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First Impressions Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
August 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (10)

[Ed. Note: Our sneak peek was actually part of the SLS Las Vegas invite-only "Play Days" which serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the SLS service team. Stay tuned for further impressions of the resort when it officially opens to the media and the public on Friday.]

Given the fun billboard ads showing the transition between the “old Vegas” vibe of Sahara and the changing of the guard to the hip and trendy SLS Las Vegas, you might expect the entire resort to be a little more retro or at least a hybrid of the eras. After a sneak peek of SLS Las Vegas last night, there weren't as many old school elements hearkening back to the old Sahara as we may have all anticipated but this writer, at least, certainly wasn’t let down by what I saw.

The renovated property has all the upscale hipster-ish feel of the Cosmo in a more easy to navigate package. And, that new casino smell is downright delicious. If body glitter had a scent and you mixed it with the aroma of a fruity tropical drink, that’s how I would describe the first whiff. It was sweet smelling and new, with a dash of seductive optimism.

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Vegas Nightclub Fashion Looks Like This

July 14, 2014 at 6:35 PM | by | Comments (8)

Last week, we showed off Sin City's finest day wear. Today, we're showcasing some of the town's finest, um, evening wear. Remember, this is Vegas so short and tight is not only expected, but required. Yet, these ladies of the night (not those kinds of ladies) are putting their own spin on club wear. Karl Lagerfeld, it's your turn to look away now.

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At Bally's, Liaison Brings Gay Nightlife To Mainstream Vegas

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (3)

The times, they are a-changing. Once hidden on side streets as private, members-only bars (that typically went unnoticed by the general public), the LGBTQ establishments of today are advertised on billboards and frequently share the same space with mainstream clubs (on alternate evenings, of course). This summer, Caesars Entertainment took a bold step forward by opening Liaison, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino (Bally's). And, from what this writer has seen, it looks like founder Victor Drai could have another hit on his hands.

I’ll be the first to admit that the notion of a gay bar (let's use that term for brevity’s sake) inside a casino seemed like a daring proposition, but my first visit to Liaison this past July 4th was a flawless experience. Well-placed signs led guests from the Bally’s/Paris parking garage to Bally’s casino proper and the nightclub entrance was just past Indigo Lounge. This location may be familiar to some as the temporary home of Drai's After Hours (which has returned back to The Cromwell).

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At Bally's, Liaison Nightclub To Debut June 20

Where: 89109
June 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (12)

Gay night and day life has been reaching new levels in Las Vegas, from the debut of Saturgays at Tropicana to the launch of Altitude Fridays at the Strat. Now, in just a few weeks, the Strip's first dedicated gay club in a casino (sorry, Krave, they found a way around you on that one) will open at Bally's.

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At Caesars Palace, PURE Closing, Poker Room Reportedly Readying For Move

Where: 89109
May 14, 2014 at 6:13 PM | by | Comments (4)

When we're asked to recommend nightclubs in Vegas, PURE is never first to mind. (Or, second. Or, third. Or... you get the point.)

So, it's probably no surprise that PURE is in its final days nights at Caesars Palace. The Las Vegas Sun reports that PURE will close at the end of the month for a full remodel while the Review-Journal cites a more specific May 26 closing date.

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So, Like, 'Sup?: What to Expect from The SLS Las Vegas

May 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM | by | Comments (15)

Last week, we got to the tour the most ambitious SLS Hotel project yet -- the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, where the old Sahara casino used to be.

For "old" Vegas fans, there's not much of the original Sahara left, aside from the bones of the room towers and casino building. But if you want a thrilling new way to do up Vegas, the SLS will satisfy small and large spenders alike. Sorry, we got carried away with SLS-speak. What we meant to say is, there will be something for everyone here. You may not need to leave the SLS, at all.

As we mentioned on Friday, there will be three different room towers, each with a different category of rooms inside.

The World Tower will feature SLS "lite" sort of rooms. These rooms are no bigger than 400 square feet (with the exception of a suite) and they are more functional rather than over-the-top luxurious. Rob Oseland, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas, told us these rooms were designed by Philippe Starck to be "cost effective chic."

There's an exclusive SLS bed (called Sleep Lying Still from Beauty Rest by Simmons Hospitality), 300-thread-count bedding, down pillows and a comfy little couch at the foot of the bed. There's also the SLS-branded Saints & Sinners minibar goodies as well as a desk and rolling chair and a flat-screen TV.

And, instead of putting in a lot of luxury layers where room technology is concerned, Oseland said SLS will simply boost the cell reception and install a fast WiFi network which, at the end of the day, is really what guests want. The World Tower rooms start at $149 a night . Yet if you want some luxurious settings, you should upgrade up to the Lux Tower.

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What To Expect From Drai's At The Cromwell

Where: 3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 28, 2014 at 8:19 PM | by | Comments (2)

We've told you about the 6Cs of The Cromwell. Now, we're moving onto the letter "D" as in Drai's from Vegas nightlife legend, Victor Drai.

Drai's After Hours club at Bill's Gambling Hall was both infamous and legendary. Let's put it this way. If you ended up at Drai's during your trip to Vegas, you had a very good time. (Wink, wink.) That, and you didn't get any sleep.

While Drai's After Hours club is set to eventually reopen in the basement of The Cromwell (it's currently housed at Bally's), Drai and his team are focusing first on their rooftop venues, Drai's Nightclub and Beach Club. Both of which will open over Memorial Day weekend.

We spoke with Managing Partner, Ryan Craig, who's been working the Vegas nightlife scene for over ten years, starting as a busboy at the now closed Tabu inside MGM Grand before working his way up to host and then eventually to director of VIP services at Wynn's nightclubs.

Craig is a good-looking, thirty-something dude with dark hair that ends just above his shoulders and which he tucks behind his ears. He speaks with a calm, steady and assured voice. And, perhaps, most advantageous to his career, he has an easygoing smile. A smile that says, “sure, order another bottle. No problem.” His unassuming manner flips the stereotype of a fast-talking, gelled-up, pinky ring-wearing club promoter on its head and now he's looking to flip the DJ-dominated Vegas club scene on its head with Drai's Nightclub.

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SLS Las Vegas Wants You To Have A LiFE

Where: 89109
March 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

It’s not about creating another Vegas nightclub; it’s about fostering a movement that rebels against the one-dimensional norm that has come to define nightlife. For far too long, the party has been about just the entertainment and LiFE defies that convention, knowing the real essence of the party is its people.

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Vegas Things We Lost In 2013

December 27, 2013 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (10)

This would be in focus if we weren't all crying a river of tears.

While Vegas is doing its best to wreck year-end awards by cramming December with a whole lotta new, we wanted to take a moment to pour some out for the Vegas that is no more. From the end of long-running attractions to the closing of restaurants, shops and more, here are some of the most notable endings of 2013 as well as a few things that came to an end even before they began.

Hotels & Casinos
Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon (Center Strip)

Gansevoort Las Vegas (Center Strip)
Casino MonteLago (Lake Las Vegas)
Terrible's (Off Strip) *Now Silver Sevens

Peepshow (Planet Hollywood)
Superstars of Magic (Plaza)
Phat Pack (Plaza) *Now at Bally's
The D* Word (LVH)
iCandy the Show (Saxe Theater)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in Soul2Soul (Venetian)
Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show (LVH)
Marshall Sylver (Planet Hollywood)
Stars in Concert (Boulevard Theater)
Louie Anderson's Big Baby Boomer (Palace Station) *New show at Plaza
Stripped the Play (Saxe Theater)
American Storm (DB's Pong and Pool in Miracle Mile)
Broadway Theater (New York-New York)
Big Al's Comedy Club (Gold Coast)
Anthony Cools' Strip Comedy (Palms)
Lorena Peril in FANTASY (Luxor)

Sirens (TI)

Show In The Sky (Rio)
○Gallery of Fine Art's "Claude Monet: Impressions of Light" exhibit (Bellagio)
○"Da Vinci - The Genius" exhibit (Venetian)
9/11 Memorial (New York-New York)
Mob Attraction (Tropicana)
Flightlinez (Fremont Street)
The Chuck Jones Experience (Circus Circus)
Las Vegas Zoo (off Strip)
Goretorium (Harmon Corner)

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Rose.Rabbit.Lie To Get The Spiegelworld Treatment With 'Vegas Nocturne'

November 1, 2013 at 6:29 PM | by | Comment (1)

New details have emerged about The Cosmopolitan's mysterious new nightclub, er.. "social experiment" Rose.Rabbit.Lie and if you're a fan of Absinthe at Caesars Palace, we think you're gonna like it.

Spiegelworld, the folks who produce Absinthe, have signed up to run the anchor entertainment for Rose.Rabbit.Lie which will be called Vegas Nocturne. Here's how Spieglworld's Ross Mollison describes it:

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That Club You Never Went To At Palazzo Has Closed

Where: 89109
October 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM | by | Comments (3)

The club that fought in court to stay open has closed, anyway.

The Act, a naughty off-shoot of the equally naught burlesque-slash-vaudeville venue, The Box in NYC, shuttered without warning over the weekend:

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Vegas Is Bodybuilding's New Capital

Where: 4500 W Tropicana Ave. [map], 89103
October 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (8)

Arnold. Lou. Jean Claude. Dolph. Sly. They didn’t even need last names. Back in the 80s, the biggest stars in the world were bodybuilders. Muscular action stars ruled the box office. Body-sculpting programs and contests were staples on ESPN. Even Diana Ross sang that she wanted muscles. Flash forward to 2013 and bodybuilding seems to have faded from public awareness. But, in truth, the sport and the culture surrounding it are alive and well. And, quietly living in Las Vegas.

This past weekend, 40,000 enthusiasts came to Las Vegas to participate in the Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and Mr. Olympia Competition. A record 10,000 attended the sold-out main event at the Orleans Arena on Saturday the 28th, and it was simulcast across the world via the Internet. But, who are these fitness devotees, and how has Las Vegas seemingly replaced Venice, California as the heart of bodybuilding? We put on our tank top, oiled ourselves up, and went to look for an answer.

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