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Baccarat / Club Grazie / Palazzo / Gambling / → All Tags
The Palazzo will be home to the third annual Grand Dragon Master Baccarat Championship later this month and again in October. Entrants will have the opportunity to win a share of $10 million. The tournament is actually 2-in-1 and entry is anywhere from $0 (yes, free) to $250.
The Golden Dragon Baccarat Tournament will take place September 26-29 and October 3-6. The tourney features a $30,000 daily cash prize pool. Grazie Members receive one complimentary entry per day. Each player is allowed unlimited re-buys for $50. The top three daily finishers will automatically advance to a semi-final round on October 12.
Dining / Eating / Palazzo / CarneVino / Bars / Restaurants / Fine Dining / → All Tags
CarneVino has, for quite some time, had one of the best bar programs on The Strip. Old-school bartender class and new-school mixology wizardry are combined with fantastic steaks for quite an experience. But, if you're not in the mood for a 100+ day, dry-aged ribeye, they now have a bar-only "Cicchetti" menu.
Basically, an Italian version of true Spanish tapas, cicchetti are little bites laborers in Venice get with their beer in the afternoon. They'll get up to the bar, order a brew, and in the time it takes to shuffle over to the ice chest, open it, and exchange Euros, the patron will take a toothpick and nibble on a pepper-stuffed onion, an anchovy-stuffed olive, a little charcuterie. You get the idea. Simple, lovely, and great for both the patron and the bar.
Venetian / Palazzo / Technology / Mobile Phones / Video Poker / Slot Machines / Gambling / Vegas Observations / → All Tags
Tired of losing the charge on your mobile phone while wandering the Vegas Strip? Well, Venetian†has you in mind with the most recent addition to its casino.
VegasChatter reader Jeff C. recently spied the installation of Plug & Play mobile charging systems on some of the resort's video poker and slot machines. You don't even need a full charger to get your mobile phone some extra power while you gamble. Just plug a USB cable†into the machine and your phone will begin to charge.
Events / Drinking / Dining / Venetian / The Glenlivet / Paiza Club / Palazzo / → All Tags
One of the few real-life equivalents of Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory, the super-exclusive Paiza Club at Venetian is almost never open to the public, either. The hangout of billionaire gamblers, created to cater to every whim of the obscenely wealthy, it is secretly one of the finest Chinese restaurants in Vegas (if not the finest).
The club has the ability to function without a menu and instead will whip up pretty much anything the heart desires. Want super-traditional cuisine? Specialized regional food? A Chinese, high-class version of a hamburger? Cake in the shape of a Ford Model-T? They can do it. And now, this ritzy joint is hosting a dinner featuring selections of The Glenlivet paired with food by Corporate Executive Chef Olivier Dubreuil.
Fine Dining / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Steakhouses / CarneVino / Palazzo / CUT / Prime / Bellagio / Delmonico Steakhouse / Venetian / StripSteak / Mandalay Bay / → All Tags
What defines the dining character of Vegas (more than buffets)? The all-American steakhouse, of course!
Steakhouses in Las Vegas run the gambit from classic ranch house-style (The Steakhouse at Circus Circus) and high-concept dining spots (Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris) to hip "clubstraunts" (STK at the Cosmopolitan). With the immense variety, it's easy to strike out on your own and hit a dud. Not all steakhouses are created equal, but there are a handful that really make their mark as "essential." There are many that serve up an amazing steak or have an amazing story to go along with them (Herbs & Rye among the best of both), but few are so egregious to miss as those below.
Events / NBA / Ping Pong / Lagasse's Stadium / Palazzo / → All Tags
The second annual TopSpin Charity Ping Pong Tournament is headed to Palazzo and will once again be hosted by Chris Paul, point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. The charity event will take place at Lagasseís Stadium July 26 and Paul won't be the only famous basketball player in attendance. Lavoy Allen, Al-Farouq Aminu, Alan Anderson, Jimmy Butler, Willie Green, Roger Mason, Isaiah Thomas, P.J. Tucker, and John Wallace are just a few of the athletes scheduled to appear.
Youíll be able to rub elbows with some of basketball's best while watching them play their way to ping pong greatness. Yes, ping pong greatness! This tournament isnít only for athletes, though. Should you feel up to the challenge, you can buy your way into the amateur tourney that features a first-place cash prize of $1,000 plus the opportunity to meet Chris Paul and present the night's celebrity tournament winner with the championship trophy.
Entertainment / Vegas Residencies / Music / Olivia Newton-John / Flamingo / Palazzo / Jimmy Hopper / Riviera / Pawn Shop Live / Golden Nugget / The Strip / → All Tags
A Vegas residency isn't over yet, a bit of Vegas past meets Vegas present and a Vegas parody aims to garner more laughs. Here's how Vegas is entertaining us now:
○Olivia Newton-John wouldn't mind a little more love at Flamingo. Her Summer Nights residency, originally due to run through August, has been extended into January 2015. Tickets for new dates go on sale this Friday, July 11. (Although, Total Rewards members can purchase beginning tomorrow.) Pricing ranges from $70 to $350 if you add in a meet-and-greet.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / The Cosmopolitan / Rose Rabbit Lie / Peppermill / TAP / MGM Grand / Du-Par's / Golden Gate / Fremont Street / Grand Lux Cafe / Venetian / Palazzo / Hash House A Go Go / Central Michel Richard / Caesars Palace / → All Tags
A common predicament in Las Vegas is the necessity of a late night meal. Luckily, in this 24-hour town, you are not limited to Waffle House (not that we have one). Though, thereís nothing wrong with Waffle House, amirite, East Coasters? With so many options, it may be difficult to choose which restaurant should satisfy your cravings after midnight. Here are a few of our favorites:
ďSecret PizzaĒ: A hallway nestled next to Blue Ribbon Sushi at The Cosmopolitan, this "hidden" pizza joint serves late night pie until 5 a.m. Itís the perfect spot to grab a slice after an all-night dance party at Marquee or a concert at Boulevard Pool. Especially delicious is the white pizza, which is making this writer wish she hadnít chosen to pen this story around lunch time. The pepperoni and the meatball are also solid options.
Celebs in Vegas / Mindy Kaling / Vegas Hot / Sexy Ladies / Wynn / Encore / Andrea's / Society / The Beatles Love / Cirque du Soleil / The Mirage / LAVO / Venetian / Palazzo / Off Strip Adventures / Chanel / The High Roller / Gordon Ramsay Steak / Paris Las Vegas / → All Tags
The VegasChatter corporate offices went on high alert when actress/producer/writer Mindy Kaling indicated on social media that a Vegas trip was imminent. It's always interesting to see what a celebrity will do in Sin City and usually pretty (although, for most, unintentionally) entertaining, too.
While Prince Harry still holds the honor of cheekiest visit to date, Mindy kept fans enthralled through a constant stream of social media updates. After following (obsessively) along, here's a quick guide on how to do Vegas, Kaling style:
1. Pack the appropriate essentials.
Vegas dress? Check. Bling? Check. Multiple bathing suits? Check.
VegasChatter Questions / Coffee / Starbucks / Sambalatte / The Roasted Bean / Palazzo / Palio / The Mirage / Monte Carlo / Bellagio / → All Tags
While many Vegas visitors are looking for the largest drinking vessel at the lowest price for alcoholic beverages, some just want a good cup of coffee. The goal is to still have a little left to spend at the tables. Starbucks are pretty much on every corner, with some hotels offering multiple locations, though VegasChatter reader Tom G. wanted to know where to get a decent cup of coffee on the Strip thatís actually affordable. The easy answer is you can get good coffee or cheap coffee, but not both. More often the easiest to find is moderately to expensively priced mediocre coffee. Most of the Starbucks on The Strip are even more pricey than their off-Strip incarnations.
The newest coffee shop on The Strip is one of the best. Though not what we would call cheap, Sambalatte on the plaza at Monte Carlo offers high-quality products and serves them with flair. Think fancy frothy designs in your cappuccino foam. You should ask them to try and recreate the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Why not? You might get lucky. While coffee purists may not value the literal fluff, rest assured you are also getting a beverage thatís as delicious as it is beautiful. Personal favorites include the Nutella Latte and White Chocolate Mocha. For those not into the sweet stuff, a small coffee is $3.78 and a cappuccino is $4.86.
VegasChatter Reviews / Openings / Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / Restaurants / DB Brasserie / Venetian / Palazzo / → All Tags
Las Vegas has been short one bright star in our sky since the closing of Daniel Boulud Brasserie at Wynn in 2010. After the closing of such a singular fixed point of our fine dining scene since 2005, it was not clear if Chef Daniel would set his sights back on us again. But, with the closing of Valentino last year at Venetian and the mystery surrounding its replacement, whispers and rumors grew into a roar, ďDaniel Boulud is coming back!Ē After a brief moment of fear that it would be another burger concept (Batali took that one for the team with B&B Burger & Beer), the countdown began for DB Brasserie.
First, a note on the dining room: holy crap, this is an immensely beautiful space. Itís a great blend of that modern monochrome winter-color style, but adheres to a great array of traditionalist aesthetic proportions, too. Opulent without being imposing, richly detailed without being garish or sacrificing any hipness, just very well done.
Snapshots / The High Roller / Palazzo / The Cosmopolitan / Elara / Stratosphere / Fontainebleau / Vegas Observations / → All Tags
The VegasChatter staff is super appreciative of resident shutterbug Greg Clarke and, hopefully, as a reader you are, too. Whether
bizzare bazaar construction updates or carefully planned before and after comparisons, the long reach of his lens has kept us all up-to-date while connected to the city's past. And, Las Vegas is full of personal perspectives. From Las Vegas Boulevard looking straight up at the glory of the Harmon Corner marquee, standing on a pedestrian bridge looking across at Cosmopolitan, staring out at the city lights from the Foundation Room, or from peering out of your pod while riding The High Roller, it's all spectacular. Even the latter examples provide multiple contexts, depending on the time of day or night. Well, Greg Clarke has once again pulled out his telephoto lens to provide yet another perspective that could otherwise be missed.