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Ah, Black Friday. It's the ultimate display of consumerism in America. You know, the time of year when people trample each other to save a few bucks. But, we sure do love a deal, especially in a town like Vegas where they are so few and far between (unless you consider $8 beers a bargain, of course).
For all you savvy shoppers out there, here's what Sin City has in store for you as you digest your Thanksgiving turkey:
Las Vegas Premium Outlets (North or South): Oh wait... did we say the day after Thanksgiving? We meant on Thanksgiving. Those looking for a good excuse to get out of dish duty can hit the outlets and take advantage of the fact that stores will be open not only on Thanksgiving Day, but straight through to Friday (and, if they close at all Thursday night, they will reopen at midnight and stay open until 10 p.m. Friday night).
Shoppers can sign up for the Free VIP Shopper Club to get access to online coupons and a VIP coupon book. A Gift With MasterCard Purchase After-Thanksgiving Promotion will also give shoppers who make a single-day purchase of $500 or more with their MasterCard credit or debit card on Saturday (Nov 30th) or Sunday (Dec 1st) a $50 MasterCard Gift Card. (ps, this will not be us.)
If true, this could be the saddest timing for a closure ever.
Last week, we shared news that Goretorium could be closing before Halloween arrives. Now, a new tip from VegasChatter reader Michael P. reveals we could see the demise of the round-the-calendar haunt before the most frightful time of the year even begins.
Michael reports that laid off workers have informed him that Goretorium's last day of business will be September 30. Goretorium's social media accounts, however, are still urging folks to visit next month. Although, a Facebook fan wondered about the lack of Halloween event info earlier today.
Meantime, a member of the Fright Forum on HauntWorld.com made this remark two days ago:
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Our first visit to Twin Peaks was an eye-popping experience for us. No, not because of the above (but, ok, partly), but because of healthy helpings of charm and the best hangover food we've had on The Strip
that we can remember.
We didn't need anything more than that to vow to return. (And, oh, yes, we've swung by a time or two more.) But, if you've been waiting for something more before heading to Harmon Corner yourself, Twin Peaks' lumberjills are here to please... in a variety of saucy get-ups.
After whispers of financial struggles, Eli Roth's haunted house has officially filed for bankruptcy, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Creditors listed in the filing include contractors, merchandisers, media producers and, no surprise here, the Nevada Department of Taxation.
However, the nearly year-old fright shop in Harmon Corner will continue operating despite the filing. In fact, Roth himself took to social media today to reiterate this:
Goretorium is open and plans on staying that way as an original haunted attraction, open year round on the #LasVegas Strip- Eli Roth.
Goretorium is open and plans on staying that way as the original haunted attraction, open year round on the... http://t.co/QLRk6tdg44— Goretorium (@Goretorium) July 10, 2013
Goretorium is open during the week from 5pm to midnight and until 1am on the weekends. General admission tickets are $29.99 while VIP tickets are $49.99 But you may want to avoid the horror joint during a heat wave. A recent visitor posted this rant on the Goretorium Facebook page:
My husband and I were severely disappointed! Paid for VIP tickets because we thought it would be worth it. We waited longer to get in than it actually took to through. There was nothing scary and it was at least 85 degrees in there. Baby Dolls was a joke. Vegas was 108 and the bar is open to the air so it was just as hot in there. No zombie cage dancers like advertised online. No music for that matter.
Well, you know what they say--the first things to go during hard times are the zombie cage dancers. Truth.
With daily 100+ degree temps, it's something we're all likely doing, anyway. So, why not score a freebie out of it?
Tropical Smoothie Cafe will offer complimentary 24 oz. Jetty Punch smoothies next Friday, June 21. And, all you have to do to nab yours is to wear flip flops. Already got yours on, right? The deal will be available from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. just when
we're the sweatiest it's the hottest and relief couldn't be more needed. TSC operates three locales on the Strip, one at Excalibur, one at Harmon Corner and one that just opened a few days ago at Stratosphere. Off Strip, there are almost 20 additional locations. All will take part.
Last night while enjoying the fine views offered
at from Twin Peaks, we spotted a couple of dudes crouching down on the Harmon Center pedestrian bridge. They didn't look like buskers or other shady characters and they certainly were not playing the bagpipes all evening, but we couldn't quite figure out what they were up to.
Then we saw it -- an outlet! A real live outlet.
It's located on the end of the bridge, right where you head into the Harmon Corner shops and restaurant. And, it's free! So, if your battery power is at 10 percent or less, plug in here, enjoy the
bagpipes.. err, the sights.. and, when it's back up to at least 30 percent, make your way up to Twin Peaks to document the fine, um, dining.
Of course, now that we've mentioned this TOTALLY FREE OUTLET, we're sure the powers that be are going to block it up in 3... 2... 1....
In Vegas, just about every restaurant is a brestaurant. But, the difference between Twin Peaks and other scantily clad servers is that they aren’t just hot. They’re outgoing, bubbly and they’ll sit down right at your table and bat their eyelashes at you while taking your order. For real.
It’s that kind of flirtatious action that sets them apart from the likes of Hooters, or any other sexy waitress in Vegas. You’ll know a Twin Peaks girl because they’re hard to miss while wearing their signature hot pants, boots and red plaid crop tops. Approachable and sexy, they’re also really sporty. You’ll often see them hula hooping, booty shaking and rock-wall climbing all over the restaurant. Did we mention the view was great? From the third floor of the restaurant, we mean.
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Friends arrived over the weekend whose Vegas traditions start with a direct line from the airport to In-N-Out Burger. When this trip found ourselves staring at the backend of a counter line that stretched all the way to the door at 11 a.m., we considered other options. Fatburger, we suggested? "Nowhere as good as In-N-Out," was the disappointed response. We agreed, but noted a bar and patio had been added since their last visit. Sold.
Lucky for us, we parked at Cosmopolitan in order to take the bridge to Fatburger and back. Lucky for us because we had to pass right by the now open Twin Peaks that also has a bar (three to be exact) inside Harmon Corner. And, what started as let's at least check out the menu turned to we'll take a table ASAP after we were greeted by a bustling gaggle of Lumberjills.
Our favorite fancy escalator is up and running. And, is helping with a serious pedestrian project that will help every Vegas visitor in the long term.
Taking you up and down, to and from Planet Hollywood and Harmon Corner, it'll allow you to cross the Strip to CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan. And, vice versa. Previously, you had to use the frequently non-functional escalators on the Harley Davidson Cafe side of Harmon Corner to head downwards. Which took you in the opposite direction. We're making this sound way more complicated that it needs be. But, if you've been there, you get it. And, you've probably been accosted by someone in this area trying to sell you something as you tried to get back on a straight track down the Strip.
So, they built an escalator and we took great glee in pointing out the hefty price tag. Now, it's ready. Well, the down part was on the night we spied it. And, already it has eased congestion. Already.
PBR Rock Bar and Planet Hollywood at the bottom of this new ride should be popping the champagne. Feeding folks right into their laps. (We think they could have tricked it out more. Adding some cool lasers on an escalator would make it a neat free attraction.)
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A failed trip to check out the new Citizens Kitchen at Mandalay Bay for breakfast didn't satisfy our hunger (we ended up at Raffles Cafe, sad face), but it did provide us with several new updates to share. The first we learned the hard way -- the newly opened, 24/7 Citizens turns away new guests for about 45-60 minutes between breakfast and lunch service. You can probably guess what time we happened to arrive. A rep says they're working out some transitional kinks in the kitchen and hope to eliminate that closure within the next few weeks. Until then, stay away from around 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
After breakfast, we journeyed down The Strip and made the following discoveries:
Hakkasan, that five-story restaurant-slash-lounge-slash-nightclub coming to MGM Grand, still won't say when it's opening exactly, but there's at least a sign for it now. And, some patterned ironwork. And, a big a** video screen.
Missing from our list of 61 things to do this Valentine's Day, is number 62. Valentine's Day at Goretorium. Which is odd as creator Eli Roth told us himself it would be an important re-branding touchstone for the Strip's only horror-haunt attraction. Their last seasonal re-vamp was their Christmas theme built around an Evil Santa.
But, we've received no notice of any special V-Day events. Instead, they are pushing their year-round opportunity to get married in a zombie wedding. Or twisted fantasy of your choice. A handful of former matrimonial ceremonies are available for viewing on YouTube. So, if this video gets you in the mood, packages start at $666. You can even choose between a "scary" or "vampire" minister. All sorts of add-ons can also be added on. Including a symbolic bloodletting ceremony. If you go ahead with that on the 14th, do send us pictures.
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If this is who is already stopping by the still under construction Twin Peaks on the Strip, we know quite a few guys who won't be able to wait for it to open. But, wait is what they'll need to do.
First expected to pop up (hee) on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon back in December, the breastaurant later pushed back that opening timeline to January 2013. But, alas, here we are at the end of the month with bad news to share. You won't be able to check out its sexy lumberjills, rock climbing walls and frosty 29-degree beers until March now. March 4, specifically. So no Big Game, but just in time for March Madness. (fingers crossed)
When it does make its debut, Twin Peaks will span 14,000 square feet and cover three floors at Harmon Corner.
(PHOTO: MizzGrace on Instagram, Twin Peaks on Facebook)