Tag: Off Strip

View All Tags

/ / / / / / /

Westgate Is Promising Renovated Rooms By Early 2015

August 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

When our monthly LVH Westgate e-newsletter pinged into our in-box today, the headline immediately caught our interest:

Exciting new changes are happening!

We already knew new owner David Siegel was promising big things in regards to the aging off-Strip property, but curious as to the focus of this particular excitement, we clicked through to find the answer:

more ›

/ / / / / /

Dream Away The Time In Downtown Vegas

Where: 361 Symphony Park Ave. [map], 89106
August 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

In Downtown Vegas, The Smith Center is a very classy place, known for bringing the stage to Sin City. Whether it be a hilarious, but blasphemous comedy, a Broadway show that brought kinky boots to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade or just something that can only be described as "Shrektacular," the venue's Art Deco halls offer something for everyone, but are rarely graced by high-profile fine arts. Despite our image as a city of wild abandon and debauchery, we do have stunning jazz, philharmonic orchestras, and the incredible Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) troupe.

more ›

/ / / / / / / /

Sick of Hold'em? Here's Where to Head for Some Poker Variety

August 25, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

Sure, Texas Hold’em is the game du jour of poker, the focal point of the vast majority of cash games and tournaments, but don’t you sometimes get tired of playing it?

Yeah, this writer too.

Fortunately, if you, like me, prefer to branch out into other forms of poker you do have some other options in Vegas; though, not as much as you may like.

more ›

/ / / / / /

A Bad Beat Is Brewing In Henderson, And We Love It

Where: 7380 Eastgate Rd., Suite #110 [map], 89011
August 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

On a constant mission to seek out the finest suds in the valley, this VegasChatter writer headed down to Henderson (or Hendertucky, as I usually refer to it.) I had heard about a new brewery from a beer snob friend of mine, and with a lazy Sunday to kill, I found my chance.

Bad Beat Brewing is situated in an industrial building off Auto Show Road. Just a block or so away from a winemaking school, the Las Vegas Distillery and two future breweries, Bad Beat ushers in the new so-called Booze District. Hoping to reign in some of the energy felt downtown over the last two years, the proprietors of these businesses hope that lighting can strike twice in the Las Vegas Valley. The challenge in front of them is that Fremont Street comes with a storied history and a rowdy, fun, and sometimes sexy energy and this place is off an access road across from a car dealership.

more ›

/ / / / / /

Omae Reopens For Lunch For A Limited Time

Where: 3650 Decatur Blvd. [map], 89103
August 15, 2014 at 1:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

After opening for a week then closing for nearly a month, Japanese Cuisine by Omae had still garnered quite a buzz. Recently, lunch service opened back up, and there are many reasons to hurry over. Chiefly, the September 3rd end to lunch service!

more ›

/ / / / / / / / /

Trek Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: Best Dressed At Rio's Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
August 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM | by | Comments (2)

Another Star Trek Convention at Rio has come and gone, and with it the hundreds of dedicated fans who "assimilated" (a Trek term) the off-strip property from July 31st through August 3rd. The annual sci-fi gathering is famous for celebrity meets-and-greets, entertaining presentations, parties, concerts, film screenings and vendor booths. This year’s event even had a first-time-ever Star Trek-themed wedding, presided over by a convincing "Lt. Commander Data." But, the one thing Star Trek conventions are most famous for? Those wild and elaborate costumes worn by attendees.

Yes, Star Trek fans are a dedicated lot. As so wonderfully spoofed in the Sigourney Weaver comedy, Galaxy Quest, Trekkers proudly wear their geek-dom on their sleeves... and Starfleet tunics, Borg implants, blue antennas and Klingon ridges. While this writer, a lifelong Trek fan, has yet to participate in the regalia (a logo tank or “Starfleet Security” T-shirt have gotten me by so far), some fans spend weeks, months and sometimes years perfecting their creations.

Star Trek conventions always have a Best Costume contest, and this year was no exception. Leading up to the competition were presentations by various experts in the fields of makeup and costuming. Exhibitors in the vendors area offered tips and supplies for next year's hopefuls. It's estimated that nearly 1,500 costumed enthusiasts filled the halls last weekend, hoping to catch the attention of celebrity and expert judges alike.

Star Trek: Voyager star Garret Wang (right) was impressed by "Lt. Ilia."

Several photo-op stations were set up in the promenades amongst the various halls (even a red carpet with the Official Convention Logo backdrop), and they kept flashbulbs popping. I spotted a few party-crashers from the Star Wars universe muscling in on the action, like Wookies, Storm Troopers and lightsaber-wielding Jedis. This may be due to the fact that director J.J. Abrams is now actively involved in both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises.

This year's competition took place last Saturday, with a $1,000 prize winner crowned that evening. Naturally, I sat in on the prejudging to note audience reactions, but it was much more fun to stroll through the Rio Convention Hall to pick my own favorites. How else would you get to share Klingon Warnog beer (which made its world debut at the convention) with a Romulan or plot to pillage a planet with the Cardassians (no, I didn’t mean “Kardashians,” although they're known for doing the same).

more ›

/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /

Vegas Is Better With Break-Even Jacks Or Better

August 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (6)

For most, 9/6 sounds likes the odds offered on a bet at a Vegas sportsbook, but for video poker players it’s the hard-to-find, nearly break-even game found only in limited spots around the Strip.

What’s 9/6? Those are Jacks or Better games that pay nine credits for a full house and six for a flush. Games that pay 8/5, or even 7/5, are much more common, and offer correspondingly worse odds – the house edge is less than half a percent on a 9/6 game with optimal play. (Some casinos, including Stratosphere, once offered a few machines that paid 10/7 and had a slight edge for the player, but finding one of those in 2014 is about as likely as finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold on Las Vegas Boulevard.)

more ›

/ / / / /

Spend A Hot Vegas Day At Hot Vegas Nites

Where: 4500 West Tropicana Avenue [map], 89103
July 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) may be the top car show in town (next wheeling into Vegas November 4-7) but if you aren't able to score entry into the industry only event, there's another way to get your motor runnin'.

Head to the Orleans Arena Saturday, September 6 for the Hot Vegas Nites Car Show. The show's organizers, Strictly Muscle Car Club, hope to draw "the biggest gathering of muscle cars Las Vegas has ever seen!" (Validity of exclamation point to be determined.)

The show, featuring all years of muscle cars, will take place in the arena's east parking lot. Things will rev up starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are just $5 (plus tax and fees) and can be purchased online.

(PHOTO: american-classicmusclecars.com)

/ / / / / / / / / / /

Go Here, Not Here: FIVE50 vs. Pizza Rock

July 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | Comments (20)

A common occurrence for Vegas lovers is seeing novice friends going to the same ill-advised spots while ignoring the amazing food scene the city has cultivated. It's as if they do not consult the experience of extremely handsome food critics! In this new series of articles, we bring you two restaurants, both alike in dignity. One will be good, the other, not quite as good as the first.

Pizza places seem to be the go-to for many who are asked the cliched questions regarding dining out on a budget in Vegas. Does that mean no more than $30 a person? Three for a dollar hot dogs? Who knows! Pizza is a fairly good way out of this conversation without being drawn into it like a fly on a monkey. It rarely goes above $20 a head (without drinks), no one really dislikes pizza, yet not all are created equal.

more ›

/ / / / /

Inaugural Box Fan Expo Coming To Vegas

Where: 3150 Paradise Road [map], 89109
July 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Taking a page out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's playbook for the purpose of breathing some much-needed life into a dying sport, the inaugural Box Fan Expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If that date looks familiar, it's because later that evening MGM Grand Garden Arena will play host to the WBA/WBC welterweight title rematch between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Marcos Maidana.

more ›

/ / / /

Sugar Highs For Everyone At Suncoast

Where: 9090 Alta Dr. [map], 89144
July 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pack your insulin! The Suncoast will be keeping it sweet next weekend with the third annual Las Vegas Cupcake Bake-Off Sunday, August 10. Perhaps this is the year we actually attend this delicious-sounding event rather than just drool over the idea of it.

The bake-off is just what the name indicates: a cupcake baking contest. Hosted by 102.7 The Coyote, the event will crown the “Best Cupcake Baker in the West.” Total kitchen bragging rights are nice, but the grand prize is also $1,500. Imagine how many fancy stand mixers you could buy with that! You can finally get one in every color like you secretly always wanted. Ok, maybe just your top two colors. Those suckers are expensive! Prizes will also be doled out to second through fifth place winners. If you think you have the right (baked) stuff, the deadline for entry is this Friday, August 1.

more ›

/ / / / / / / / /

Why You Should Attend Rio's 2014 Star Trek Convention

Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd. [map], 89103
July 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s warp speed once more as Star Trek fans from around the world beam into Las Vegas for the 13th Annual Official Star Trek Vegas Convention July 31-August 3. For the fourth consecutive year, it’ll be held at Rio.

You don’t have to be a Trekkie (or Trekker as some prefer to be called) to enjoy the four-day adventure. As an ardent fan attending for the third year, this writer can assure you that Star Trek conventions aren’t just for geeks and nerds. There are plenty of reasons to check it out, especially if you’ve never attended a fan convention before.

more ›