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A Staggered Start for Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky

May 28, 2015 at 7:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

At the start of this month, VegasChatter got a sneak preview of Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky, a new restaurant in Downtown. One month later, another VC contributor has a more in-depth, but still underwhelmed take on Itsy Bitsy.

The star attraction for Itsy Bitsy is not on their menu nor is it found in the space (which is rather small), but rather, in the names behind it. In our original piece on the opening of the restaurant, as well as in the press materials, the concept was billed a partnership between restauranteur of Raku (Micheal Koleff) and Corner Bar Management (the group behind Whist: Stove and Spirits and Park on Freemont.)

One would guess that this means the food for Itsy Bitsy would be cretaed by the minds behind Raku (a place known for food) while the design and cocktails would be created by CBM (a group known for crazy awesome design and cocktails, but not so good food). Makes sense, right?

Turns out, this is not the case.

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Life is Beautiful Announces Eclectic Line-Up (With VIP Tickets That Include Massages)

May 20, 2015 at 7:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

The moment you have all been waiting for is here! Tickets on sale today: http://ticketf.ly/1L6Pn4b

Posted by Life is Beautiful Festival on Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Since we've already covered food festivals and craft beer festivals today, why not talk about music festivals too?

The line-up for the 2015 Life is Beautiful Festival, happening in Downtown Vegas from September 25-27, was released yesterday and boy, is it an interesting mix.

For starters, it's headlined by legendary Stevie Wonder, followed by hometown band Imagine Dragons and then rapper-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar. Rounding out the other performers is an eclectic but rather awesome mix of bands and musicians such as Duran Duran, Hozier, Kid Cudi, Weezer (!!!), Death Cab for Cutie and The Killers frontman (and Vegas native son), Brandon Flowers.

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Locals Only Beer Fest Coming To Neonopolis This Weekend

May 20, 2015 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (3)

There are moments where by the time certain trends reach Las Vegas, they’re already on their way out of being trendy. That’s not the case with craft beer, which has moved beyond just being a trend as craft beer sales continue to grow nationwide as do the amount of brewing companies.

Put it this way--five years ago, you had to search up, down and all around Las Vegas to find a craft beer. Today you can find craft beer on just about every menu all around Las Vegas.

Further, there is a rapidly growing local craft brew scene in Las Vegas. And they will finally get their day at the Locals Only Beer Fest at Neonopolis in Downtown Vegas on Saturday, May 23.

The Fest takes place from 2p.m. and 6p.m. and will feature Nevada Craft Brewers Association members Banger Brewing (hosts of the event), Barley’s, Hop Nuts, 777, Joseph James, CraftHaus, Bad Beat, Tenaya Creek, Big Dog’s, Chicago Brewery, Ellis Island, Old School, Gordon Biersch and Sin City. There will also be a couple home brewers featured at the beer fest.

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The Slot Machines from The Riviera Will Live on at These Two Casinos

May 18, 2015 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (5)

The new location of the slot machines that were once inside the Riviera was revealed about an hour before the casino closed its doors on May 4th at noon. Not too many people saw or heard the news as it happened since it was revealed during a live video tour by part-owner of the Riviera, Derek Stevens, who was sharing with his followers through Periscope.

If you’re the kind of dork that has to be up on the latest everything in technology like this writer you may have been one of the few hundred people watching and listening Stevens' last walk through the casino while it was open.

Periscope is a live video streaming app that’s currently available to those who use Apple iOS mobile devices like an iPhone or iPad (Android versions are being worked on). The company that created Periscope was purchased by Twitter for approximately $100 million in March last year but the app wasn’t released until earlier this year. The technology of live video streaming isn’t entirely new but this new version of live streaming links directly with the operators twitter account and with their followers through the app on their mobile devices. You can learn more about Periscope here.

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Where To Play Poker in Downtown Vegas

May 14, 2015 at 6:40 PM | by | Comments (2)

Believe it or not the World Series of Poker is less than two weeks away. Even if you’re not a poker player you will still feel poker excitement all over town throughout June and part of July.

While there will be plenty of poker action at the host hotel--The Rio Las Vegas--there will be more players than normal at all of your large poker rooms on the Strip. There will even be a few more players heading Downtown's poker rooms.

Most of the big poker action is on The Strip but you can still find competitive games in two or three Downtown Vegas casinos. We say two or three because not everyone considers the electronic poker tables at Plaza a viable option.

Keep reading for a quick tour of poker rooms in Downtown Vegas:

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Should You Indulge In Glutton?

Where: 616 East Carson [map], 89101
April 30, 2015 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

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.

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Itsy Bitsy Ramen And Whisky Serving, Too, In Downtown Vegas

Where: 150 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Suite 100 [map], 89103
April 21, 2015 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

You are invited! Our doors are open! Come check out our menu!

Posted by Itsy Bitsy on Tuesday, April 7, 2015


The next time you head to downtown Vegas, come hungry. And, in loose fitting clothing.

A recent dining explosion has brought four new eateries in recent weeks, PublicUs, Glutton, VegeNation, and Itsy Bitsy Ramen and Whisky which snuck in quietly under the radar about two weeks ago.

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More Of The New Brands Coming To Downtown's Premium Outlets Expansion

Where: 875 S. Grand Central Parkway [map], 89106
April 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM | by | Comments (3)

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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Before You Hit The Vegas Tables For Your 21st

April 17, 2015 at 7:11 PM | by | Comments (19)

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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Rudy To Talk 'Rudy' At The Smith Center

April 16, 2015 at 4:55 PM | by | Comments (3)

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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At Plaza, 'Lovers Or Losers' Isn't Always An Either Or...

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
April 16, 2015 at 1:56 PM | by | Comments (8)

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:

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VegeNation Opens In Fremont East

Where: 616 East Carson Avenue [map], 89101
April 14, 2015 at 9:29 PM | by | Comments (9)

Two new Fremont East eateries, with two different visions. While indulgence is the name of the game at Glutton, which opened Friday, VegeNation, located right next door and which opened Monday, focuses on health-conscious fare.

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