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VegasChatter's Guide to 2015 Big Game Parties

December 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

After weeks of fielding queries, we finally have a roundup of Super Bowl -- sorry, BIG GAME -- parties in Las Vegas to share. Due to high demand, we're launching our annual guide now. Make sure to bookmark this page as we'll add events as they're uncovered/revealed. The newest parties will always be listed first so you won't have to do any unnecessary scanning. If you see one we don't have listed yet, email us the deets at tips@vegaschatter.com! Know that an event is sold out? We want to hear that, too!

Also, make sure to follow our friends and party experts, @VegasBigGame, on Twitter. If you've got a question about a party, they have an answer. Operated by a group of friends who've traveled to Vegas to view the Super Bowl for 17 years now (2015 will mark year #18), their Twitter account is an unmatched resource. They've already created this awesome infographic reviewing the parties of 2014.

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Tickets For Wynn's 'Showstoppers' On Sale

November 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM | by | Comments (6)

Steve Wynn will open ticket sales for his new Broadway-style show o' showtunes, Showstoppers, this Thursday (i.e., today, November 6), according to the Associated Press.

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Wynn's New Broadway-Style Show Gets A Name

Where: 89109
October 29, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (2)

Steve Wynn, the gaming mogul who brought us Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Wynn and Encore here in Las Vegas, is about to introduce another showstopper to the Vegas Strip. In fact, make that showstoppers, plural. And, with a capital "s."

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Will Wynn's New 'Broadway-Style' Show Get Under Our Skin?

October 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Performers are excitedly reporting to Wynn this week for what a casting call described earlier this year as a 'Broadway-style' production. Wynn ID badges are now being proudly shared on social as the cast assembles ahead of the show's debut.

Actress/singer Lauren Molina -- who has been seen on Broadway in Sweeney Todd and Rock of Ages, according to Wikipedia, and is known for her role in The Skivvies (best explained by watching the video below) -- has been sharing her enthusiasm for being part of the production on social, describing it as featuring "4 other fabulous singers, 28 dancers, a 30 piece orchestra and so much sparkly jewelry that there will need to be strobe warnings." Even more interesting is that her commitment seems to only be six months, indicating the show will likely boast a revolving cast of featured singers.

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How To Vegas Like Mindy Kaling

June 25, 2014 at 9:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.

While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:

1. Pack the appropriate essentials.

Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.

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VegasChatter Questions: When You Want To Dine Fine Outside

May 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM | by | Comments (9)

It’s not just anywhere that you can sit outside and eat or drink the night away. Even though it can get chilly or sweltering hot in Las Vegas, when the sun goes down, almost any night can still feel like a beautiful evening to be outdoors. In the summer, sitting outside in the warmth of a 95 degree evening beats sitting inside in a sweater because casino air conditioning is too cold.

VegasChatter Reader Curtis B. likes to dine under the stars and tells us he had a delicious meal outside at SW Steakhouse. Now, he would like more ideas:

coming from the cold North (snow here again today) in a month and looking for new ideas (or just fresh ideas for me) for a nice higher end restaurant that has outside seating. We ate at SW at the Wynn last year, was very good, nice setting, food was great and so nice to eat outside at night in the warmth rather than in cold AC restaurant.

Well, ask and ye shall receive. There are a quite a a few restaurants that offer a similarly great meals, outdoors, on the Vegas Strip.

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Venetian And Palazzo Make The Move To 6:5 Blackjack

Where: 89109
March 26, 2014 at 2:06 PM | by | Comments (27)

Poof! Some of the best and affordable blackjack on the Vegas Strip is gone!

Last week, Venetian and Palazzo changed the payouts for most of their blackjack games under $100. The majority of blackjack games now pay 6:5 for blackjack instead of 3:2. This affects about 50 blackjack games between the two casinos. The house advantage on a 6:5 blackjack game is 1.39% higher than a 3:2 blackjack game. That may not seem like a lot on the surface, but it adds up over time.

Before March Madness, Venetian and Palazzo had some of the best blackjack games you could find on the Vegas Strip for under $25. Today, they’re no better than most. You’ll still find a few games that pay 3:2 for blackjack at each casino. There are a few double deck, Super Fun 21 and video blackjack games under $100 that pay 3:2 for blackjack, but those are in the minority.

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When It Comes To Casino Drink Service, Bigger Isn't Always Better

July 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (22)

Besides friends -- new and old -- and good times, there's one thing that goes with a gambling session in the casino and that's a decent drink. Or, five. Recent sessions have reminded us that size matters when it comes to drink service. Bigger isn't always better. In fact, bigger usually isn't better when it comes to having a few cold ones.

Playing blackjack at Mandalay Bay recently reminded us how big that casino actually is. It struck us for two reasons: 1) It took us a while to find an open table with rules and minimums that fit the bill (3:2, $15) and 2) it took forever to get a drink. The slow drink service wasn't entirely the cocktail waitress' fault. She was the only waitress for a busy pit of tables. These things happen. It was a good thing that we just finished dinner with bottomless wine (!) at Charlie Palmer Steak and didn't really need more drinks.

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Vibin' At Andrea's

Where: 3121 Las Vegas Boulevard S [map], 89109
February 7, 2013 at 7:52 PM | by | Comments (2)

Private Andrea's eyes, they're watching you...

If you've heard of Andrea's, the newest dining destination at Wynn/Encore, you know at least two things. One, it's named after casino mogul Steve Wynn's wife and, two, it's her eyes that gaze upon diners.

What you may not know about Andrea's is that Nobu-trained Chef Joseph Elevado helms its menu. And, what you definitely don't know is that Elevado is one of the few chefs this writer gets geeked out about. And, apparently, embarrassingly so. For, as soon as he stopped by our table in greeting, this Chatter'er grabbed his arm and blurted out, "I love you." Yeah. Cool, lost. Thankfully, he took our gauche greeting in stride and, after a few more pleasantries, returned to the kitchen.

As our party of three waited for our courses to arrive, the "vibe" of dining at Andrea's began to sink in. First, as the pictures in this post show, the decor is beautifully feminine, the colors almost reminiscent of a blush pink champagne, with silver accents and crystal-clear teardrop light fixtures. The patrons that filled its spaces were part of the see-and-be-seen set. On our visit, young ladies in high heels and higher hemlines cocktail'd in its lounge while a noted Vegas food critic dined at one of its tables.

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Inside A Resort Suite At Encore

December 20, 2012 at 7:07 PM | by | Comments (4)

It's been a while since this writer has stayed at one of the luxury hotels in Vegas so please excuse us if we're a little giddy. Our Resort Suite (which is the standard room) at Encore was among the best basic hotel rooms we've had in Las Vegas.

Walking into the room, it didn't seem as if the Resort Suite was all that large; but, at 745 square feet, it's larger than the suites at The Palazzo or Venetian (by 25 square feet). The suite is broken into three sections that are all similar in size. The bathroom may actually be a little larger than both the sleeping area and living room/work area.

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Are These The Best Hotels In Vegas?

October 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM | by | Comments (7)

Ask ten people what the top hotel in Vegas is and you'll likely get ten different answers. With so many choices out there, choosing what's best in Vegas is more of a personal preference. Maybe the room's basic, but the location is fab. Or, maybe what makes your fave hotel the best is that the room is a comp. Today, Conde Nast Traveler released its annual Reader's Choice Awards for the top 15 hotels in Las Vegas and while some are expected, there's a few surprises in there, too.

CNT readers voted Wynn and Encore as the number one hotel in Vegas. (Yes, we know, it's really two, but there it is.) Their second choice? Four Seasons. The rest stack up as so:

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Come Right In, The Water's Fine (Unless You Have Too Many Tats)

August 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM | by | Comments (10)

Royalty can get cheeky there, but if you have too many tats you just might be turned away from Encore Beach Club.

Earlier today, Hollywood tattoo artist Jeffery Page tweeted a shot of an Instagram page of a, ok, we're not sure but, bottom line, he put EBC on blast for turning him away after he stopped by for some relief from the heat. (Note: while not calling them out specifically, Page did refer to the venue as a "pool party at the Wynn" so dot-to-dot-to-dot.) The reason for his denial? Page reports he was told "excessive tattoos":

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