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This March, Head To House Of Blues For Local Brews, Local Grooves

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
February 18, 2015 at 5:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you are looking for something fun to do in Vegas this March, circle the 21st on your calendar. That's when House of Blues will host Local Brews Local Grooves, a beer tasting and music festival.

I attended the event when it was last held in December. It was actually a chill, fun night with good music, a large selection of craft beers to sample, and a variety of unique food and beverage pairings. (When I went, they creatively paired one of the beers with an ice cream sandwich and it was damn good.)

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Beach Concert Series Returning To Mandalay Bay

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
February 17, 2015 at 3:37 PM | by | Comments (7)

The summer concert series at Mandalay Beach is coming back again with some familiar names. The bookers are seemingly suffering from “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” syndrome, but we guess they don’t want to change it up too much if it’s working. Sublime with Rome, Pepper and Ziggy Marley are all on deck again along with a Lost ‘80s show. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20 at 10 a.m.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Poker Dollars

February 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

There are many factors you should consider when deciding where to play poker during your time in Vegas, such as what games and stakes are offered, how much you receive per hour in comp dollars, tournament offerings, the level of competition, and so on.

Another factor that should not be overlooked is what promotions a given room offers and how much value you are likely to get out of those promotions. Most poker rooms in town offer some sort of incentive for players in the form of high hand bonuses, bad beat jackpots, "aces cracked" bonuses, or hours-based free rolls. What many people don't realize is that the house isn't giving away free money with these promotions, they are simply taking money that players have contributed to a fund and giving it back out in the form of a bonus.

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Cashing In On Super Sunday Poker Promotions

January 29, 2015 at 7:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

There are a plethora of ways to spend Super Sunday in Vegas, most of which we've detailed in our Big Game Party Guide, but another way to enjoy the game is at one of the many poker rooms that are offering special promotions for the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at some of the goings-on around town this Sunday, February 1:

Excalibur

The festivities at Excalibur get running four hours prior to kick-off. All cash game players will earn raffle tickets that will be used for various drawings during the event. Every field goal will be worth $50, touchdowns will be worth $100, and a safety will reward a lucky winner with $400. One hundred bucks will be given away at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, and $200 will be rewarded at the end of the 4th quarter. Should the game go into overtime, there will be a drawing for $300. Players can earn addition drawing tickets at the beginning of each quarter during the game.

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Just One Dish: Grilled Corn At Hussong's Cantina

Where: 3930 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89119
January 20, 2015 at 2:59 PM | by | Comments (2)

It’s not often this writer swoons over an appetizer rather than a main course, but not all apps are created equal. Hussong’s Cantina at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the addition of new menu items like Puebla’s style guacamole (with bacon!) and BBQ pork quesadillas. For me, it’s an old reliable that still stands out.

My love affair with Hussong’s grilled corn appetizer ($6) started the first week it opened and has not lessened in intensity over the years. Already a fan of corn in general, I had been wary of similar dishes in Mexican restaurants because I feared how spicy it would be. Once I realized I wasn’t as much of a spice wimp as I had previously thought and also noticed chili flakes aren’t too harsh, anyway, I decided to give it a try.

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At Mandalay Bay, A Glimpse Of The Future?

Where: 89109
December 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (6)

First, it was the Four Seasons. Then, it was THEhotel's turn. Now, Mandalay proper will see the arrival of renovated digs.

The New Year will bring a new look for the resort's gleaming Y-shaped hotel tower. Back in August, we told you how a room remodel was on the books for 2015. The goal is to have revamped accommodations by the time that huge convention center expansion is complete.

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Where To Party When You're Over The Normal Nightclubs

December 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (9)

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize they're not as young as they used to be. In Vegas, that realization sometimes hits you in the ears one night in the club. The music, the people and the vibe just are not what they used to be. Even though most Vegas clubs are focused on younger customers, there are still places to go out, have some drinks and dance to something other than oontz.

Recently, I visited the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for the first time in a while. I found it to be a great fit for someone ready to take the next step in his or her club life. The crowd was made up of a mix of people between their 20s and 40s with the average age probably around mid-30s. Music ranged from '90s artists (Tupac) to hits from today (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Some danced, others just hung out and enjoyed bottle service. I spent the night drinking outside on a patio with one of the best views in Vegas. You really can't beat that. It struck me as a great place to party when you think you might be ready to move on from Marquee or XS.

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Mandalay Bay Going From Bigger To Even Bigger

Where: 89109
December 10, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (5)

It's nigh impossible to tell from the photo above, but work has begun in a big way to bring more conventioneers to Mandalay Bay.

VegasChatter reader Bryon V. noticed a few weeks ago that construction was underway on a massive 350,000-square-foot expansion of the resort's already expansive 1.7 million-square-foot convention center. The $66 million dollar project, announced back in April, will consume most of the surface parking lot at Russell and Las Vegas Boulevard on the south Strip. (A rendering of what's to come is below.)

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Santana Is About To Get Really Intimate With Us Again

Where: 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89119
December 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Icon and musical legend Carlos Santana will return to Las Vegas next month to continue his residency at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay. Santana has performed his greatest hits at HOB since 2012, but if you haven't seen it yet, what should you expect?

During the two-hour production, Santana (obviously) plays his greatest hits in an intimate setting (hence, the "Intimate Evening with Santana" name). Each show is unique and different from the others. One cool aspect (besides the man candy in his band) is that Santana plays a variety of songs, not just his own. One day he will add Michael Jackson, the next he will throw in Christmas music or a random song from your childhood like the theme from The Addams Family. And, it sounds damn good! He pretty much makes anything sound sexy.

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MGM Resorts Raising Resort Fees

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (32)

On the heels of a new one-price-fits-all resort fee policy by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts is ending 2014 by adjusting its nightly fees as well.

Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:

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Recycling Dreams Are Made Of These

November 20, 2014 at 12:00 AM | by | Comments (4)

It's hard sometimes to look beyond the surface of Las Vegas what with the shiny, bright lights and all. Most view our neon-laden hotels as beacons of excitement and possibility, but don't realize many of those glimmering lights have an energy efficient shine these days and that some of those buildings are so green they're among the most eco-responsible in the country. (See: Aria, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Veer, Venetian and Palazzo.) Heck, even the famed Welcome to Las Vegas sign went solar if you hadn't noticed yet.

While those are the most prominent, the greening of the Strip also takes place in numerous other small ways, from turning used cooking oil into biodiesel to converting old linens into cleaning rags. There's more happening on the Strip than meets the eye and it's enough to swell a certain heart three sizes this day.

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One Of The World's Largest Solar Arrays Now Can Be Found At Mandalay Bay

Where: 89109
October 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (12)

The next time you peer down from an airplane in the skies above McCarran or from your room at Mandalay Bay (or Delano), you may see the glint of one of the world's largest roof-top solar arrays.

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