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Everyone likes to know more than the person next to them. There are advertised specials all over Vegas for the best this and the best that. There's nothing very special about reading an ad that's available to anyone with two eyes. What you won't see shared very often are the unannounced specials at many casino restaurants.
The other day we were fixin' to get a simple salad at the Grand Cafe at Red Rock Resort; but, before we ordered a $12 salad, we decided to check with the waitress to see if there were any specials. Lo' and behold, our plans for a relatively healthy lunch went down the drain when we found out that the special was a burger and fries for $6. Not bad. They also had a $10 steak special, but that didn't feel right for 1 p.m. These specials change pretty often and in this case saved us 50% on lunch. Nice!
The headline in Vegas Inc. is strong, "Station Casinos eliminates many of its highest-paying video poker machines." But, it's really just a spin-off of a press release by WMS Gaming on their new video poker games called My Poker Machines. The machines are pretty cool. They allow you to design the look and feel for each game to your specifications. But we digress, back to the headline.
Station Casinos has removed some of the best paying video poker machines for these new bright and shiny games. But, they haven't removed them all. Some of the 100%+ returning games, however, are gone.
The first visible renovation that caught our attention, though, was when the casino center bar, Lucky Bar, was closed and boarded up. Those renovations are now complete and Lucky Bar is open. Literally.
The new design essentially blew the walls off the bar opening it to the casino with 360 degree views so you can actually grab a seat and watch the action at the craps table. The airiness of Lucky Bar can actually be felt at the gaming tables as everything feels more roomy now.
The one remaining item from the bar's original design is the 1.6 million piece, hand-crafted Swarovski crystals display dripping from the ceiling and pouring into the center of the bar like a cascading waterfall. The modern design plays well with the overall design of the casino.
We love hanging out at the sportsbook and watching whatever games are on the screens. Recently, we were sitting and drinking a beverage and watching the games at Red Rock Resort and noticed something pretty awesome. When looking something up on our phone we were prompted to sign into Red Rock WiFi. Being the curious type, we checked it out. Bang. Zoom. Our phone was flying!
We later confirmed that Red Rock had free property-wide WiFi. It used to only be available in the hotel lobby, but what fun is hanging out at a hotel lobby? This writer loves some free WiFi and can now add the Red Rock sportsbook bar to one of his favorite places to work. Red Rock now rivals the Venetian sportsbook as our favorite place to work remotely. Sign us up for a work day that consists of $4 Longboard draft beer, WiFi, multiple TVs with sports and the ability to take a break and do a little gambling.
Sometimes a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe it's a restaurant we've written about before. Or a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or stay away. We present you with Just One Dish.
In this case, Just One Dish just isn't enough, but we'll try to stay within the constraints we've set upon ourselves. Having tried just about every item on the menu from today's featured restaurant, we struggled to choose just one. If this one isn't to your liking, another is right around the corner (of the menu).
Buldogi's Gourmet Hot Dogs isn't on The Strip. Or, even just off the Strip. It's located in Summerlin a few blocks from Red Rock Casino. Hot dogs in Summerlin? Hang with us. We wouldn't necessarily walk across The Strip for a dog so is this one worth the 20-30 minute drive? That's ultimately your choice (yes) but it's definitely worth a stop for anyone in the area.
Vegas on TV. The thought kind of consumes us. Whether it's a story that takes place today or yesterday, is food based or Jersey based. Admittedly, some shows consume us less than others (cough, GTL, cough). Throw Travel Channel into the Vegas & TV mix and that's a trio we can't pass up.
Travel Channel recently debuted a show called Top Spot that plunks couples into a travel destination with a set budget to spend on one of three vacation packages. Last night, the show touched down in, you guessed it, Las Vegas.
Not all the club excitement is on The Strip. If your Vegas travels take you to the suburb of Summerlin, our Club Kid, Cat, suggests popping into Cherry at Red Rock Resort.
Does anyone remember Cherry at Red Rock?
I had fun there once or twice way back when so with the club's re-opening for the summer (a six-month only stint), I thought it was time to give it another go. Cherry is pretty much what I remember before it closed in 2010. Local ladies are free and $10 for men, which is pretty cheap compared with bigger clubs on The Strip.
Upon my visit, there was a short line at the entrance, but it moved pretty quickly. Entering the club, nightclub goers walk through a "cherry stem" into the heart of the, you guessed it, cherry. A few go-go dancers are strategically placed around the dance floor. The DJ was entertaining. And, while the dance floor was bumpin’ with women, a few men were just standing around with googly eyes and drool.
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If you want to be in Vegas for the Fourth just make sure you arrive on the 6th or the 7th. Say what, you say?
Well, with the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, Caesars Palace is choosing to celebrate the nation's independence on Saturday, July 7 instead. Gather around Caesars between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in order to get a good viewing spot for the 9:15 p.m. launch. Caesars says the best views will be from in front of the property by the fountains. Although, by the Las Vegas Sun photo shown at top, being on a pedestrian bridge isn't too bad of a vantage point, either.
If you're a traditionalist, though (and don't mind venturing off The Strip), Station Casinos -- the owner of locals' resorts in suburbs throughout Las Vegas -- will set off fireworks at five of their properties on the Fourth. Head to Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station, or Red Rock Resort for a 9 p.m. Fourth of July display that's actually on July 4.
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VegasChatter recently awarded its Most Memorable Moment to the furnishings sale at the Sahara. Well, if your camel lamp is siting lonely and feeling out of place, and you'd like to turn your bedroom into a casino hotel suite, we have some tips to make any home into a four-star vacation spot. Everything in your hotel room might be for sale. Just ask the front desk. But, in most cases, they've already thought ahead and are happy to let you take home a little, or large, piece of the hotel experience. Just don’t start charging friends and family resort fees.
We've seen a lot of things happen in front of Vegas security guards with not so much of a bat of an eye. A wolf pack carting several cases of booze through MGM Grand as they made a beeline to the guest elevators. Quite a few people walking through Bellagio's casino in spa robes and bare feet no less. Two retail employees who make sure to enthusiastically check each other's mouths for lifted merchandise at Crystals on a regular basis. (Stand by the Cosmo bridge entrance. It'll happen.)
In a town where anything goes, security usually save the heavy lifting for the drunks, working gals and disturbers of the peace. Usually. But, VegasChatter member binciong recently found himself the focus of a diligent Red Rock security guard who, as binciong tells it, lost his cool over a cooler:
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If you're not working on saving up for an epic hangover, Caesars Palace wants to kick off your Fourth of July holiday weekend with a bang. The resort will launch a bang-up fireworks display from its rooftop at 9:15 p.m. on July 3. We're not really sure why July 3 and not July 4, but as long as we can ooh and ahh while we sip oversized novelty drinks, it's all good.
If you're more of a traditionalist, you can catch Fourth of July fireworks on the Fourth of July at five Station Casinos hotels around town. Just be at Aliante Station, Green Valley Ranch, Fiesta Rancho, Texas Station or Red Rock at 9 p.m. that night to take in the show.
Here are some other ways to have a blast in Vegas this Fourth:
●McFadden's at Rio
Red, White and Booze party on July 2
Happy 2 Hours from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. will get you all-you-can-drink for $15
Also expect $2 red, white and blue Jell-O shots & a chugging contest 'cause there's nothing more patriotic than slamming a brewsky
When you're staying and playing on The Strip, going to Red Rock Resort really isn't a stop anyone actually considers. It's not that it isn't a great destination, it's just so darn far. Just like another great off-Strip resort we know (that's now under new ownership, btw).
Red Rock knows the 30-ish minute drive means it's a locals' joint first and foremost, but a new amphitheater may change the game a bit. While not as amazing as Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, the new event space is outdoors, too.
That's where the similarities end, though, as the concert venue is being erected in a vacant lot and not in the midst of jaw-dropping natural beauty. (Although, that's not far away.) It also will offer metal bleachers (see below) as opposed to stone risers for seating. Both may be something a few beers and a great sound system will forgive, tho.