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In this day and age, very few folks have a traditional camera, anymore. The overexposure of camera-equipped smart phones has changed how this generation captures memories. Even when folks do have a "real" camera, chances are it's seldom used for more than special occasions. And, printing photos? That's becoming a rarity too outside of compiling photo books online, at least for this writer. Lately, I can't even be bothered to update my digital frame.
So, it was a bit weird to hear that one of the tenants of The Linq would be Polaroid. Recently, Polaroid has begun opening a spate of Fotobars (all in Florida until now) where customers can print, you guessed it, photos and purchase products ranging from frames to shadowboxes for their, wait for it, photos, too. Naturally, there are accessories for sale for your camera phone, too.
Shopping / Openings / Ink And Vector / Miracle Mile Shops / Planet Hollywood / LEGO Store / Fashion Show Mall / 12AM Run / The Linq / → All Tags
There's nothing like shopping in Vegas, amiright? While we're all still anxiously awaiting Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops, Tropicana's shops, TI's shops, and shopping at other coming soon shops, there are now three new retail venues to check out while on The Strip.
Marvel at a pop-up shop for Ink and Vector at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. We're actually a bit geeked out over this one. Fans of brands ranging from Marvel Comics and The Walking Dead to My Little Pony, Transformers, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars should head here immediately to check out merchandise they would otherwise need to purchase online.
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The High Roller. You want to ride it, but you're not sure what to expect other than killer 360-degree views from 550 feet above Las Vegas.
Well, for starters, tickets cost $24.95 a person during the day and $34.95 a person at night. (Yes, you pay more for the city lights.) There's also an involved boarding process to go through before actually stepping in the pod and riding
dirrty high in the sky.
This VegasChatter'er rode The High Roller last week during the day and was a bit surprised by all the hoopla guests had to go through before getting in a pod. Granted, it all went pretty fast since I went at 1 p.m. and there was hardly a line outside, but if it had been crowded at night with drunk people everywhere, I may not have liked it as much.
You asked and your fellow readers have answered.
Quite a few VegasChatter fans wanted to know which Vegas hotels offered the best views of The High Roller observation wheel so we put out the call for help. Not only did we receive detailed answers, but fans shared photographic proof, too.
Jackie H. offered the view from her FAB Deluxe accommodation (room #12125) at Flamingo:
Eating / Dining / VegasChatter Emails / The Linq / Drinking / Chayo / Flour And Barley / Haute Doggery / Sprinkles / Ghirardelli / → All Tags
The star attraction at The Linq is, without question, the newly opened High Roller. While the observation wheel is a must do at the outdoor mall located between Flamingo and The Quad, sadly, dining is proving to be less than stellar.
While The Linq's sweet spots, Ghirardelli and Sprinkles, are hitting the, umm, sweet spot, we continue to hear and see less than impressed reviews when it comes to Haute Doggery, Flour & Barley and Chayo. And, we've not experienced much better ourselves.
VegasChatter reader Michael S. contacted us recently to share his tale of regret after dining at Chayo. Here's his story, in his own words:
The High Roller is open and has forever changed the Vegas skyline. With this new addition comes a new crop of Las Vegas tourists eager to get a good view of the new attraction. While it can be seen from many parts of The Strip, readers are asking which hotel rooms have the best view of the world's tallest observation wheel.
So far, VegasChatter reader strong2us has reported that the rooms in the back of Harrah’s (touted to have “mountain views”) have a clear line of sight to the High Roller. Another VegasChatter reader, Al D., reported having a great view from the 25th floor of Harrah’s. Here are the daytime and nighttime shots he sent as proof:
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Every time we turn around, there's something new at The Linq.
The High Roller officially debuted on Monday and a trio of new venues joins its opening week. Kitson, Polaroid Fotobar (sans museum for now), and Vanity Style Lounge have all welcomed their first customers, too. Or, at least we hope they've sold something by now.
It wasn't long ago that finding a decent slice of pie on the Las Vegas Strip was considered one of the city's greatest food challenges. Fast forward to today's pizza landscape and, between the Strip and downtown, pie shops are getting as ubiquitous as burger joints. Flour and Barley at the Linq is the latest entry to throw their sauce into the ring. That is until this Friday, when Monte Carlo fires up their ovens to 800 Degrees.
Flour and Barley offers indoor dining under the Brooklyn Bowl, outdoor dining in the shadow of the High Roller and a takeout window to create your own view on the run. The takeout experience, by design, is a different one from dining in. Not just due to the obvious, but also due to the separate food and drink menus. Slices to go outside, full pies inside. Frozen cocktails to go outside, crafted cocktails inside. We'll step back up to the takeout window later, but first let's take a look at the restaurant itself.
While not all immediately apparent, there is a lot of interesting detail that's been injected into the dining atmosphere. The brick oven and exposed brick walls are likely the first aspects that will stand out. Then, maybe the four flat screen TVs; two in the restaurant, two over the bar. Eventually, diners' eyes will wander to a back wall covered in blue-bricked advertising. Turns out this is a nod to an old-school Las Vegas business once run by one of the owner's families. Look for the Fremont Street address and the company's original phone number. On a nearby wall is an American flag made from baseballs and bats.
Looking up, the theme all starts to come together. Are those metal bleachers? Indeed, they are. While providing an immediate industrial warehouse feel in a brand new space, the intent is to have diners feel as if they're under the bleachers of an old stadium. Think grabbing beers under the bleachers of Fenway Park.
Even the chairs dotting the bar have a purpose. Or, in fact, have been re-purposed. Each was made from a 55-gallon drum and bear logos such as John Deere and race car oils. Outside, red chairs get their inspiration from recycled Coke bottles. Back inside, bench seating is a brown leather courtesy of recycled baseball gloves.
The Flour focus of the menu is divided into:
· Appetizers ($8.50 for garlic cheese bread to $17 for an antipasti board)
· Salads ($12-$13.50)
· Entrees ($17 for the F&B Burger to $39 for Veal Milanesa)
· Pizzas, red or white sauce (
$18.50 to $25 $14.50 to $21)
The Barley side of the menu offers large-format bottles broken down by ciders, pale ales, strong ales, IPAs, lagers and the like. Draft beers include a Firestone Walker Pale ($12), Big Sky Moose Drool ($9), Ballas Point Sculpin ($14) and Guinness ($9.50). Cask beer is also rotated daily and sells for $10 a glass. There are Italian imports priced from $9 to $14.
A cocktail menu is available with about a dozen drinks like "Margheritas," Negroni Bianco and Bellinis, all for $12. The house cocktail The Godfather is made of St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon and Amaretto for $15. For groups willing to share (or the really thirsty), pitchers and bowls of sangria and punches are available for $40 to $46. Homemade Cellos can be found here, too: an ounce of citrus, watermelon or pomegranate for $8.
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The actual event is sold out, but there are lots of ways to get a
little bit whole lotta country in Las Vegas leading up to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards airing live from MGM Grand Sunday, April 6.
The ACM week kick-off party will take place Thursday, April 3 at The Linq and is free to the public. Hunter Hayes will headline the event which will also feature a country market, food trucks, a fun zone, and more. Rock out starting at 6 p.m. that evening. Hunter won't perform until 9:45 p.m., but Sasha McVeigh (6:55 p.m.), Cole Swindell (7:35 p.m.) and David Nail (8:25 p.m.) will perform before then.
The newly opened High Roller observation wheel will also serve as a dramatic backdrop for the ACM Party for a Cause set for newly created festival grounds just east of The Linq promenade. The music event, starring Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban, will take place April 4-5 and tickets are still available. The only catch is that there are no single-day entries available anymore. Folks looking to jam must now purchase a two-day general admission or VIP pass priced at $73.50 or $275, respectively and including fees. Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, and Cadillac Three will perform Friday while Keith Urban, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Nichols, and Chris Young will perform Saturday. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday.
The free ride is over.
After giving complimentary spins to employees of Caesars Entertainment as well as to visitors to The Linq over the weekend, the tallest observation wheel in the world -- The High Roller -- makes its official public debut today at 1 p.m. PT.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here. (There will be multiple purchase points at The Linq, too. Tip: If lines are too long, we were told guests also can purchase them at the Linq's little known Concierge office.) As we've been reporting, pricing will be between $25 and $35, however, flex, express pass, and multi-day options will range from $44.95 to $59.95.
Lucky passersby found themselves on top of the
world Strip Saturday night.
While the first rides on The High Roller observation wheel are going, primarily, to employees of Caesars Entertainment this weekend, visitors to The Linq on Saturday were surprised with the opportunity to climb aboard as well. And, get this, for free!
Our friends at Vegas Rover on Facebook were in the right place at the right time and discovered themselves 550 feet above it all without having to spend a cent. They were told that free rides will also be available on Sunday. We don't have specific hours to share so just keep those fingers crossed if you decide to drop by and maybe have a plan B of camping out across the way on the Yard House balcony to keep an eye on things if your timing is off.
This video will probably be pulled from YouTube a blink of an eye, but for now it's the first we've seen from inside one of The High Roller's passenger cabins as the wheel spins. (We did, however, video the video as a precaution so resistance is futile.)
A YouTube description says the clip was filmed by a group of engineers and technicians (hence, the day glo safety vests), or by a "bunch of dudes" as it's more eloquently stated in the video. Although short, the clip provides a better sense of the room we'll find inside the pods as well as the fantastic views the attraction will provide.