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The Desert Hops Beer Festival will return to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan on August 22. This will be the third year in a row that the Cosmo is hosting Desert Hops which features more than 150 beers from all around the world. This year’s festival will also feature a larger selection from Nevada brewers than previous years. Additionally, attendees will taste multi-cultural food prepared by the Cosmopolitan’s restaurant partners.
This looks like one of the best deals you’ll find at the Cosmopolitan with tickets for the beer festival starting at $30. Early Bird General Admission tickets for Desert Hops start at $30 and are on sale now. Early Bird VIP tickets are also available starting at $50 and include early entry at 7 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.
Tickets are available at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Early Bird prices will be available until Aug. 3 at which point prices will be $45 for General Admission and $65 for VIP tickets.
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First, yes, we know. The cheapest way to spend New Year's Eve on the Strip would be milling with the masses for free on Las Vegas Boulevard. But, what's the fun in that? For twenty bucks, you could still spend it outdoors and still ooh, ahh at fireworks come midnight, but be high above it all... ice skating.
The Cosmopolitan is just a few days away from transforming its Boulevard Pool into The Ice Rink and you can ring in the New Year there for $20 if you buy tickets early (i.e., now). At some point, admission will creep up to $30. If you'd still prefer free and were planning to book a room in Vegas, anyway, hotel guests will receive complimentary entry.
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Ice skating rinks are Vegas' pumpkin spice lattes. And, it's almost time to enjoy this seasonal treat once more.
Last year saw not one, but four ice skating rinks around Las Vegas with three on The Strip at Caesars Palace, Venetian and The Cosmopolitan and one in Downtown Vegas at the Gold Spike. There's no reason not to expect all four to offer visitors a way to glide through the holiday season once again, with the Cosmo being the first to make it official.
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Now that the weather is cooling down to a refreshing 95 degrees, food fests are popping up like crazy for the next two months. There will be big ones, small ones, fancy ones, and ones where the main attraction is White Castle. Out of these many, there is one that puts the rest to shame. That one is LUCKYRICE coming once again to The Cosmopolitan the evening of Saturday, October 4.
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Quite possibly one of the strangest musical acts in pop culture since Ozzy ate a bat, Die Antwoord is difficult to describe. The facts are: They are South African, they are ghetto fabulous, and they are coming to the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan September 28.
Since their explosion on to the scene in 2009, Die Antwoord (which translates into "the answer") has popularized the niche genre of "zef-rave rap." (Zef is named after the Ford Zephyr which became synonymous with the African working class and is considered derogatory slang.) The group makes themselves into a parody of over-the-top "commodity rap" braggadocio while still sending their message about how absolutely bizarre it is live and be raised in South Africa.
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Standing ankle-deep in translucent water overlooking the flash and glow of the Las Vegas Strip, cold beer in hand, as the Caesars Palace Fourth of July fireworks spectacular crackled, boomed and illuminated the desert sky, this writer couldn't help but smile at the thought of what the rest of the night would bring. The calendar read Thursday, signaling both the arrival of the weekend and our weekly foray into the splash and dance of the Set Your Life To Music summer concert series at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool.
Every Thursday evening, the Boulevard Pool transforms from one of the city's trendiest sun and soak destinations into one of the country's most unique concert venues, with a stage that will eventually play host to 29 different musical acts ranging from indie-pop and hip-hop to R&B. Tickets are cheap, barbeque is served, pools remain filled. The atmosphere is simultaneously electric and loose, with space to relax, crowds to bounce with and views to savor.
Turns out, adding alcohol and music to just about anything makes the activity more fun -- even a game as archaic as bingo.
What started in the basement of a church hall in London has grown into a popular underground event in both Great Britain and New York City, and now every old-timers favorite game gone wrong is coming to Vegas. But, don't think of it in the traditional style. In fact, the Cosmo's "Rebel Bingo" is nothing like it, according to the marketing material we've seen:
Rebel Bingo is not like the game traditionally known as "bingo." This is not a gambling event. The game is not fair and the numbers do not determine whether you win a prize. It is a game of skill. In purchasing a ticket you are not paying for the chance to enter any kind of lottery or bingo game or win a prize. You are paying to be entertained.
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With New Year's Eve a distant memory (or coming up for real go-getters) and the Mardi Gras hangover starting to clear, VegasChatter has started to field more St. Patrick's Day queries. The answers are more important this year than perhaps any prior as displaced O'Sheas and Fitzgeralds loyalists look for a new place to revel in Irish green.
Below are our 2013 Irish and non-Irish suggestions in the post O'Fitz era. Note that many spots, especially the Irish bars, will charge a cover or sell tickets. Call ahead if there's any doubt.
This week, we received an invitation from our friends at Yelp to go ice skating.Yes, in this desert we call Las Vegas. This writer hails from frosty Chicago and was just starting to feel a little homesick about Christmas. Ice skating sounded like the perfect remedy.
The Cosmopolitan has transformed its Boulevard Pool into an ice skating rink for the holidays. A large platform has been installed over the top of the pool, creating both the rink and a green astro-turfed area with plenty of communal seating. The rink itself is composed of actual ice, unlike the rival “ice” skating rink at the Venetian.
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Las Vegas may not be home to any of the chef-testants battling it out on the fourth season of Top Chef Masters, but based on Wednesday's season premiere, Las Vegas should end up a winner, anyway. Last August and September, Bravo's TV cameras slipped into The Cosmopolitan to film ten weeks of episodes. Judging by the previews and the first ep, the city's local star is well suited to become a national one.
This update won't act as a spoiler alert, but expect to see lots of Cosmopolitan featured with Boulevard Pool and Wicked Spoon acting as backdrop to Bravo's in-house and invited celebrities from Curtis Stone to Holly Madison and Sugar Ray Leonard who help judge the competitions. Cosmo dealers even get in on the judging action
since they aren't otherwise busy.
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We watched him tweet and eat his way through Sin City back in February. Next week, we'll really be able to dig into Andrew Zimmern's foodie trek through Vegas when the season premiere (and 100th episode) of Bizarre Foods America debuts July 9 on the Travel Channel.
The episode will feature Zimmern checking out $750 cupcakes, a $5,000 hamburger and Bellagio's buffet which feeds 4,000 a day (in case, you were too busy eating to do a head count when you were last there), among other stops around town.
If you can't wait until July 9, head online to check out four different Las Vegas preview clips, from Lotus of Siam to a stop at rm seafood.
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Looking to spice up your Vegas vacay with a touch of class and haute cuisine to add to your over-indulgence? Next visit, think of working in a food festival to your travel agenda. Last weekend, The Cosmopolitan manged to steal the annual LUCKYRICE Asian food festival away from New York, to a very packed house, well, pool area, and much munchie madness. It's been quite the season for food lovers.
We've previously sung the praises of the extraordinary (and huge) 2012 Vegas Uncork'd food celebration and we've also indulged at Venetian's Epicurean Affair. We just alerted you to July's chocolate and pastry event, with bonus champagne and wine. Hanging out poolside at swanky resorts while grazing with some of the finest chefs is something we highly recommend.
The appeal for food festival organizers to set up camp in this city is obvious. Access to acutely aware food and beverage staff, attractive open spaces, a central tourist destination, and the weather. It was a perfect night on Saturday for the LUCKYRICE festival as it took over the two decks of the Cosmo's pool. And, judging by VegasChatter's
eavesdropping patented, semi-scientific discovery method, a whole bunch of folks came in from California with this event as a primary draw. The concept was a "chaotic" street market, somewhere in Asia. A hoity-toity variant on that, of course, but the street eats were often very authentic, in style and preparation.
Chefs from LA, Austin, New York, and San Francisco good naturally jostled for attention with Vegas locals. Toronto's Top Chef Masters finalist Susur Lee even crossed a border to ultimately cook up a Thai twist on a rack of lamb by a hotel swimming pool.