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Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Openings / Bars / Drinking / Fremont Street / Cowgirl Up Cantina / → All Tags
Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.
MGM Grand / TAP / Bars / Restaurants / Eating / Dining / Beer / Drinking / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
Sixty plus TVs are spread throughout the restaurant and, while there isn’t a seat at TAP without at least one TV in sight, the gigantic screen featuring multiple games across the back wall is the real winner. If you’re in the mood to watch the game, you’re going to want a seat looking at the wall. This writer had a chair at a cocktail table facing 90 degrees away from the spectacular wall so I “only” had a line of sight to the "normal" HDTV screens (which were still huge). It was okay since this was an afternoon with just a couple baseball games on, but if it was a Saturday or Sunday with countless football games on I may have thrown a hissy fit.
VegasChatter Reviews / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Fremont East / Shipping Container Park / Bin 702 / Drinking / Dining / Eating / Bars / → All Tags
A pleasant change of pace from the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, Bin 702 is a repurposed shipping container with a modern bistro feel. Bin 702 is located within downtown's Container Park which is five miles north of The Strip and a few blocks east of Slotzilla in the revamped Fremont East district.
The Container Park has transformed the area from skid row to family friendly oasis. A giant fire-breathing praying mantis sculpture greets you at the entrance. Inside the park are selections of restaurants and retail outlets. The shining star for these VegasChatter contributors, however, was wine bar, Bin 702.
The Linq / Openings / Tilted Kilt / Restaurants / Bars / Breastaurants / Vegas Returns / → All Tags
Wondering when The Strip will have a second breastaurant? If you're anything like VegasChatter reader ebergama you are and you'd have multiple question marks after that query, too.
After ebergama asked for the latest on the Tilted Kilt's return to Vegas (it's opening at The Linq after once dishing it out at Rio), this writer decided to go social media fishing. A tweet to @tklasvegaslinq yielded no response, but when I noticed that Tilted Kilt's main Facebook page had just posted a photo gallery, I took a chance there, too. And, received an immediate reply!
VegasChatter Reviews / Openings / Bars / Restaurants / Music / Entertainment / Monte Carlo / Double Barrel Roadhouse / → All Tags
As the resident VegasChatter expert on dive bars and flophouses, this writer perked up at the opening of Double Barrel Roadhouse (DBR) at Monte Carlo. Marketing materials boasted of “the first authentic Roadhouse experience on the Strip” which immediately took me back to the classic Patrick Swayze vehicle, Roadhouse. Images of dusty wooden floors, a band of old guys jammin' Texas blues, and cheap beer (and cheaper women) popped into my head. The fact that this place sits Strip-side on extremely valuable property should have made me realize that wasn’t going to happen, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
DBR is owned and operated by sbe, the LA-based empire run by Sam Nazarian (named Hotelier of the Year by our sister site, HotelChatter). I was certainly skeptical that the company behind Hyde Bellagio could produce a legit roadhouse experience.
Drinking / Bars / Lounges / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / The Laundry Room / Commonwealth / Insert Coins / Fremont East / → All Tags
Get ready! Coming straight at you is a special version of Sip or Pour where we head downtown to highlight some awesome drinking spots. So let's get to it! Here are two bars that'll either have you savoring the evening ahead or pouring on a little fun!
For a quite unorthodox drinking experience, you should try your best to get into The Laundry Room. One of downtown's -- and perhaps Vegas' best
open secrets -- this little bar is actually a backroom of the Commonwealth. You can only get in with a reservation or a password, but for those who are able to drop in for cocktails, it will be memorable.
Named 'Best Las Vegas Cocktail Bar' by the Nightlife & Bar Awards (the secret's out), the Fremont East venue is small, intimate and quiet which goes against just about every bar experience in Vegas. But, it works. Styled after a prohibition speakeasy, it's the creative cocktails that are the standout feature here.
Panorama Towers / The Blind Pig / Openings / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Bars / Drinking / Off Strip / Block 16 Hospitality / → All Tags
The Strip has just about everything one needs in the food and beverage department, but sometimes it's nice to get away from the fray and experience a different type of dining experience. Enter The Blind Pig at Panorama Towers.
The newest concept from Block 16 Hospitality -- the folks behind Holsteins at The Cosmo, Venetian's Public House and the off Strip Barrymore -- The Blind Pig boasts hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food from Chef Anthony Meidenbauer. With LBS gone at Red Rock, it’s nice to know the brand's delicious burgers will live on at sister property Holsteins as well as The Blind Pig.
An invite for a media party let us sample the goods at this newly opened venue. The BP Burger ($12), served with gruyere, smoked bacon, arugula and garlic aoli was one of the true standouts on the menu and is almost getting us over the loss of LBS. Almost. The meatballs ($8), pizza ($11-$16) and crispy pork nuggets with a sriracha aoli ($13.50) were also tasty. The menu also features salads ($7.50-$13), sandwiches ($7-$14.50), steak ($18) plus shrimp and lobster mac & cheese ($16.50).
Vegas Lounges / FIZZ / Elton John / Caesars Palace / Champagne Bars / Drinking / Bars / Lounges / David Furnish / → All Tags
While Vegas is never short of warehouse-sized nightclubs, country western-themed bars or even British-style pubs, it is lacking in the upscale lounge department. Anyone over the age of 30 knows what we're talking about -- a stylish place to comfortably relax while sipping on some specialty cocktails or even just well-made standards. (Dirty martini, please. Extra dirty, of course.)
FIZZ Champagne & Lounge Bar at Caesars Palace is a new(ish), glamorous spot next to the Colosseum that meets our stylish-but-comfortable-with-quality-drinks requirements. But, it does come with a "glamorous" bar tab. Which is what you'd expect from a champagne lounge associated with Sir Elton John.
First, let's get to the stylish spaces. Designed by creative director David Furnish (partner to Sir Elton) and Todd-Avery Lenahan (TAL Studio), FIZZ is clearly inspired by a glass of bubbly on the inside as it's decked in champagne-hued colors. The entrance to FIZZ is boxy and a bit severe but inside is a constant warm glow thanks, in part, to the cognac-colored chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. The room is also dotted with photographs from John and Furnish’s personal collection.
Openings / Monte Carlo / Double Barrel Roadhouse / Dining / Eating / Bars / Drinking / Restaurants / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
It seems like only yesterday we were announcing Monte Carlo's new southern-themed Double Barrel Roadhouse. After a slight delay and a small construction fire, DBR (we can call it that, right?) has now been open for a week. As part of a media invite, this writer got to park my truck out back and sample the menu ahead of the convoy. Cue up the Jeff Healey Band's "Road House" soundtrack and let's get started.
Yard House / The Linq / Drinking / Bars / Beer / Restaurants / → All Tags
Ever been partying on The Strip when you get the taste for a reeeeally good beer? Three-foot daquiris and Coors Light have their place, but sometimes the
grown-up discerning partier needs to class it up.
With the second stage of The Linq now open, Las Vegas was treated to a third Yard House. And, we rejoiced. For those unfamiliar, Yard House is the greatest chain restaurant ever. Sorry, it just is. Currently in 18 states, the brand continues to grow on the success of its product; great food and a kick-ass beer menu.
Deals / Drinking / Riviera / Cheap Vegas / Budget Vegas / Bars / → All Tags
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?