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When you’re hungover and exhausted the last place you may want to be is trapped in a real-life snow globe with a bunch of other hungover, likely unshowered people… but, when in Vegas! They don’t call January 1 National Hangover Day for nothing. After you’ve finally gotten all the confetti out of your hair (and possibly found your missing shoe), it could be time to crash but this is Vegas and our best hangover cure is to keep on drinking.
Snow Globe Dayclub Dome at The Cosmopolitan has a good solution for those not ready to call it quits on New Year’s Day. For $20 for men and $10 for ladies, guests can enjoy a complimentary brunch and champagne open bar in the Marquee main room from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. then dance to the sounds of Carnage (sounds perfect for right after NYE!) and Cash Cash. It won’t cost you any cash cash, ahem, to attend if you purchased tickets to the New Year’s Eve festivities at Marquee or its sister clubs, TAO and LAVO. That’s right, free NYE after, afterparty.
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After weeks of fielding queries, we finally have a roundup of Super Bowl -- sorry, BIG GAME -- parties in Las Vegas to share. Due to high demand, we're launching our annual guide now. Make sure to bookmark this page as we'll add events as they're uncovered/revealed. The newest parties will always be listed first so you won't have to do any unnecessary scanning. If you see one we don't have listed yet, email us the deets at firstname.lastname@example.org! Know that an event is sold out? We want to hear that, too!
Also, make sure to follow our friends and party experts, @VegasBigGame, on Twitter. If you've got a question about a party, they have an answer. Operated by a group of friends who've traveled to Vegas to view the Super Bowl for 17 years now (2015 will mark year #18), their Twitter account is an unmatched resource. They've already created this awesome infographic reviewing the parties of 2014.
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Bally’s couldn’t let The High Roller have all the glory as a colorful addition to the Vegas skyline. The hotel's Grand Bazaar Shops will sport a sparkly attraction of its own. The outdoor mall was initially scheduled to open this month, but you should now expect a February debut.
The already ridiculously colorful project is upping its visibility game even more with the addition of a Swarovski crystal starburst. Last Friday, the sparkly structure was delivered and installed. The structure is 14 feet in diameter and was a collaboration between Swarovski and The Young Electric Sign Company, better known as YESCO.
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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 casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s 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.
That was fast! No we’re not talking about coming and going of a 4 p.m. show in downtown Vegas but rather the settlement of The Harmon lawsuit. MGM Resorts International’s ill-fated would-be crown jewel at CityCenter never got to open its doors due to construction defects.
The high rise was slated to be a non-gaming boutique hotel with residences as well. The main contractor was the Perini Corporation that hired various subcontractors. During the construction process in 2008, it was discovered that flaws in the steel rebar would render the building unsafe in the event of an earthquake. After 15 stories had been built with this flawed steel construction, the plans for the building were altered to scrap the condos and cut its height in half. Eventually it was decided the entire building would never be safe as it was and construction halted. Demolition of the building began this summer and is expected to continue through the middle of next year. We’ve been documenting its demise, if you would like to check out the progress here.
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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 doesn’t mean this isn’t a delicious dish. Is it worth a hundy? Well, that’s for your dining budget to decide. It’s easy to say there’s not much worth that high price, but for the discerning palate, with the luxury budget to match, it’s 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. They’re definitely going for the attention-grabbing headlines this dish will inspire, but it shouldn’t detract from the high-caliber ingredients and excellent execution.
With no bridge or crosswalk, visiting the Welcome to Las Vegas sign is safest by car. Problem is, the small parking lot is usually full and there tends to be a few vehicles illegally parked to compound the fun.
Our @sammasseur, however, spotted a new expansion underway that will add more spaces. Although the exact number is not known, Sam thought it looked like the lot would triple in size.
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They've become off-Strip mainstays, now two Vegas productions are trading one "R" named resort for another.
MJ Live and Rat Pack Is Back will see their final shows at the Rio on February 22. Word has it they're being booted for that Duck Dynasty musical. (Hoping you cringed when you read that as much as I did when I wrote it.) Both shows won't disappear from the entertainment landscape, though; a change of scenery will place them at the Riviera beginning March 2.
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The fast food chain known for its sliders posted a hiring call a few days ago. Interested applicants are being told to head to 3440 West Russell Road between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday to make their cravings known, no experience necessary. Here's where we should make some sort of reference to simply having a hunger for the job.
If you’re unaware because maybe you’re too hungover to cruise the Internet on New Year’s Day, January 1 is National Hangover Day. In honor of this holiday so many of us end up “celebrating” whether we would like to or not, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian is debuting The Hangover Experience.
Even if you don’t end up having an epic night that ends with Mike Tyson and a tiger, you can still immerse yourself in all the debaucherous glory that is The Hangover. Opening to the public at 4 p.m. New Year's Day, the exhibit will feature a 1,100-square-foot replica of the movie’s now famous hotel room, a smashed replica of a Las Vegas Metropolitan police car and a wedding chapel. No word yet on if there will be replicas of Stu’s missing tooth added to the gift shop when this opens.
If you’re not up on your latest edition of Wynn magazine (the in-room publication at Wynn), you may be unaware of Steve Wynn’s philosophy on hotel organization. Basically, he likes to arrange things logically in a manner that groups related concepts into “neighborhoods” for easy enjoyment. It seems this philosophy didn’t transfer over to his rooms, though.
Despite being a top-tier luxury resort, Wynn Las Vegas is behind the times with certain aspects of in-room technological convenience. Though rooms have not one, not two, but three different sets of controls for the room lights and drapes (logically placed within about five inches of each other, plus another at the door which actually makes sense), you’ll be hard pressed to find a way to plug anything in by the bed.
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2014 was a year of great excitement for dining. Tons of new openings, closings, re-branding, and generalized soap-opera drama. Among all of the brouhaha, some openings have enjoyed whirlwind success despite shortcomings, and others have labored on in obscurity despite great virtues. Here, we level two stories against each other.
Pot Liquor CAS
There was a time when every food writer -- both local and visiting -- would grumble and mumble about Vegas not having any good BBQ. ("Oh, this is NOTHING like Carolina style!" or "You call THIS Texas brisket?") The litany was maddening, and mostly proficient Rollin' Smoke did little to quiet it, what with being nestled between a halfway house and a strip club. Then, like a gift from above, Pot Liquor CAS is dropped right into that On-Strip/Off-Strip DMZ that is Town Square.