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Jammin' On The One In Vegas

April 16, 2014 at 9:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Is your friend raving non-stop today about how amazing the Lorde concert was last night at The Cosmo? Don't fret. There are more than enough ways to rock out in Vegas not only this spring, but throughout the summer.

The Cosmopolitan's Valley to Vegas music series still has a few more acts for the people to enjoy and, beyond that, there are concert lineups by Mandalay Bay, Red Rock Resort, Fremont Street Experience and others to jam into your schedule. Here's a rundown of who's on tap, when and where:

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Red Rock Resort Spending $35 Million On Improvements

Where: 11011 W Charleston Blvd [map], 89135
April 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM | by | Comments (2)

Just when we were raving about Red Rock Resort's suite offerings (and their spectacular views) comes news that the off-Strip property is planning to transform many of its most luxe accommodations as well as its dining lineup and its spa, too.

The Station Casinos property has earmarked $35 million which will include the total renovation of 26 of its most high-end suites as well as The Spa at Red Rock.

The biggest and most visible change for the general public, however, will be the creation of Restaurant Row at Red Rock which will add several new dining experiences to replace the recent losses of Pink's, Hachi and LBS. It will also add an expansive outdoor dining promenade to the property's main facade.

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The Suite Life At Red Rock Resort

Where: 11011 W Charleston Blvd [map], 89135
April 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (7)

Red Rock Resort is just a 20 minute drive from the center Strip and yet that's far enough to make the mega-resorts that tower over Las Vegas Boulevard seem eons away. That 20 minute drive places guests on the western edges of the Las Vegas valley with the beauty of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area within view on one side and the sweeping landscape of a growing cityscape on the other. Known as a locals casino, quite a few out-of-state visitors claim Red Rock as their own, too.

At the off Strip property, deluxe (standard) accommodations are about 500 to 600 square feet in size and begin at $79 a night (plus $27.99 tax inclusive resort fee). While most guests won't see them, Red Rock also offers sprawling "Ultimate" Suites and Villas, ranging from 2,400 to 6,560 square feet. And, if your pockets (or credit lines) are deep enough, man, are they the way to live. Especially, this writer's fave after a recent tour of Red Rock's sweet suite offerings, the Villa Suites.

Featuring an expansive patio complete with bar, tons of lounge seating, and a 10-person whirlpool spa, Grand Villas also offer two bedrooms as well as an enormous open-plan living area with a huge sofa, dining for ten, and a pool table (naturally). But, there's only one reason you're booking one and it's because of this:

Yes, please.

There are only four Grand Villas at Red Rock and rack rates begin at $$$$. (C'mon, you know that's one of those "if you have to ask" things.)

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One Less Pink's In Vegas

Where: 11011 W Charleston Blvd [map], 89135
March 24, 2014 at 7:34 PM | by | Comments (2)

Red Rock Resort is down not two, but three dining spots.

Although we just heard about it this weekend, a rep for Red Rock tells us that Pink's closed the same day as its sister restaurant, LBS, at the off Strip property. That was almost two months ago now.

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Bonus Points Up For Grabs At Station Casinos, But Not For Long

October 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (2)

One thing we like about visiting locals casinos is that we often run into random promotions. Some will gift us with a sun visor for our car and some will offer up some American flag bling for our wrists. Recently, when walking through Red Rock Resort, we noticed a few different banks of slot machines offering 12 Boarding Pass point for every dollar played. This is four times the normal three points per dollar played. Okay, this is intriguing.

Maybe this tactic was being implemented to get people to play old slot machines. Regardless, they’re all upright penny slots and, by law, must meet the same minimum returns as other penny slots. There was a nice mix of slot machines available to play. Some were old machines that look as though they’re on the way out the door while others looked like they were fairly new machines. They just weren't the popular big name, themed slot machines.

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Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ Opens At Red Rock

Where: 11011 West Charleston [map], 89135
August 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Chain restaurants are the bane of a food snob's existence. They provide food that's good enough to eat, but not daring enough to engender much emotion. That's what we encountered last night when we checked out the newest outpost of Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ, a regional chain which just opened at Red Rock Resort. The food was good, but didn't evoke much feeling.

The makeover of the space from Cabo's to a down home southern house is fantastic and comes with the smoker (above) smack dab in the middle of the restaurant. Like Yardhouse next door, there are two entrances which makes meeting people a little confusing.

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Lucille's To 'Rock' New Off Strip Location Next Week

Where: 11011 W Charleston Blvd [map], 89135
August 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

A popular off-Strip BBQ chain is about to expand from one suburb to two.

Lucille's has been satisfying BBQ cravings in Henderson, Nevada for some time now, a stone's bone's throw away from Green Valley Ranch Resort. Next week, it will debut its second location in the Las Vegas valley when it opens at Red Rock Resort.

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Boulder Station Prepares To Mark 19 Years

August 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (8)

Let's call today Flashback and Flash Forward Friday as we look at Boulder Station. Another casino that's a little off our usual path between The Strip and Downtown Vegas.

Boulder Station became the second Station Casinos property when it opened August 23, 1994. (Leave us a comment if you know the first.) We're approaching its 19th birthday so we thought it would be a great time to look at this hotel and casino located off the Vegas Strip on what's referred to as the other Strip, Boulder Highway.

Boulder Highway is a Las Vegas entity unto its own and connects Downtown Vegas with Henderson. When we nerd out with gaming statistics from the UNLV Center For Gaming Research, we see that the Boulder Strip has its data broken out similar to Downtown Vegas and Las Vegas Boulevard. Besides Boulder Station, the Boulder Strip also includes Sam's Town and Green Valley Ranch which boasts a larger casino floor. And, yes, the Nevada Gaming Commission qualifies some non-Boulder Highway casinos as part of the Boulder Strip.

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In Search Of Awesome Promotional Gifts

July 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM | by | Comments (3)

Last week, we ventured into various casinos like we always do. However, we did so on a couple of special days. We happened into several off Strip casinos during promo days.

Promo items used to be thrown around like they cost casinos nothing. But, as the Vegas Strip became corporate, casinos became resorts and offers of sweet memorabilia lessened. Thankfully, we can still find awesome casino promo items at Downtown Vegas casinos and at off Strip locals casinos.

After stopping into the Silverton recently, we ran into a couple of friends who had just won the sweet American Flag watches you see above after earning enough points from playing a little video poker. It's possible that these were leftover from a July 4th promotion, but we didn't bother asking for more information.

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When It Comes To Casino Drink Service, Bigger Isn't Always Better

July 24, 2013 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (19)

Besides friends -- new and old -- and good times, there's one thing that goes with a gambling session in the casino and that's a decent drink. Or, five. Recent sessions have reminded us that size matters when it comes to drink service. Bigger isn't always better. In fact, bigger usually isn't better when it comes to having a few cold ones.

Playing blackjack at Mandalay Bay recently reminded us how big that casino actually is. It struck us for two reasons: 1) It took us a while to find an open table with rules and minimums that fit the bill (3:2, $15) and 2) it took forever to get a drink. The slow drink service wasn't entirely the cocktail waitress' fault. She was the only waitress for a busy pit of tables. These things happen. It was a good thing that we just finished dinner with bottomless wine (!) at Charlie Palmer Steak and didn't really need more drinks.

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Where To See Fireworks In Vegas On The Fourth

June 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Fourth of July four-day weekend is almost here! Eee! In related news, how can it almost be the Fourth of July already?!?

Electric Daisy Carnival will light up the night skies over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend, but in two weeks, Vegas will celebrate our nation's independence with multiple fireworks displays all around town.

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Shhh… This Is Special

May 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

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!

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