Tag: New York-New YorkView All Tags
Bars / Drinking / Coyote Ugly / Red Square / Mandalay Bay / New York-New York / → All Tags
Everyone’s tastes are different, especially when asked for opinions on the must-see bars in Vegas. With that in mind, we thought it would be good to get out in front of this frequently asked question with a new segment called Sip or Pour.
"Sip" will provide a guide to bars with the tastiest drinks, and most talented bartenders around, where you can chill with a great cocktail and a little ambiance. "Pour" will give you the lowdown on some of the most happening bars, places to get
hammered your groove on, party the night away, and ensure you wake up with the true Vegas hangover experience. Without further delay, here are our first two picks:
Dining / Restaurants / 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria / Pizza / Eating / Monte Carlo / New York-New York / SLS Las Vegas / → All Tags
A make-it-as-you-order-it concept, the resto hopes to become the "Chipotle of pizza." Right now, long lines are not uncommon at its one and only location in LA, but soon a second and third location will pop up at LAX and in Santa Monica. And, as Restaurant News reports, the Vegas location is expected to launch by New Year's Eve. Or, we should say, it's first Vegas location:
Construction / Renovations / Nine Fine Irishmen / New York-New York / Vegas Transformations / → All Tags
When MGM Resorts announced its promenade -- an expansive project set to bring sweeping changes to New York-New York and Monte Carlo, and most points in between, by early 2014 -- one of the top questions asked was, when does work begin? The answer is that its already been underway. The most high profile of those changes (for right now, anyway) being the ones taking place at Nine Fine Irishmen at NY-NY.
We told you back on March 6 about plans to make the Irish pub even finer. Most of the work will focus on improving and expanding its outdoor Strip-side patio, including the addition of a new NFI bar, and the build-out of a faux patio on the casino floor. On Monday, a walk both inside and outside New York-New York found a huge construction wall blocking NFI's main casino entrance (shown above). When complete, the upgraded entrance will look like this:
Dining / Shopping / Vegas Transformations / Monte Carlo / New York-New York / Shake Shack / Double Barrel Roadhouse / 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria / Sambalatte / Hershey's Chocolate World / Nine Fine Irishmen / → All Tags
Earlier today, MGM Resorts revealed its plans to transform Monte Carlo and New York-New York, as well as the area between them, into an open-air dining and retail promenade. The sprawling, tree-filled district will bring dramatic changes to the west side of the Strip, as seen through the renderings on this page. It will also bring new brand names to Las Vegas Boulevard. Here's a closer look at who's coming soon(ish):
Strip Transformations / Monte Carlo / New York-New York / MGM Resorts / Renovations / Construction / → All Tags
New York-New York and Monte Carlo are about to get a major upgrade. But, don't look for it in their rooms, this change will transform their exteriors, creating a large open-air retail and dining destination. Sound familiar?
The massive renovation will change the west side of the Strip from Las Vegas Boulevard down to CityCenter. In fact, from looking at the renderings, making that section more in line with the modern "city" feel of MGM Resorts most recent project.
Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said, “All great cities offer vibrant pedestrian experiences, and Las Vegas is certainly no exception, as The Strip is one of the world’s greatest boulevards. Our vision is to extend the excitement we traditionally create within our world-class resorts outside onto The Strip, and ultimately in an entertainment district leading to our new arena. To bring that vision to fruition, we have assembled a team recognized around the world for creating special venues and places.”
So, what does that mean? Look for dramatic changes to the facades of both resorts as bars, eateries and "retail destinations" are addd. New venues will include a two-story Hershey's Chocolate World flagship (sorry, M&M World just across the street) and the improvements we've already reported on to Nine Fine Irishmen will come to New York-New York.
At Monte Carlo, the re-do will bring Double Barrel, a "casual roadhouse restaurant and bar" by sbe (the same folks behind Hyde Bellagio and the coming SLS Las Vegas) and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria (self-explanatory).
But, the centerpiece will be a large promenade between the two properties where a CityCenter residential sales offer and parking lots sit now. That area will be "a park environment featuring pavilions and performance spaces complemented by areas of quiet relaxation."
At the gateway to the park will be Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more by restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.
At the far end will be that 20,000-seat arena that's already been announced, too. To orient you, the rendering above shows Rue de Monte Carlo with the edges of Diablo's seen on screen right. That glimmering building in the background will be the arena.
And, that's not all, either. MGM Resorts says more partners and details will be released over the next few months.
The entire venture is expected to cost $100 million dollars. Yet, don't expect this project to be finished several years down the road. Work is already way on some elements and a completion of early 2014 is anticipated. Yep, right around the time Caesars Entertainment's Linq finishes its roll out, too.
(Renderings: MGM Resorts)
Boxing / Aria / Mandalay Bay / The Mirage / Monte Carlo / New York-New York / MGM Grand / Grand Garden Arena / → All Tags
The first weekend in May has been one of the great weekends in Las Vegas for years. The Vegas Strip is always a little more electric when there's a big fight (MMA or boxing), but when you combine that with the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo, you have a recipe for awesome.
This year's big fight is between Floyd Mayweather and Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4. The fight isn't sold out just yet, but you won't find any tickets available under $600 on Ticketmaster.
Memorial Day / Bellagio / New York-New York / Palms / Golden Nugget / The Cosmopolitan / Hard Rock / Venetian / Wynn / → All Tags
Most of the country is battling the back and forth weather that comes along with April and the transition from winter to spring, but it's never to early to start thinking about summer. Memorial Day is the official kick off in our eyes, and those making plans to visit Sin City in celebration should begin to stake their claim before you'll need to go with plans B, C, or even, D. The Golden Nugget, for example, is already sold out on Sunday, May 26.
Here's a glimpse at the starting rates at a selection of hotels. All rates are as of April 9 and, as always, are subject to change:
Forget the contestants. You've got to have an iron stomach just to watch this annual Strip-side event.
For the 16th year, New York-New York will host a qualifying event for Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island. Set to take place April 20, competitive eaters will swallow footlong, after water-soaked footlong in an attempt to be the man and woman to get the most in their belly before time's up. The winners will then move on to represent Vegas in the finals.
Free Vegas / Lounges / Music / Entertainment / Mandalay Bay / Mizuya Lounge / Piano Bar / Harrah's / Commonwealth / The Chandelier / The Cosmopolitan / Palms / The Lounge / Bally's / Indigo Lounge / Bellagio / Petrossian Lounge / Excalibur / New York-New York / Bar at Times Square / Tropicana / → All Tags
In Vegas, not every live music act requires payment and accompanying service fees. Here's where to rock out without having to pull your wallet out. Unless, of course, you can't talk your friends or that hot stranger into buying you drinks...
*Click on the name of the performer, group or band to hear them first before you head on down.
Commonwealth (Fremont East in Downtown Vegas)
Live Music Sundays
March 24: Love Hate Away
March 31: Donacat
April 7: Life Is Beautiful Music Showcase to include: Moondog Matinee, The Dirty Hooks, Avalon Landing, and more; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Gambling / Survival Strategies / Budget Vegas / Luxor / Excalibur / New York-New York / Bally's / Harrah's / Treasure Island / Circus Circus / Riviera / Stratosphere / Aria / The Cosmopolitan / Craps / Blackjack / Roulette / → All Tags
The closure of Bill's Gambling Hall makes Casino Royale one of the last low roller casinos remaining on The Strip. Whether you want $1 beer or you're in the mood for a Cinnabon or if you just want to play $5 craps, Casino Royale has it all. While many casinos on The Strip offer poor odds for most casino games, Casino Royale has some of the best inexpensive gaming. That said, they're not the only place you can gamble for cheap, nowadays.
You won't find low roller limits on The Strip at newer casinos like Aria or Cosmopolitan, but you will find $5 and $10 blackjack at a variety of other casinos up and down The Strip. Availability on these games depend on the day and time you visit, but $5 or $10 blackjack can be had at Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Bally's, Harrah's, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Riviera and the Stratosphere.
Internet / WiFi / Free WiFi / MGM Resorts / MGM Grand / Mandalay Bay / Luxor / Excalibur / New York-New York / Monte Carlo / Bellagio / The Mirage / → All Tags
The mega-hotel chain is working to make complimentary WiFi available in all the common areas of each of its hotels, "including pools, casinos, lobbies, and restaurants." It's also upgrading the WiFi systems at all its resorts. If they have them. If not, it will finally bring WiFi to its properties which have only offered guests wired Internet service until now. Yes, wired.
Shows / Entertainment / Kevin Lepine / Hypnotists / Hooters / Sin City Comedy / Planet Hollywood / New York-New York / Broadway Theater / Shades of Temptations / Crazy Horse Paris / → All Tags
Vegas entertainment can get pretty wild and wacky (or just plain unbelievable). It can also change between one curtain fall and the next. Recently, we told you about four new ways to entertain yourself in Vegas. And, now, there are three more to add to the list. Or, not.