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Bazaar MEAT at SLS Switches Up Selections and Launches Tasting Menu

July 2, 2015 at 5:49 PM | by | Comments (4)

Attention foodies: the minds behind Bazaar MEAT are planning a complete menu overhaul this month. True to their form of wild experimentation (and similar to the model of the original Bazaar restaurant in Los Angeles), much of the menu--besides a few favorites of course--will change and be revealed as a whole new show.

This change comes on the heels of the Think Food Group development team's recent visit to their Vegas properties (Jaleo, China Poblano, and Bazaar MEAT), with their greatest minds in molecular gastronomy cuisine planting and training on the various cutting-edge techniques.

Exactly what will be coming and what will be going is still a mystery for all except the development team, but hopefully some of the favorites from the Beverly Hills original will make it over, like the "Philly Cheesesteak" with thin sliced wagyu and an "air baguette".

For summer, they are also introducing a 10-dish degustation tasting menu. For $65, diners will get a run of all the "classic" Bazaar MEAT dishes; their giant chicharron with greek yogurt espuma, Ferran Adria olives, Robuchon Potatoes, "Bagels and Lox" cone, and others. For $25 more, there is a four-wine pairing with a wide range of Spanish styles (1+1=3 Brut Cava, C.V.N.E. “Monopole” Viura, Emilio Moro Tempranillo, and Emilia Lustau “East India Solera” Sherry).

Elsewhere at SLS, we just learned that Bonkerz Comedy Club is playing this weekend at Sayers Club. Get your tickets here. See, it's not all doom and gloom at SLS. Right?

[Photo: SLS Las Vegas]

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Two Big Closures: MO5AIC at Bally's and LiFE at SLS

June 30, 2015 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (9)

Grand opening....Grand closing.

We're used to places suddenly closing on The Strip but these two closures have us slightly taken aback. Let's start with the first and the most sudden of the two--Mo5aic at Bally's.

Just last week, the boys of this acapella show were hyping their return to Las Vegas with a grand media opening at the Windows Showroom at Bally's. But sadly, the residency lasted just short of a month as the The LVRJ reports that the show was halted due to "a dispute over delinquent rent." Seems like Mo5aic' s producer just pulled the plug at the last-minute. (Which probably won't help the guys get hired in this town again.)

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Seriously Losing Steam: SLS Posts $35 Million Loss in First Quarter

June 24, 2015 at 4:24 PM | by | Comments (26)

This probably isn't surprising news to avid Vegas watchers, but it is still an astounding amount of money that the SLS Las Vegas has lost in the first quarter of the financial year.

Howard Stutz at the LVRJ reports that according to a recent securities filing, SLS lost $35.3 million in the first quarter of this year, The resort’s private equity owners, Stockbridge Capital Owners also ponied up $5.3 million in April for the property’s general operations purposes. They've also committed to contributing $40 million through the end of the year so that SLS can make its payments "as they become due."

Here are some interesting numbers on SLS uncovered by the LVRJ:

Of SLS Las Vegas’ first-quarter net revenue (from January through March which totaled about $37.3 million), $9.1 million came from the casino. Hotel revenue accounted for $13.6 million and food and beverage operations brought in more than $15.7 million.

Food and beverage did close to double the amount that gambling brought in. Again, it's not that suprising to avid Vegas watchers who've seen the casinos get edged out by nightlife but it's still fascinating to hear. Maybe these means more new places to drink will pop up on the SLS casino floor.

For comparison's sake, The Cosmopolitan had a net revenue of $189 million in the first quarter, an increase from last year while their net loss was $5.8 million, down from $12 million for the same period last year.)

[Photo of SLS Foxtail Pool: Greg C. for VegasChatter]

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Deuce Bar No Longer Has Any Deuces to Give and Other Nightlife Updates

June 22, 2015 at 6:04 PM | by | Comments (4)

We had heard whispers that the casino-side Deuce Lounge at Aria would be closing and now we've got an official eyewitness account.

VegasChatter reader @PaperPoster reports that the Deuce no longer has deuces to give, er, that it is closed and boarded up. No word yet on what will go in the space but we'll keep you posted.

Interestingly, that's not the only closure for Aria--Gold Lounge, which also opened on Aria's big opening day as a lounge just off the Viva Elvis theater (now Zarkana) has also closed, according to several eyewitnesses. Indeed, Aria has removed both Deuce and Gold Lounge from their website and visiting the Gold Lounge website just redirects to the Light Group (who took over Aria's nightlife in 2009) and there's no mention of Gold or Deuce there. To be continued...(Update: Eater reports that Gold Lounge will get a complete makeover.)

Meanwhile down at the far, far, far end of the Strip, SLS Las Vegas has added a new lounge area near the Center Bar, overlooking the roulette machines. Once again, @PaperPoster was on the scene and snapped this pic.

Well, we can't argue with more places to sit and look pretty.

Heard of any other closings or openings in Las Vegas? Let us know!

[Photos: VegasChatter and @PaperPoster]

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Another Round of Resort Fee Increases May Hit The Strip

June 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM | by | Comments (39)

Looks like our 2015 Guide to Las Vegas Resort Fees will need to be updated...again.

Two of the lower-end resorts within the MGM Resorts portfolio must think of themselves as rather high-end, at least when it comes to charging resort fees. Yup, you might want to sit down for this one.

Sources say Circus Circus is upping their resort fee from $15 to $20 a night, plus tax ($22.40.) Currently, the Circus Circus site is advertising $26 room rates with $150 coupon savings book to be used for dining, retail outlets, The Adventuredome and "more!"

The Excalibur is also planning on increasing its resort fee from $20 to $25 plus tax. Room rates at the hotel start at $159 a night next weekend. And we thought paying $25 at the Wynn sucked. Paying $25 for a resort known for its dated castle turrets and male dancers will suck even more.

But what's especially egregious--if these increases do go into effect--is that MGM Resorts just made increases to these two properties in December!!! Seriously, how is this rampant and random raising of resort fees still legal?

There is some good news here and that is that the resort fee hikes are not in effect right now. So you will continue pay $15 and $20 respectively at Circus and Excalibur. Reservations through at least October are also using the existing $15/$20 resort fees for the hotel. But you know how it goes with resort fees in Vegas--they can hike 'em up anytime.

And that's not all!

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Here's What You Need to Know about The New Code at SLS Las Vegas

June 1, 2015 at 3:31 PM | by | Comments (10)

When SLS Las Vegas opened last year, its players club, The Code, got off to a choppy start (which was par for the course for most things at SLS.) But unlike other operations at SLS, The Code has kept plugging along.

And now today, it's rolled out a new version of itself.

The first new thing you’ll notice is that there are different tiers for different levels of players. If you remember, the original version of The Code was a tier-less players club. Here are the new tiers:

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Check-Out Folio: Penn and Teller For Free, SLS Wants 18 Plus, And More

April 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM | by | Comments (11)

There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of April 6:

WuHu at Silverton: The off-Strip hotel-casino will add a new restaurant, WuHu Noodle, this June.

Presented without comment: SLS is hosting an 18+ pool party Thursday, April 16 at Foxtail. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for what's being called "the sexiest new pool club in Sin City."

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Craft Beer, Music And Rockin' Fashions At SLS

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
March 19, 2015 at 7:50 PM | by | Comments (4)

There are few things that sound as great as the combination of beer and music, at least to this guy. The Vegas Beer and Music Festival combines both and adds a rock n' roll fashion show April 3 at SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara).

The event will bring together more than 50 craft breweries from Las Vegas and southern California, including Banger Brewing, New Belgium and Stone Brewing. The music portion of the festival will include performances by Falling Doves and Dan Fester. The fashion show is hosted by Romantic Rock. You can see a sample of the show here. (Click if like rock chicks in bikinis.)

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Griddle Cafe Closing At SLS, Northside Cafe Taking Spot

January 29, 2015 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (17)

Another restaurant closure for SLS Las Vegas. But, unlike its buffet (which continues to sit dormant despite talk that it could reopen again this month), a new eatery will take over immediately.

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VegasChatter 2014 Awards: Epilogue

December 31, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (6)

Thanks for joining us on the last day of the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards.

While all of our awards are based on our personal experiences, we would be nothing without all the Vegas visitors, lovers and locals who send us tips, share personal stories, dish on gossip, ask us questions, and most of all, who comment -- whether they agree with us or not. You always keep us entertained and on our toes and we hope it's a two-way street. Keep it up in 2015!

No matter where you stay, what you do or who you see, we wanna know how you spent your time in Vegas. Here's how to fill us in:

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Most Memorable Moment Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM | by | Comments (2)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

This year’s most memorable moment was something we’d all been waiting on. Well, at least those of us aware of that legendary slot machine that was supposedly overdue to hit its jackpot at MGM Grand. This summer, it hit for an exciting $2.4 million dollars, thrilling one lucky couple and dashing the dreams of many others.

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The Best Restaurants Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (3)

It's time for the fifth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin bringing you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2014 -- the good, the bad and the mind-boggling.

2014 was a year filled with great restaurant openings. A whole new crop have shown their colors and, based on what we've tasted, we couldn't just limit it to just two nods. The Vegas Strip has seen the debut of new celebrity chefs while, off Las Vegas Boulevard, some serious chefs have cast out into the wild blue yonder to make a name for themselves. There are many that have made their mark, but here are the ones that did so most indelibly:

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