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Caesars Palace / Renovations / Serendipity 3 / Eating / Restaurants / Dining / → All Tags
Best known for its indulgent hot chocolate, the Strip-side restaurant began an expansion project back in December with the goal of extending its patio while increasing its indoor dining room. Now, construction is almost complete. The new patio will feature a full bar with counter seating while the indoor dining room will be able to accommodate more guests, too. Floor-to-ceiling windows have also been installed.
In celebration of its five-year anniversary on The Strip, Serendipity 3 has also added new dishes to the menu and reinvented others. It's open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight.
High Rollers / Government / Baccarat / Venetian / Caesars Entertainment / Las Vegas Sands / Caesars Palace / → All Tags
Casinos make the majority of their money from high rollers. We're talking gamblers in the casino, not the people that like to pop $60,000 bottles of champagne in the club. That’s a different segment of the business. We're talking about the men and women that play baccarat for $50,000 per hand.
Casinos go through great lengths to assure the privacy of these players. Some high rollers don't want others to know that they travel halfway across the world to gamble. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Well, the US government is considering a new law to change the privacy laws and casinos are scrambling.
Vegas Lounges / FIZZ / Elton John / Caesars Palace / Champagne Bars / Drinking / Bars / Lounges / David Furnish / → All Tags
While Vegas is never short of warehouse-sized nightclubs, country western-themed bars or even British-style pubs, it is lacking in the upscale lounge department. Anyone over the age of 30 knows what we're talking about -- a stylish place to comfortably relax while sipping on some specialty cocktails or even just well-made standards. (Dirty martini, please. Extra dirty, of course.)
FIZZ Champagne & Lounge Bar at Caesars Palace is a new(ish), glamorous spot next to the Colosseum that meets our stylish-but-comfortable-with-quality-drinks requirements. But, it does come with a "glamorous" bar tab. Which is what you'd expect from a champagne lounge associated with Sir Elton John.
First, let's get to the stylish spaces. Designed by creative director David Furnish (partner to Sir Elton) and Todd-Avery Lenahan (TAL Studio), FIZZ is clearly inspired by a glass of bubbly on the inside as it's decked in champagne-hued colors. The entrance to FIZZ is boxy and a bit severe but inside is a constant warm glow thanks, in part, to the cognac-colored chandeliers that hang from the ceiling. The room is also dotted with photographs from John and Furnish’s personal collection.
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The good news is that price covers you and 24 of your (paying) friends so $50k divided by 25.. carry the one... equals two grand each. See? Much more reasonable, yea?
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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Our friends at Las Vegas Advisor discovered after much digging that prices were quietly raised for Bacchanal last month. So quietly, they had a hard time actually confirming the increase with reps. Here's a list of the pricing when Bacchanal first opened followed by how it stands now:
Lost Vegas / Vegas History / Past Vegas / Photos / Sahara / Barbary Coast / MGM Grand / Caesars Palace / Circus Circus / → All Tags
It's official. We've always enjoyed turning back the clock on Las Vegas through stories, books and videos, but Lost Vegas is our favorite series as it provides a chance to relive "the good ol' days" through the lenses of our doubly amazing readers.
VC fans have been filling our in-box with personal Lost Vegas photos and we've proudly been featuring them here. The latest to dust off his prints and show off his Sahara is Chazzy Gator. This shutterbug even captured the Casbar Theatre marquee. Fun fact: Who was the first person to get married at Caesars Palace? If you guessed a 20-year-old Charo (to 60-year-old bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1966), you're not only wicked smart but maybe spotted our tie-in. Feel free to leave David Brenner trivia in the comments below.
VegasChatter readers are the best. We showed you ours and you quickly reciprocated by showing us yours. We dug out some classic photos from our Vegas shoebox, the kind that those fancy photo apps only hope to mimic via filter. And, you sent in awesome memories of your Vegas past. Sadly, the bikini pics have so far gone un-reciprocated. But, we'll keep checking.
Up top is VegasChatter friend and resident construction photog Greg Clarke standing guard near the Frontier circa 2007 as she was readied for implosion. Though, he looks determined, Greg C. left his post before the boom. This is Lost Vegas after all, not Lost Greg.
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Earlier this week, a construction wall went up around the hotel's Galleria Bar, located just off the main entrance. No word on what's to come just yet. A sign only suggests folks in need of libation seek out the Seahorse Lounge, Shadow Bar or the new Apostrophe Bar instead. Thanks to VegasChatter Facebook fan Stephanie S.C. for the tip and the pics.
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A VegasChatter fan dropped us a line earlier today to let us know those rumors about a new Border Grill location in Vegas are true. More specifically, those rumors about Border Grill coming to Caesars Palace. Our tipster discovered, while enjoying a cool marg, that the Caesars location should open...
VegasChatter Awards / VegasChatter 2013 Awards / Absinthe / Caesars Palace / MJ One / Michael Jackson One / Mandalay Bay / Cirque du Soleil / → All Tags
It's time for the fourth annual VegasChatter Awards! Today, we begin to bring you the best and worst of the year. All of our picks are based on what we've personally experienced in Vegas over 2013 -- the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling.
In 2013, Vegas kept us quite entertained. Sometimes better than others. The year came in with a bang for The Quad, brought a vault full of rock to LVH, gave us some Boyz who wanted to hold us tight at The Mirage, brought an epic journey with Loberace, saw a Pin Up with potential at the Strat, had us hearing voices at Bally's, and made us feel awful for Broadway at the Four Queens, among many, many other entertainment experiences. But which new show was the best for 2013? And, which keeps knocking our sock puppets off? Here are our picks: