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Bally’s couldn’t let The High Roller have all the glory as a colorful addition to the Vegas skyline. The hotel's Grand Bazaar Shops will sport a sparkly attraction of its own. The outdoor mall was initially scheduled to open this month, but you should now expect a February debut.
The already ridiculously colorful project is upping its visibility game even more with the addition of a Swarovski crystal starburst. Last Friday, the sparkly structure was delivered and installed. The structure is 14 feet in diameter and was a collaboration between Swarovski and The Young Electric Sign Company, better known as YESCO.
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Facebook'er Angela S. asked Grand Bazaar's page for an opening timeline on December 2. Yesterday, a response pushed back its arrival about two months:
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What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.
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The LINQ promenade should have one less empty storefront before year's end.
Havaianas, a Brazilian company known for its flip flops, is expected to open its first stand-alone location in Vegas at the LINQ before 2014 draws to a close. It had been previously anticipated that the brand would open a boutique at Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops so we don't know if this will be one of two for the Strip, or if it's just switching locales. Since the company's website only lists the LINQ as coming soon, perhaps it will end up being the latter.
With a targeted debut of late December, the exterior of Bally's forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops is inching closer to completion. Above is a rendering of the project while below you will find snapshots of the site captured yesterday by VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke.
Set to open sometime around Christmas (perhaps a few days before, mayhap a few days after), the still forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's are beginning to see more than a little splash of color.
awful jarring WTF as the exterior paint job The Quad continues to receive, the brightly patterned honeycomb design is still a bit, umm, much. VegasChatter reader Dan H. sent us the trio of photos you see below that show the mall's, err, design treatment is now being put into place. They were taken on the north side of the project from Flamingo Road.
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One of the first questions folks want to know about the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's -- aside from why -- is when. Signage has only stated the vague timeline of fall, which could be anytime between September 22 and December 20. A recent report by the RJ narrowed that down to late December. Now, we may have a specific date (or rather dates) to pin to its debut.
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The Strip of today is not the Strip of tomorrow. And, when we say tomorrow, we don't just mean the near|distant future, we mean tomorrow tomorrow.
On-going construction continues to bring us a slightly different Vegas each day. Last week, we checked up on six different projects, from the tear-down of a never-completed resort to a casino remodel. The 18 photos below, snapped by Greg C. and @paperposter, were captured between August 19 and August 22. So, yeah, expect five of these projects to be slightly more advanced today.
At The Harmon, the latest phase of a year-long demolition brings a crane and black barrier drapes. The condo-hotel never opened due to construction errors.
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Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.
If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).
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LA Comedy Club has been hopping around Las Vegas since 2007, staying at some venues longer than others. As a live comedy fan, this writer has traced the club’s evolution and followed it from place to place as it seems to typically have the best acts. If you’re unfamiliar with the basic structure of a comedy club, there are at least three basic “acts,” the host (or MC or opener), feature and headliner. The set lengths of these performers vary from club to club and from night to night at the same club, depending largely on crowd response and which other comics stop by and finagle a few minutes at the mic.
This is the beauty of live comedy. It’s a fluid animal and if a big name (or an established small name who has a good rapport with the bookers or other performers) stops by, crowds may be in for an extra bonus on top of the lineup they came to see. LA Comedy Club, now located in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s, has cultivated a reputation for having solid lineups and some of the most interesting “special guests.”
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At Bally's, the hotel's eponymous steakhouse is now BLT Steak (related to BLT Burger at The Mirage, part of ESquared Hospitality). With thirteen locations around the world, plus many other sister restaurants and concepts, how would BLT compare to the one it replaced?
One glance at the past menu and the current one and you'll notice they are quite similar, covering the basics of crab cake, tuna tartare, lamb chops.. you know the drill. One great, big fat difference would be they've 86'd a ton of very expendable Italian dishes. Not that it was an "Italian steakhouse" before, mind you; it was just an American steakhouse that had lasagna and Shrimp Fra Diavola for... some reason.
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Bally's Indigo Lounge now features Chase Brown every Sunday evening. Who is Chase Brown? We've no idea. His Facebook page says he is "an extremely versatile singer/entertainer who caters to his audience's needs." Those needs apparently include seeing a man belt it out while straddling, gyrating and thrusting on a ladder.