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During its original ten year run, the swashbuckling performance served as one of the greatest examples of the city’s family friendly era. Its more recent rendition, full of scantily-clad women and poorly crafted jokes, could be viewed cynically as a representation of the party pits and 6:5 blackjack payouts that many Strip casinos are now known for. With one of Vegas’ most iconic attractions no longer in action, we thought it an appropriate time to check up on the remaining free Las Vegas Strip shows.
The Mirage is just days away from marking its 24th anniversary and, when it does, it will do so with that new carpet smell.
A visit this morning found new flooring is on the way. This carpet is darker than the previous version and features a vibrant pink, yellow and purple floral pattern. It can now be found in the lobby as well as growing sections of the casino. Major pathways, however, have been covered with carpeting that's almost entirely mocha with the exception of hot pink floral outlines. The lobby install was just about finished when we walked through while only about half of the gaming floor had been switched over.
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There isn’t much that excites this writer than the prospect of finding a great new steak. That steak may be located on the Vegas Strip in a fancy steakhouse or in Downtown Vegas at a regular restaurant that may be as famous for their chicken parmigiana as their steak.
Even before Heritage Steakhad a name, my excitement was high for a new restaurant from Tom Colicchio. Then, Colicchio tweeted with us and things got a little swoony. Eager as I was to try Heritage Steak, it took me a while to get to The Mirage. But, a couple of beers into a conversation and a check of the OpenTable app and I had a reservation. Turns out that was a good thing:
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Boxing and Las Vegas have had a connection for years. Almost every big fight in boxing's recent history has taken place in Las Vegas. That tradition continues on September 14 when Floyd Mayweather takes on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. This is the most anticipated boxing match in a few years and tickets sold out quickly. Unlike most sports, you can't just walk into a casino sportsbook and watch a fight (boxing or UFC) for free. Matches are only shown at a few select places. This changes depending on the fight and is always a question we get in the weeks leading up to the face-off:
"Where on the strip would Vegas Chatter recommend as a place to go to watch the big fight next month?" -- Eric S.
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The renovated Kokomo's space continues to feature views of the resort's verdant atrium, but its entrance has been changed, moving from off the lobby to off the casino floor. Kokomo's lobby bar is still there, dubbed now just Lobby Bar, but it no longer allows entry into the restaurant. A solid black wall blocks it completely from view. Heritage Steak offers another bar of its own, located close to Japonais where its entrance can now be found.
Raise your hand if, when reading about the planned expansion at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, you thought -- now, that's a Vegas spot "on the list" I've yet to get to. We hear you. Until last week that was us, too.
What finally got it off the bucket list? It wasn't a NOVA special in search of stingrays. It was the quest to fill out a kid-friendly agenda when family of the underage variety recently visited. But, Mr. Pappagiorgio doesn't roll lightly, even when it comes to dolphins, so we went all in on a VIP Tour. That was offered to us by The Mirage. Ahem Mr. P doesn't roll lightly, but he doesn't roll really deep, either.
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Last week, we broke down those construction walls at The Mirage to corner Tom Colicchio into dishing an opening date for his upcoming Heritage Steak. August 19, if you missed it. This week, we setup a sting to explain another set of construction walls not as easily visible to the everyday Mirage visitor. That pun will make sense in a moment. It's like a grenade for you (yeah, yeah, yeah).
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A once hoped for July debut was pushed back to August, but August when? And, would that just be bumped to September instead? With anticipation killing us, we took a shot in the dark by tweeting up the man himself:
@tomcolicchio We want Heritage Steak! When will it open?— VegasChatter (@vegaschatter) August 2, 2013
Of course, we didn't really expect to receive a tweet back. Especially after almost a whole day went by. But, then something amazing happened:
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“Bottled water, one dollar!”
For years, the familiar pitch could be heard on bridges and sidewalks up and down Las Vegas Boulevard. The summer heat brought out entrepreneurs armed with coolers, ice, and cases of bottled water. Eager to make a quick buck, and with minimal start-up costs, water vendors expanded to nearly every part of The Strip. That was, until Clark County commissioners decided to shut them down last summer.
It’s been just over a year since the Clark County ordinance aimed at removing peddlers from The Strip went into effect. The law prohibits conducting business in a public right of way and is targeted primarily at street vendors who sell bottles of water. In arguing for passage of the ordinance, commissioners suggested that unlicensed sellers compete unfairly with tax-paying, brick-and-mortar businesses and also cited tourist safety concerns. County Commissioner Steve Sisolak specifically opposed the idea of letting The Strip turn into an open air market (even though we’re guessing he’s okay with Bally’s Grand Bazaar). Metro Police, along with Clark County business license agents, can cite and even arrest ordinance violators. Maximum penalties include a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. So, after a year, have things changed? We took stroll around the north end of the Strip on a hot summer evening to find out.
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The resorts of MGM, erm, Resorts will make Las Vegas twice as fabulous again this year with the return of Fabulous Las Vegas. The now annual LGBT celebration has been moved back a few months, though, to run concurrent with Las Vegas' also annual PRIDE parade and festival. Fabulous was held in July last year (and August before that), but will run September 3-8 this time around. PRIDE's festivities typically occur in September and are set for September 6-7 this year.
Fabulous Las Vegas -- which attracts hundreds of participants -- will see events up and down The Strip, from PRIDE Family Bingo at Circus Circus to Temptation Sundays at Luxor. (Psst, you can experience both outside of this week, too, if you can't make it but still want to be, you know, fabulous.) Deals will also be offered for Zarkana at Aria, Zumanity at New York-New York and stand-up comedy shows by Margaret Cho and Kathy Griffin at The Mirage. At least a half dozen restaurants will discount dining as well.
Vegas has some of the best upscale hotel selections on the planet, yet for the past few years, The Mirage has kept this Chatter'er coming back time and time again. On my most recent visit, the resort outdid themselves again and got me wondering what it was that made this hotel, in particular, so special. And, yes, I pay for these trips on my own, either out of pocket or through time invested on MyVEGAS. (Four reward nights this trip alone!)
Having stayed at a vast variety of the Strip's other offerings, it's not as if there aren't any comparable resorts. And, The Mirage (constructed in 1989) outdates almost every hotel casino you can now find on The Strip so it's not as if it's the shiny new thing. Yet, it's still rated above 80% consistently on TripAdvisor. Here are six reasons why this writer loves it: