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Chowing Down at Bunkhouse

Where: 124 S 11th St. [map], 89101
September 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

Downtown's dining scene is still in its infancy, trailing behind the already mature cocktail scene. Among the many openings of the last few months, Bunkhouse -- which has grabbed headlines as a live event venue -- has been under-appreciated as a food spot. You don't usually hear about it unless some hip band or seven-foot tall clown is doing a show, but when you do make it down there (there being Fremont & 11th), check out the outdoor take-away counter. And, even when there's not live entertainment, you should consider heading here for some of the best bar bites in town.

The space is quite different without the entertainment, quiet and much brighter. It almost looks like it's still an underground-ish locals bar, something like a cleaner Double Down Saloon. The inside is less hip and Instagram-y than the outside (which hosts a 59' Dodge D100 truck turned into booth seating and a "music listening tree"), but at least it comes off as very authentic.

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TAG Bar Adds Mobile Betting Stations For Football Season

Where: 89109
September 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

TAG Sports Bar & Lounge at The LinQuad Hotel may be the best spot on the Vegas Strip to experiment and enjoy new and different imported and craft beer. But, it's best not to forget it's general purpose as a sports bar and lounge.

Located on the southern side of the casino (the one closest to the Linq mall), there are TVs throughout the bar as well as different gaming options. And now, just in time for football season, a mobile sports betting window that's open Thursday through Sunday. Instead of making the 45-second walk to place your bets at the sportsbook you don't need to leave the bar, at all.

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Changes At Caesars: New Sportsbook Bar And Food Court Renovations

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
September 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (6)

Construction walls surround the former Cypress Street Marketplace at Caesars.

Caesars Palace, the sprawling compound that it is, has gotten a sports book facelift and is undergoing renovations to its food court, previously known as Cypress Street Marketplace. The former food court always had steady traffic and especially long lines whenever this writer wanted to pop in for her beloved BBQ pork sandwiches, mac & cheese and creamed spinach at the Bar BQ outpost.

Granted Mesa Grill, Rao’s and Nobu are also at Caesars and clearly in a different class, but the various Cypress Street offerings were solid food court options for those with less time or a smaller budget.

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Why We're Heading For The Bar At CarneVino

Where: 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
August 27, 2014 at 3:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

CarneVino has, for quite some time, had one of the best bar programs on The Strip. Old-school bartender class and new-school mixology wizardry are combined with fantastic steaks for quite an experience. But, if you're not in the mood for a 100+ day, dry-aged ribeye, they now have a bar-only "Cicchetti" menu.

Basically, an Italian version of true Spanish tapas, cicchetti are little bites laborers in Venice get with their beer in the afternoon. They'll get up to the bar, order a brew, and in the time it takes to shuffle over to the ice chest, open it, and exchange Euros, the patron will take a toothpick and nibble on a pepper-stuffed onion, an anchovy-stuffed olive, a little charcuterie. You get the idea. Simple, lovely, and great for both the patron and the bar.

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Details On The Umami Burger Restaurant, Bar, Beer Garden And Sportsbook At SLS

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
August 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (11)

The hybrid burger joint/bar/beer garden/sportsbook at SLS Las Vegas is awesome, but it's not your traditional betting experience. Last May, we revealed Sam Nazarian’s vision for the sportsbook at SLS, a venue that would be more along the lines of Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo, a sports bar and restaurant where you can wager, too.

At SLS, that concept has found new roots with Umami Burger. Bartenders there wear shirts that read "Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sportsbook" and, while there’s a William Hill presence here, there is no mistaking this is a Umami Burger that also has a sportsbook. It’s a great combination and, possibly, a look at the future in an era where every square inch of space must be maximized and monetized.

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Bar-Hopping Around Vegas

August 11, 2014 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

Our long-running Sip or Pour series has covered some of the best bars in Vegas. Usually, we highlight two different types of bars, those ideal for a stop before you move on to the next one and those where you can chill all night long (the party in the street being optional). But, what about one ultimate night of fun and drinks and more drinks and maybe some shots? Here's how we would spend one epic night in Vegas. If you follow in our footsteps, make sure to cab it or bring along the ultimate designated driver. (And, in some cases, it's just a short walk!)

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A Timeline For Harrah's New Food Hall, Casino Bar

Where: 89109
August 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newest changes at Harrah's will arrive sooner than you might have guessed.

Earlier this week, we told you about the new food hall and casino bar that were under construction; last night, VegasChatter reader Jeff C. filled us in on just when to expect them.

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At Harrah's, A Food Hall Cometh, Plus Casino Changes

Where: 89109
July 30, 2014 at 2:09 PM | by | Comments (9)

While what's happening to its south is taking much of the limelight, Harrah's is bringing the new, too.

In December, we told you how the aging resort was betting big on a casino floor revamp. One month later, we filled you in on plans for a new fast-casual dining experience that would replace Ming's Table and The Cafe at Harrah's.

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First Impressions Of Downtown's Newly Opened Oak & Ivy Bar

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
July 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM | by | Comments (2)

After eight months of operation, the opening roster of Downtown's Container Park has suffered some significant casualties. Cheffini's Hot Dogs replaced Pork & Beans, numerous little shops have changed hands, the putting-green grass (predictably) was replaced by astroturf, and now the Boozery vacates their spot to have Oak & Ivy step in. (Sadly, Big Ern's BBQ, despite their best efforts, is still open).

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Renovations At Palace Station Bring Upgrades To Its Sportsbook

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
July 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

It’s great to see older casinos become more modern. Last week, this writer checked out Palace Station to see what their new steakhouse, Charcoal Room, was all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, decor and level of service. The restaurant, however, felt like an anachronism compared to the rest of the casino. I'm happy to report the Charcoal Room won’t be the only updated destination inside the off Strip property.

Palace Station has recently renovated their sportsbook, too. There are two key features to the upgrade. New, large-screen TVs have the ability to feature one game across a number of monitors or the screens can be split so patrons can watch multiple games at once. The other change is the addition of 85 new plush, faux leather chairs. The chairs are among the nicest you’ll find in any Vegas sportsbook. VIP booths have been added as well.

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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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Oak & Ivy Now Pouring At Downtown's Container Park

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map]
July 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Where one bar closes, another debuts at downtown's Container Park.

The Boozery is gone and in its place is Oak & Ivy, self-described as an "American craft whiskey cocktail bar dedicated to classic mixology and unique handcrafted drinks." We'll just go with whiskey bar. Here's what you'll be able to order up:

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