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Kumi / Mandalay Bay / Sushi / Yellowtail / Bellagio / Akira Back / Eating / Dining / Openings / China Grill / → All Tags
Whenever someone has asked where to go for sushi on The Strip, this writer's answer has always been Yellowtail at Bellagio. But, a Vegas dilemma is imminent as Kumi, Yellowtail Chef Akira Back's second Vegas restaurant, prepares to open just down the road at Mandalay Bay.
Kumi will officially debut in the space that once housed China Grill this Tuesday, July 23. (Although, don't be surprised to see it operating a few days before as part of a soft opening.)
We couldn't get enough of Hyde when it first opened at Bellagio last year. We especially loved the drinks served during the daytime hours of the club (5-10pm), but after a recent visit on a Friday night, it's clear the only way to enjoy yourself is to pony up whatever it costs for a table and bottle service. In other words, be prepared to depart with at least a grand.
We strolled up to the club just before 11pm and, by the grace of God.. ok, never mind, because we were two chicks in cute dresses.. we were able to get in without waiting in line and without paying a cover. Normally, you will have to pay $20-$30 and wait in at least a 20-minute line, but if you manage to grab the eye of one of the club hosts, he can help you get in quicker. As always, that only applies to girls.
Once we got inside, it took a few minutes to orient ourselves. The club was wall-to-wall packed and ridiculously hot thanks to the heat wave. But, before we could even locate the bar and strategize about the quickest way to get there, a bouncer was waving a flashlight in our faces, telling us to move on and that we couldn't stand around in the hallway.
So, we just moved forward. Then we moved backwards. Then we turned left, then right and, finally, through throngs of sweaty people, glimpsed the bar. We pushed our way forward and, in about five minutes, we were there. Then we had to wait. And wait. And wait. Twenty minutes later, we walked away with the worst-tasting vodka sodas ever. ($15 a piece.)
We tried to walk around and find a spot to people-watch and maybe bust a few moves of our own, but the problem with Hyde is that it is pretty much all reserved seating and tables. There is a very small section of the dance floor that is for the "general public," but as you can imagine, it's a tight space. You need to be both totally drunk and totally ok with strangers grabbing you in all sorts of places.
While spring was focused on butterflies, this season it's all about birds. On the ceiling, perched around the displays, and real-life inhabitants in the greenhouse. You can spy them through the windows. It can be tough in bright daylight, but inside are parakeets and finches.
The $250,000 Package at Hyde Bellagio may be just a hair out of our wallet's reach, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming. Sure, popping the cork on the world's largest champagne bottle would be be sweet. And, securing the finest table at Hyde would be p-i-m-p. But, when (dreaming of) dropping that kind of green, we want to do more than just press the red button that starts a song of our choosing from a pre-set list. For $250K, we want to write that list.
Sinatra's great and all. Michael, too. Elvis even. But, when picturing pressing that Bellagio button, we're mixing it up and putting those fountains to the test. Close your eyes and picture the spray shooting to the screams of these songs.
Just One Drink / Bellagio / Drinking / Cocktails / Drinks / Just One Dish / → All Tags
Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away. Now, another installment in our Just One Dish series.
Our dish is a cocktail today as the series turns its attention to Just One Drink at the Bellagio. The Cable Car is a drink very familiar to our lips, but it was only recently pointed out that the cocktail that originated in San Francisco is a Bellagio signature. Who are we not to pay tribute to a highlighted item? So, of course, we stopped in to sample one. Or, four.
The buffet at Bellagio holds a special place in this writer's heart. It was my very first Vegas buffet tasted on a Virgin Vegas trip. Admittedly, if our group (fresh out of college with probably $200 max spending money in our pocket) had planned ahead, we likely wouldn't have landed at Bellagio. But, this was a city of buffets and fine dining hadn't entered our adult vernacular yet. So, if we were to do Vegas right, the Bellagio buffet was the best to excess in the 90s, even if its cost was more than the $9.99 we assumed was standard.
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Entry to the new high roller villa at Bellagio isn't open to the public and is only available to invited guests. If you're walking around Bellagio, you'll still see the high limits room, Club Prive, but Villa Privé is located away from the casino floor on the Villa level. Bellagio has just nine VIP villas and all are on a private level so most will never even know that this 2,600-square-foot high roller villa exists.
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Most of the country is battling the back and forth weather that comes along with April and the transition from winter to spring, but it's never to early to start thinking about summer. Memorial Day is the official kick off in our eyes, and those making plans to visit Sin City in celebration should begin to stake their claim before you'll need to go with plans B, C, or even, D. The Golden Nugget, for example, is already sold out on Sunday, May 26.
Here's a glimpse at the starting rates at a selection of hotels. All rates are as of April 9 and, as always, are subject to change:
Hyde Bellagio's new package is so ritzy, it's named simply after how much it costs: The $250,000 Package.
You're probably wondering what you could possibly get for that amount of money that would justify the price tag. Well, for starters, you get the largest bottle of champagne in the world, a 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades. It is approximately 1,015 ounces, which breaks down to 40 bottles or 127 8-ounces glasses. The bottle is apparently over 100 pounds and no doubt has "hangover inducer" written all over its label.
Not only that, but you and your
fellow lushes friends will be served at Hyde's best table overlooking the famous Bellagio fountains (shown in the photo above). The real novelty, though, comes in the opportunity to power up the fountains after they've shut down for the night and select the accompanying song. How do you do it is even cooler:
Seems only yesterday we shared a gallery of Bellagio's Chinese New Year floral display. Now, spring has sprung at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and this season's star attraction are butterflies.
Spring will remain in bloom until May 11 and, as usual, Mr. & Ms. Green Thumb will be available every day from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to answer any questions about the exhibit. Last year, we told you how helpful they can be. The popular and welcome tradition of live music also continues, played daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Victorian gazebo, creating a harmonious accompaniment to your stroll.
Britney Spears / Caesars Palace / Bellagio / Meatball Spot / Nobu Restaurant / Shania Twain / → All Tags
Britney spent a respectable, shoes-on weekend in Vegas, seeing a few shows, dining at a few foodie hotspots and, most importantly, keeping residency rumors at fever pitch.
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In Vegas, not every live music act requires payment and accompanying service fees. Here's where to rock out without having to pull your wallet out. Unless, of course, you can't talk your friends or that hot stranger into buying you drinks...
*Click on the name of the performer, group or band to hear them first before you head on down.
Commonwealth (Fremont East in Downtown Vegas)
Live Music Sundays
March 24: Love Hate Away
March 31: Donacat
April 7: Life Is Beautiful Music Showcase to include: Moondog Matinee, The Dirty Hooks, Avalon Landing, and more; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.