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With New Year's Eve a distant memory (or coming up for real go-getters) and the Mardi Gras hangover starting to clear, VegasChatter has started to field more St. Patrick's Day queries. The answers are more important this year than perhaps any prior as displaced O'Sheas and Fitzgeralds loyalists look for a new place to revel in Irish green.
Below are our 2013 Irish and non-Irish suggestions in the post O'Fitz era. Note that many spots, especially the Irish bars, will charge a cover or sell tickets. Call ahead if there's any doubt.
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There are few things like a good steak and vodka that make this writer excited. Thankfully, those are things easy to find in Las Vegas. Last summer, we added another category to the list when we found the Top Notch BBQ food truck.
Yeah, that was the height of the food truck craze, but Top Notch BBQ was different. While there were plenty of good food trucks there were not as many that made our knees buckle like Top Notch did. Top Notch BBQ wasn't just good for Las Vegas. They made some of the best BBQ we've ever had -- anywhere in the United States. We became addicted. Then something awful happened. There was no more smokin' in the desert. The truck went away.
The owner of the trailer they were leasing to own filed for bankruptcy so it had to be sold. Unfortunately, an attempt on social media to save Top Notch BBQ was all for naught. Our Top Notch BBQ addiction stopped cold turkey. There was no reason to try BBQ anywhere else because nothing else could match it.
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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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If you want to be in Vegas for the Fourth just make sure you arrive on the 6th or the 7th. Say what, you say?
Well, with the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, Caesars Palace is choosing to celebrate the nation's independence on Saturday, July 7 instead. Gather around Caesars between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in order to get a good viewing spot for the 9:15 p.m. launch. Caesars says the best views will be from in front of the property by the fountains. Although, by the Las Vegas Sun photo shown at top, being on a pedestrian bridge isn't too bad of a vantage point, either.
If you're a traditionalist, though (and don't mind venturing off The Strip), Station Casinos -- the owner of locals' resorts in suburbs throughout Las Vegas -- will set off fireworks at five of their properties on the Fourth. Head to Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station, or Red Rock Resort for a 9 p.m. Fourth of July display that's actually on July 4.
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If you're not working on saving up for an epic hangover, Caesars Palace wants to kick off your Fourth of July holiday weekend with a bang. The resort will launch a bang-up fireworks display from its rooftop at 9:15 p.m. on July 3. We're not really sure why July 3 and not July 4, but as long as we can ooh and ahh while we sip oversized novelty drinks, it's all good.
If you're more of a traditionalist, you can catch Fourth of July fireworks on the Fourth of July at five Station Casinos hotels around town. Just be at Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station or Red Rock at 9 p.m. that night to take in the show.
Here are some other ways to have a blast in Vegas this Fourth:
●McFadden's at Rio
Red, White and Booze party on July 2
Happy 2 Hours from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. will get you all-you-can-drink for $15
Also expect $2 red, white and blue Jell-O shots & a chugging contest 'cause there's nothing more patriotic than slamming a brewsky
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It looks like Las Vegas isn't quite ready to abandon show tunes because starting in March The Green Valley Ranch out in Henderson is going to start showing the mega-successful Rent, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and was also made into a (not as good) movie.
The shows, which will be full productions, will take place in the resort casino's Ovation Lounge every Wednesday. Tickets are a bargain at $15 and will benefit Golden Rainbow and the Jonathan Larson Grants. (Larson created Rent but tragically died just before opening night in 1996.)
You can buy tickets at www.stationscasinos.com although when we checked on Saturday morning they weren't available just yet. Still, we say--"Let's go ouuuttttoooooo tonight!"
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This Saturday might be the last time you’ll be able to catch the genius of crooner Richard Cheese and his band Lounge Against the Machine in Las Vegas for a while. They’ll be performing inside Green Valley Ranch’s Ovation Lounge before setting off on a tour for the rest of the summer.
Cheese and his band have been performing since 2000 and, according to their Web site, have made a career of performing “swingin' Vegas versions of rock, rap, and Top40 hits, "swankifying" contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards.”
What sorts of recognizable tunes does the group reinvent in their swinging, old-school way? Think Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up,” “Baby Got Back” and “Hot for Teacher.” Yeah. Pretty hard core for a guy who wears a tiger-striped leisure suit. .
About 15 minutes east of the Strip on the I-215, you’ll find Green Valley Ranch Resort. It’s the older sibling of Red Rock Resort west of town, which arguably – along with M Resort - has established itself as the current leading resort pick among those who crave the atmosphere and a degree of the amenities found at a place like the Palms but couldn’t care less about the notoriety of staying on the tourist corridor.
Anyway, Green Valley Ranch has been around for a few more years than both Red Rock and M, and was perhaps the first far-flung resort to succeed in attracting the sort of high-profile name recognition brought be being associated with celebrity guests (George Clooney comes to mind; he used to hang at Whiskey Bar when it was still a Randy Gerber joint).