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Live Blog: The Grand Opening Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
August 22, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (11)

More than three years after closing, the Sahara hotel will officially be reborn as SLS Las Vegas at midnight tonight.

When the iconic property first shuttered, skepticism was high regarding a promise by owners to be back soon. It wasn't soon, but it is back. We'll tour you around the completely redesigned and re-imagined resort via this live blog throughout the day and into the late hours of the evening. We'll also have live coverage on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

(PHOTO: sbe)

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2014 PRIDE To Be Sleeker, 'Kinky'-er

August 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.

If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).

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First Impressions Of SLS Las Vegas

Where: 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
August 20, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (9)

[Ed. Note: Our sneak peek was actually part of the SLS Las Vegas invite-only "Play Days" which serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the SLS service team. Stay tuned for further impressions of the resort when it officially opens to the media and the public on Friday.]

Given the fun billboard ads showing the transition between the “old Vegas” vibe of Sahara and the changing of the guard to the hip and trendy SLS Las Vegas, you might expect the entire resort to be a little more retro or at least a hybrid of the eras. After a sneak peek of SLS Las Vegas last night, there weren't as many old school elements hearkening back to the old Sahara as we may have all anticipated but this writer, at least, certainly wasn’t let down by what I saw.

The renovated property has all the upscale hipster-ish feel of the Cosmo in a more easy to navigate package. And, that new casino smell is downright delicious. If body glitter had a scent and you mixed it with the aroma of a fruity tropical drink, that’s how I would describe the first whiff. It was sweet smelling and new, with a dash of seductive optimism.

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The Cafe At THEhotel Gets A New Name With No 'The' In It

Where: 3940 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (4)

THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will cease to exist in just days now. It's transformation into Delano Las Vegas remains firmly (defiantly?) set for September 1.

The new name will bring refreshed rooms and a rejuvenated spa menu (see what we did there?) while a redesigned lobby will add new lounge and dining spaces to the all-suite tower. Still to come will be the rebranding of miX and the arrival of its own pool (yes, miX is going away and, no, there won't be a pool "on site," so to speak.)

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The Harley-Davidson Dealership, Store Coming Soon To The Strip Is Still Coming Soon

Where: 5191 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
August 15, 2014 at 2:52 PM | by | Comments (2)

Soon, there will be a Harley-Davidson dealership as well as a Harley-Davidson Cafe on The Strip.

After a January groundbreaking, work continues to progress on a 50,000-square-foot space located just yards from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Set for a fall opening (a more specific timeline is not yet ready to be announced although October has been bandied about), visitors will be able to purchase and rent hogs on site. There will be a retail store for souvenirs, too, meaning government planners should probably think about creating a pedestrian walkway from the sign over to the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard if they haven't already.

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All Net Arena And Resort Still In Play On North Strip

Where: 89109
August 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM | by | Comments (8)

Whether it actually makes it to an opening day is anyone's guess, but the All Net Arena & Resort (name still tentative) is clear to move ahead, if it can.

Wednesday, local zoning officials granted approval for a wide range of use permits in regards to the project which is slated for the old Wet 'n' Wild site south of SLS Las Vegas on the Vegas Strip. Not only do developers plan to build a 44-story, non-gaming hotel and a 22,000-seat arena on the acreage, they also want to build what's being called a Victory Plaza which would feature dining, shopping, live entertainment and more (if you thought of The Linq, that's exactly the comparison reps drew). The cost? More than one billion dollars ($1.4 billion, specifically).

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Vegas Is Better With Break-Even Jacks Or Better

August 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (6)

For most, 9/6 sounds likes the odds offered on a bet at a Vegas sportsbook, but for video poker players it’s the hard-to-find, nearly break-even game found only in limited spots around the Strip.

What’s 9/6? Those are Jacks or Better games that pay nine credits for a full house and six for a flush. Games that pay 8/5, or even 7/5, are much more common, and offer correspondingly worse odds – the house edge is less than half a percent on a 9/6 game with optimal play. (Some casinos, including Stratosphere, once offered a few machines that paid 10/7 and had a slight edge for the player, but finding one of those in 2014 is about as likely as finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold on Las Vegas Boulevard.)

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Vegas Is Officially Festival Crazy

August 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

iHeart Radio. Amplified. Desert Hops. Route 91. Life is Beautiful.

Music lovers. Grape lovers. Beer lovers. Downtown lovers.

No matter your tastes or your interests, it seems as if Las Vegas will have a festival just for you before year's end. And, we've three more options for you to ponder while trying to decide which events are can't miss and which should be shuffled over to the 'maybe next time' pile. We've already mentioned a few here on Chatter, but have compiled them all together in an at-a-glance format before. The three fests we've yet to mention have been highlighted in blue.

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Go Here, Not Here: FIVE50 vs. Pizza Rock

July 30, 2014 at 5:59 PM | by | Comments (20)

A common occurrence for Vegas lovers is seeing novice friends going to the same ill-advised spots while ignoring the amazing food scene the city has cultivated. It's as if they do not consult the experience of extremely handsome food critics! In this new series of articles, we bring you two restaurants, both alike in dignity. One will be good, the other, not quite as good as the first.

Pizza places seem to be the go-to for many who are asked the cliched questions regarding dining out on a budget in Vegas. Does that mean no more than $30 a person? Three for a dollar hot dogs? Who knows! Pizza is a fairly good way out of this conversation without being drawn into it like a fly on a monkey. It rarely goes above $20 a head (without drinks), no one really dislikes pizza, yet not all are created equal.

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Strip's Harley-Davidson Cafe Expanding Patio

Where: 3725 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
July 29, 2014 at 9:41 PM | by | Comments (2)

Everywhere you look on The Strip, the focus is on The Strip. From new walk-up eateries at Monte Carlo to the coming open-air Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's, it's no longer about stepping out. It's about maybe never stepping into the resort proper, at all. And, it's not just the mega-resorts with a new game afoot.

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With Krave's Departure Comes Equalibrium

Where: 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
July 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

Krave may be gone (again) but that, apparently, doesn't mean Vegas will have one less LGBT nightclub. Or, that the Tommy Wind Theater will... which Krave just vacated.

In a twist that should probably require an accompanying flowchart, Krave has been replaced by Equalibrium. The also gay friendly nightspot will make its debut this Friday, August 1 in the exact same space Krave called home up until this past weekend (for its most recent incarnation, anyway). That, however, is where the similarities end as Equalibrium is quick to note on its Facebook page.

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Zinger's Shutters At Hawaiian Marketplace

Where: 3743 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], 89109
July 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (4)

The best worst dive bar on The Strip is no more.

Zinger's, known for its karaoke and definitely not for its food, has closed at Hawaiian Marketplace. That's the strip mall across from Aria. You know, where they're building that Chili's? In fact, we hear the chain's two-story takeover of a large section of Hawaiian Marketplace is to blame for the shutter of Zinger's.

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