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Opening Dates Announced For LIQUID, Bare Pools

Where: 89109
February 24, 2015 at 1:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

Two more party pools will get back into the swim of things in just a few weeks.

Bare at The Mirage and LIQUID at Aria have announced respective opening dates of Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13. The former will return with five newly refurbished cabanas while the latter will feature new daybeds and banquettes.

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Shake Shack Is Money And Other Interesting Notes From MGM Resorts

February 19, 2015 at 12:56 PM | by | Comments (10)

In our book, MGM Resorts' quarterly earnings call is a must listen. Beyond a reciting of dollars and cents, it's always filled with fascinating insight into what's really popping for the gaming company, and what's on the horizon. Here's what we learned from the latest call that took place earlier this week:

Shake Shack is so money: Everybody knows cult burger fave Shack Shack opened at New York-New York late December. You may have even stopped in by now. What you probably don't know is the Las Vegas location is "already the highest-grossing Shack Shack in the portfolio's history, second only to Times Square."

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At Portofino, The Hype Is Deserved

Where: 89109
January 16, 2015 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (6)

Chicken Rollatini Parmesan.

Did you know Mirage had a tasty (we mean really tasty) Italian restaurant? We had no idea until a recent public relations push for Portofino. After Onda closed, Portofino made its quiet entrance into the Las Vegas dining scene and is now gaining speed along with positive reviews. That $100 lasagna stunt didnít hurt, either.

Though that delicious dish ended in December, the restaurant is certainly worth your time. Chef Michael LaPlaca puts a modern spin on traditional Italian cuisine. While he was eager to be inventive with the menu, this is still a casino restaurant and thus the menu must appeal to middle America. The masses want chicken parm but Chef LaPlaca instead does a Chicken Rollatini Parmesan ($35) featuring a chicken breast stuffed with ground dark meat chicken for a rich and unique flavor that gives you the crispy-coated chicken you were expecting along with a surprise inside. The dish is served with a tasty marinara sauce, plenty of cheese and delicious spinach.

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Carnegie Deli Isn't The Carnegie Deli You Remember, Anymore

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
January 12, 2015 at 1:57 PM | by | Comments (28)

We all love Vegas, but that's not to say that some things don't get under our skin. That's why we created Vegas Rants to let you get it all off your chest, heave a big sigh and move on to the next fun thing.

Just before Thanksgiving, Carnegie Deli at The Mirage quietly closed for a remodel. It reopened in December, but what we thought was just a decor makeover happens to be much more. As VegasChatter member file1040 relates (and, yes, he is a CPA), the transformation came with some unexpected changes, and not necessarily for the better:

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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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The Best Sportsbook Of 2014

December 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comment (1)

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.

For the longest time, whenever someone asked us to point them to the best sportsbook in town, we were like, bam! Lagasse's Stadium. But, this year, we started crushin' on another venue right across the Strip. It was older, but knew just how to make us happy. And now, we're ready to pledge our love publicly.

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Five Useful Vegas Valet Hacks

December 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (6)

Not all Vegas hotel porte cocheres are created equally. Sometimes, you can leave your car with valet, grab your bags and quickly get where you need to go. Sometimes valet is on the opposite side of the property and entirely inconvenient for your visit. It's not fun†lugging yourself through the casino until you get to whichever part of the property you want to be in. Here are some valet tips for visitors who prefer to drive themselves, but don't know Vegas quite as well as they'd like to yet:

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Mirage Poker Room To Go On Hiatus, Return Smaller

Where: 89109
December 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (4)

One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.

The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casinoís main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker roomís footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.

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Just One Dish: Diamond And Gold Lasagna

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
December 16, 2014 at 1:58 PM | by | Comment (1)

When a dish costs $100 by itself, you probably expect angels to start singing spontaneously when you take your first bite. Or, for it to be brought out on a unicorn. Neither of those things happen with the Diamond and Gold Lasagna at Portofino in The Mirage, but perhaps our expectations were unreasonable with the unicorn and all. That doesnít mean this isnít a delicious dish. Is it worth a hundy? Well, thatís for your dining budget to decide. Itís easy to say thereís not much worth that high price, but for the discerning palate, with the luxury budget to match, itís certainly worth your time.

I'm often a victim of ridiculously high expectations. Sometimes, the idea of something gets so built up ahead of time that it has no chance to hold up in reality. This was sort of the case when I tried this limited time dish likely meant more for the press than the palate. Theyíre definitely going for the attention-grabbing headlines this dish will inspire, but it shouldnít detract from the high-caliber ingredients and excellent execution.

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MGM Resorts Raising Resort Fees

Where: 89109
December 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM | by | Comments (32)

On the heels of a new one-price-fits-all resort fee policy by Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts is ending 2014 by adjusting its nightly fees as well.

Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:

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Carnegie Deli Closes For Remodeling

Where: 89109
November 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM | by | Comments (4)

If you tend to have carnivorous cravings of gargantuan proportions, brace yourself. Carnegie Deli at The Mirage will be unavailable to you for the next two weeks.

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The Turducken Burger Cometh

Where: 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard S. [map], 89109
November 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (5)

Do you know what a turducken is? Unless youíre a football fan, thereís a good chance youíve never heard of the most popular form of engastration. That's a method of cooking where one animal is stuffed inside another.

The Turducken became popular thanks to John Madden. (Read how it started, in his own words, here.) First, let's break down a "traditional" turducken, in case you don't know:

Tur-Duck-En
Tur is for Turkey
Duck is for Duck
En is for Chicken

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