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Over the summer, we brought you some great options for enjoying a movie in Vegas. Based on your comments, it seems we’re not alone in our love for a flick, even while on vacation. We’re back now with more possibilities, as well as details on how you can see the blockbuster film Interstellar the way it was meant to be seen.
If high-priced theater tickets aren’t your thing, then Regency Tropicana Cinemas is your best bet. All shows here are just two bucks. Better yet, swing by on a Tuesday and get in for half off. Trade-offs? There are plenty. The screens are smaller, the movies are older, they don’t have stadium seating, and it occasionally seems like parents use the place as a daycare. Concessions are just as expensive as at any other theater, but when you can get five tickets for the price of one, it’s OK to splurge a bit. The Regency is located about four miles east of The Strip on Tropicana. It’s way too far to walk, but not a bad drive if you’re at the southern end of The Strip.
With the fall season upon us ushering in cooler weather, the party doesn’t wait until nighttime to get started. Ghostbar Dayclub at Palms throws open the doors to its patio each Saturday this fall and winter for the ultimate indoor-outdoor party atmosphere.
This isn’t the bandage dress and heels crowd you’d expect at a nightclub, but rather an anything goes dress code where crazy costumes are encouraged. Think lots of neon spandex, tutus and furry vests. When we dropped by recently, there was an entire crew in ‘80s workout wear and another dressed as the Power Rangers. In other words, jeans and t-shirts are allowed, but you might actually stand out if you don’t opt for something crazier.
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The eagerly anticipated Chinese spot at Palms is now open. The trope is almost mandatory now: gambling establishments with over 100 slot machines must have bathrooms, emergency exits, and a Chinese restaurant. But, at least this new dining destination isn't like the dens of grease/MSG many claim and features a proper chef doing proper Chinese specialties.
Szechuan food is characterized by two ingredients: chili oil and Szechuan peppercorns. Both play a heavy part in the food at Lao Sze Chuan, especially in the Spicy Szechuan Rabbit appetizer ($7.95). This is a dish for those looking to satiate that peppercorn addiction, applying almost medical-grade numbing to every surface in your mouth. If you wanted to scare away a novice, this would be the dish to do it with. The dish, served cold, is quite tasty, just watch out for the many sharp bones and don't start popping it in your mouth like this writer did.
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Lao Sze Chuan, a Chicago transplant from the famous "Mayor of Chinatown," Tony Hu, will officially debut at Palms this August (although, we hear a end-of-July soft opening may not be out of the question). The darling of critics and lauded by Michelin with their "Bib Gourmand" designation, Tony Hu is bringing Sze Chuan spice to Vegas.
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Make no mistake about it, Palms is hustling for your business. It's opened a new poolside burger joint for everyone to enjoy and began offering a couple of interesting concepts for incoming and outgoing hotel guests (a sad trombone update on that tomorrow).
Now, execs are making a big offer to bring in new gamblers. Through June 30, Palms will offer players club status-matching between Club Palms and any other club in town. In addition, bonuses will be offered. All-Star signups will receive two buffet passes, MVPs will receive two buffet passes and $25 in free slot play, and Hall of Famers will receive two buffet passes and $50 in free slot play.
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Operated by Cantor since 2012 and offering just a handful of tables, CardPlayer says "the news probably isn't too surprising." It reports that the Palms would not comment on the shutter.
Triple-digit temperatures and throngs of thongs and hard-bodied coeds have returned to the Las Vegas landscape signaling both the commencement of the city’s world renowned pool season and the realization for this writer that five months have passed since making yet another New Year’s resolution that failed to ignite on the launch pad.
The resolution: To get in shape for pool season.
The result: Total failure, which comes as no surprise thanks to a, shall we say, “lax,” workout plan that consisted of a grueling 20 sit-ups every other Sunday.
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The burger boom that has enraptured Sin City over the last few years took the next step in its evolution on March 14 by expanding past the traditional indoor brick and mortar locale to a poolside venue with an exquisite vista.
Overlooking the people-watching pleasure palace that is Ditch Fridays, Back Room Burger at Palms is the latest entrant into the Las Vegas burger scene with a menu featuring a robust craft beer selection (eight on tap, 35 bottles) as well as alcohol-infused custard shakes ($12) to complement the eatery’s ten signature burgers ($11-$14). Nine appetizers, four different styles of fries and desserts as well as three salads adorn a menu that plays second fiddle to the scantily clad hardbodies swimming and sunbathing just beyond the restaurant’s outdoor seating area.
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As part of our search for the best gambling odds, we constantly seek the best blackjack, craps and video poker games. Generally, slot machines aren’t high on the list for gamblers seeking the best odds in a casino. Slot machine payback is referred to in a different language. People aren't looking for slot machines with the smallest house advantage. They're looking for loose slots. Loose slots have the highest returns (yay) while tight slots have the lowest (boo).
So, where can you find the loosest slots in Vegas? Exactly where you think and probably not where you visit. The second best slot machine returns in the country are found just off the Vegas Strip. Off Strip casinos like The Orleans, Hard Rock, Palms and Silverton have slot machines that return 94.64% of the money played.
They caught our attention with a creative 24-hour checkout policy allowing guests to stay in their accommodations a full 24 hours from when they checked in before needing to depart. Now, the Palms has firmly cemented our regard with the launch of a Beverage Butler, a special service exclusively for hotel guests.
How many times have you yearned for a cocktail while waiting to check-in at your hotel? Likely too many, right? Especially, if lines are long and travels were taxing. Guests at the Palms, however, don't need to wait for their room keys before indulging. No, they can indulge while they wait for their room keys.
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An early checkout after a late night on The Strip isn’t the ideal way to conclude a trip to Las Vegas. That’s why we’re really looking forward to trying out Palms' new 24-hour checkout option. But, what if you’re staying elsewhere in Vegas? Fortunately, Palms isn’t the only place in town offering reservation options. Artisan is our favorite, as its check-in and checkout options are some of the most flexible and easy to understand. When reserving your room online, you can choose an early arrival or late checkout, or even opt for both. There’s no begging at the front desk to get in early. And, they’ve eliminated the need for those hung-over morning calls in which you plead for a couple more hours of sleep. It can all be taken care of online, even before you arrive.