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iBar At Rio Adds Video Poker

Where: 3700 West Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
November 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (5)

Though the Show in the Sky is no longer happening at Rio, several venues show the property is still alive and well in some areas. On a recent weekend visit, we enjoyed live entertainment at the stage near the former Show in the Sky area. A six-piece band performed for a sizeable crowd.

Another crowded spot in the casino was the recently renovated iBar. While the entire casino recently got new carpet, iBar got some additional upgrades. New bench-style seating around the perimeter has given the bar a much more loungy feel, making it a great spot to sit and sip while people watching from the center of the casino floor.

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Will Robo-tenders Make Their Way To Vegas?

November 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (5)

Where's my jetpack? Custom cocktails mixed by robots in #BionicBar #QuantumoftheSeas #hyperlapse

A video posted by Jaunted.com (@jaunted) on

Unlike the landlocked folks of VegasChatter, writers for our sister site, Jaunted, get to travel around the world. Recently, they came across nifty robotic bartenders while floating around on the brand new Quantum of the Seas cruise ship. Hit play on the video above to see them in action.

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When Hungry At Aria, Consider Its New Bar

Where: 89158
November 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

While the newly opened Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria touts itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients & highly stylized opulence," there's another reason to drink it all in -- you can grab a bite there, too.

Not mentioned anywhere on its website, VegasChatter friend @paperposter alerted us to the -- dare we say -- secret menu. (Disclaimer: it's not secret as there's a printed menu. Secret menu just sounds so much cooler, tho. Kinda like writing 'tho.')

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The Nightly Happy Hour At Umami Burger Looks Like A Sweet Deal

Where: 89109
November 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (4)

Going back a year and half ago before SLS Las Vegas opened, we knew that Umami Burger Beer Garden and Sportsbook would be one of our favorite parts of the property. It wouldn’t be the traditional version of a burger joint, beer garden or sportsbook. The hybrid would, if nothing else, offer something different from other casinos in Vegas.

Since then, Umami seems as though it’s doing relatively well. Despite major cutbacks at other SLS restaurants, Umami Burger only snipped a few hours per night. If there’s been one major complaint about Umami, it’s been the beer prices which begin at $8. Well, they’ve taken some steps to fix that.

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A Few More Things About The LINQ Hotel's 3535 Bar

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (6)

Now that we’ve acquainted you with some of the cocktail offerings at the LINQ's new 3535 infusion bar, let’s bring you up to speed on the venue itself. Located right off of the main registration lobby and near gaming areas (remember, the LINQ is also the name of The Quad now), this bar should breathe some excitement into a renovated space featuring a brightly colored, vortex-shaped light feature in its center. It’s hard to miss as it changes from green to red to blue, beckoning you to come closer and glance at the cocktail menu.

The bar looks very upscale and almost out of place if you still have flashbacks to the Imperial Palace like this writer sometimes does. The property has certainly come a long way and this flashy lobby bar will help bring The LINQ Hotel to the big kid’s table, so to speak, in terms of posh-feeling venues, accessibly placed near hotels’ lobbies. Welcome to 2009 the modern era, LINQ.

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Why We Enjoy Lurking Around The Lobby Of The Delano

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
November 5, 2014 at 8:27 PM | by | Comments (11)

The giant boulders at the entrance to Delano can be excitingly interesting to some, or not. Either way, they’re a harbinger of what’s to come when you enter Delano’s quirky-to-say-the-least lobby. Though this writer shares the seemingly common aversion to Delano’s pillows, I am a big fan of the lobby experience so far, for several reasons.

First off, it truly does feel like I feel a “boutique” hotel should, with that necessary secret clubhouse sort of feel. The word “boutique” is becoming so trite these days, not least of all in the Vegas hotel, dining and bar scenes. It’s refreshing to know there’s a lobby out there that is making a real effort to maintain its prestige as a unique locale.

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What's on The Menu at The LINQ's New 3535 Infusion Bar?

November 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (4)

As if the 3535 Bar at the newly revamped LINQ Hotel (formerly The Quad) wasn't flashy enough, what with the color-changing vortex behind the bar, power outlets and chargers at every seat, gaming tables and no-reservations-required private booths, here comes their crazy, insane in the membrane hand-crafted infusion cocktails.

We've already told you about the playful-sounding Pig Newton, which is made with fig-infused vodka and garnished with a smoked, black salt rim. Now, brace yourself for many more concoctions like the Wat-a-Pear, made with watermelon- and rosemary-infused Tito's Vodka, and the Commodore, made with mint- and apricot-infused Courvoisier VS Cognac.

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So, About The Glass Ban On The Strip...

November 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (12)

VegasChatter Twitter follower @johnnythunder82 recently tweeted us for an update on the glass ban on the Las Vegas Strip. The short answer is, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) is still figuring out its own strategies for enforcing the new law and how best to implement the strategies into practice.

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Brooklyn Bowl Frames Up New Drinking Specials

November 4, 2014 at 2:08 PM | by | Comments (7)

If great live music, finger-lickin' fried chicken or bowling isn't enough to get you to venture inside Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ (the mall, not the hotel), this may be the game-changer.

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At Aria, Something New, Something Moved And A Few Rumors, Too

Where: 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89158
October 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM | by | Comments (20)

From a new bar to a high limit refresh, Aria is working to bring more new.

The resort officially debuts a new lounge today. Alibi Cocktail Lounge replaces what was City Bar originally. If you can't picture it, it's that bar that's just a stone chip's throw from the resort's casino cage.

Open round-the-clock, Alibi isn't keeping its standard upscale lounge concept under wraps, billing itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients and highly stylized opulence." Or, as we translate it, trendy craft cocktails in a posh, new setting.

VegasChatter reader @paperposter sent in the photos of Alibi you see in the photo gallery below. He reports that the lounge offers video poker at the bar and also will be used for private, high-end blackjack and baccarat tournaments.

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Would You Pay For Fancy Ice?

October 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM | by | Comments (13)

Fancy ice is a thing. Say it five times in a row and you’ll understand why. Okay, the latter isn’t serious, but fancy ice really is becoming a thing and bars are beginning to charge for it. Fancy ice has been popular in homes with whiskey drinkers for a few years now and you may have seen pictures of people using ice balls in their drinks. Now the trend is becoming popular at bars.

There are different types of fancy ice. Some are made with filtered water so that you don’t taste the additives or minerals in the local water supply while enjoying your drink. If people are spending $20 and up on a high end spirits, they may not mind a surcharge to keep the flavor pure. Others are flavored with a certain kind of alcohol to create a unique profile. Most are are distinctively shaped.

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Our Dreams Of A Bar-Slash-Bakery Could Be Realized On Fremont Street

Where: 322 Fremont Street [map], 89109
October 29, 2014 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you've ever had the simultaneous craving for a croissant and a craft beer, sit down. Next week on November 4, City of Las Vegas officials will be asked to bless a proposal to transform Fremont Street's Piccadilly pizza joint into 322 Bar & Bakery. Yes, bar and bakery. *swoons*

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