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Just One.. Err.. Six Drinks At Yusho

April 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM | by | Comments (3)

Straight out of Chicago, Yusho is the latest restaurant to call Monte Carlo home as the resort's Strip-facing exterior continues to evolve. The Japanese street-style fare offers plenty of things that make you go yummmm that we'll review next week. Today, we'll just get the weekend started with a quick peek at its cocktail program.

Chef/Owner Matthias Merges had already teased us that his bar program was going to "kill it" so we had to take that challenge during a restaurant preview last night. The menu features seven specialty cocktails ($15) and half a dozen draught cocktails ($13).

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We'll Soon Be Able To Cowgirl Up At Binion's

Where: 128 Fremont Street [map], 89101
April 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Elvis has left the building, but soon Binion's will have a new attraction for guests -- a second walk-up bar on Fremont.

Construction began on the Cowgirl Up Cantina in late February and now it's almost ready for its debut.

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The Time We TAP'd That Thang At MGM Grand

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM | by | Comments (3)

TAP at MGM Grand is exactly as advertised. It's a sports pub directly across from the sportsbook with a good selection of beer, both on tap and in bottles.

Sixty plus TVs are spread throughout the restaurant and, while there isnít 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 youíre in the mood to watch the game, youíre 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 ďonlyĒ 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.

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Putting The Bourbon In 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque

April 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM | by | Comments (2)

When we mentioned the coming soon nightlife venture by Holly Madison - 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque - last week, VegasChatter reader Doug K. dropped us a line to say he was disappointed with the bourbon offerings. It was something flagged by this writer as well. An online list of the venue's rye/bourbon offerings was mostly populated with the ever popular rye/whiskys and very few real bourbons. This left us with an uneasy feeling over a new lounge that had bourbon in the name!

But, Doug didn't just sit idly by and let this seeming injustice go unnoticed. He took to the 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque Facebook page and let them know! And, since that time, the website's listings for bourbon has increased exponentially.

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A VegasChatter Reader Will Never Go Back To Chayo At The Linq

Where: 89109
April 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM | by | Comments (32)

The star attraction at The Linq is, without question, the newly opened High Roller. While the observation wheel is a must do at the outdoor mall located between Flamingo and The Quad, sadly, dining is proving to be less than stellar.

While The Linq's sweet spots, Ghirardelli and Sprinkles, are hitting the, umm, sweet spot, we continue to hear and see less than impressed reviews when it comes to Haute Doggery, Flour & Barley and Chayo. And, we've not experienced much better ourselves.

VegasChatter reader Michael S. contacted us recently to share his tale of regret after dining at Chayo. Here's his story, in his own words:

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Stillwater Runs Deep At Aria

April 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

When we heard that the best mixologist in Chicago, Craig Schoettler, of the very popular Aviary was relocating to Las Vegas to head the beverage program at Aria, we knew big things were on the horizon. Quickly the cocktail menus showed brand new ingenuity and a creativity that could stand up against any bar in the world.

One look at Sageís cocktail menu had this writer drooling. My favorite was the East Meets West, a delicious combination of whiskey, chai tea, honey, cream, and nutmeg. What I didnít expect was a unique focus on beer. Or, rather one beer.

East Meets West at Sage.

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Raising A Glass At Bin 702

Where: 707 Fremont St., #1220 [map], 89101
March 28, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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The 6Cs of The Cromwell: Champagne, Caviar, Cocktails, Coffee, Cotton Candy and Cosmetics

March 26, 2014 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (7)

Rendering of The Cromwell's facade.

Last week, we told you The Cromwell is bestowing special perks on its hotel guests. Now, we have more details on how, as our sister site HotelChatter put it, every guest will be the best guest at the hotel. We're calling them the 6Cs. For now, at least. These services and perks can and will change throughout the year.

Champagne & Caviar: The General Managerís Reception will now happen every Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in a reserved gaming space of the Cromwell's casino. According to Karie Hall, the general manger of The Cromwell, the fare will be seasonal so, when the hotel opens, the reception will feature champagne and caviar. The cocktail hour will also give guests the opportunity to get ideas on what to do during their stay and even interact with some execs from Caesars Entertainment.

Cocktails: We're also hearing that a super special cocktail menu will be created for The Cromwell by a seriously legit, award-winning mixologist whose name is still under wraps. (No, it's not Doug Coughlin.)

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At Palms, A Beverage Butler Will Now Welcome Hotel Guests

March 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

They caught our attention with a creative 24-hour checkout policy allowing guests to stay in their accommodations a full 24 hours from when they checked in before needing to depart. Now, the Palms has firmly cemented our regard with the launch of a Beverage Butler, a special service exclusively for hotel guests.

How many times have you yearned for a cocktail while waiting to check-in at your hotel? Likely too many, right? Especially, if lines are long and travels were taxing. Guests at the Palms, however, don't need to wait for their room keys before indulging. No, they can indulge while they wait for their room keys.

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Holly's World: Now With 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque

Where: 89109
March 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (3)

Wait'll you see what she does with burlesque...

Holly's World is back. No, not Holly Madison's reality TV show (we don't think). And no, she's not returning to Planet Hollywood (that territory is still Britney's, bitch). So, perhaps, we should just say -- Holly's back. The former blonde and Peepshow star will bring 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque to Mandalay Bay next month.

Set to take over the long dormant space once occupied by Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce (yes, burlesque will replace burlesque), 1923 will continue to feed Vegas' on-going fascination with speakeasies and the art of the va-va-voom. A press release details the experience that awaits:

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A New Way To Enjoy A Burger In Vegas

March 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

Enjoy a great burger and a refreshing libation and an outdoor patio with a fab Vegas view all during some of the city's best weather? Twist our arm some more, Comme «a.

The Cosmopolitan restaurant will offer 'Brasserie, Burgers, and Oysters' April 9 through June 30. Set to take place every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Comme «a's outdoor patio, diners will be able to enjoy a tasty burger -- grilled to order right there on the patio -- along with a signature cocktail or two beers for $19. Oysters -- shucked by hand as you watch -- will also be offered for $1.25 each.

'Brasserie, Burgers, and Oysters' will be first come, first serve so be hungry, thirsty and early.

[Photos: Foursquare, Comme «a]

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Drinking In Some Great Spots Downtown

March 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (3)

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.

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