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First Impressions Of Downtown's Newly Opened Oak & Ivy Bar

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map], 89101
July 23, 2014 at 11:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

After eight months of operation, the opening roster of Downtown's Container Park has suffered some significant casualties. Cheffini's Hot Dogs replaced Pork & Beans, numerous little shops have changed hands, the putting-green grass (predictably) was replaced by astroturf, and now the Boozery vacates their spot to have Oak & Ivy step in. (Sadly, Big Ern's BBQ, despite their best efforts, is still open).

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Renovations At Palace Station Bring Upgrades To Its Sportsbook

Where: 2411 West Sahara Avenue [map], 89102
July 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM | by | Comments (2)

Itís great to see older casinos become more modern. Last week, this writer checked out Palace Station to see what their new steakhouse, Charcoal Room, was all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the food, decor and level of service. The restaurant, however, felt like an anachronism compared to the rest of the casino. I'm happy to report the Charcoal Room wonít be the only updated destination inside the off Strip property.

Palace Station has recently renovated their sportsbook, too. There are two key features to the upgrade. New, large-screen TVs have the ability to feature one game across a number of monitors or the screens can be split so patrons can watch multiple games at once.†The other change is the addition of 85 new plush, faux leather chairs. The chairs are among the nicest youíll find in any Vegas sportsbook. VIP booths have been added as well.

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Festivus Maximus: Festival Announcements Are Running Amok In Vegas

July 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

If Seinfeldís Festivus didnít refer to a specific day thatís more or less become an accepted parody holiday, it would surely refer to this third week of July where more Las Vegas festivals were announced than new Weird Al songs.

Almost true. Weíve known about the lineup for late Octoberís Life is Beautiful Festival for a bit now, but in the past week, details have emerged on two popular returning festival events and one brand new one coming to Sin City this fall.

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Downtown Changes You Might Not Know About

July 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM | by | Comments (6)

There's more happening in Downtown Vegas than fast-changing drinking laws. (Although, if you haven't heard yet, there's another you should be aware of.) Here's a roundup of what's taking place, from remodels to new spots to sip and sup:

Mermaid's is getting a substantial refresh. Its snack bar is up and running again after a week-long renovation according to our @sammasseur who also spied new casino carpeting, new slot chairs and even new slot machines themselves. Sam was told the casino bar along with the cashier cage are next in line for an update. The biggest news is that the casino will covert its slot machines from coin to TITO (Ticket In, Ticket Out) in about two months time.

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Oak & Ivy Now Pouring At Downtown's Container Park

Where: 707 Fremont St. [map]
July 17, 2014 at 5:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Where one bar closes, another debuts at downtown's Container Park.

The Boozery is gone and in its place is Oak & Ivy, self-described as an "American craft whiskey cocktail bar dedicated to classic mixology and unique handcrafted drinks." We'll just go with whiskey bar. Here's what you'll be able to order up:

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Only In Vegas Will A $10 Drink Special Catch Our Eye

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comment (1)

The land of the 99 cent shrimp cocktail transformed into the land of the $20 cocktail in just a few decades. While killer deals can still be found in a a handful of choice locations on the Strip and downtown, they are few and far between. Thatís why when this sign caught our eye, we rejoiced on behalf of price-gouged tourists everywhere. Donít get us wrong, if enough people are willing to pay the price, itís hard for us to judge venues for fleecing guests with giant markups on bottle and drink prices. Business is business. It does make it rough to find an affordable drink on the Las Vegas Strip, though.

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There's Another Downtown Drinking Law To Remember

July 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (10)

If things weren't confusing enough, Las Vegas government officials have implemented yet another drinking law for the Fremont Street Experience.

On Wednesday, they voted to make it illegal to "open a bag containing liquor on the mall," according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Visit a convenience store for cheap beer, pop it open on the promenade and cops have the right to confiscate it, if they choose. Store clerks are now required to place your purchase in a sealed bag, attach the receipt and tell you what might happen if you reach in while under the canopy.

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Want to See Venetian's Exclusive Paiza Club? No Million Dollar Credit Line? How About $150?

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 16, 2014 at 8:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Paiza's reception lobby.

One of the few real-life equivalents of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory, the super-exclusive Paiza Club at Venetian is almost never open to the public, either. The hangout of billionaire gamblers, created to cater to every whim of the obscenely wealthy, it is secretly one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Vegas (if not the finest).

The club has the ability to function without a menu and instead will whip up pretty much anything the heart desires. Want super-traditional cuisine? Specialized regional food? A Chinese, high-class version of a hamburger? Cake in the shape of a Ford Model-T? They can do it. And now, this ritzy joint is hosting a dinner featuring selections of The Glenlivet paired with food by Corporate Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil.

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Celebrate July 27 The Scotchy Scotch Way

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Once again, the holidays have snuck up on us and while it isn't yet time for Labor Day, National Scotch Day is right around the corner. If it isn't already set in your fave calendar app, July 27 is the annual date you want to mark.

Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay can think of no better way to celebrate than by turning it into National Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch Day.

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Two More Of Our Fave Downtown Drinking Spots

June 26, 2014 at 2:41 PM | by | Comment (1)

Downtown's ever-changing drinking laws have you in need of a drink (if you could only figure out when, where and how to consume it)? Avoid the headache and just pull up a seat at a downtown bar instead and hang for a while. In this edition of Sip or Pour where we highlight awesome drinking spots around town, we feature two more downtown bars (check out our first two here) that will either have you relaxing with a great cocktail or pouring on some serious fun!

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When looking to enjoy everything Fremont Street, be sure to check out Park on Fremont. Park is a neat place to throw your feet up while drinking in a great downtown ambiance. While you could sit inside, the real attraction as far as this writer is concerned is on the patio; or more specifically, "the park."

The park offers a laid-back and relaxed outdoor atmosphere that will allow you to enjoy the outdoors, but at the same time, not put you on public display. An eclectic barrage of art, plates and wares means there's no shortage of visual randomness to entertain the eye. But, the main reason to visit is that Park on Fremont delivers a fun selection of cocktails at a reasonable price.

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Four Drinks To Try At BLVD Cocktail Company

Where: 3535 Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 25, 2014 at 8:18 PM | by | Comment (1)

Another wing of the Commonwealth/Park on Fremont family of mixology bars, their new(ish) venue is not only non-downtown, but right on The Strip itself. BLVD Cocktail Company is the only spot in The Linq for actual mixology and they have some serious talent behind the bar.

At the new Tuesday block parties The Linq puts on to lure locals down, you'll see break-dancers, musicians, even a silent dance party (complete with wireless synced-up headphones). However, among the revelers and performers, there is a section of haute art and fine libations known as BLVD Cocktail Company.

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Signs Of The Times: 'Please Dispense Drinks Into Plastic Cups'

June 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM | by | Comments (17)

Downtown visitors who haven't heard that it's now illegal to wander about the Fremont Street Experience with an alcoholic beverage in a bottle or a can, can't plead ignorance.

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