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Not the most ideal traffic setups even before construction got underway in 2014 for an arena and a host of new dining experiences, visitors who arrive at New York-New York or Monte Carlo via something other than their own foot power have found they need to be especially aware behind the wheel.
Traffic lanes leading into and out of the resorts have been closed, switched to just one way, or completely moved, depending on where you are. Even the straightaway that was Rue de Monte Carlo now boasts a new serpentine shape as well as a new name, Park Avenue. The new moniker is a nod to the experience still to come which will add new dining spots between the two resorts leading up to the new arena. Some will be attached to the southern side of Monte Carlo, others will be closer to the northern flank of New York-New York.
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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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The patio at Monte Carlo has gotten a lot of attention in the past few months for some new dining options, but one of the property’s more long-running standbys shouldn’t be overlooked. Nestled in the culinary corner between d.vino and Yusho is Dragon Noodle. With its quirky décor featuring floating baby heads, dancing bok choy (why not?) and more traditional Asian touches, it can almost make you feel like you’re not in a Vegas sushi spot.
Now, Dragon Noodle is offering a Sushipalooza special so there’s even more reason to check it out. On Saturdays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., guests can enjoy 50% off sushi in all parts of the dining room. The special also can be redeemed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the tiki bar and sushi counter areas only Sunday evenings.
O-M-effin-G. You're going to freakin' flip. Monte Carlo's BLVD Creamery has new seasonal ice cream flavors that are sooo basically basic. And, we can't wait to grab a selfie with one... umm.. taste one. We can't wait to taste 'em. #LikeSeriously
Stop by the walk-up ice creamery this fall for your choice of four seasonal non-alcoholic flavors: cranberry sorbet, pumpkin spice, sweet potato or pecan pie. Or, indulge in one of six alcoholic options: Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Ace Pumpkin Spice, Blue Moon Pumpkin Spice, Shipyard Pumpkin Ale, Warsteiner Oktoberfest or Firestone Oaktoberfest. (You know which ones you should focus on, tho.)
What was once one of our favorite free attractions in Las Vegas has now gone the way of the Sirens show at TI and this fact has us feeling a little blue. The Blue Man Group processional that used to wind its way through Monte Carlo has run its course. According to a hotel official, the last procession took place less than two weeks ago.
About 40 minutes before the first show of the night, a procession of the show's musical props, robots and custom-built, light-up vehicles used to wind its way through the casino floor, stopping people in their tracks. The light spectacle was a great promotional opportunity to get the word out about the show so guests milling about who may have seen posters, marquees or other imagery finally had a clue what the show was actually all about.
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We’re less than four weeks away from football season, the most wonderful time of year for many sports fans and an event that's amplified in Las Vegas. There’s more money bet on football in Las Vegas than every other sport combined. That’s serious biz. While the NFL and other leagues don’t consider fantasy football to be gambling, it’s pretty close since many fantasy leagues have fees and winnings associated with good gameplay.
Since Las Vegas is home to betting on football it might as well be home to fantasy football drafts. Here are our picks for getting your fantasy football season going in Las Vegas as well as a list of other special events.
As Vegas bakes under an excessive heat warning (it was 112 yesterday while today saw a high of 111), it's a good time to remind you (and inform those whom haven't yet heard) there's alcohol-infused ice cream at Monte Carlo.
The new(ish) BLVD Creamery, one of the food & beverage spots added to Monte Carlo's Strip-facing facade, features spiked ice cream along with the regular variety. There's so much of the good stuff inside each specialty flavor -- Suds Sorbet, made with Shock Top beer; Black Cab, yep, that kind of cab; and Tipsy Bubbles, with Prosecco -- that you have to show ID confirming you're 21 or older before they'll even scoop it up. (Pro tip: take advantage of free samples.) There's also a rotating seasonal flavor which is currently a very rum-y Horchata Mama.
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While many Vegas visitors are looking for the largest drinking vessel at the lowest price for alcoholic beverages, some just want a good cup of coffee. The goal is to still have a little left to spend at the tables. Starbucks are pretty much on every corner, with some hotels offering multiple locations, though VegasChatter reader Tom G. wanted to know where to get a decent cup of coffee on the Strip that’s actually affordable. The easy answer is you can get good coffee or cheap coffee, but not both. More often the easiest to find is moderately to expensively priced mediocre coffee. Most of the Starbucks on The Strip are even more pricey than their off-Strip incarnations.
The newest coffee shop on The Strip is one of the best. Though not what we would call cheap, Sambalatte on the plaza at Monte Carlo offers high-quality products and serves them with flair. Think fancy frothy designs in your cappuccino foam. You should ask them to try and recreate the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Why not? You might get lucky. While coffee purists may not value the literal fluff, rest assured you are also getting a beverage that’s as delicious as it is beautiful. Personal favorites include the Nutella Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. For those not into the sweet stuff, a small coffee is $3.78 and a cappuccino is $4.86.
Update: Thanks to VegasChatter reader Howzie for adding new insight to this article.
High dollar shows in Vegas are nothing new. (Really, high dollar anything.) But, when you see information that leads you to believe your favorite show featuring all blue men is pricing you out of the section that doesn't require squinting, it's pretty easy to see red.
VegasChatter reader Henry M. reached out to us recently with a self-admitted rant about Monte Carlo's headline production, Blue Man Group. He noticed the show's seating chart is in the midst of change. But, where it initially looked as if the show's seating tiers were being arranged so that there would be less 'cheap' seats and more high-priced ones, VegasChatter reader and Strip concierge Howzie has shared insider information that sheds some interesting new light on the issue.
Yesterday, the restaurant/bar's Facebook and Twitter accounts sent out this message to followers:
The original location of Sambalatte in Summerlin serves one of the best cups of coffee you'll have anywhere in Las Vegas. It's a little more expensive than some of the chains, but each cup is handcrafted by pouring filtered water over your choice of freshly ground beans. This single cup brew is a unique sip. No two cups will taste exactly the same. It’s worth paying a little more for such attention to detail. Yes, a cup of coffee can cause us to wax poetic.
The hotels on the Vegas Strip are often more concerned with simply making sure there’s an option for coffee. Any coffee. For most, it's okay that there’s little care put into making a cup. But, that's not true with everyone. When MGM Resorts announced Sambalatte would be opening its third location at Monte Carlo, this coffee lover was a little excited. The Vegas Strip was finally getting a coffee shop worth leaving another hotel for to get the day started.
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The project's reboot was announced last week. Full details can be read here. Essentially, executives will give the main road leading to Monte Carlo's porte cochere a serpentine twist to add new structures to the south side of Monte Carlo. They've also greatly enlarged a promenade on the north side of New York-New York while providing additional eateries on that side as well.