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Details On The Umami Burger Restaurant, Bar, Beer Garden And Sportsbook At SLS

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
August 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM | by | Comments (11)

The hybrid burger joint/bar/beer garden/sportsbook at SLS Las Vegas is awesome, but it's not your traditional betting experience. Last May, we revealed Sam Nazarianís vision for the sportsbook at SLS, a venue that would be more along the lines of Lagasseís Stadium†at the Palazzo, a sports bar and restaurant where you can wager, too.

At SLS, that concept has found new roots with Umami Burger. Bartenders there wear shirts that read "Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sportsbook" and, while thereís a William Hill presence here, there is no mistaking this is a Umami Burger that also has a sportsbook. Itís a great combination and, possibly,†a look at the future in an era where every square inch of space must be maximized and monetized.

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A Bad Beat Is Brewing In Henderson, And We Love It

Where: 7380 Eastgate Rd., Suite #110 [map], 89011
August 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

On a constant mission to seek out the finest suds in the valley, this VegasChatter writer headed down to Henderson (or Hendertucky, as I usually refer to it.) I had heard about a new brewery from a beer snob friend of mine, and with a lazy Sunday to kill, I found my chance.

Bad Beat Brewing is situated in an industrial building off Auto Show Road. Just a block or so away from a winemaking school, the Las Vegas Distillery and two future breweries, Bad Beat ushers in the new so-called Booze District. Hoping to reign in some of the energy felt downtown over the last two years, the proprietors of these businesses hope that lighting can strike twice in the Las Vegas Valley. The challenge in front of them is that Fremont Street comes with a storied history and a rowdy, fun, and sometimes sexy energy and this place is off an access road across from a car dealership.

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First Impressions Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
August 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (10)

[Ed. Note: Our sneak peek was actually part of the SLS Las Vegas invite-only "Play Days" which serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the SLS service team. Stay tuned for further impressions of the resort when it officially opens to the media and the public on Friday.]

Given the fun billboard ads showing the transition between the ďold Vegas” vibe of Sahara and the changing of the guard to the hip and trendy SLS Las Vegas, you might expect the entire resort to be a little more retro or at least a hybrid of the eras. After a sneak peek of SLS Las Vegas last night, there weren't as many old school elements hearkening back to the old Sahara as we may have all anticipated but this writer, at least, certainly wasnít let down by what I saw.

The renovated property has all the upscale hipster-ish feel of the Cosmo in a more easy to navigate package. And, that new casino smell is downright delicious. If body glitter had a scent and you mixed it with the aroma of a fruity tropical drink, thatís how I would describe the first whiff. It was sweet smelling and new, with a dash of seductive optimism.

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Bar-Hopping Around Vegas

August 11, 2014 at 4:35 PM | by | Comments (2)

Our long-running Sip or Pour series has covered some of the best bars in Vegas. Usually, we highlight two different types of bars, those ideal for a stop before you move on to the next one and those where you can chill all night long (the party in the street being optional). But, what about one ultimate night of fun and drinks and more drinks and maybe some shots? Here's how we would spend one epic night in Vegas. If you follow in our footsteps, make sure to cab it or bring along the ultimate designated driver. (And, in some cases, it's just a short walk!)

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A Timeline For Harrah's New Food Hall, Casino Bar

Where: 89109
August 1, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

The newest changes at Harrah's will arrive sooner than you might have guessed.

Earlier this week, we told you about the new food hall and casino bar that were under construction; last night, VegasChatter reader Jeff C. filled us in on just when to expect them.

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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 (2)

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 (11)

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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