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Get ready to go green! We're less than a month from St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17, and to say Vegas will be rocking would be an understatement. Cheap whiskey and green beer will be on the menu and most specials run not just on Monday, but throughout the entire weekend leading up to the official day.
We've compiled a list of special events already announced, but be sure to check back, though, as we will update it as more are announced.
New York-New York's annual Celtic Feis festival will take place March 15-17 and will features Irish bites from Nine Fine Irishmen, celebratory cocktails and live entertainment. The event is complimentary and open to guests 21 and over. Libations will include $10 cocktails, $7 domestic beers, $8 import beer and $7 shots.
It used to be that no matter how much money you were willing to put down, you couldn’t get a chance to stay in the ultra-luxurious villas and suites many Strip properties reserve for only their highest level whales. Ironically, these rooms were often comped so it really didn’t matter how much money you were willing to part with, you weren’t getting in unless you had the most elite players card.
It now seems to be a trend for properties to open up this experience to anybody who wants to drop the dough. The Mirage recently announced its swanky villas and suites (pictured above), once reserved only for VIPs, are now open to the public for reservation. The accommodations are being touted as “affordable, yet luxurious, escapes” though it remains to be seen what the starting rates for these posh pads are. Hotel representatives have not disclosed these figures.
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When a 64-ounce novelty drink just isn’t enough to get you through a two-hour gorge-a-thon, opt for unlimited drinks with your buffet. Las Vegas is known for endless buffets so the next logical indulgent step would be to add free-flowing drinks. The Mirage buffet, Cravings, is the next to hop on this beer-and-wine bandwagon.
Upgrade your experience with all-you-can-drink Bud Light, Goose Island IPA and Liberty Creek wines to satisfy all of your cravings at no extra cost. Wine options currently include chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, and white zinfandel. (Despite being one of the cheapest wines on the shelf, Liberty Creek is surprisingly drinkable.) Lunch at Cravings is priced at $23.99 and dinner is $30.99 ($34.99 on weekends), including drinks.
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The Walking Dead return to televison February 9, but you need only to shuffle into a Vegas casino to get your fix now.
The Walking Dead slot machine has finally begun its invasion of Sin City. The game can now be found at Bellagio, The Mirage, Arizona Charlie's West (on South Decatur) and the Palms. Keep an eye on this website to keep track of new locations to play dead (har) in Vegas.
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There's a good amount of skepticism surrounding what the conditions will be like during the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl, but Vegas has plenty of pigskin parties to help you stay warm. Below is a list of the inclusive packages we're seeing around town. Be sure to check back, too, as we'll add more as they're announced. The newest additions will be place at the top so you know where to look for updates!
✔︎CRUSH at MGM Grand will host a Big Game party featuring a premium buffet and "butler-style tableside items" prepared by its executive chef. Priced at $65 per person, guests will enjoy such selections as Angus mini burgers, wings, potato salad, pizza, short rib sliders and more. The Super Bowl will be shown on 12 flat-screens placed around the restaurant. Call 702-891-3222 for more info.
✔︎PANDA! at Palazzo will offer a Super Sunday $48 ticket special. The offer is good for the 8 p.m. performance this Sunday only. Purchase via the Venetian or Palazzo Box Office, by visiting www.venetian.com/panda, or by calling 702.414.9000.
✔︎Off Strip Poppy Den will open at noon on Sunday for a Big Game watch party. Chef Angelo Sosa will host the patio tailgate bash and will grill on the downstairs patio. He'll serve up $5 burgers and chicken wings, $3 hot dogs, $4 chili dogs with Angelo’s Asian beef chili and $3 for bowls of Chef Sosa’s chili. Drink specials will include $2 Budweiser products and $1 customized green Seahawks shots and orange Broncos shots. Guests will also enjoy a complimentary kickoff shot with Chef Angelo as the game begins. The championship game will be displayed on three flat-screen TV’s at the bar along with remote sets throughout the upstairs dining room as well as the restaurant's patios. Poppy Den will be open from noon to 9 p.m. only on Sunday, Feb. 2.
✔︎Mr. Lucky's Cafe at Hard Rock will offer the following specials on February 2: $15 buckets of beer (Bud or Bud Light), $8 Electric Lemonade, $10 Red Death shots, $28.99 appetizer platter (10 wings, 8 chicken fingers, French fries, onion rings, carrots, celery sticks and quesadillas), and $12.99 for foot-long chili hot dog.
✔︎Pink Taco at Hard Rock will offer the following deals on February 2: $19 buckets of domestic beer, $20 buckets of imported beer, $5 Chile and Lime Roasted Nuts, and a $16 appetizer platter (sweet corn tamales, cheese quesadillas, chicken and streak skewers, chicken taquitos and guacamole).
✔︎Gold Spike in Downtown Vegas will host a Big Game viewing party. The Super Bowl will be shown on 18 screens including a 12-foot projection screen. No other information was provided.
✔︎The Race and Sports Book at Jerry's Nugget will host a Big Game viewing party February 2. Make a minimum $20 wager and get in for free. Betting windows will open at 6:30 a.m. and bettors can enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts until 10 a.m. The game will be shown throughout the Sports Book which features seven 80-inch flat screens and 20 LCD TVs. Game Day bites, ranging from deli sandwiches to hot dogs, will be priced from $1 to $2. Bettors who lose their Jerry’s Nugget Big Game bets will be able to redeem their losing ticket at the pit for $5 in table games match play.
✔︎Andre's at Monte Carlo will host a Super Sunday party in its cigar lounge. Admission is priced at $180 per person and includes a full buffet featuring such choices as sliders, wings, and cheese plates as well as bottomless beer, house wine and well cocktails. Doors open an hour before kickoff. Call 702.798.7151 for reservations.
✔︎ Local bar Aces & Ales, offering two off-Strip locations in town, will host a $45 all-you-can-eat-and-drink bash. The menu will include chili, mac & cheese, wings, BBQ brisket, and more. Draft beers and mimosas will be included in the offer. Call 702.436.7600 for more.
✔︎Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at The Linq will offer the following specials on February 2: $25 buckets of Coronas (5 bottles), two tacos (lobster or carnita) and a draft beer for $10, 2-for-1 house margaritas and well drinks, and $8 Chayo nachos.
✔︎Cypress Street Marketplace at Caesars Palace will host a Super Sunday party priced at $50 per person and including an all-you-can-drink-and-eat menu. The game will be shown on four HD TVs. Reserve a spot by calling 702.731.7967 or emailing LVCityWideRestaurantGroupSales@Caesars.com.
✔︎The Tournament Poker Room at Caesars Palace will offer several Big Game viewing options, ranging from general admission access ($140 per person, includes unlimited beverages and food) to man caves ($1,500 for group of six, includes unlimited beverages and food). Two-person couches are also available for $400 each and include bottomless drinks and unlimited food. Call the Colosseum Box Office at (702) 731-7110 to reserve. Update: Man Caves and Couches are SOLD OUT.
✔︎Renaissance Las Vegas will host an all-you-can-eat Big Game viewing party with live-action buffet stations run by ENVY Steakhouse. The bash, held in the bar as well as the lobby areas of the off-Strip hotel, will kick-off at 1 p.m. A $29.99 admission includes two draft beer tickets. For reservations, call (702) 784-5716.
✔︎Tacos & Tequila at Luxor will feature all-you-can-eat-and-drink specials ($75) starting at 3 p.m. on February 2. Bites will include chips and salsa, wings, quesadillas, nachos, and more. Booze options will range from Dos Equis to well cocktails. For more information call (702) 262-5225.
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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).