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That's the Center Bar area all boarded up as it undergoes a transformation into a new watering hole with a new name. We've not yet heard what that name will be but let's hope the space can recapture the magic of the old Center Bar. The bar is set to open sometime in September.
Meanwhile, we've heard whispers that the former space of Body English, which also closed recently at the Hard Rock, may get refilled by a club from an outside nightlife group like Hakkasan. We'll have to wait and see who that nightlife company may be.
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After two decades of memories, Center Bar at Hard Rock Hotel is closing. Before ultra lounges and mega clubs, this was one of the hot hangouts for rock stars and those who just wanted to party like them. It used to be a hangout of choice for porn stars when they were in town for the AVN Awards and Adult Entertainment Expo.
In honor of the year it opened, the bar is offering 1995-themed drink specials including five of its most popular shots from over the years. These will include "Surfer on Acid," "Purple Hooter," "Scooby Snack," "Red Headed Slut" and "Cosmopolitan Shot." (Perhaps the bar is closing for naming not one but two of its famous shots after rival casinos. We kid.) These drinks down memory lane will cost $5 and come in a limited edition Center Bar shot glass, while supplies last.
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In continuing to keep you "abreast" of the newest openings in town, we thought you'd like to know that the world's largest Hooters Restaurant is now open at The Palms. Here's a snapshot posted on the restaurant's Facebook page, inviting everyone in for a visit.
The restaurant is also now officially listed on The Palms website. Hours for the beer and wings joint are 10am to 10pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 11pm on Friday and Saturday. (Sorry, no Sunday brunches here for now.)
There are no surprises on the menu with the joint serving wings, quesadillas, tater tots, mozzarella sticks, sandwiches and burgers, including a Double D for $16.99 and which has two 1/2 pound patties served on a brioche bun with your choice of cheese.
Hooters is also promising "a tremendous bar experience" with comfortable booths and high-back chairs as well as nearly 50 TVs. Remember, the mammary joint will also have a poolside bar. We'll let you know when that part opens.
The Hard Rock suffered data breach that lasted from September 3, 2014 to April 2, 2015. While the breach is being considered a criminal attack, it’s not as bad as you might think. It's not good, especially considering how long it lasted, but it could be worse. The attack was limited to credit and debit card transactions at specific restaurants, bars and retail locations inside the Hard Rock.
Culinary Dropout was affected by the security breach but the attack did not affect transactions at the hotel, casino, Nobu, Affliction, John Varvatos, Rocks, Hart & Huntington Tattoo or Reliquary Spa & Salon. There’s no mention of other specific restaurants or bars that the hackers may have attacked so you'll have to draw your own conclusions there.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site as a full report. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of February 16:
One pool that will be rockin' hard: Hard Rock will dive back into pool season starting March 6 when Rehab as well as Nirvana and Breathe pools open once again. Entertainment on tap for Rehab includes 3OH!3 March 21 and Sammy Adams March 28. Tickets for both start at $20 for ladies, $30 for gents.
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It’s been almost two years since the Hard Rock made any changes to its Backstage Pass players club so it’s time to shake things up. They’re kind enough to give a little warning so you can prepare for the changes and even jump a tier or two if you want.
Effective March 31, the invite-only Nirvana tier of Backstage Pass will be replaced with a tier called Multi-Platinum Access. The only way to receive an invitation to this level is to achieve a tier score of 300,000 in a calendar year. The General Admission, Entourage and Platinum Access tiers remain the same. New tier benefits will be announced later this year.
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If you’re hoping to catch Imagine Dragons in Vegas this month, it won’t be easy. The band’s sophomore album, Smoke + Mirrors is out February 17 and they’ll be visiting Vegas for two special performances.
The Las Vegas Sun reports parts of downtown have been blocked off in preparation for a Sunday performance for the Grammys, airing that night. Surrounding local businesses were alerted to be prepared for a 7 p.m. performance time on Sunday and a 7 p.m. rehearsal on Saturday. That means if you’re in the area around those times, you should be able to hear the action, though you won’t be able to see it. (Click the hyperlink to find out why.)
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The lady behind me at the Tix4Tonight kiosk sounded disappointed as she gazed at the listings on the monitor. “Jeff Civillico's comedy show is dark? He must be spooky like Criss Angel". Chuckling slightly, I turned around and explained that “dark” is lingo to indicate when a show is “off” for the night. Maybe, I should have saved a chuckle for myself, because that's when this writer finally realized why a certain monthly event goes by the name of Mondays Dark.
You see, for many Vegas productions, Monday is typically the “dark” day. As weekend visitors return home and hotels empty out, show performers and crews typically start their own “weekend.” But, for some entertainers, the desire to keep performing is strong. Mark Shunock, a lead in Venetian’s Rock of Ages, had the idea to channel that extra energy into something new: a gathering of fellow Vegas performers for regularly scheduled spontaneity-fueled variety shows with proceeds donated to Vegas charities. And, that’s how Mondays Dark began.
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The sportsbook operator formerly known as Cantor Gaming and now known as CG Technology has a pretty great cash back promotion. They’ll refund 5% (up to $5,000) of net losses from wagers of $100 or more. The caveats are that bets must be placed through your CG Technology account (not in person) and that only sports wagers will qualify. And no, it's not limited to new members only.
Here are specifics on how the promotion works:
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VegasChatter reader @paperposter recently checked out the newly launched KISS residency at The Joint at Hard Rock and shared his thoughts with us. His only real issue with the show is that it's only about 90 minutes. With the massive catalog KISS has, the show’s length leaves fans wanting more.
He noted Def Leppard and Gun ‘N Roses, who had similar residency stints at The Joint, played for closer to double the time of the long-tongued ones. On the plus side, KISS did bring the expected pyrotechnics and special effects they are known for.
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If you’ve been to the Hard Rock sportsbook you know that it’s cozy and can get quite full for football. With only seating for about 100, the upside of the small sportsbook is that it has those beautiful new TV screens that you’re used to from CG Technology. If you were in the mood for a drink, however, you’d often have to walk out to one of the bars or the coffee shop. Although, you won't have to venture quite that far, anymore.
The sportsbook at Hard Rock is receiving a semi-expansion and more drink service. The attached bar which was rarely an option has just finished a makeover and is finally open for business, even if it missed the kickoff of football season. The bar will now have a name. From here on out it will be called the Side Bet Bar.
Well, if anyone knows sex sells, it's AVN.
Every Pornuary (read: January), the Adult Video Network heats up Vegas with the Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) which puts porn stars face-to-face with very fappy, umm, happy fans. If all the, err, research
we they do in preparation for the annual event doesn't teach them everything they need to know about sexy time, new seminars aim to strip it down to the basics.