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At Downtown Grand, Life Won't Always Be A PICNIC For All

Where: 206 N 3rd St. [map], 89101
April 23, 2014 at 8:29 PM | by | Comments (2)

Before it made its debut last year, Downtown Grand executives had envisioned a vibrant pool scene that everyone could pull up a lounger and enjoy. Now as its rooftop pool experience, PICNIC, kicks into gear, there's an asterisk attached.

PICNIC quietly opened about a month ago and has been hosting DJs, bands and special events in the weeks that followed. When we popped in, we found the experience had been restricted to hotel guests, but that's now been widened to Nevada residents... who pay. If that's you, expect a $15 entry fee mid-week, $25 on the weekend.

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Tropicana, Luxor Add New Experiences For The LGBTQ Community

April 7, 2014 at 6:05 PM | by | Comments (8)

The Las Vegas Strip has several new entertainment options, some of them within the gay community and more on the way. As the High Roller began spinning so did the DJs at Tropicana Beach Club and Savile Row. If you’re scratching your head and asking “where?”, you aren’t alone. Despite the failure of both Krave Massive and Drink and Drag to resurrect downtown's struggling Neonopolis, two Strip coldspots are heating things up with gay-themed events.

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Downtown Grand Quietly Opens PICNIC (And, That's Probably For The Best)

Where: 89101
March 31, 2014 at 6:08 PM | by | Comments (6)

We were so eager to experience it that we labeled it one of 2014's top game changers. A new downtown pool experience perched on the rooftop of a new downtown hotel-casino. Surely, it would give the Golden Nugget a run for its money.

Before Downtown Grand made its public debut in October 2013, we had already fallen in love with the concept of its rooftop pool experience, PICNIC. There would be real grass! Anyone could drop in! There would be concerts and movie screenings! But, when we slipped up to the roof for a peek on opening day, we were disappointed to find turf of the plastic variety instead. We should have tempered our expectations then.

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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 Party Pools Almost Ready To Make A Splash

February 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

Not sure if putting hands up.. or assuming the position...

With sunny skies and a string of highs in the 70s ahead (except Thursday... drat you, Thursday, and your 63 degree high!..), Vegas is ready to get its pool party back on.

At least four will dive back into the swim of things (hee) in less than a month with more suiting up soon after. Here's how opening season is shaping up in Vegas:

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Which Coming Vegas Pool Would You Rather?

February 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM | by | Comments (4)

Before year's end, we should have three new hotels -- The Cromwell, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas -- to explore. And, we should be able to test the waters at two new pools with their debuts, fingers crossed.

Delano, which is taking over and transforming THEhotel, will share the already established pool offerings of big sis, Mandalay Bay, but SLS and Cromwell will both bring entirely new pool scenes to the city. We don't know what is in store at either just yet aside from beautiful babies and luxe cabanas, obvi, but -- based solely on their renderings and locales, which pool would you rather?

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Fear No Frost: Pool Season Is Not So Far Away

January 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM | by | Comments (0)

Would you believe us if we told you that pool season is just around the corner?

It may not feel like it in the midst of this polar vortex, but if all goes according to plan and the weather cooperates, we could see hotels begin to reopen their party pools as early as St. Patrick’s Day. That would mean that we're only two months away from showing some (more) skin.

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The One Thing We Regret After Staying At Palms Place

Where: 4321 W Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
December 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM | by | Comments (5)

Have you ever tried a hotel for the first time, then kicked yourself for staying there? Happens all the time. But, how about scolding yourself for not trying a place sooner? That’s how this writer felt after a recent stay at Palms Place Hotel and Spa. After avoiding it for so long, I finally caved and booked a Studio Suite for two nights. Now, I wish I hadn't waited.

This VegasChatter contributor usually avoids the “party” resorts like Hard Rock Hotel or Cosmopolitan. (Those days are disappearing in the rearview mirror.) But now, with many recent changes (along with the fickle tastes of the hip crowd), Palms isn’t as popular as it once was. Recent visits for dining and a preview of Zowie Bowie’s short-lived show (at the quickly shuttered Heraea sports bar/restaurant), made me realize just how much Palms has fallen out of favor, or out of touch. With that in mind, I decided to give in and try a few nights, but played it safe by booking the non-gaming Palms Place tower. And, once I checked in, I didn’t want to leave. Seriously.

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Someone Will Be Watching You Poolside At Downtown Grand

Where: 89101
November 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (3)

Downtown Grand will host its grand opening tomorrow (11.12.13 at 14:15 military time), but execs are holding off on officially opening, Picnic, their rooftop pool and lounge until the spring.

Yet, when it opens, you won't even have to go to the pool to observe the scene. That's because Downtown Grand will be offering a live pool cam through guestroom TVs.

We found this "channel" while we were looking for TLC's "Say Yes to The Dress" a serious news station. Alas, because the pool is not open, the pool deck camera wasn't turned on. But, when spring comes, we can't wait to see how guests will use this feature. You can spy on your friends, scope out potential hook-ups or just assess how crowded the scene might be.

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Not Everything Is Open For Business At Downtown Grand

Where: 206 N. 3rd St. [map], 89101
October 28, 2013 at 7:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

Downtown Grand has marked its first 24 hours of business, but not everything is open to the public.

Formerly the Lady Luck, the reimagined, renovated and renamed Downtown Vegas hotel and casino welcomed its first guests Sunday night. Termed as a soft opening, the official debut is set for 11.12.13. (Hopefully at 11:12 .. and 13 seconds.. a.m. because why not go all the way?)

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Vegas Pool Season Drying Up, Party Brunches Ahead

October 4, 2013 at 9:22 PM | by | Comments (3)

What does Vegas do when the high drops down to 70? Yep, pull out the hoodies and drain the pools.

Locals were in sweats, jackets and full-on coats everywhere this writer looked this morning (while bravely going against the grain and wearing a short-sleeved shirt) while Vegas resorts ready to move the party from poolside to brunch-side. (Yeah, that's stretching it, but go with it.)

At Hard Rock, Rehab will shut pool season down with Sean Kingston on October 13 while Liquid at Aria parties one last time this Sunday, October 6. Encore Beach Club's last event is listed as October 12 while MGM's Wet Republic will shutter after one last blow-out on the 13th. Meantime, TAO Beach at Venetian and Marquee Dayclub at Cosmo will try to stay open through October 27.

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What We Don't Want To See Next Pool Season

September 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM | by | Comments (11)

Now that Labor Day has passed and the weather is heading towards cooler temps, Vegas pools are gearing down in preparation for the off-season. In general, this translates to closures for adult party pools, shorter hours for the other remaining pools, and a more subdued atmosphere compared to the club-like scene of the summer. While we're not ready to pack up our swimsuits just yet, there are a few things from this past season that we would happily pack away never to be see again.

1) Broken Loungers. While most people want to get to the pool early for a prime spot, we found we wanted to get there early for a prime lounger. We went to several pools-that-shall-not-be-named and found chairs that were so stained, caked in dirt, ripped and broken that it left us wondering how many drinks it would take to forget what we tried to hide under our pool towels.

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