLT Steak is, in fact, a sister brand to BLT Burger across the street at The Mirage. Other BLT Steak outlets can be found around the world in locations like Atlanta, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Washington DC, Miami, Seoul, and New York.
Sterling Brunch returns this weekend to build on its 40 year-old history and will be offered Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a cost of $90 per person ($85 for Total Rewards members). It promises to deliver "the same excellence in service and fare but in a more modern and stylish presentation synonymous with BLT Steak." What fare pushes the fee to nearly a hundo? Caviar, lobster tails, fresh-shucked oysters, Alaskan king crab legs, and bottomless Perrier JouŽt Champagne, mimosas and bloody marys. Pricey for sure, but we're confident we could eat and drink enough of that to make it a value.
BLT Steak has been open less than a month now and, of course, also offers dinner. While we haven't steaked up to the plate ourselves yet, we're curious if Las Vegas' newest steakhouse will give us a reason to write a new list of top beefhouses. Only a handful of Yelpers have rated the place to date, some of which admit they were invited diners so proceed with caution, but here's the early word:
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The best days of finding good blackjack games at every casino are a thing of the past. It's possible to find good blackjack games, but now we have to hunt for them.
The blackjack game at El Cortez is as good as it gets, however, itís a low limit game. Itís rare that youíll walk away from a session of $5 or $10 blackjack too rich or too poor. Itís a great game for a fun time but, if the pit bosses see you on an epic hot streak, they'll either ask you to leave or close the table.
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As with the previous version, the updated web page is big on snazzy new renderings. The newest computer-generated creations still highlight an open-air marketplace with multi-colored rooftops and one main, tree-lined walkway leading to the hotel-casino as well as four additional promenades. Some 150 shops and restaurants are still promised as well as eye-catching, uhh.. eye candy:
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With a debut set for late this year, we should begin to see increased progress at the site of Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops.
A check of the construction site earlier today found that the steel framework for the outdoor mall is starting to take shape. Caesars Entertainment completely erased Bally's Strip-facing frontage, including its fountains and
non-moving sidewalk, so that 150 shops and eateries could be installed. If you've not seen the renderings yet for what's to come, you can view them here.
Las Vegas staple Jubilee has been a mainstay on The Strip for over 30 years and has undergone many facelifts. The most recent, under the guidance of new director and choreographer Frank Gaston Jr., leaves this writer missing the good old days.
Many of the iconic elements including dozens of showgirls in ornately feathered headdresses, the Titanic bit and the Sampson and Delilah scene are still there, but the newer elements donít add enough value to earn their worth.
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Back in November, we gleefully shared that Vegas was about to get a lot more LUSH.
News that Las Vegas would receive not one, but two more LUSH boutiques was shared with us by an employee last year and now the hiring has begun. First, for those wondering what a LUSH is, it's those shops at Mandalay Place and the Fashion Show Mall that are always filled with customers and that always smell sooo good.
Gay Vegas / Luxor / Tropicana / Bally's / Xposed / Provocouture / Temptation Sundays / → All Tags
Bally's will debut a new gay club on The Strip this summer. Tropicana is turning up the heat with "Saturgays" and a new LGBTQ-focused, Saturday only beach party, Xposed! opening March 29. And now, Luxor is expanding its own reach to the gay travel segment by launching Provocouture in addition to its long-running Temptation Sundays pool parties (which return May 18).
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The Soul Patrol will be moving on as Taylor Hicks finishes up his residency at Napoleon's inside Paris this April.
After a successful run at Ballyís, the American Idol champ moved next door to Paris where he has performed since the beginning of the year. Though his residency is ending, fans of the silver-haired crooner will soon have a new album to look forward.
Las Vegas holds a special spot in Hicksí heart as it was here he first auditioned for American Idol, a move that helped bring him into the mainstream spotlight. As the first Idol winner to secure a Vegas residency, he brought an old-school Southern sound to Sin City.