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There have been plenty of new additions to the Fremont East scene for us to crow about. Want a new Urban Market? You got it. A Downtown gay nightlife event? Round two is coming up. An assortment of new restaurants and nightclubs? Ta-da, they're everywhere. And right under our nose is a sorta-free weekly screening of fun films that apparently nobody felt the need to tell us about. For the price of a drink, you can experience "Boozy Movies".
Downtown Grand / Sad Vegas / Failed Vegas / Downtown Vegas / Downtown / Lady Luck / Mob Bar / The Commissary / Picnic / → All Tags
Sometimes it doesn’t take long for a project to be declared an utter failure. In the case of Downtown Grand, what started out as an less-than-Grand opening quickly spiraled into near-irrelevance. Now signs are pointing (both literally and figuratively) towards a relaunch of the ill-fated property. But is it too late to restore good fortune to the former Lady Luck?
This writer was the first VegasChatter-er to publish a review of Downtown Grand’s contemporary new rooms. Initially as a pampered invited guest, then two days later (incognito and on my own dime) for a different perspective. Feel free to look back at those write-ups here and here.
During that first stay, the Grand’s marketing team described ambitious future offerings, like “Commissary After Dark”, a nightclub-style venue that was to rise nightly inside "The Commissary" food court. And “Picnic”, downtown’s first and only daytime pool club.
Well, "After Dark" never happened and "The Commissary" went from an elaborate concept to a scaled-down food court with limited choices and hours. It now exists primarily as a place to get your "Grand Experience" (resort fee) coffee and maybe a sandwich or bar bites.
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In Vegas, we’ve got festivals on the brain. Rock in Rio’s second weekend is coming up and next weekend, PBR Cowboy Spring Break will hit the MGM Resorts Village festival grounds down at the opposite end of the Strip across from Luxor. That three-day event over Memorial Day weekend features pool parties, music from Garry Allan, The Band Perry and Montgomery Gentry, plus bull riding.
As for the upcoming Rock in Rio shows, if you haven’t already heard, there’s been a line-up change. Sam Smith had to drop out of Saturday’s show for medical reasons. He was set to go on right before headliner Bruno Mars and now John Legend has gotten the bump to the main stage to fill the void. Singer-songwriter Mayer Hawthorne will fill Legend’s slot. In case you were only in it for Sam Smith, friends are reporting they have been able to easily get refunds for tickets they already purchased.
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We’re not quite sure why, but summertime always seems to bring out hotel offers that are all about dining credit. We saw it last year, mainly at the Downtown hotels that don’t contain pools, and suspected that it might be a way to compensate guests for the lack of an important summer amenity.
Now, many of last year’s deals are back, pool season is well underway, and quite a few new names are getting in on this type of offer as the summer season winds up. What’s prompting these promotions now? Your guess is as good as ours, but we’re not going to complain about a free meal.
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As you would expect, most people who visit Las Vegas arrive on an airplane. In fact, over 42 million passengers came through McCarran in 2014, including both visitors and locals. Regardless of the specific reason--whether returning home or out to party, lots of folks get their first glimpse of Las Vegas from the air.
This was readily apparent this past weekend when a situation occurred where there were so many private jets that came into LAS, bringing passengers for the fight and the derby most likely, that McCarran had to close itself to any other private planes since there was no more room to park planes.
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Downtown is becoming quite the hip and trendy location to visit in Vegas these days, and not just for the cheap drinks.
The area has welcomed a number of new eateries recently, including Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, which officially opened its doors at the beginning of April. We’ve given you the scoop on their concept and menu, and we’ve already heard mixed reviews of the restaurant so far. We wanted to check the place out to see what they had to offer and what the food and drinks were like, so we attended their official grand opening/media night.
You would think that a place with "ramen and whisky" in the title would serve either ramen - or whisky - for guests to try at this event. Unfortunately, they didn’t serve either (we are still scratching our head in confusion over this). They did have appetizers to taste: The Veggie Pot stickers ($5.50), Pork Pot Stickers ($6), Mushroom spring rolls with black aioli dip ($5.75), Japanese Street Corn ($2.75), and the Chicken Skewers ($4.75) were all appetizing, but they were nothing out-of-the-ordinary. They also weren’t the make-to-order Ramen we’ve heard so much about.
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After the announcement of Glutton's downtown arrival, there wasn't much info released until its opening. Until very recently, there even wasn't much of a publicly available menu. But, it seems the new dining destination is up and running at what feels to be cruising speed after serving up its first customers on April 10.
The next time you head to downtown Vegas, come hungry. And, in loose fitting clothing.
There's less than a month before Las Vegas North Premium Outlets in downtown Vegas debuts an expansion set to bring dozens of new brands to the open-air mall.
Shoppers should mark Thursday, May 14 as the day their lives will change forever. Okay, maybe it's not all that dramatic -- okay, it's not dramatic at all -- but that date is when you'll find savings on merchandise from close to 40 new retailers.
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So you or someone you know has just turned 21 and you want to get out there and have some fun gambling in Vegas. Every year, thousands of people come to Vegas for their 21st birthday to drink, party and, of course, gamble
legally for the first time. But, a good question is where do you take a first-time player to ensure they get the most bang for their buck?
I have been a casino dealer for about five years and, when I gamble, I look for the best odds with the best limits. When friends and family hit the big 21, they always ask me to take them out for a night of lucky chance. I love to gamble! Some might think, “wow, this guy has a problem!” Not at all, actually; I play smart and never put myself in financial harm. So, with that in mind, here's my personal guide to how to go all in for the big 2-1:
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The 1993 movie, Rudy, consistently rates as one of the best sports movies of all-time and still earns a deserving spot in any man cave more than two decades after its release. The film, about current Las Vegas resident Rudy Ruettiger, chronicles a 5' 6", 165-pound underdog who dreamt of playing Notre Dame football in the 70s.
The film and Rudy's story remains so popular that the sixty-something Ruettiger continues to be a motivational speaker today. His current show, Voices of Rudy: The Journey to the Movie, hits The Smith Center April 25.
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Plaza's newest production, Lovers or Losers, hasn't fallen into the latter category just yet. It's still hanging around since we first spied signage for the show, hosted by actor actor Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes, in early March.
The downtown hotel-casino hosts the live game show, which promises fast-paced fun "with a dash of sexy Vegas attitude, at 8 p.m. nightly, with the exception of Sunday and Thursday. VegasChatter fans Les & Flori J. (pictured above) attended recently and informed us that losers are, initially, winners, too, but may not feel that way for long: