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Downtown Vegas Gets More Beautiful

October 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (3)

Today is the official start of Life Is Beautiful 2014.

As Downtown Vegas gears up for a weekend of music, art and gourmet food, a whole other group of people are making it happen behind the scenes. We attended last year and loved it, but wanted to see what was new this time around. For that, we had a chat with Craig Nyman, Head of Music and Live Performances for Life Is Beautiful (LIB).

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A VegasChatter Reader Toasts Banger Brewing's Behind-The-Scenes Tour

Where: 450 Fremont Street, Suite 135 [map], 89101
October 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (2)

VegasChatter reader @youstayclassyvegas staying classy at downtown's Banger Brewing.

Downtown Vegas tends to put it all out there. Want a free show? Look up at the five-football-fields long Fremont Street Experience canopy. Want to zipline? Just head to the 12-story-tall slot machine.

That's not to say, however, that there are no hidden gems to uncover. VegasChatter member @youstayclassyvegas stopped by downtown's Neonopolis recently to experience a not-so-widely known, behind-the-scenes tour of Banger Brewing. Here's his experience, in his own words:

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When Searching For Parking Downtown, There's Now An App For That

October 23, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (5)

If the garages are full or you'd rather not go through the hassle of mandatory gambling, eating or dining in order to claim free validation, there's now a way to find on-street parking in Downtown Vegas without aimlessly driving around. That is, at least, if you have a back seat driver on board.

The ParkMe app now provides a real-time look at metered parking in downtown. A color-coded system allows the user to see at a glance if the spot is free, may be close to being free (i.e., time is almost up), or is already taken. Of course, since use of your phone while driving is illegal, you'll need a wingman or woman to assist with this.

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A Conversation With Life Is Beautiful Performer And Vegas Native Sabriel

October 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (2)

With just a few days left until Life Is Beautiful rocks Downtown Vegas October 24-26, we caught up with DTLV native and up-and-coming songstress Sabriel about the big gig.

Sabriel (pronounced shaw-bree-el) first popped up on our radar during the 2013 Life Is Beautiful fest, playing a semi-private show on the roof of Commonwealth. In an event loaded with top talent, her performance was this writer's favorite set. In an email exchange, I was able to ask her a few questions:

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You Might Want To Tap Atomic Liquor's Tap Takeover Series

Where: 917 Fremont St. [map], 89101
October 20, 2014 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

The city's oldest liquor licensee is kicking their events program into high gear for the beer nerd in all of us. And, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21, Atomic Liquors will team up with Green Flash Brewing Company in its latest Tap Takeover series.

Every year, Green Flash puts out a limited release beer called Treasure Chest to benefit breast cancer research. This year, Susan G. Komen of Southern Nevada will be the lucky recipient to the profit from each pint of this and Green Flash's other ringer, Serrano Chili Double Stout.

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Now Booking In Downtown Vegas: Oasis At Gold Spike

Where: 217 N. Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89101
October 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (32)

When Downtown Project took over the Gold Spike, its hotel was closed, creating one less budget spot for downtown visitors.

A year and a half later, the off-Fremont, now casino-less bar will finally open its accommodations to the public once again. In early 2013, curious rumors about the future included whispers that a boutique hotel could be on its way. That's now a reality.

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Cheesecake Factory Is Coming To Downtown's Premium Outlets

Where: 875 S. Grand Central Pkwy. [map], 89106
October 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM | by | Comments (2)

A map showing the location of the proposed restaurant.

What could be a better way to carbo-load for a full day of shopping than ridiculously large portions? We've already filled you in on the upcoming expansion, but now we know one of the restaurant tenants to expect.

Cheesecake Factory is coming to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. The chain has been approved for a “supper club” permit which is legalese for a restaurant with alcohol. It is proposed to be a 8,861-square-foot space with a 1,613-square-foot patio.

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Does The Plaza Now Offer The Best Video Poker In Downtown?

Where: 1 S. Main St. [map], 89101
October 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (5)

While we were preparing to check out the new slot machines and games at G2E, the Plaza made a big proclamation for video poker players.

The Main Street hotel-casino announced it was downtown’s best place for video poker. There are a lot of great video poker games to be found downtown so this is a bold statement. But, is it true? That’s up for discussion, but they do have a great selection of video poker games, according to vpFREE2.com.

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El Sombrero: A Downtown Classic Receives New Life

Where: 807 S Main St. [map], 89101
October 9, 2014 at 2:27 PM | by | Comments (3)

Anyone who has made the turnoff from Charleston onto Main has surely seen the facade and spied the flashing sign from when neon flowed from the valley like water from a geyser. The bright pink tubing and teal backdrop proclaiming the location of El Sombrero Cafe.

Inside is a space that is fit for a 1950 lunch spot (the year it opened, in fact.) A cozy room with a kitchen that has seen a big share of restorations and expansions. Now that it's been passed on to new, creative hands, the eatery is ready to resurface in the public consciousness.

El Sombrero Café “closed” a few months ago, much to some food lovers' dismay. Through the various wheelings and dealings that have characterized much of Downtown’s revitalization, it was transferred to leadership who saw the turning of the tide, and had the moolah to get their boogie board and ride along with it. As such, it is once again open, with not only a hip new interior, but also a very unique menu to go along with it.

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Ja-Makin'-Me-Laugh Delivers The Funny At The D

Where: 301 Fremont St. [map], 89101
October 7, 2014 at 6:36 PM | by | Comment (1)

When the cheesy title of a comedy show alone makes you laugh, it’s safe to assume you’ll at least be entertained. Ja-Makin’-Me-Laugh at The D certainly lived up to its corny name and did, indeed, make this writer laugh. All I knew going in was the show featured Matilda and Patrick Murray. Expecting a husband and wife comedy duo, this writer was quite surprised when I saw the promo materials featuring a puppet. In case you were also unaware, Matilda is Patrick’s Jamaican ventriloquist dummy. Murray is a Second City-trained comedian, but of course, he’s just the sidekick in this duo.

With her bedazzled dress, rhinestone-covered shoes and beaded hair, she could give any of Terry Fator's puppets a run for their money in the flashy Vegas outfit department. While not on the level of a Terry Fator show, it’s definitely an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.

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Soccer Stadium Dream Stays Alive... At Least Until December

October 1, 2014 at 7:02 PM | by | Comment (1)

The discussion over a possible Major League Soccer Stadium in Downtown Vegas heated up today as the Las Vegas City Council voted to approve the proposal, with some caveats. After developer Cordish Companies promised an additional $250 million for the development of adjacent parcels that would offer office space, retail and hotels, city officials seemed a little more interested.

Throughout the entire process, the biggest sticking point has been who will pay for the facility and today’s vote allowed the project to keep figuring out a way for developers to pay for it entirely with private funds so the city doesn’t have to foot the bill. Mayor Carolyn Goodman officially reduced the cap on the portion the city would be responsible for from $115 million to $50 million. The proposal was finally approved when a city councilman motioned for the developers to further reduce or eliminate the public funds portion before a final vote on the project set for December 8.

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Downtown's Halloween Parade Begs You To Come As You Aren't

September 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (2)

Though one could argue that hungover or still-drunk tourists doing the walk of shame in the early morning hours mean Vegas has a daily Halloween parade, it’s nearing time for the official version. The Las Vegas Halloween Parade, celebrating its fifth year, will return to the downtown area and follow a route along Fremont Street East.

The Fremont East buskers like Bumblebee and Elmo have been trying out their costumes for months, but now it’s your turn to show off your costume-creating chops. Anyone in costume can join the parade. At 4 p.m. on Friday, October 31, the parade begins lining up at East Fremont and 13th Street. The actual parade doesn’t start moving until 7 p.m. so, while you might get an early spot in the lineup, you can still fit in a few more hands of blackjack at your favorite downtown casino before things really get underway.

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