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'50 Shades! The Parody' at Bally's is Still Worth It

July 23, 2015 at 3:36 PM | by | ()

Chelsea Phillips-Reid is in the middle.

I still stand by my earlier article. Now that Iíve seen this show a couple of times, I can say this: youíre likely to have a lot of fun at this nutty musical parody of the book thatís changed our entertainment landscape in a big way, whether we want to admit it or not.

Typically, I judge a show by several factors: My initial reaction, aka how much fun I had the very first time I saw it, the setting of how I saw it, and how far along the show was in its own timeline. If I go to a media event and already know half the cast, then that is clearly a particular set of circumstances I realize will not be experienced by 99.27% of other people who see that show.

Also, I am often there for opening night or the grand opening. Iíll never do a review of the actual soft opening because thatís just mean. Performers, producers, etc. all need time to get into their roles, get used to the venue, blah, blah, blah. The thing Iíll never forget though is how genuinely excited (or not) I was after that first taste.

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Buca di Beppo Too Fancy? The More Casual Buca Cafe Italiano is Now Open at Bally's

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
June 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM | by | ()

Buca di Beppo has now opened a casual restaurant, Buca Cafť Italiano, though weíre not sure the original was necessarily fancy, but whatever. The new Italian restaurant at Ballyís will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect traditional Italian dishes like baked lasagna, veal parm and spicy chicken rigatoni plus a variety of buffets throughout the day.

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Checking In On The Grand Bazaar Shops At Bally's

June 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

If you build it, they will come. It might have worked for baseball ghosts in ďField of DreamsĒ but so far, the Grand Bazaar Shops at Ballyís is looking like an actual ghost town.

A recent visit found exactly two shops and one bar occupied, out of a total of 84 outlets (according to the list of open and soon-to-be-open shops on the venueís website). Now obviously we werenít in all places at one time to get an accurate headcount, but as we strolled along, these were the only non-employee folks we saw.

This thing is still pretty.

Ooh, food from the future?! Sounds awesome!

And speaking of employees, each looked more bored than the last because they unfortunately didnít have any human contact at all very many customers. The rows of small shops had a lot of repeats such as the pair of salon/hair places right next to each other that had a forthcoming ďbeauty centerĒ for a soon-to-be neighbor.

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Yet Another CVS is Coming to The Strip

June 4, 2015 at 11:33 AM | by | ()

You read that right. There will soon be another CVS for you to retrieve ridiculously long receipts from on The Strip.

After recently opening a store at Treasure Island, CVS now has its sights set on the Grand Bazaar, according to VC strip frequenter, Paper Poster. PP tells us there is a big banner up for the drugstore up at Grand Bazaar, right next to Paris Las Vegas, which also puts it in prime view of the Bellagio Fountains. Earlier reports mention this will be a two-story, 20,000-sq. ft. sundry outpost.

Apparently, CVS realized that it was way too far for Vegas visitors to walk to Walgreens down on the corner of Harmon and Las Vegas Boulevard so opening up at Bally's was a smart move. *smacks palm against forehead.*

Currently, there are three CVS stores and four Walgreens on The Strip. God, we never thought we'd miss these old days when we used to pay for overpriced sundries at the hotel gift shop. FWIW, we still have that $15 comb we bought at The Venetian.

Also, we think @The_Bad_Dad sums up our feeling about this new CVS perfectly with this tweet:

And then there's this. Just because.

[Gif via Giphy.com]

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A Cure For Your Monday Morning Vegas Withdrawal: More News About Vegas

June 1, 2015 at 1:05 PM | by | ()

Mondays. Case of them. We got 'em. And we're sure you do too. But hold on tight to your morning squeeze coffee. Here's a bunch of newsy tidbits that are bound to perk you back up. Wink, wink.

Bally's Has a New Restaurant With Odd Hours: Tequila Taqueria, the newest pizza and beer joint from "restauranteur" Robert Earl of Earl Sandwiches is now officially open at Bally's. Christening the first slice and pour is everyone's favorite Italian actor, Mario Lopez. Er, whoops. Wait, this is a Mexican eatery serving premium tequila, 10 different Mexican beers, and dishes such as tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, tortas and guacamole (made tableside.) Sorry, the name had us confused about what sort of cuisine was on the menu. Anyhoo, the joint is now open Sunday-Thursday from 3pm to 5pm and then again from 10pm to 12am. Which are odd hours but hopefully those will get extended to real times when people want to eat tacos. noon to 6am.

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Observations On Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops

Where: 89109
April 24, 2015 at 2:37 PM | by | ()

The long walk to the Strip entrance of Bally's has disappeared behind the recently(ish) opened Grand Bazaar Shops that nearly extend to Las Vegas Boulevard now. The first shops actually opened February 26, but it was a recent visit to Bellagio that spurred us to finally swing by the outdoor retail and dining shops.

Our first observation of the shops from across the street at Bellagio was how effective the Swarovski crystal starburst was at drawing our attention to the area in front of Bally's when lit at night. Our second was how easy getting there was. If Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston and Gucci are outside your budget these more wallet-friendly shops are a short walk over and down the pedestrian bridge connecting Bellagio and Bally's.

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An Update On 6:5 Blackjack

April 2, 2015 at 1:50 PM | by | ()

6:5 blackjack. Oh, 6:5 blackjack.

Why we hate 6:5 blackjack

Letís keep it simple. When a casino pays 6:5 on blackjack instead of the traditional 3:2, you get paid less money when you get a natural blackjack. The difference is getting paid $12 for a $10 wager on a 6:5 game vs. getting paid $15 for a $10 wager on a 3:2 game.

Depending on other rules of the game, this can push the house edge from about 0.43% to 1.88%. Thatís a huge shift in odds. You can play with this blackjack calculator to see the house edge in any blackjack game.

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Reminder: Grand Bazaar Shops (Begin To) Open Tomorrow

Where: 89109
February 25, 2015 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

It's been a long time coming, but Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops will finally debut tomorrow, Thursday, February 26. Well, begin to debut.

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'50 Shades! The Parody' Is Bawdy Fun At Bally's

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
February 16, 2015 at 3:26 PM | by | ()

Even if you havenít seen or read 50 Shades of Grey, if you like to laugh, youíll probably still enjoy 50 Shades! The Parody at Ballyís. As the name suggests, itís definitely a spoof so prepare for a tongue-in-cheek production that makes fun of the book, movie and of itself.

The show starts with a glimpse into a book club meeting between three ladies who are in varying types of relationships and are about to start reading the now famous book. Scenes from the book are then depicted on stage with interjections from the ladies.

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The Liaison Is Over At Bally's

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
February 5, 2015 at 5:13 PM | by | ()

Another gay club in Las Vegas has run its course. Liaison Nightclub at Ballyís didnít even make it to the year mark. There was much excitement about its opening last June when it took over the temporary space Draiís Afterhours occupied before reopening at The Cromwell. But, even with club guru Victor Drai's guidance and an impressive lineup of LGBTQ celebs, the club closed its doors last night.

The news comes as no surprise to many. We had heard rumblings of unhappy employees and fans alike. The club was rarely full and cut back its nights of operation soon after opening.

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Tequila Bar, Sidewalk Cafe Closing This Weekend At Bally's

Where: 89109
January 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM | by | ()

While Bally's prepares to welcome the Grand Bazaar Shops February 26, it's quietly showing two long-time venues the door.

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Confirmed: Grand Bazaar Shops At Bally's Opening February 26

Where: 89109
January 21, 2015 at 10:15 PM | by | ()

What sounded like the opening date for the Grand Bazaar Shops last week is now confirmed. The delayed outdoor mall at Bally's will finally debut (knocks on wood) February 26.

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