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VegasChatter's @sammasseur found construction fencing hemming in foot traffic on both sides this morning. Some blockades kept pedestrians away from an area along Las Vegas Boulevard where landscaping was being removed (seen below) while other barriers prevented folks from walking too close to the exterior of Paris where a new raised patio is taking shape (shown above).
Drinking / Repeal Day / Mob Museum / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / Downtown Grand / The Strip / The Shoppes at Mandalay Place / Rx Boiler Room / → All Tags
The week after Thanksgiving (more casually known as next week), Vegas will toast the 80th anniversary of the end of prohibition on December 5 or Repeal Day. We have a lot of made-up holidays in this country that we use as excuses to drink (like Valentine's Day for us single folks), but this is one that actually makes sense, and itís a damn fine excuse to hit up your local bar and suck down a few handcrafted cocktails.
In honor of days that are beer again, Golden Gate has officially dubbed its nameless casino bar, Bar Prohibition! We don't know about you, but we take the exclamation mark as a challenge. Hereís a rundown of what else is happening around town. Be sure to check back as weíll update the listing as more events.
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As we continue to debate whether the lockdown of several downtown blocks last month was a beautiful disruption or not, Vegas visitors and locals should once again prepare for closures impacting travel plans this weekend. More than 30,000 are expected for the 2013 Las Vegas Marathon, running for the first time in November instead of December. The annual event requires several road closures to accommodate the 26.2 mile course, race expo, runner arrivals and departures.
Those running the event already know where they need to be and when. Those who aren't and want to either cheer the running Elvi on or avoid the area altogether should take note:
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Ok, you don't really need to bring ice skates with you to Vegas. We are a desert, after all. But, we're also a hospitality town... and we've totally taken care of that for you!
The Venetian and Palazzo have fired up their annual holiday tree of lights and will soon host Strip-side ice skating for all to enjoy for the third year in a row. Part of the resorts' Winter in Venice festivities, ice skating (ok, not real ice but close enough) will be offered November 18 through January 5. Hours will be daily from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission will be $14.95 and includes a skate rental. If you're a Nevada resident or a Grazie Players Club member, you can shave five bucks off that.
You know what they say, you can't keep a
troubled good man brand down.
LGBT nightspot Krave traded off Strip for downtown in hopes of creating the world's largest gay nightclub. After delays, it opened in Neonopolis in June, but abruptly closed amid scandal several weeks ago.
Room Rates / New Year's Eve / Hotel Rooms / The Strip / Off Strip / Downtown / Downtown Vegas / → All Tags
If you're planning to spend the final days of '13 in Vegas, but don't have a room yet. We salute your bravery. Or, Black Card. Here's how rates are looking two months out*. Since NYE falls on a Tuesday this year (boo), we're including weekend rates as well.
*Rates are for standard rooms, do not include tax or resort fees and, as always, are subject to change based on demand. Also, some resorts may require a multiple night stay before allowing a New Year's Eve reservation. Inquire with the resort you're interested to see if any strings are attached.
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Punk rock troubadour Frank Turner tore into his first song and the crowd lit up, moving as one with raucous sing-a-long and finger points. Taking in a genuine rock show with devoted fans like Turner's, it was more apparent than ever that the right venue can make or break an experience like this. This writer did a quick spin and realized how much I really love Hard Rock Live.
Thereís no shortage of venue choices in Las Vegas. From the gargantuan arena at MGM to the outside stage at Beauty Bar, you can see the biggest bands in the world or the best local bands the valley has to offer. Based on location, amenity and cost, itís this writerís stance that Hard Rock Live is the best in town.
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It seems we were preaching to the choir when we exclaimed that we need more pedestrian bridges. Many of you shared your own frustrating Las Vegas traffic jam experiences and came up with creative ways to both clear the streets and help pedestrians move about safely. Jaywalking on The Strip, while not likely to end anytime soon, remains illegal. The same canít be said for two other sources of congestion, bicycles and motorized scooters.
Bikes are, of course, street legal. Good for the environment, and your health, they are second only to walking in terms of cheap transportation. In the past few years, many areas of Las Vegas have taken great strides to shed the notion that this is not a place for cyclists. Bike lanes, bike racks, even bike-sharing programs have popped up everywhere from Henderson to North Las Vegas. Several casinos will valet bicycles and, a few like Aria, even offer bike racks that provide more convenience than their parking garages do. Still, The Strip as a whole is not a welcoming place for bike riders. With no bike lanes, and insufficient space to add them along most of Las Vegas Boulevard, riders are stuck sharing lanes with aggressive cab drivers and inattentive tourists. Additionally, bikes are known tools of the trade for bottled water sellers and card-slappers, so donít be surprised if you get some dirty looks while out for a ride.
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This year, Halloween falls on Thursday and that's good enough for some Vegas nightclubs and restaurants to call for two weekends of celebrations. And, there's totally nothing wrong with that. In fact, it gives us even more opportunities to really get our money's worth out of that Halloween costume. Or, to justify splurging on some kick-ass body painting from a business like Vegas' Skin City (seen above) if just the thought of being seen in the same costume twice makes you shudder.
As with years past, there will be blood on the Las Vegas Strip, but only a ghostly silence will be heard from Goretorium which closed for good before this frightful season even got underway. There will be plenty of other places to find things that go bump in the night, though, from the horror of Fright Dome to a Zombie Run, and more. Here's where to go for a good scare. We'll add more events as they're announced!
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It's another day for The Quad and The Linq, which means a few new things to look at and report. This writer walked through last week and again this morning, and I have some interesting tidbits to share.
Let's start with what still hasn't been touched. Though it's painful to say, unfortunately, the construction fairy didn't wiggle her nose to renovate the rooms overnight. While the rooms are quickly working their way up to the top of the to-do list, we're still left waiting with bated breath. On the positive side, if the Goretorium does wind up closing before Halloween maybe the Quad could get into the spirit, too.
Sometimes, you shouldn't judge a hotel by its outside appearance. If you do, you risk missing out on something special. Casino Royale is a smoky dive, but when we checked into their Best Western Plus, we were pleasantly surprised. El Cortez is not much to look at, but its tower rooms are a great value. Unfortunately, this pattern doesn't hold true everywhere, and the outdated and bland stylings at Ballyís donít stop at the hotel room door.
Ballyís is working on changes, but lately there has been more bad than good. This year, we've seen them tack on a resort fee and then raise it not even six months later. New rooms are on the way, but up until recently, guests were still being given rooms like this. Out front, the moving walkways havenít been doing much moving. And, we've been waiting a long time for the Grand Bazaar to break ground, but nothing seems to be happening. Even though Ballyís isn't at the top of its game right now, this writer couldn't say no when offered a complimentary stay in one of the hotelís north tower deluxe rooms.