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The suits in the executive offices of the Riviera have seemingly been working on more than tying that perfect windsor knot in under four minutes. Some old spaces have been shuttered, one more than once. But, in other areas of the casino, everything old is new again.
After giving the theater a refresh, they've doo-wopped the entertainment lineup, adding Motown acts and mo'. The ol' casino lounge, Le Bistro? New again. And, the Riviera will be buddying up with the spawn of those Pawn Stars come April. Of course, Girls still be Crazy at the Riv and Men are getting into the
act Experience now, too.
The best recent news to come out of the Riviera PR machine for us? An announcement of the Riviera's 3-2-1 drink special which may just be the best on the Strip, happy hour be damned.
Openings / Fremont East / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Inspire Theater / Fremont Street Experience / Fremont Street / Events / Entertainment / Shows / Bars / Drinking / → All Tags
Not long ago, we marveled at the amazing video marquee above the now-open Inspire Theater in Fremont East (on the corner of Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard). Ever since, we've been chomping at the bit to get a look inside. Well, recently, we not only got through the doors, but took in one of the venue's first shows. Was the theater inspiring enough (cough, cough) to give it a thumbs up?
Construction / Openings / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont Street / Bars / Binion's / Cowgirl Up Cantina / Drinking / → All Tags
This one's been a long time coming, but Binion's has finally begun work on a second Fremont-side bar.
We shared the rumor that Binion's might be providing us with another way to liquor in the front before we poker in the rear almost a year ago. This morning, VegasChatter reader Charlie U. let us know that the Cowgirl Up Cantina is officially on the way.
Openings / Monte Carlo / Double Barrel Roadhouse / Dining / Eating / Bars / Drinking / Restaurants / → All Tags
A press release went out earlier today setting the dining establishment's debut for March 7. Although, VC fans like Tim G. have known that an opening target date could be found on its website for a few days now. Double Barrel is hailing itself as the first "authentic" roadhouse experience on The Strip (take that, Coyote Ugly):
Margaritaville / Margaritas / Jimmy Buffett / Bars / Restaurants / The Linq / Flamingo / → All Tags
So, a Chippendale, a sultry singer and a priest walk into a bar.
Stay with us, this is no joke.
Hoping to get us to try their new menu (and expanded dining area), this VegasChatter writer received an invitation for myself and three guests. The venue? Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, located at the Flamingo, adjacent to the entrance of The Linq. So... how to ensure it would be a memorable evening? By inviting a Chippendales model, a Diva and a clergyman, naturally. Despite risking flabby abs, a hoarse singing voice and the wrath of the Almighty (respectively), my group ate, drank, and were rather silly by the end of the evening. Come along and find out how. I can’t promise any clever punchline to wrap things up, but beware a few awful puns along the way.
Openings / Restaurants / Bars / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Bier Garten / Plaza / → All Tags
It's a soft opening, though. The indoor/outdoor beer garden, a sister joint to our fave Pop Up Pizza, quietly debuted over Super Bowl weekend. The space, however, is not quite ready for the limelight. A drop by this morning found a few projects still underway. And, while that (grassy green) patch of heaven along Main Street beckons, its owner is working to get that bed of sod just right before seating can be claimed.
Openings / MGM Grand / TAP / Bars / Restaurants / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Imported direct from its sister resort in Detroit, TAP will offer an "impressive selection of local and seasonal craft beers" as well as signature dishes like Beer Can Chicken. Here's the full food and beverage menu (beer is towards the bottom!):
Openings / Rose Rabbit Lie / VegasChatter Reviews / The Cosmopolitan / Shows / Entertainment / Bars / Dining / Drinking / Vegas Nocturne / Spiegelworld / → All Tags
It drove us freakin' bananas.
What the heck was a Rose.Rabbit.Lie.? Why did it have to be a big riddle? And, why couldn't we find out more through a bit of
devious good ol' fashioned sleuthing? Even our invitation to a pre-opening preview at the Cosmo produced more questions than answers. Ok, we received no real answers.
It was flabbergasting. In the Las Vegas of today, there are no such things as secrets. There are no unknowns, anymore. Just look at the posts that fill this site. The Internet and anonymous tipsters reveal all long before there's an official 'coming soon' press release, let alone opening. So, when VegasChatter was invited to experience Rose.Rabbit.Lie. for ourselves, we had not a clue as to what to expect. Hell, we didn't even know how to dress and felt compelled to ask for advice.
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.
Vegas For Beginners / Drinking / Bars / Lounges / Hyde Bellagio / Bellagio / Senor Frog's / Treasure Island / → All Tags
Time to fill up your glass with another installment of our Sip or Pour series, suggesting awesome drinking spots on The Strip. Getting right to it, here's two more bar recommendations from our @jproz that'll either let you sip on something special or pour enough to get
you drunk the party started.
For an elegant drinking experience, it is essential to stop at Bellagio. This world-renown casino, with its Italian opulence and majestic fountains, has it all, including a bar that overlooks and incorporates everything it's known for.
Hyde Bellagio is a lounge in the early evening before transforming into a full-service club at night. But, the real value is the view. The nightlife venue is located right in the center of Lake Bellagio and offers a balcony perfect for toasting this Vegas landmark. Hyde's drink menu, it should be pointed out, is something special, too.
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It was on the second night of this four-day vacation at around 2 a.m. when I found my new brown baby at Planet Hollywood. Her name is Macallan.
Enjoying an alcoholic beverage in a casino is a must for many. Some will grab a drink before waiting in the check-in line. It’s a good excuse to yell VEGAS, BABY! Others will wait until they sit down to gamble to enjoy a “free” drink. We know those drinks aren’t free because we’ve already added to the casino's coffers so why not have one? This writer has always enjoyed a little of both. Drink at check-in? Check. Drink at blackjack? Check. Drink in a lounge? Check. I’ll pay for a drink and relax, party or gamble. It doesn’t quite matter. It’s Vegas (baby)!
Almost every year since turning 21, I’ve come to Las Vegas in December with my dudes. We usually rage until our bodies force us to stop. The end of the night used to be 24-26 hours after it first began. As we got older, the end of the night became a little earlier. Six am steak and eggs at Grand Lux at Venetian has turned into late-night secret pizza at the Cosmopolitan. Not bad, but not the same. With age has also come a curiosity to try new, more “adult” drinks. On this last trip, I tried sampling the brown boozes. This is a big step for a vodka and beer drinker.
Renovations / Reopenings / Zuri / Lobby Bar / Name Changes / Bars / Drinking / Lounges / → All Tags
At MGM Grand, execs have traded the character of the mysteriously named Zuri Bar for the sameness of yet another Lobby Bar.
Zuri was closed several months ago. A visit over the weekend found that the bar had finally returned, but its name had not. Now called Lobby Bar (even though it's not really in the lobby), it looks as if the lightest of refreshments has taken place.